Bristol Anthropology and Archaeology Research Seminar - Dr Zuzana Hrdlikova
Dr Zuzana Hrdlikova, Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (Freetown)
Disaster preparedness in India, Switzerland, and the UK
Based on a collaborative post-doctoral research project “Organising Disaster: Civil Protection and the Population” which I undertook together with Dr. Michael Guggenheim and Dr. Joe Deville at Goldsmiths, University of London between 2011 and 2015, I will consider two themes: disaster preparedness exercises and the materiality of disaster preparedness by comparing shelters in the UK, Switzerland and India. Grounded in STS, the talk will discuss the diverse visual and material ways in which the relationship between the state and the citizen can be articulated and embodied.
Zuzana Hrdličková, PhD is a social anthropologist and a senior researcher at Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre, in West Africa, currently conducting research on urban informal settlements, public health and energy. She has carried out research on gender, conflict and humanitarian action, as well as disaster management, development, and education in South Asia and Europe. She has worked for University of London, Charles University in Prague and for humanitarian organisations.