The theme for the third Governing Emergencies workshop was Counting Loss. It provided an interesting and thought-provoking lens through which to engage with both the specific context of New York and broader intellectual themes on emergency, crisis and resilience that connected network participants. The workshop was a mixture of keynote presentations, by Kevin Grove and Marita Sturken, and group visits to New York sites. In this post, we present an outline of our explorative activities in the city through a collection of photographs.
We’re pleased to announce that the new special issue of Theory Culture & Society on Governing Emergencies is now available. It draws together critical work on emergency, exploring the politics and techniques of governing emergencies and the experiences of living through and with emergency, focusing on a range of different types of emergency. The special issue has been edited by Peter Adey (Royal Holloway), Ben Anderson (Durham University) and Stephen Graham (Newcastle University).
The issue includes:
Introduction: Governing Emergencies: Beyond Exceptionality by Peter Adey, Ben Anderson, and Stephen Graham
Vital Systems Security: Reflexive Biopolitics and the Government of Emergency by Stephen Collier and Andrew Lakoff
The Theology of Emergency: Welfare Reform, US Foreign Aid and the Faith-Based Initiative by Melinda Cooper
Cybersecurity, Bureaucratic Vitalism and European Emergency by Stephanie Simon and Marieke de Goede
Future Emergencies: Temporal Politics in Law and Economy by Sven Opitz and Ute Tellmann
Governing Inflation: Price and Atmospheres of Emergency by Derek McCormack
‘Crowded Places Are Everywhere We Go’: Crowds, Emergency, Politics by Claudia Aradau
You can access the special issue on the Theory Culture & Society website.
Whilst looking at uses of training facilities at the Fire Service College UK, which has a mock motorway amongst other things, I came across this ‘dramatic mockumentary’ (as it has been called), by the BBC. Incidentally, part of the film was shot on the mock motorway. ‘The Day Britain Stopped’ details a fictional transport disaster in the UK, which is precipitated by a rail crash followed by a trade union strike resulting in the overloading of other transport modes at an already busy time of year. Its presentation style is that of a documentary, which looks back at the events that unfolded that day, with eye-witness accounts and interviews of emergency responders and control room operators, supplemented by various methods of visualising the event, including interactive maps and video footage. Continue reading
Not long to go until the first Governing Emergencies workshop. We now have details of our speakers and the papers they will present. Continue reading
A great resource for those of you interested in the discussions around posthuman security. This website follows a workshop, held at the University of York, entitled “Posthuman security: developing an integrative research agenda.” You can read about the speakers, listen to/watch the presentations and take away information about the project aims.
Really interesting call for papers for a conference on ‘rupture.’