Cultural studies, Political science, Sociology

Course date

14 July - 25 July, 2003
Application deadline:
15 February, 2003
Course Director(s): 

Adi Ophir

Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Humanities, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Course Faculty: 

Dicle Kogacioglu

Columbia University in the City of New York, Law School, Center for the Study of Law and Culture, New York, United States of America

Orly Lubin

Tel Aviv University, Comparative Literature and Women Studies , Tel-Aviv, Israel

Dan Rabinowitz

Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Renata Salecl

Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ronen Shamir

Tel Aviv University, Sociology and Anthropology, Tel-Aviv, Israel

The course offers an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary catastrophes and their relation to globalization processes. Contemporary catastrophes ("complex humanitarian – or political – emergencies") are multi-dimensional events that transcend national boundaries, defy traditional ways of containing the rapid dissemination of their destructive effects, activate trans-national mechanisms of relief and intervention, and give rise to new forms of political and moral discourse. The course analyzes catastrophes as a sort of laboratories for the study of certain aspects of globalization (global civil society, multi-national corporations, perceptions of and preparations for environmental global disaster), and examines the effect of the latter on the experience and representation of catastrophes.

The course is offered to junior faculty and advanced graduate students in the humanities and social sciences, and to NGO’s activists with appropriate academic background, who are interested in cultural, sociological, political, and moral aspects of the way contemporary societies cope with recent, foreseeable or imaginary catastrophes.