Making Sense of Industrial Disasters

Issued 5 November 2014

The Maynooth University Postgraduate Programme in Anthropology and Development  in Publication cover - Making Sense of Industrial Disastersconjunction with the Humanitarian Action Study Group of the Development Studies Association of Ireland are pleased to announce this symposium on Saturday, 29 November, at the Anthropology Seminar Room, Rowan House, Maynooth University. The aim is to discuss the phenomenon of industrial disasters and what they reveal about the current global model. This event will mark the 30th anniversary of the world`s worst industrial disaster, the deadly gas leak at the Union Carbide plant , that took place in Bhopal, India, in December 1984.


Session 1 (10.30am to 12.15am)


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 (12.15am to 1.00pm)

Session 2 (1.00pm to 2.45pm)

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 (3.00pm to 4.00pm)

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 by Friday, 21st November. Students in the Anthropology and Development postgraduate programme are required to attend.