Workshop: Governing through ‘Post-​’: Post-​Disaster, Post-​Conflict, Post-​Crisis? – Warwick, 18th June 2014

POST-Posts at an upcoming conference

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9e4426b9c0ff4249c5b272d552ac943eWhat is the sig­ni­fic­ance of ‘post’ in post-​disaster, post-​conflict and post-​crisis, and how might we ana­lyze the sim­il­ar­ities in the gov­ern­mental re­sponses to eco­nomic, in­fra­struc­tural and so­ci­etal dis­rup­tion? We con­tend that, des­pite dis­cip­linary bound­aries which sep­arate the study of war, eco­nomy and dis­aster, im­portant in­sights can be gained through an in­ter­dis­cip­linary ex­plor­a­tion of the way that events are bounded by con­cep­tions of tem­por­ality and re­spons­ib­ility. Events are con­sti­tuted through both an­ti­cip­a­tion and re­mem­brance. The bound­aries of ‘be­fore’ and ‘after’ help to for­mu­late events as ‘mo­ments’ of dis­rup­tion which punc­tuate equi­lib­rium and ne­ces­sitate cor­rective gov­ernance. This is often un­der­taken with scant re­gard for the struc­tures that amp­lify and gen­erate their im­pact, or their on­going ef­fects. Slow-​burning crises are par­tic­u­larly sus­cept­ible to being-​made-​silent within this frame.

The re­si­li­ence dis­course, which has tra­versed studies and policies of eco­nomy, con­flict pre­ven­tion and dis­aster man­age­ment, is paradig­matic with re­gard to con­tem­porary event-​thinking. Resilience…

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Associate Professor of Sociology, Environmental Studies, and Science and Technology Studies at Penn State, Nicholas mainly writes about understanding the scientific study of states and, thus, it is namely about state theory. Given his training in sociology and STS, he takes a decidedly STS-oriented approach to state theory and issues of governance.

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