Slow Disaster Lab

Disaster, Justice, Memorialization, Gendered practices, Human/Non-human relations, Smart city and urban infrastructure, Nuclear power plants decommissioning, Material politics of wastes, Anthropocene

Advance social science and humanistic knowledge in the support of disaster justice and effective public policy

Our team shares various research interests under the big theme of disaster, which builds slowly, and often is relevant to structural violences and inequalities. Several subtopics include smart cities and urban infrastructure, power dynamics around nuclear power plant decomissioning, relationship with non-human in the Anthropocene, memorialization as a process of healing and recovery, material politics of wastes. We are open to multiple research methodologies including historical archival work, ethnographic work (field exploration and interview), art work. Our members love gardening, growing various plants on campus. We have warmhearted team spirit!

Research Projects

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    Disaster Haggyo
    KAIST Slow Disaster Lab

    The Disaster Haggyo is a disaster studies school aimed at accelerating the implementation of cutting-edge disaster research for maximum benefit to communities.  The Disaster Haggyo will draw social scientists, engineers, and scientists together for collaborative research. The Disaster Haggyo, therefore, facilities three activities simultaneously: 1) new interdisciplinary disaster research in areas of greatest national need; 2) a new pedagogical model for increasing skill among disaster researchers, skill necessary for technology and policy innovation; 3) development of community-based action for developing safer, disaster-resistant communities. First Disaster Haggyo will be held in August 2022, at KAIST, in Ansan, and in Jeju.

    Researcher(s): Scott Knowles, Hyeonbin Park, Joëlle Champalet, Hyun Ah Keum, Seulgi Lee

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    COVID Calls
    - Slow Disaster Lab

    COVID Calls is a daily podcast and digital humanities historical archive project. Live discussions have been hosted everyday by disaster historian Scott Gabriel Knowles from March 16, 2020 (Episode #1) until March 19th 2022 (Episode #500), and later episodes will be hosted from time to time. Over 500 guests come from around the world and include scientists, social scientists, artists and activists, elected officials, and health care workers. The transcripts, the audio and video of the calls, artwork, and commentary are currently being archived and analyzed in the project archive website.

    Researcher(s): Scott Knowles