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In 1998, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement were established. Over the last two decades, ‘displacement’ has been used repeatedly to refer to forced movement of people within or outside national borders, by humanitarian researchers, practitioners and policymakers. At a conceptual level, displacement remains a wide and much-debated terminology. With the increasing uncertainty over climate change impacts, there is a growing concern among social scientists that disaster and climate risks will contribute to further displacement of communities along with other social and economic implications.
Yet, more than 20 years after the guiding principles have been established, what does the term ‘displacement’ really mean? Who or what decide to label a community as displaced or to be displaced? Do the ‘displaced people’ think of themselves as so – why or why not?
Themes could include but are not limited to, critical examination of western, normative discourses of displacement due to disasters, political environments of disaster-declarations, practices of ‘displaced’ people that reinforce or challenge academic and policy frameworks of affected or at-risk communities, natural science-informed discourses and their adverse implications on affected communities, and so forth. Presentations could be in text and/or audio-visual forms. We encourage researchers from affected or at-risk communities, practitioners, and academic researchers to share their thoughts through this transdisciplinary panel.