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The contribution that identifying a crisis may play in the attribution of responsibility
Ethnography from contemporary Amazonia and Melanesia raises questions about where people locate the responsibility for certain kinds of crisis, and how that attribution of responsibility can bring about (further) crisis. Thus the very manner in which a situation is figured as a 'crisis' plays its part in generating a response that itself becomes a crisis, and conversely a crisis response may back-figure the original dilemmas. A focus on contemporary crises and dilemmas raises questions about practices of attributing responsibility.The panel invites papers sharing this approach: for example, talking about crises precipitated by such situations as religious prophesy that relativises the notion of future catastrophe, commodities as a devolution of colonialism, bureaucracy in need of moral reform, endemic armed conflict, and ultimately what kind of crisis is envisaged at death. The panel invites reflection on the concept of crisis and modes of responsibilisation with such questions in mind, and welcomes further papers of as well as beyond these two regions.