In commemoration of the sixth anniversary of the Yolanda disaster, the University of the Philippines Cebu and the University of New South Wales, Sydney are organising a forum that presents diverse perspectives on how Yolanda has been constructed as a disaster. Drawing on a range of analytical standpoints and theoretical resources– philosophy, sociology, literature – the forum aims to ‘re-construct’ our understanding of Yolanda, highlight competing narratives of what it means to be built back ‘better’, and provoke a critical reimagining of disasters beyond the event itself.

The forum will be held at the AVR1 UP Cebu, Lahug on November 13, 2019 (1:30-5:00pm). The forum is FREE and open to public.

With speakers:

1. Wendyl Luna (UNSW PhD Candidate, Philosophy)

The archaeology of Yolanda: Foucault and reconstructing the disaster

2. Kaira Zoe A. Cañete (UP Cebu Assistant Professor / UNSW PhD Candidate, Development Studies)

Governing through Women: Ethics and Politics of Reconstructing the Post-Disaster City

3. Marie Rose Arong, PhD (UP Cebu Assistant Professor) & Daniel Hempel, PhD (UNSW Educational Developer)