Disasters are Everyday Like the Weather

Reflections on Violence in the ‘Philippine Anthropocene’


  • C. O. Go York University




Philippines, Anthropocene, critical disaster studies


This essay offers an urgent intervention from the global South in contribution to this special issue on the Anthropocene. Drawing from Rob Nixon's work on slow violence, the author offers sobering reflections on the everyday realities of what she writes as the “Philippine Anthropocene”: not only is this defined by spectacular freak weather conditions, but also shaped by normalized and state-sanctioned forms of abandonment and terror. Written in the present political context of intensifying state attacks on civil society in the country, the author recasts the light on anthropogenic forces of violence which endanger lives at the front lines of daily disasters, more lethal than the strongest storm in recorded history.

Author Biography

C. O. Go, York University

Chaya Ocampo Go is a transnational Filipina scholar of critical disaster studies at York University. She served as an emergency relief worker at the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Through her research and activism, Chaya continues to work with civil society organizations in the Philippines for social and climate justice.


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How to Cite

Go, C. (2020). Disasters are Everyday Like the Weather: Reflections on Violence in the ‘Philippine Anthropocene’. Journal of World-Systems Research, 26(2), 416–423. https://doi.org/10.5195/jwsr.2020.999



Special Issue: World-Systems Analysis in the Anthropocene