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Isette Schuhmacher is a research associate at the Center for Humanities and Social Change at Humboldt-University, Berlin.

Her research interests are in social and political philosophy, critical theory, social theory, and philosophy of history.

In her dissertation she develops a philosophical concept of crisis, building on Theodor W. Adorno`s and Walter Benjamin`s accounts of dialectics and social transformation.

This concept sheds light on the temporal as well as spatial dimensions of crises. It aims to grasp firstly the protracting effects, and secondly the multi-dimensional structure of crises specific to capitalist societies. A particular focus in analyzing present social contradictions lies on the ecology crisis.