‘Selfie Survivors’: symptomatic of blatant disaster normalization in India?

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Mausumi Chetia is a doctoral candidate within the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens. Her research focuses on families facing protracted disaster-displacement in Assam, a state in the northeastern region of India.

Based on her current research and previous field-based engagements in India, she makes observations regarding shifting popular cultures in the context of recurring disasters, in the February 2021 issue of Eleventh Column. You can read her piece here.

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Vital Cities and Citizens

The aim of the Erasmus Initiative 'Vital Cities and Citizens' is to strengthen the quality of life within cities. We want to achieve this by forming a network with municipalities, civil society organizations, initiatives, companies and the creative industry while sharing knowledge with each other on the basis of scientific research. The researchers involved focus on one of the four sub-themes:

•    Inclusive Cities and Diversity
•    Resilient Cities and People
•    Smart Cities and Communities 
•    Sustainable and Just Cities

VCC is a collaboration between Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB), Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) and International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).