Dr Marie Rose Arong1, Ms Kaira Zoe Alburo-Canete2, Mr. Wendyl Luna2, Dr. Daniel Hempel2
1University Of The Philippines Cebu, , Philippines, 2University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Chair: Dr Marie Rose Arong
Since the beginning of the 21st Century, disasters in Asia have increasingly gained international attention. Situated in an increasingly complex terrain where issues of climate change, urbanization, and rising inequalities are imbricated, Asia continues to face threats and insecurities of current and future disasters. The Philippines, in particular, has been highlighted as one of the most ‘disaster-prone’ areas in the world and has been subject to interventions intended to make the country and its people more prepared to tackle their ‘precarious futures’ especially in the context of climate change. Using the case of typhoon Yolanda, dubbed the most powerful storm to have ever made landfall in history which devastated the Philippines in 2013, this panel presents diverse perspectives on how disasters are constructed and critically engage with narratives that continue to animate and form visions of confronting precarious futures in the Philippines and, more broadly, in Asia. Drawing on a range of analytical standpoints and theoretical resources– philosophy, political science, feminism, and literature – the panel aims to ‘re-construct’ our understanding of the Yolanda disaster, highlight competing narratives of what it means to be built back ‘better’, and provoke a critical reimagining of disasters beyond the event itself.