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Accepted Paper:

Transformational politics in the time of Covid 19: recasting state, collective and individual responsibility in Aotearoa/New Zealand  
Susanna Trnka (University of Auckland)

Paper short abstract:

This paper examines various publics' and the New Zealand governments' attempts at fostering transformational politics during the Covid 19 crisis.

Paper long abstract:

This paper examines transformational politics led by state governments in times of crisis. Taking as its case study the 2020 lockdown in Aotearoa/New Zealand in response to the Covid 19 pandemic, it examines affective relations between citizenry and the state, exploring how notions of responsibility, obligation, community and care are harnessed across governmental and public moves to constitute a comprehensive lockdown. In a situation where failure is pitched as unthinkable, how are compliance, success, safety, and blame constituted? Bringing together scholarly understandings of states of emergency and examinations of the competing responsibilities inherent in advanced liberal government, it interrogates the ways in which individual, collective and state responsibility are simultaneously thrown into relief and reconfigured in times of crises.

Panel Irre07
Responsibility and blame in the transformational projects of the Anthropocene
  Session 1 Wednesday 31 March, 2021, -