The Tout-Monde of disaster studies

JC Gaillard
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 15, No 1 | a1385 | DOI: | © 2023 JC Gaillard | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 September 2022 | Published: 22 February 2023

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JC Gaillard, Te Kura Mātai Taiao, Waipapa Taumata Rau, Aotearoa


This essay expands the postcolonial agenda for future disaster studies that we suggested in conclusion of the book The Invention of Disaster. It provides some refined perspectives on how to capture the diversity and complexity of the world that we draw from the philosophy of Martinican poet and novelist Edouard Glissant. Glissant’s philosophy of creolisation and relation offers critical pathways towards pluralistic approaches to understanding what we call disaster in a world that is marked by hybridity and relationships rather than essentialism and nativism. A Tout-Monde, in Glissant’s terms, that is the combined additions of different and hybrid interpretations of disaster. Exploring the Tout-Monde of disaster studies will constitute a radical and forward-looking postcolonial agenda; radical in that it will challenge many of our scholarly assumptions, popular discourses as well as common-sense policies and practices.


disaster studies; postcolonial studies; pluralism; relation; Edouard Glissant.


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