Governing Emergencies

Emergencies appear to be a defining feature of life today, whether in relation to terrorism, the credit-crunch, urban unrest, or weather related events. How do states and other organisations such as NGOs plan for and respond to these and other emergencies? And what are the consequences of ways of governing emergencies for life today? Funded by the Leverhulme Trust for a couple of years, the international research network will address these questions by mapping how, and with what consequences, emergencies are governed today. Amongst other questions, we’ll explore the distinctiveness of the government of emergency today by exploring:

  • How is life governed before, during and after emergencies take place?
  • How is human and non-human life valued and thereafter related to in different processes of governing before, during and after emergencies?
  • How has the term emergency been used in conjunction with other related terms (including catastrophe, crisis, and disaster) and what does this imply or assume about life in the global north and south?
  • What implications do different ways of governing emergency hold for political life in the global north and south?

We’ll have more details on our first event soon, in the meantime if you’re interested in similar questions get in touch with Dr Rachel Gordon, the network facilitator (r.j.gordon@durham.ac.uk)

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