CINEMA, DISASTERS AND THE ANTHROPOCENE
Vol. 5, No. 2, December 2022
The Anthropocene concept identifies a geological era in which human action leads to changes on a planetary scale with long-term irreversible effects. This volume collects insights into geographical research, with a specific look at the challenges of the future, and the potential of visual communication offered by cinema, documentaries and television series. In fact, fiction could represent the appropriate medium to examine the notions of the Anthropocene, being a language of global diffusion and highly evocative since it uses the engagement of narration and entertainment to convey messages of vital importance, arousing emotions in the viewer, shared awareness and, finally, responsibility. In the Anthropocene era, the challenge of climate change is not a problem of science but a failure of politics. And politics fails because the Great Acceleration has led to the good life and certainly a better life for people everywhere. Who is willing to give up the great stuff of the Great Acceleration? What would that new life look like? What kind of challenges does the future propose? Some of these questions, among others, are raised in the chapters of the present volume. The different geographical contexts and approaches, here collected, can play an important clarifying function, to reduce the complexity of (today’s) social, economic, political, and technological reality, presenting a much deeper vision of reality than it appears to us, and at the same time offering us the means to navigate it. Thus, the volume deals with these issues in three sections, moving from narrative methods to the representation of ecological disasters and finally analysing a more specific topic.
Gaetano Sabato, Joan Rosselló (Eds.)
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIAL MEDIA:
NEW SCIENTIFIC METHODS FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE
Vol. 5, No. 1, May 2022
The development of technology during the Anthropocene has affected science and the ways of “doing science”. Nowadays, new technologies help scientists of several disciplines by facilitating knowledge and how to manage it, but also allow for collaborative science, the so-called “Social Science”, where everyone can be a scientist and be involved in providing data and knowledge by using a computer or a smartphone without being a specialist. But is it really that simple? Actually, the daily and integrated use of different digital technologies and sharing platforms, such as social media, requires important reflections. Such reflections can lead to a rethinking of epistemologies and scientific paradigms, both in human geography and social sciences. This volume titled “Information Technologies and Social Media: New Scientific Methods for the Anthropocene” includes 10 chapters exploring some changes related to the way to do science with a multidisciplinary approach. From classroom experiences to the use of Citizen Science, from Artificial Intelligence use to how Social Media can help researchers, the book reflects on the ICT influence during the last few decades, exploring different cases, complementary perspectives and point of views.
NARRATIVES IN THE ANTHROPOCENE ERA
Vol. 4, No. 2, December 2021
“The Anthropocene has still the rank of a scientific hypothesis. Yet, it has already sedimented in our imagination with its stories of climate change and mass extinctions, global pandemics and energy crisis, technofossils and oceanic plastic, social justice and new minerals that are changing the face (and the bowels) of the planet. Investigating this imagination from multiple angles, Narratives in the Anthropocene Era, brilliantly edited by Charles Travis and Vittorio Valentino, is an indispensable tool for situating these stories into the conceptual horizon of the environmental humanities”.
(Serenella Iovino, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
GLOBAL THREATS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: FROM COVID-19 TO THE FUTURE
Languages: English, French, Italian
Vol. 4, No. 1, May 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic offers food for thought and an opportunity for humanities and science scholars who research our global condition to collaborate. The 21st-century society is facing an unprecedented challenge right now: what can we learn from this challenge? Will everything really return to what we used to define as ‘normal’ at the end of the emergency? Probably not. Structural changes from political, economic, social, and environmental perspectives are already occurring, and impacting the fields of health, education, commerce, governance, and travel. Concepts of social space are being redefined and rethought at various scales. Our society, unprepared for a global health emergency of this scale, has been engaged only partially in practices of mitigation and sustainability and we now realize the fragility of our planetary existence. This volume collects 14 original chapters which analyse the new scenarios that could lie ahead in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis in an interdisciplinary context.
Miquel Grimalt Gelabert
Joan Rossello Geli
THE ANTROPOCENE AND ISLANDS: VULNERABILITY, ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE TO NATURAL HAZARDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian
Vol. 3, No. 2, November 2020
The Anthropocene and islands: vulnerability, adaptation and resilience to natural hazards and climate change include 8 original research chapters, of authors from around the World, explaining how islands are affected by natural hazards and global change. The volume contributions range from small islands in Alaska to large ones such as Sicily in the Mediterranean and focus on facts such as water resources, sustainability and societal impacts of risk and climate change. The author’s reflections share a wide scientific approach that will enrich a subject, islands and its future, which will become more and more important in the next decades.
