Crisis governance and the illusion of white futurity

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Have you ever attended a conference, workshop, or roundtable, that was in some way devoted to the theme of crisis or crisis governance? For a person affiliated with academia and policy, at the latest after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the answer would likely be ‘yes’. This seminar puts forward the argument that despite all efforts, the crisis-solving potential of current crisis theorising is heavily limited by its own epistemological groundings and discusses what could be done to change this. 

Reading together the decolonial concept of white futurity and insights on the global crisis of reproduction from feminist political economy research, Laura Zuber shows why we need to fundamentally question and rethink our basic epistemological assumptions about crises and their governance if we want to solve them. It furthermore discusses the importance and consequences of reading decolonising and related intersectional efforts in the context of crisis governance.
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