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Workshop on Historical Systemic Collapse

Presentations, Videos, &
Other Products from the Workshop

Please find the presentations, videos, and other products from the wrokshop below. If you are looking for other resources, please explore the dropdown menu above, or navigate to the workshop's home page here, and the GSR main page here.

Slides Miguel Centeno presented a summary of the workshop findings at the Chicago Area Comparative and Social Sciences Conference this May

Workshop Slides & Videos

Slides Video Miguel Centeno - Princeton University, PIIRS Global Systemic Risk Research Community
“Introduction to the topics, goals, and structure of the workshop.”

Panel #1

Slides Video Simon Levin - Princeton University, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
“Systemic Risk and Systemic Opportunity: Alternative Realities in Ecological and Social Systems”

Slides Video Stephen Pyne - Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences
“Regime Change – Fire and Collapse”

Slides Video Nils Christian Stenseth - University of Oslo, Evolutionary Biology
“Wildlife Dynamics and Their Consequences for Human Populations:
From Natural Catastrophes in the Wild to Catastrophes in the Human Populations”


Slides Video Christina Grozinger - Penn State University, Entomology
“From Resilience to Collapse: Dual Impacts of Social Organization in Bees”

Slides Video Timothy Lenton - University of Exeter, Global Systems Institute
“Tipping Points Related to Climate Change”

Video Panel #1 Discussion

Panel #2

Slides Video Haydn Belfield - Cambridge University, CSER
“Collapse and Existential Risk”

Slides Video Luke Kemp - Cambridge University, CSER
“Ruin, Resilience, and the Rungless Ladder"

Slides Video Richard Bookstaber - University of California, Chief Risk Officer, Office of the CIO
“From Wild West to Max Max: The Lifecycle of a Civilization"

Slides Video Joseph Tainter - Utah State University, Ecology/Environment & Society
“How Scholars Explain Collapse”

Slides Video Peter Turchin - University of Connecticut, Evolutionary Anthropology
“A Historical Crisis/Recovery Database for Testing Theories of Collapse”

Video Panel #2 Discussion

Panel #3

Slides Video Stefan Thurner - Santa Fe Institute, IIASA, & Complexity Science Hub Vienna
“A Minimalist View on Collapse + an Example”

Slides Video Juan Rocha - Stockholm Resilience Centre
“Cascading Regime Shifts"

Slides Video Gwythian Prins - London School of Economics & Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr
“Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Tame Thinking About Wicked Problems"

Slides Video Marty Anderies - Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution and Social Change & School of Sustainability
“Sequential Infrastructure Investments and Robustness-Fragility Trade-offs”

Video Panel #3 Discussion

Panel #4

Slides Video Eric Cline - George Washington University, Capital Archaeological Institute
“1177 BC: The Late Bronze Age Collapse in the Aegean and Near East”

Slides Video Walter Scheidel - Stanford University, Classics and History (Presented by John Haldon)
“'Peak Empire’: Roman and Chinese Unravelings"

Slides Video John Haldon - Princeton University, History
“Systemic Collapse and Institutional Stability: Why Did the Eastern Roman State Survive?"

Slides Video Samuel Cohn - University of Glasgow, Medieval History
“The Black Death: Collapse, Resilience, & Transformation”

Video Panel #4 Discussion

Panel #5

Slides Video Tim Kohler - Washington State University, Anthropology
“Causes & Patterns of Collapse & Resilience in Neolithic Societies (Emphasizing the US Southwest)”

Slides Video Ann Kinzig - Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences
“Cultural Transformations in the Pre-Hispanic Southwest: Social and Ecological Stressors"

Slides Video Deborah Nichols - Dartmouth College, Anthropology
“Episodes of the Feathered Serpent: Aztec Imperialism and Collapse"

Video Panel #5 Discussion

Panel #6

Slides Video Jeffrey Hass - University of Richmond, Sociology and Anthropology
“Resilience of the Simple? Lessons about Order from the Blockade of Leningrad”

Slides Video Ben Trump - US Army Engineer R&D Center
“Civilizational Decline and Collapse: Resilience as a Core Explanatory Variable"

Slides Video Zia Mian - Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School
Benoit Pelopidas - Sciences Po, Security Studies
“Preparing to End Civilization: Nuclear Weapons, Collapse, and Resilience"

Slides Video Anders Sandberg - University of Oxford, Future of Humanity Institute
“Statistics of the Lifespan of Complex Systems”

Slides Video Peter Turchin - University of Connecticut, Evolutionary Anthropology
“A Historical Crisis/Recovery Database for Testing Theories of Collapse”

Video Panel #6 Discussion

Lunch Lecture

Video Doug Mercado - Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School
“Humanitarian Crisess”

Panel #7

Slides Video Ingrid Burrington - USC, Annenberg Innovation Lab & Freelance Writer and Artist
“Dads of the Apocalypse”

Slides Video Tim Maughan - Author and Journalist
“SkyNet is Real and It Wants to Sell You Shoes Made by Child Slaves”

Slides Video sava saheli singh - Queen’s University, Surveillance Studies Center
“Screening Surveillance"

Video Panel #7 Discussion

Panel #8

Video Miguel Centeno - Princeton University, Sociology, WWS, and PIIRS Global Systemic Risk
Paul Larcey - University of Cambridge, Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction
“Panel #8 Closing Remarks and Discussion"

Stay tuned for more videos and workshop materials!

Contact Us

For more information about the Workshop or the Global Systemic Risk Research Community, please email the group coordinator, Thayer Patterson, at gsr@princeton.edu.