Using a comparative state-in-society approach, the project seeks to explain the diversity of adaptation trajectories in modern Japan, India, and the Philippines. Key variable is the phenomenological notion of “distance”. Political outcomes are shaped by the geographical distance separating typhoon disaster zones from national power centres. But also by the cultural, class, and institutional distances separating disaster victims from those centres. An additional chapter focuses on the political role scientific discourse about typhoons has played over time.
Public debate about climate change today is preoccupied with the nature and impact of climate-related events, and with the norms that ought to guide climate change governance. Yet today´s widespread climate scepticism suggests that such considerations alone will not do enough to move the dial. This project contributes to more recent scholarly endeavours to shift the debate towards the relations of power that have shaped the way nations learn from climate-related disasters.
Image: Philippines – Manila – typhoon photo 1882.png
Emilio Redondo, El imaginario colonial. Fotografía en Filipinas durante el periodo español, Nr6, December 2006, p38
(http://www.seacex.es/documentos/imag_colonial_06_manila.pdf – retrieved via www.archive.org)
Click here to go back to the full list of research projects ongoing at the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies and in collaboration with other departments and institutions.