Welcome

Welcome to Christchurch for the 2014 annual conference of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand

“The social impact of the Canterbury earthquakes”.


Dear friends and colleagues, welcome to the 2014 SAANZ annual conference. This SAANZ conference has a Groundhog Day feel to it – four years ago we were in the middle of organising the 2010 conference when plans were derailed by the beginning of the Canterbury earthquakes. We are now back in the  position to offer you a conference that, we hope, will give you an opportunity to share your work with others  yet also enable you to engage with the social consequences of our city’s quake experiences. While the call for papers is a general one, the keynotes are leaders in the field of disaster sociology.  Given the particular context for the conference – taking place in a rebuilding city where accommodation and transport are heavily utilised by rebuild workers, we have kept conference registration costs as low as possible. To encourage you to book early, abstract submissions and registration details are available from the 1st May, 2014. We will process abstracts as soon as possible to facilitate your planning.

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Conference team: Ruth McManus (co-ordinator), Hong Wang, Tiina Vares, Rochelle Bloy (website), Denise Forbes, Pat Ydgren.

Conference email: saanz2014conference@canterbury.ac.nz