Cultures of Crisis 3

Professional Cultures of Crisis Management

International Workshop in Frankfurt, 8-9 November

Netzwerk (Foto: Flickr, Eric Havir,, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Crises pervade all parts of society. They occur in the economic, ecological and political spheres, they affect organizations, states and institutions. All kinds of professionals thus have to deal with crises and have to develop their own understanding of crisis. The topic of this workshop is to explore the similarities and differences in how professional cultures use and understand the concept of crises and to assess the magnitude of practices and knowledge orders that exist to deal with crises within such professional cultures. We therefore invite representatives from different practical fields as well as researchers, who have studied professional cultures of crisis, to exchange ideas about their respective understanding of crises and their particular approaches to manage crises. In three panels, we approach this topic from different ways: Are there different regional approaches to crisis management? Are there different organizational cultures of crisis management? And is there a global epistemic community around practices of crisis management?

The workshop is inter-disciplinary, international and highly interactive. Our intention is to provide extensive time slots for joint discussion and to stimulate discussion by pointed inputs from dedicated experts. The panels are thus intended as informal exchange forums, open to diverse perspectives and controversial debates. In order to stimulate discussion we kindly asked each panelist to prepare a short statement of 5 to 10 minutes. We provide a few guiding questions in order to focus the inputs on the panel’s topics but encourage all panelists to bring in their respective subjective and personal experiences gained under highly divergent circumstances.



Thursday, 8th of November 2018 (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF))

  • 12:30-13:30   Arrival and light lunch
  • 13:30-14:00   Welcome, round of introduction & workshop outline
    Oliver Ibert, Stefan Kroll and Antonia Witt
  • 14:00-16:00   Panel 1 “Regional cultures of crisis management”
    Moderator: Oliver Ibert / Panelists: Markus Kirchschlager, Emma Birikorang, Tilmann Röder
  • 16:00-16:30   Coffee break
  • 16:30-18:30   Panel 2 “Organizational cultures of crisis management”
    Moderator: Antonia Witt / Panelists: Tine Hanrieder, Peter Schumann, Niklas Schenck


Friday, 9th of November (Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders”, Goethe-University Frankfurt)

  • 09:00-10:30   Keynote / Arjen Bois
    “Crisis? What Crisis? A public perspective on the nature, consequences and challenges of modern crises”
  • 10:30-11:00   Coffee break
  • 11:00-13:00   Panel 3 “Crisis management as global epistemic community”
    Moderator: Stefan Kroll / Panelists: Rhageb Aljaoor, Arjen Boin, Verena Brinks, Eleonora Rohland
  • 13:00-13:30   Concluding Panel
    Oliver Ibert, Stefan Kroll and Antonia Witt
  • 13:30            Light lunch


Link to the detailed program