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"A Deluge of Emotions: The Affective Life of Disasters"
Dr. Roberto Barrios
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Anthropology
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

September 20, 2017
4:00-5:30pm
Barataria Room, University Center
UNO Lakefront Campus


During the last 18 years, Roberto E. Barrios has conducted anthropological research on post-disaster reconstruction in New Orleans, Central America, Mexico, and the U.S. Midwest. Over the course of his work, he has documented how people who live through disasters use a language of affect and emotions to evaluate the merits of disaster recovery programs and assess the risk of living in areas deemed at risk of disasters. In his recent book, Governing Affect: Neoliberalism and Disaster Reconstruction, he argues that expert recovery planners and reconstruction program managers must carefully apprehend, consider, and accommodate people's affects and emotions if they hope to develop culturally sensitive disaster mitigation projects.

Dr. Barrios is a UNO alumnus, having received his BA in anthropology from UNO and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

This talk is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and the Alexis de Tocqueville Project at the University of New Orleans