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Chair: Dr Amanda Chisholm, Senior Lecturer in Security Studies / Researcher in Gender and Security

Speaker: Laura Zuber, PhD Researcher, Department of War Studies

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, this seminar 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. 




Laura Zuber (she/her) is a doctoral researcher at the War Studies Department of King’s College London. Her thesis explores the interrelation between the neoliberal crisis philosophy and the global crisis of reproduction. She furthermore explores alternative philosophies and governance approaches to the global crisis of reproduction coming from decolonial thinking. Her research is fully funded by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.  

Laura received a first-class honours Master’s degree in English Studies, Multilingual and Intercultural Communication from the University of Málaga, and a first-class honours Master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Passau, where she also received her Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication. 

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