Afterwards – Graphic Narratives of Disaster Risk and Recovery from India (Volume Set)
Afterwards is an anthology of graphic narratives of disaster impacts and the process of recovery that follows. These stories were drawn from the testimonies of disaster-affected individuals, households, and communities documented from the Indian states of Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. The book has been translated into the regional languages of these states – Odia, Tamil, and Malayalam. They communicate challenges related to housing resettlement, loss of livelihoods, and gender-based exclusion among others. At the heart of this anthology lies the idea of ‘representation’: how are disaster-affected people portrayed by the media, state actors, and official documents; how are their needs represented and how do these portrayals impact the lives of those at risk and shape their recovery?
Graphically illustrating these themes provides a platform to relay personal experiences of disaster risk and recovery. Through a creative mode of representation, this box set, aims to take such important narratives to a wider audience, beyond academia.