Jonathan Gómez Cantero
Carolina Morán Martínez
Justino Losada Gómez
THE CLIMATE CRISIS IN MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE: CROSS-BORDER AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY ISSUES ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Languages: English, Spanish, Italian
Vol. 3, No. 1, May 2020
“The climate crisis in Mediterranean Europe: cross-border and multidisciplinary issues on climate change” collects 8 original essays by different authors concerning socio-environmental issues related to climate change in a historical border area of Southern Europe. This volume, fostering the current scientific debate on the consequences of climate change, becomes a valuable element for its better understanding from a multidisciplinary perspective, as it shows several studies both theoretical and empirical on different topics: contaminant emissions, social and population dynamics across borders, education and perception of climate change by teenagers, the diffusion of alien vegetation in European ecosystems, and current models of natural and agrarian management.
These topics put forward the facets of a complex multiscale process, which requires a necessary discussion between different scientific, political and social stakeholders. We need now to achieve a better collective awareness about the vulnerabilities arising and threatened by climate change in the Mediterranean Basin.
Francesca Romana Lugeri
EARTHQUAKE RISK PERCEPTION, COMMUNICATION AND
MITIGATION STRATEGIES ACROSS EUROPE
Vol. 2, No. 2, December 2019
Increasingly, socio-natural risks and disasters represent the result of an unsustainable interaction between human beings and environment. The current scientific debate has generally agreed on the idea that the impact of natural hazards needs to take into account the social vulnerabilities and exposures to risk of the affected population. The most recent earthquakes have unequivocally shown the complexity of the phenomena and their multi-scale dynamics. Indeed, the territory is the combination of natural, social and cultural environment and only by exploring its anatomy and physiology, it will be possible to manage and protect it in the best way.
This volume collects a quite wider range of national and international case studies, which investigate how socio-natural risks are perceived and communicated and which strategies the different communities are implementing to mitigate the seismic risk. This publication has been possible thanks to a fruitful discussion that some scholars had at the 36th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission held in Malta from 2 to 7 September 2018.
DISASTERS IN POPULAR CULTURES
Languages: English, French, Italian
Vol. 2, No. 1, April 2019
Generations pass on to each other a specific selection of memories, which is a “memory of the lived experience”. Through that narrative, the story of the present is measured day by day with forms of existential precariousness, in a vision of risk which is conceived as a perennial societal state. By investigating popular and oral literature, focus on narratives related to risk and disasters, as described in the social imaginary, from the most remote eras to the most stringent current affairs, this book is a precious element for a comprehensive reconstruction of cultural resources have allowed to face and manage material and spiritual concerns and problems arising from disasters.
AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION POLICIES
Vol. 1, No. 2, December 2018
Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction Policies collects 14 original essays, of authors from all around the World, exploring strategies and ability of local communities to adjust to natural hazard and disasters. The volume, fostering the current scientific debate on disaster ecology, muses about the need for Homo sapiens to define its rights and responsibilities in environmental dynamics, including extreme events and disasters. In the end, the reflections about how to deal with hazard, vulnerability and disasters, highlights the ethical nature of disaster risk reduction; control of nature or adaptation to its cycles?
Francesco De Pascale
Kalenge Nguvulu Chris
LA REPUBBLICA DEMOCRATICA DEL CONGO:
Conflitti e problematiche socio-territoriali
Vol. 1, No. 1, March 2018
Since 1996, the Democratic Republic of Congo has fallen into a war and political crisis that is still ongoing. Its mineral resources have fueled a predatory economy that has involved the neighboring countries, particularly Uganda and Rwanda. But Congo’s problems have deeper roots: the current crisis is also the reverberation of a particularly violent colonial past that is still casting heavy shadows on the present. The war has caused millions of deaths and currently the country runs the risk of an authoritarian takeover. Starting from different disciplinary approaches, the authors of this book provide some key concepts to understand one of the most complex and violent crises in our contemporary world.