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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.

Speakers are: Seyla Benhabib, Didier Eribon, Nancy Fraser, Achille Mbembe, Hartmut Rosa and many others.

The conference will be held in German and in English. Registration for the conference is not required. The conference will take place at HKW (25 May) and Technical University Berlin (26/27 May). If you have further questions, please write an email to

The conference is organised by Prof. Dr. Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt University Berlin/Center for Humanities & Social Change Berlin), Dr. des. Kristina Lepold (Goethe University Frankfurt), Dr. Thomas Seibert (medico international e.V.) and Prof Dr. Sabine Hark (Technical University Berlin) with the assistance of Dr. Bastian Ronge, Carolin Botos, Lea Prix 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).


25 May 2018 (HKW)

5–8 pm Opening:
Greeting by Sabine Kunst, President of Humboldt University Berlin, and Angela Ittel, Vice-President of Technical University Berlin
Welcome Address by the Organizers
Panel: “What is Emancipation?” (with Seyla Benhabib, Wendy Brown, Didier Eribon, Rahel Jaeggi, Christoph Menke, chaired by: Daniel Loick)

26 May 2018 (TU Berlin)

9.30–11.30 am Colloquia:
“Teaching Autonomy” (with Sabine Andresen, Micha Brumlik, Christiane Thompson, convened by: Micha Brumlik)
“Politics of Forms of Life” (with Ann Cvetkovich, Katja Diefenbach, Daniel Loick, convened by: Daniel Loick)
“Liberation and Gender” (with Morvarid Dehnavi, Aline Oloff, Christina Thürmer-Rohr, convened by: Sabine Hark)
Medico-Colloquium: “Emancipation from the Catastrophe” (with Abu Brima, Vera Malaguti, Hadi Marifat, convened by: Thomas Seibert)
1–3 pm Panel: “Emancipatory Knowledge” (with Sally Haslanger, Charles W. Mills, Martin Saar, Jason Stanley, chaired by: Kristina Lepold)
3.30–5.30 pm Colloquia:
“Alienation & Ideology” (with Lorna Finlayson, Karen Ng, Hartmut Rosa, convened by: Robin Celikates & Paul Sörensen)
“Revolution” (with Wendy Brown, Hauke Brunkhorst, Christoph Menke, convened by: Eva von Redecker)
“Creativity” (with Gertrud Koch, Ludger Schwarte, Ruth Sonderegger, convened by: Bastian Ronge)


7 pm

Medico-Colloquium: “Solidarity in the Catastrophe” (with Stephan Lessenich, Achille Mbembe, Gesine Schwan, convened by: Ramona Lenz)


Gala organized by medico international e.V. at Urania Berlin on the occasion of medico’s 50th anniversary (10 €, reduced price 5 €, registration: berlin/)

27 May 2018 (TU Berlin)

10–12 am Colloquia:
  “Power & Domination” (with Didier Eribon, Nancy Fraser, Isabell Lorey, Shelley Tremain, convened by: Kristina Lepold & Martin Saar)
  “Solidarity” (with Dan Brudney, Fred Neuhouser, Thomas Seibert, convened by: Steffen Herrmann)
  “Hope & Utopia” (with Sylwia D. Chrostowska, James Ingram, Arno Münster, convened by: James Ingram & Arnd Pollmann)
  Medico-Colloquium: “The Public Sphere as a global res publica” (with Eva Bertschy & Milo Rau, Christin Lüttich, Harald Welzer, convened by: Katja Maurer)
1.30–4 pm Panel: “Emancipatory Movements and Social Struggles” (with Alex Demirovic, Nancy Fraser, Sabine Hark, Regina Kreide, Chantal Mouffe, chaired by: Robin Celikates)


26/27 May: Room Numbers (TU Berlin)

PANELS (Saturday/Sunday): H 0105 (Audimax)


  1. Section: Saturday 26.5. (9.30-11.30 am )
  • “Teaching Autonomy” – H0107
  • “Liberation and Gender” – H0110
  • “Politics of Forms of Life” – H1028
  • “Emancipation from the Catastrophe” (Medico) – H0104
  1. Section: Saturday 26.5. (15.30-17.30 pm)
  • “Alienation & Ideology” – H0110
  • “Revolution” – H1028
  • “Creativity” – H0107
  • “Solidarity in the Catastrophe” (Medico) – H0104
  1. Section: Sunday 27.5. (10-12 am)
  • “Power & Domination” – H1028
  • “Hope & Utopia” – H0110
  • “Solidarity” – H0107
  • “Globale res publica” (Medico) – H0104

This page will serve as the documentation of the material, which will be produced during the conference.