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On Socialism

  • July 1, 2021
  • tba

with Bhaskar Sunkara, Christine Berry and Axel Honneth


Crisis of Democracy or Crisis of Reason?

  • July 5, 2019
  • 5:00 pm » 6:30 pm
  • Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Senatssaal,

with Andrew Arato, Jean Cohen, Fabian Freyenhagen, Regina Kreide and Frederick Neuhouser

Democracy is in crisis. Phenomena such as the electoral success of authoritarian leaders as well as the growing distrust in public institutions and media certify this. But what are the underlying reasons for such developments? Is this crisis democracy’s own crisis, or does it originate elsewhere in the social order?


Is there another people?

  • June 7, 2019
  • 6:00 pm » 9:00 pm
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Senatssaal

with Andrew Arato, Jean Cohen and Oliver Marchart

The controversy about how to evaluate the concept of “the people” evolves around pressing political questions that are in need of further theoretical reflection. Is it possible to distinguish an emancipatory, inclusive and subaltern people from a reactionary, nationalist and exclusive one that is based on the privilege of identity? Or are both ways of defining the demos deeply entangled with each other, both historically and conceptually?


Multiple Krise und Krisenbewältigung. Eine Diskussion mit Alex Demirovic

  • October 16, 2018
  • 6:00 pm » 9:00 pm
  • Humboldt University Berlin, R. 2249 a

Eine Welt im Krisenmodus. Der Begriff der Krise hat sowohl im öffentlichen als auch wissenschaftlichen Diskurs Konjunktur. Zu einer Leitkategorie gesellschaftlicher Reflexion avanciert, dient er der Beschreibung und Bewertung bestimmter disruptiver Entwicklungen und Dynamiken moderner Gesellschaften. Augenscheinlich ist dabei, dass sich gegenwärtig nicht nur die Krisendiagnosen mehren. Ebenso ist eine Tendenz zu beobachten, ganz unterschiedliche …


The Concept of Ideology in Critical Theory

  • July 16, 2018
  • 7:00 pm » 9:00 pm
  • Jakob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, Auditorium

The concept of ideology played a crucial role in explaining the stability of domination at a time when capitalism’s inherent contradictions seemed ripe for it to be overcome. The idea of “false consciousness”, so central to the theorizing of the first generation of Frankfurt School thinkers, resonates with a range of ideas across various strands …


Ideology: Résumé & Future Perspectives

  • July 20, 2018
  • 5:00 pm » 7:00 pm
  • Humboldt University Berlin, R. 2249 a

This round-table marked the conclusion of the 2018 Critical Theory Summer School on Ideology. It attempted to summarize some strands of the discussions pursued throughout the week and asked specifically about what new directions and impulses should guide ideology critique. Do we need a more comprehensive framework for unifying various analyses, for instance within a …