David Chandler

Resilience in the Anthropocene

Join prof. David Chandler from Westminster University who will speak about resilience and development. Live on 10th November at 14:00 EET / 13:00 CET.

Friday 10.11.2017

The rise of resilience is intimately connected to the perceived failings of traditional, liberal or modernist forms of politics, which assumed that governance could be centrally directed on the basis of ‘command-and-control’ understandings.

Confidence in this framework has gradually eroded, with an appreciation that the world is much more globalised, interconnected and relationally entangled than ‘top-down’ forms of governance assume.

David Chandler, a leading international academic and commentator in the field of international theory and governance, talks about the new paradigm of governing through mapping, sensing and hacking.

1) The resilience mode of mapping shifts the focus from the ideas and understanding of governing agencies to the importance of the object of governance itself.

2) Sensing as a mode of governing resilience shifts the emphasis of thinking from causality to correlation.

3) Hacking as a process of ‘becoming with’ seeks to achieve resilience through enabling the creativity of contingent relations rather than merely seeking to resist or limit external effects.

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David Chandler is a leading international academic and commentator in the field of international theory and governance. He is Professor of International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster. He is the current editor of the journal Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses. He is also the founding editor of the Routledge book series Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding and the current editor of the Routledge book series’ Advances in Democratic Theory and Routledge Studies in Resilience. Professor Chandler is the author/editor of around twenty books. His authored monographs include: Ontopolitics in the Anthropocene: An Introduction to Mapping, Sensing and Hacking (Routledge, forthcoming); Peacebuilding: The Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1997-2017 (Palgrave, 2016); The Neoliberal Subject: Resilience, Adaptation and Vulnerability (with Julian Reid) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015); Resilience: The Governance of Complexity (Routledge, 2014); Freedom vs. Necessity in International Relations: Human-Centred Approaches to Security and Development (Zed Books, March 2013). David Chandler has contributed more than one hundred articles to international peer-reviewed journals (in the spheres of international relations, social theory, security, development, democracy, history, geography, political theory, philosophy, ethics and law). More information can be found at www.davidchandler.org

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