SoSe 16: Why societies fail – Socio-Scientific Research on Cultures and Catastrophes (MA EPP)
Worldwide networking through various technologies – transport technologies, communication technologies, and information technologies – and the liberalisation of markets are occurrences which are ... read more
Worldwide networking through various technologies – transport technologies, communication technologies, and information technologies – and the liberalisation of markets are occurrences which are directly accompanied by an increasing “blurring of borders” for crisis and disaster phenomena. Climate Change, September 11th or the Fukushima disaster poignantly illustrate this temporal, spatial, sectoral, and cultural erosion of borders. This new quality of disaster potentialities, as originating in social processes, is becoming all the more relevant, especially in comparison to the “classical” hazards of the past (flooding, earthquakes, etc.).
Within the framework of this course we will ask for the main driver of cultural failure (reading some from the classics from different disciplines like Oswald Spengler, Arnold Toynbee, Thomas Homer-Dixon, Francis Fukuyama, Samuel Huntington, Harald Welzer and Naomi Klein). Furthermore we will discuss core concepts such as crisis, risk, disaster and catastrophe and thereby investigate the structural, socio-economic, environmental, or cultural conditions and the new qualities of risks and hazards in the 21st century (e.g. Pandemics, Artificial Intelligence, Climate Change, and Collapse of the global finance system), their interactions, and their effects on various levels.
If you want to prepare a lecture on one of the above mentioned monographs for the early sessions of the seminar over the term break, you can already contact me via email.