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Theme CRISIS

‘Crisis’ seems to weave our world together as threads of a transnational crisis narrative. Sometimes crisis rhetoric appears in populist and apocalyptic ways, sometimes as a variable in political strategies to justify social exclusion and economic austerity measures. Yet, crisis also refers to abrupt incidents that shatter the foundation of daily life and to prolonged suffering that ruptures lifeworlds, livelihoods, and communities.

© Mo Hamza (Antony Gormley sculpture)
© Mo Hamza (Antony Gormley sculpture)

The CRISIS Theme explores the social asymmetries imbued in a crisis due to parameters such as gender, ethnicity, and class. However, these are only rarely recognized in respect to crisis interpretation; the many-layered impacts of a crisis; and the policies implemented to cope with a crisis and its aftermath. Common approaches to crisis have not kept pace with the increasing complexity in the socio-economic and political systems dealing with a crisis and how a crisis kaleidoscopically is taking new shapes when bouncing between the global and local levels. The temporalities of a crisis are rarely analyzed and the differences between crisis as emergency, crisis as a path to renewal, and crisis as chronicity; as a new normalcy of prolonged difficulties tend to be overlooked.

These conditions call for novel and critical perspectives to the study of crisis. While carefully exploring the conceptualization of ‘crisis’, the CRISIS Theme also carries out inter- and multidisciplinary examinations of the interconnectedness between various types of crises, the economic, political, and ideological aspects of a crisis, and the socially differentiated impacts and unequal ramifications of a crisis.

Four focal areas are carefully studied by the CRISIS Theme to understand the complexities of urgent events, namely: (1) climate change; (2) conflicts; (3) population movement; and (4) global health. Even though each area is not uncommonly analyzed as a siloed event, these areas tend to interlock and in doing so configure the politics, realities, and experiences of crisis.

Note; The CRISIS Theme is scheduled to run from spring to autumn 2019. The Theme continues work initiated in the Pufendorf Institute Advanced Study Group on Crisis 2017-2018 

CRISIS Theme Members Informing about Crisis

The Many Dimensions of a Crisis, Lund University Research Magazine

https://www.researchmagazine.lu.se/2017/08/28/the-many-dimensions-of-a-crisis/

“Disasters Evermore: Past, Present and Future Risk in an Uncertain World”

https://www.lu.se/event/disasters-past-present-and-future-risk-in-an-uncertain-world

“The End of the Deterrence Paradigm? Future Directions for Global Refugee Policy”

https://cmsny.org/publications/jmhs-end-of-deterrence-paradigm/

“Futureearth Blog: Research, Innovation, Sustainability”

http://www.futureearth.org/blog/people/vasna-ramasar

“Swedish Feminist Foreign Policy in the Making: Ethics, Politics, and Gender”

https://www.ethicsandinternationalaffairs.org/2016/swedish-feminist-foreign-policy-in-the-making-ethics-politics-and-gender/

“Stor seger för Indiens HBTQ-befolkning”

http://sydasien.se/kultur/stor-seger-for-indiens-hbtq-befolkning/

“I väntan på finanskrisen”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45mJevtwQBU

“Democratic Stability in an Age of Crisis: Reassessing the Interwar Period”

https://www.svet.lu.se/en/internal/event/agnes-cornell-on-democratic-stability-in-an-age-of-crisis-reassessing-the-interwar-period

“Kris, genus och ojämlikhet—nationellt och globalt: Internationella kvinnodagen 8 mars, 2019, Karolinska institutet”

https://ki.se/nvs/kalender/oppet-seminarium-internationella-kvinnodagen-8-mars

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Members

Helle Rydström (Coordinator)
Professor
Department of Gender Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University

Fredrik NG Andersson
Associate Professor (Docent)
Department of Economics
School of Economics and Management, Lund University

Vanja Berggren
Senior Lecturer
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

Annika Bergman Rosamond
Associate Professor (Docent)
Department of Political Science
Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University

Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen
Professor
Center of Excellence for International Courts
Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Mo Hamza
Professor
Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety
Faculty of Engineering (LTH), Lund University

Catarina Kinnvall
Professor
Department of Political Science
Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University

Vasna Ramasar
Senior Lecturer
Department of Human Geography
Lund University

Maria Tonini
Senior Lecturer
Department of Gender Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University

Affiliated Professor and Guest Researcher

Jeff Hearn
Professor
Division of Management and Organization
Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland

Affiliated Professor

Steffen Jensen
Professor
Department of Culture and Global Studies
Aalborg University, Campus Copenhagen, Denmark