Fear Series 3: Misplaced and misused fear

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This seminar was recorded at the Australian National University on 28 November 2017. Please do not reproduce without permission.

The relationship between fear and regulation is not well understood. Fear may be misplaced – think of our outsized fear of sharks, or it may be misused – as when fears of terrorism are used to justify curtailing civil liberties and invading privacy. This panel examines how fear has been misused and misplaced to justify either regulation or inaction.

About the speakers

Kathryn (Kate) Henne is an ARC DECRA Fellow at RegNet. She is also Canada Research Chair in Biogovernance, Law and Society at the University of Waterloo and a Fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs. An interdisciplinary researcher whose work is situated at the intersections of socio-legal studies and science and technology studies, she is currently studying how different populations navigate the regulatory conditions associated with seeking social assistance.

Adam Henshke is an applied ethicist, working on areas that cross over between ethics, technology and security. He is a lecturer at the National Security College (NSC) at the Crawford School of Public Policy and a research fellow with Delft University of Technology (TUD) in The Hague, The Netherlands. His research concerns ethical and philosophical analyses of information technology and its uses, military ethics and on relations between ethics and national security. He has published on surveillance, emerging military technologies and intelligence and cyberspace. He is also interested in moral psychology, experimental philosophy and their relations to decision making and policy development.

Jeremy Youde is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the Coral Bell School of Asian and Pacific Affairs. His research focuses on questions of global health governance and global health politics. He is the author of three books and co-editor of two recently edited volumes. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in a wide variety of outlets and is a member of the editorial board of Global Health Governance. He is also Treasurer and member of the Executive Council of the Global Health Section of the International Studies Association as well as Member-at-Large on the Executive Board of the International Studies Association’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies (LGBTQA) Caucus.

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