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Unpacking Economic and Social Rights: International and Comparative Dimensions - Conference

The Goettingen Journal of International Law is pleased to announce that we will take part in a conference in November 2018. The joint research project of the Institute of International and European Law of the University of Göttingen and the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law will be holding this conference in Göttingen, Germany under the title “Unpacking Economic and Social Rights: International and Comparative Dimensions”. The conference is a culmination of a joint research project directed by Prof. Tomer Broude and Prof. Andreas L. Paulus and examines economic and social rights from a comparative perspective, looking at German, Israeli and European legal systems and their respective constitutional, legislative and jurisprudential experiences, as well as the universal human rights framework under the auspices of the United Nations. In addition to this call, Prof. Paulus and Prof. Broude, junior researchers of the project and associate and invited scholars will present their research at the conference.

Scholars who work on economic and social rights are invited to submit abstracts. The proceedings of the conference and papers presented will be published in one of our upcoming issues. See the call for papers and the conference website for more details.

Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 1 June 2018. Accepted proposals will be notified by 1 July 2018. Full papers due for submission by 1 November 2018.

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The Productive Semantics of the Crisis

Florian Süssenguth



Within sociological discourse the scientific category of the crisis is often criticised for being arbitrary and as a consequence deemed devoid of meaning in modern society in general. Observing crisis communication as an empirical phenomenon puts this mindset into perspective. Using examples from scientific and political semantics reveals the productive aspects of communication taking the form of a crisis. Within the scientific system a crisis simultaneously serves as guiding line for the decisions on which topics and issues the limited resources for research and publication are to be devoted, and as a point of reference for the revaluation of theories and methods. In the political system crisis communication forces decisions on policy and compels parties to develop stances and solution strategies by which they are able to delineate themselves from each other. Crisis communication therefore follows the various rationalities of the systems it occurs without adding up to an overarching rationality encompassing society as a whole and shaping its reaction. Crisis communication in this sense serves to increase variety within social systems and can be understood as a societal adaptation mechanism operating in the mode of evolution.


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