Broadening perspectives on Christchurch

Posted 20 Mar 2015 by PRNews Popular
Posted in Events

Release: Victoria University


Victoria University of Wellington’s Stout Research Centre has organised a seminar series, Shaky Ground, which will explore aspects of the Christchurch earthquakes’ aftermath that have remained under the radar.

The eight seminars begin on 25 March and will be given by people who have played key roles in the city, post the catastrophic 22 February 2011 earthquake.

Stout Research Centre Director Professor Lydia Wevers says while there has hardly been a day since that date that the earthquakes haven’t been mentioned in the media, the focus has been largely on disaster reporting.

"The problem with disasters is that they lead to disaster reporting and not much else.

"There are innumerable stories about Christchurch, and a whole landscape of people and things going on. Sometimes we think about it all through too narrow a window."

The free one-and-half hour seminars are open to the public and, with the exception of 8 April, will be held weekly until 20 May at 5pm in the Hunter Building, Lecture Theatre 119, Gate 2, Kelburn Parade.

The presenters are film and documentary producer Gaylene Preston (25 March), Christchurch Art Gallery director Jenny Harper (1 April), Associate Professor John Townend from Victoria University (15 April), journalist Jane Bowron (22 April), Professor Paul Millar from the University of Canterbury (29 April), EQC Chair Sir Maarten Wevers (6 May), Research Associate Dr Bruce McFadgen from Victoria University (13 May) and Victoria’s Chair in the Economics of Disasters Professor Ilan Noy (20 May).

Professor Wevers says the earthquakes have "peeled off layers in all sorts of ways".

"They have pushed everyone into confronting not only what the earth can do when the mood takes it but what happens to complex human societies when they have to face monumental destruction."

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