May 24, 2018 - May 27, 2018
Humboldt University, Berlin



  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


Humboldt-University, Berlin
Goethe University Frankfurt

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50 years after the events of 1968, the question of emancipation is still of central importance. The international conference "Emancipation" will investigate from a social-philosophical perspective what emancipation is, what actors need to know in order to emancipate themselves and what practical-political conditions the collective capacity to act requires and its dynamics. In addition, at the conference the problem of emancipation will be examined in its connection with other important social-philosophical questions such as "power and domination", "politics of forms of life" and "hope and utopia". What will become apparent is that the concept of emancipation is a key concept in social philosophy which allows to connect various approaches from diverse traditions—from Critical Theory, poststructuralism and the recent analytical debates on social critique.

Confirmed participants are Sabine Andresen, Seyla Benhabib, Abu Brima, Wendy Brown, Dan Brudney, Micha Brumlik, Robin Celikates, Sylwia D. Chrostowska, Ann Cvetkovich, Alex Demirovic, Katja Diefenbach, Kristie Dotson, Didier Eribon, Nancy Fraser, Sabine Hark, Sally Haslanger, Steffen Herrmann, James Ingram, Rahel Jaeggi, Regina Kreide, Ramona Lenz, Kristina Lepold, Stephan Lessenich, Daniel Loick, Isabell Lorey, Katja Maurer, Hadi Marifat, Achille Mbembe, Christoph Menke, Charles W. Mills, Judith Mohrmann, Chantal Mouffe, Arno Münster, Fred Neuhouser, Arnd Pollmann, Eva von Redecker, Bastian Ronge, Hartmut Rosa, Martin Saar, Thomas Seibert, Paul Sörensen, Ruth Sonderegger, Jason Stanley, Christiane Thompson, Christina Thürmer-Rohr, Harald Welzer.

The conference will be held in German and in English. Registration for the conference is not required. The complete conference programme and more information regarding the venue and wheelchair accessibility will soon be available at http://criticaltheoryinberlin.de/event/emancipation/?lang=en. If you have further questions, please write an email to [email protected]

The conference is organised by Prof. Dr. Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt University Berlin), Dr. des. Kristina Lepold (Goethe University Frankfurt) and Dr. Thomas Seibert (medico international e.V.) with the assistance of Dr. Bastian Ronge, Carolin Botos and the team of the chair of practical philosophy and social philosophy at Humboldt University Berlin and in cooperation with medico international e.V. The conference is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

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