This talk will address the moods, feelings and political utility of crisis and stories of crisis in contemporary times. Crisis is often attached to migrant and refugee flows, as well as to other phenomena such as climate change, the stock market or even voting behaviour. Yet, are these social and political issues really an emergency and existential threat, or are other things also at play?
Are crisis and emergency age-old devices of communication and control, diverting our attention from other more wicked problems? Are these problems and issues always for others, or are we all implicated in perpetuating crisis stories? This talk brings together writers, researchers and activists to explore contemporary crisis talk and stories of crisis that appear to be bombarding us with narratives of existential threat.
Presented in partnership with UNSW Grand Challenge on Refugees and Migrants, featuring academics from arts, media and social sciences.