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Temporality and (ir)responsibility within crises I 
Alexandra Ciocanel (University of Manchester)
Pedro Silva Rocha Lima (University of Manchester)
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Irresponsibility and Failure
Friday 2 April, 14:15-15:45 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

Starting from the question "What role does time play in the attribution of (ir)responsibility within crisis?", we invite contributions that look at various types of crises - economic, medical, political - in an attempt to critically engage with the concept of crisis and its temporal reasonings.

Long Abstract

This panel explores the temporal dimensions of assigning (ir)responsibility within crises. Crises are often surrounded by attempts to make someone accountable either for their generation or for their bad management, constructing failure around the question 'What went wrong?'. This usually comes along a forward/backward temporal reasoning in an attempt to contain uncertainty and establish some sense of order. Retrospectively, blame can be assigned through claiming a lack of preparedness or its faulty implementation as in the case of Covid 19 crisis, or through critiquing speculation in economic crises. In the present, various actors may be held accountable for not acting with urgency or in a timely way, as in humanitarian crises. Scrutinizing the future, blame might be assigned through criticizing an incapability to act now for the future, as in climate change calls to act for future generations, pointing to a notion of kairos in relation to crisis. This panel invites critical reflections on financial, humanitarian, climate, medical (e.g. pandemics), and other crises starting from questions such as: What temporal horizons are at play when assigning blame and responsibility in crisis? How does the unfolding of events through time in a crisis shift the attribution of responsibility between different actors? How are disruptions of temporal experiences in crisis explained by different patterns of finger blaming? What temporal affects surround the attribution of (ir)responsibility within crises and failures? What new modes of responsibility can emerge and how are they related to persistence and change in social systems?

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