Performance can be vital to emergency preparedness

Duggan, Patrick and Andrews, Stuart (2021) Performance can be vital to emergency preparedness. Crisis Response Journal, 16 (3). pp. 38-39. ISSN 1745-8633

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COVID-19 has transformed the ways we live and work in cities. There is now an urgent need to understand how to practise, make sense of and sustain city life in the context of pandemic prevention measures. Emergency preparedness and resilience planning (EPRP) has been at the heart of city responses to the current crisis. As we ‘emerge’ from the fervour of the last 18 months, there is an opportunity for us to build what Helen Hinds has referred to as a need for ‘entirely new ways of thinking’ about pandemic planning, and EPRP more broadly (letter to authors, May 2020). Taking account of perspectives, practices and strategies from the arts in EPRP processes reveals valuable ways of enabling and sustaining pandemic control measures and reimagining city life. Here, we are responding to recent calls for new and imaginative modes of thinking and practice in EPRP (e.g.: CRJ 15:4) to explore the strategic importance of cities’ performances (social and aesthetic) to city EPRP.

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Additional Information: Research emerges from an AHRC/UKRI funded, COVID-19 Rapid Response project: Sustaining Social Distancing and Reimagining City Life: Performative strategies and practices for response and recovery in and beyond lockdown.
Uncontrolled Keywords: emergency planning, resilience, cities and towns, performance, theatre, arts, crisis management, covid-19, interdisciplinary research
Subjects: W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
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Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 13:04
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2022 15:15

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