About the Society for Critical Studies of Crisis

Society for Critical Studies of Crisis (SCSC) is the culmination of more than two years of inter-disciplinary work at Lund University supported by the Pufendorf Institute through an Advanced Study Group and a CRISIS Theme. These initiatives were a response to urgent calls for political action and ethical calls for more inclusive and efficient models for crisis prevention, mitigation, and restoration.

The SCSC is a non-profit Lund University-based association which was launched at the Symposium on Critical Explorations of Crisis:  Politics, Precariousness, and Potentialities in 2019. It provides a platform for members’ engagement, both individuals and institutions with an interest in critical crisis studies. Membership in the SCSC is free. An annual general meeting will be held.


The SCSC understands crisis as the result of complex dynamics and interactions rather than a ‘siloed’ event. From an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective, the SCSC seeks to critically examine the interconnectedness between various types of crises, the economic, political, and ideological aspects of a crisis, how these engage to configure politics, realities, and experiences of a crisis, the socially differentiated impacts of a crisis, and its unequal ramifications in particular contexts for specific social groups of different gender, age, sexuality, ethnicity, class, and bodyableness.


Swedish legislation and the Lund University policy and ethical regulations set the frame for the SCSC. 

Photo: Mo Hamza
Art: Antony Gormley’s Event Horizon in London, 2007.