This lecture is introduced by Prof. Rosi Braidotti.
Global risks are the main triggers of an explosive transformation that is rendering visible the contours of society in the twenty-first century. The theory of world risk society addresses the increasing ubiquity of globally manufactured uncertainty and thereby makes us recognize the plurality of the world. The cosmopolitical imperative ‘cooperate or fail!’ becomes part of the political agenda. This way world risk society opens up a moral space of high ambivalence, it gives rise to a ‘Hegelian’ and/or a ‘Carl Schmittian’ scenario of future politics.
This lecture was given within the framework of the 2012 School of Critical Theory organized by the Centre for the Humanities in Utrecht. The programme was titled ‘Risk Societies and Cosmopolitanism’, and offered trans-national and interdisciplinary approaches drawn from the humanities, social sciences, law, philosophy and international relations. Its focus on the development of cross-national European perspectives in these areas, allows for the innovative use of key notions of cosmopolitanism across different national, cultural and disciplinary traditions. The school consisted of three clusters, which focused on Cosmopolitanism and risk society, Cosmopolitanism and the social responsibility, and Cosmopolitanism and the civic duty of Digital Media.