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Crisis: A Global Inquiry Into the Contemporary Moment

NOMIS Project 2018

— 2025

We inhabit a world in crisis. Or, more precisely, we live in a world in which the language of crisis has become the most common way of representing a series of situations we face. We have global economic crises, eurozone crises, refugee crises in Europe and the Middle East, leadership crises in the United States and Venezuela, institutional crises in Hungary and Poland, nuclear crises in North Korea and Iran, humanitarian crises in Yemen and Congo, food crises in South Sudan and the Horn of Africa, environmental crises in the Arctic and the Amazonia, as well as identity crises, legitimation crises, solidarity crises, security crises, gender crises … and even crises in the social sciences.

This ubiquity of the idea of crisis tells us something about the actuality as well as the imaginary of contemporary societies. One can regard it literally as a sign of our times: It signals something important about the present. The project, Crisis: A Global Inquiry Into the Contemporary Moment, seeks to analyze this objectively identifiable and subjectively experienced notion of crisis. It will explore, through a multi-sited study conducted on five continents and mobilizing different disciplines, the multiplicity of the forms of, and responses to, crises.


NOMIS Researcher(s)

James D. Wolfensohn Professor
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Institute for Advanced Study

Project News

NOMIS Awardee and James D Wolfensohn Professor Didier Fassin and past Distinguished Visiting Professor Axel Honneth 2018 19 are the editors of Crisis Under Critique How People Assess Transform and Respond to Critical Situations The hellip

In an interview in the Frankfurter Allgemeine NOMIS Awardee Didier Fassin shares his perspective on the pandemic conspiracy theories culture crises and more A translated excerpt of the article follows hellip

NOMIS Awardee Didier Fassin has been elected member of the Academia Europaea for 2021 The Academia Europaea formed in 1988 is the pan European academy of science humanities and letters with hellip

The online Spanish language publication Synapsis has published an interview with NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Awardee Didier Fassin about his 10 year ethnography of the French state in which he conducted fieldwork on hellip


Project Insights


Anthropologue et médecin Didier Fassin est professeur au Collège de France titulaire de la chaire Questions morales et enjeux politiques dans les sociétés contemporaines et directeur d études à l EHESS Anne Claire hellip