Crisis as an Art of Government

  • Pedriali, F. (Host)
  • Dario Gentili (Invited speaker)
  • Katie Jones (Invited speaker)
  • Federico Luisetti (Invited speaker)
  • Perugini, N. (Invited speaker)
  • Nadia Picon (Invited speaker)
  • Elisa Vivaldi (Invited speaker)

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation



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Crisis as an Art of Government | Thursday 18 November, 2:00-3:15pm UK time
If crisis is the norm, how do we demand change? Crisis dominates the present historical moment. This crisis seems permanent, with no way out and no alternatives on the horizon. Yet, since its origin, this very trope has proven to be one of the most effective instruments of social discipline and administration. Pursuing this line of enquiry, in his latest book (Verso, 2021) Dario Gentili identifies precariousness as the form of life that characterises crisis understood as an art of government. So, if crisis is an art of government, how can we create political alternatives? – Dario Gentili is Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts, University of Roma Tre.
Period18 Nov 2021
Held atSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Political Theory
  • Crisis Discourse