Episode 3: Risk

In the third episode of season 3, hosts Dr. Tessa Diphoorn and Dr. Brianne McGonigle-Leyh are joined by Dr. Deana Jovanović, an Assistant Professor at the Cultural Anthropology department at Utrecht University, and Prof. Mr. Elbert de Jong, a Professor of Private Law at the Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law (UCALL) and the Molengraaff Institute for Private Law, to discuss the concept of ‘Risk’.

How do they use the concept of ‘risk ’in their own fields? What debates are there around the concept of risk? What does risk traditionally mean versus nowadays? And how is the production of knowledge connected to risk? There are a lot of connections with past episodes such as imagination, crisis, facts!

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  • Aaron Wildavsky, political scientist
  • Bronislaw Malinowski, anthropologist
  • Caitlin Zaloom, anthropologist
  • Mary Douglas, anthropologist
  • Ulrich Beck, sociologist