Crisis: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

10th International Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”

One of the most quoted lines these days is from Hamlet: “The time is out of joint.” After 1989, our societies rallied round the grand narratives of development towards an ever more progressive realization of prosperity, justice, and democracy, in accordance with liberal social models and in conjunction with a peaceful international order. Now, such optimistic self-understandings have been replaced by ever stronger feelings and expressions of anxiety and fear – often in what appear to be distorted and highly disturbing, antidemocratic forms.
The transdisciplinary method for analyzing normative orders that has been the core of our research for the last ten years allows us to grasp these developments in a differentiated manner. Not only does it allow us to analyse the institutional incongruities that arise from the fact that ever more pressing global problems lack the appropriate transnational and supranational institutions to address them; it also points to the fact that our societies seem to lack even the appropriate normative language to address these challenges. In this conference, we seek out and discuss various ways to reflect conceptually upon these dysfunctionalities and normative contradictions. 


When? Thursday, November 23rd – Friday, November 24th, 2017, 2:15 p.m.
Where? Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Campus Westend, Building „Normative Ordnungen“



Panel 1: Conceptions of Crisis (2:30 - 4:30 p.m.)

  • Prof. Dr. Albena Azmanova (Brussels School of International Studies, Kent University):
    Crisis of Crisis: On Normative and Institutional Stuckness
  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst and Prof. Dr. Klaus Günther (Directors of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Goethe University):
    Normative Crisis: Conceptual and Diagnostic Remarks
  • Dr. Brian Milstein (Goethe University):
    What Does a Legitimation Crisis Mean Today?
  • Chair: Rebecca Schmidt (Managing Director of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Goethe University)

Keynote (5 - 6:30 p.m.)

  • Prof. Dr. Hauke Brunkhorst (Europa-Universität Flensburg):
    Normative Orders in Crisis - Conditions of Democratic Solidarity within the Capitalist World System



Panel 2: Historical Interpretations in Crisis. In Search for Concepts beyond the Secularization Paradigm (10:30 - 12:30 p.m.)

  • Prof. Dr. Chris Hann(Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale):
    A Concept of Eurasia
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Jussen (Goethe University):
    Bildbasierte Versuchsanordnungen. Von der Krise des Säkularisierungsparadigmas zur Suche nach neuen Modellen historischer Argumentation
  • Judith Blume (Göttingen University):
    Reprint, Revision, Renew. Der Umgang mit Krisen im Medium Sammelbildalbum
  • Chair: Prof. Dr. Annette Warner (Goethe University)

Panel 3: The Crisis of the 'Liberal World Order' (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.)

  • Prof. Dr. Vivienne Jabri (King's College London):
    Crisis and World Order: A Postcolonial Political Ontology
  • Prof. Dr. Christopher Daase(Goethe University/PRIF):
    The Contradictions of the Liberal World
  • Dr. Stefan Kroll (Goethe University):
    The Crisis of the Liberal World Order: And the Politics of its Defense
  • Chair: Prof. Dr. Stefan Kadelbach (Goethe University)


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