“Crisis” is a recurring topic of fascination. Our era is characterized by a perpetual state of crisis: violent social unrest, natural and anthropogenic disasters, and systematic failures of the institutions that influence our individual and collective lives.
Despite the growing currency of crisis, the humanities has intellectually grappled with ideas of crisis for centuries; with practices of critique and dissent, as well as seeking to understand past crises which, in retrospect, are part of a “generative” process.
Now, it seems, the humanities itself is in a state of crisis.
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