S1, 6 ECTS
Instead of understanding ’risk’ as simply a new term for ’danger’, and ’geopolitical risk’ as a new term for ’geopolitical danger’, this research seminar will present research on the geopolitical implications of the rapid evolution of the notions of risk and uncertainty. Through a range of international speakers, it will document, analyse and clarify the way risk and uncertainty are unfolding on a global scale, with implications on several levels and in several registers. It will take a critical approach to the dominant paradigms of the thought and practice surrounding the notions of security and risk, analysing the cultural, social and political conditions for the production and operationalisation of knowledge about them.
This research seminar, like the lecture course « Théorie politique depuis 1945 » is part of the newly-formed AXA-ENS chair in the Geopolitics of Risk. The Chair and its holder, Prof. Dr. J. Peter Burgess will undertake a programme of research over 10 years, deepening the understanding of the globalisation of risk, including its political, religious, ethical, anthropological and other dimensions.