Conceptions and Epistemologies of “Crisis” in regard to Disasters, Migration and Refugees
The word, “crisis”, is being repeatedly invoked in regard to natural disasters, migration and refugees. Crises are being declared by both media, politicians and scholars in regard to hurricanes and oods, scenes of desperate migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean and pictures of refugees walking the streets of Europe. Crisis, in this context, may of course refer to the pressing realities that those directly affected by these experiences, but is often also used in regard to the real or perceived impact on surrounding societies. As such, the invocation of crisis equ- ally serves to justify rapid shifts in the socio-political and economic landscapes at both the national and interna- tional level, laying bare power, socioeconomic and other dynamics underlying the responses to these phenomena. Moreover, crisis claims in regard to any of these issues often have important reciprocal effects for each of the other areas.
Following the general approach of the Pufendorf Advanced Study Group on CRISIS, this seminar will try to open up interdisciplinary and multifaceted dialogues in regard to the conceptualization and epistemologies of crisis in regard to disasters, migration and refugees. We ask, how, on what basis, by whom and in what context crisis is proclaimed. Moreover, what does crisis means for the security, precariousness, rights, and social justice of particular individuals and groups in speci c contexts? Last, but not least, to what extent does crisis language open up avenues for counter-politics and various moral/ethical calls for action?
Seminar Organisers: Prof. Mo Hamza and Prof. Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (Pufendorf IAS ́s ASG CRISIS)
Please note that seats are limited to 30!