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Bhopal 30th Anniversary: Making Sense of Industrial Disasters – Symposium at Maynooth University 29 November

Making Sense of Industrial Disasters

On the 30th anniversary of the world’s worst industrial disaster — the deadly gas leak at the Union Carbide plant in December 1984 in Bhopal, India — this one-day symposium will consider the phenomenon of industrial disasters and what they reveal about the current global model.

Saturday, 29 November 2014
Anthropology Seminar Room, Rowan House, Maynooth University

Session 1, 10.30 to 12.15
Chair: Rob Kevlihan (Executive Director, Kimmage Development Studies Centre)
Steve Tombs (Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Open University)
“A Contribution to a Political Economy of Corporate Crime and Harm”

Tomas MacSheoin (Independent Scholar, Author of Asphyxiating Asia)
“From Bhopal to Lac Magentic: Causation, corporate negligence and crisis management in industrial disasters”

Lunch (provided) 12.15 to 1.00

Session 2, 1.00 to 2.45
Vantage Points
Chair: Mark Maguire (Head, Department of Anthropology, Maynooth University)
Tim Edwards (Executive Trustee, Bhopal Medical Appeal)
“Corporate impunity par excellence: Bhopal’s thirty year struggle for access to justice”

Alyne Delaney (Associate Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark)
“Outsiders looking In:  Impacts of Fukushima on Tohoku people and producers from an ethnographic perspective”

Session 3, 3.00 to 4.00
Roundtable Discussion with all participants, chaired by Chandana Mathur (Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Maynooth University).


This event is free and open to all who may be interested. Please RSVP to anthropology.office@nuim.ie by Friday, 21st November. Students in the Anthropology and Development postgraduate programme are required to attend.

Sponsored by the Maynooth University Postgraduate Programme in Anthropology and Development, in conjunction with the Humanitarian Action Study Group of the Development Studies Association of Ireland.



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