The third in the New Ideas in Critical Disaster Studies and Climate Change Series will feature a lecture from Richard McKinley Mizelle, Jr., associate professor and director of graduate studies of History at the University of Houston. Mizelle's research focuses on healthcare politics, medical citizenship, environmentalism and health, medical technology, and the transformation of disease identity. Mizelle is the author of Backwater Blues: The Mississippi Flood of 1927 in the African American Imagination and co-editor of Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita. He has published in a wide range of academic and public venues including the Journal of African American History, ISIS Journal, Open Rivers Journal, and the American Historian Magazine. His research has also been quoted in ProPublica, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the New Yorker Magazine. He is currently writing a history of race and diabetes in the twentieth century and co-editing the Oxford Handbook of American Medical History. Mizelle will be introduced by Jacob Remes, Director of the Initiative for Critical Disaster Studies.
Critical disaster studies is an emergent interdisciplinary field in the social sciences and humanities that takes as its starting point that the very category of disaster is constructed, a political distinction that designates some suffering as normal and some as abnormal. Critical disaster scholars aspire to understand the experience and politics of people who are most at risk of this suffering, and to foster and contribute to their efforts to build more just, equal, and safe communities. The new Initiative for Critical Disaster Studies at NYU Gallatin seeks to foster this emergent field both within NYU and in the broader academy. To celebrate the launch of the Initiative, have invited three thinkers, organizers, and activists to share their New Ideas in Climate Change and Critical Disaster Studies.
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