Introduction to hazards, risk and vulnerability: relations of definition and relations of dominance – traditional and modern knowledge systems; Disasters and development: structures of vulnerability and risk; Social construction of disasters and the role of media – reportage and the creation of metanarratives; Crisis of food: famine, hunger and ecological destruction; Evolving patterns of disease and illness; pathologies of power; Threats of violence/ conflict: constructing the war on terror and the politics of genocide; Disaster response and interventions: Humanitarian aid vis vis the rise of disaster capitalism – international institutions, intervention protocols (SPHERE, Hyogo), politics of aid; Community response patterns and capacities – from early warning, coping with disasters and displacement, to long-term rehabilitation; Lessons from disasters - towards exploring pathways of justice.