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Workshop: Politics and Emancipation: Rethinking Subjectivity, Power and Change

06.07.2012 | 10:00 - 17:00
  • Concept and organization: Susanne Lettow, Visiting Professor for Social and Political Philosophy of Gender Relations,
    Institut für Philosophie, Freie Universität Berlin

Like many other concepts of social and political philosophy, ‘emancipation’ is perplexingly iridescent. It is, at once, laden with the hope of overcoming ‘immaturity’ and domination while it is also reminiscent of the unredeemed promises of the Enlightenment and modernity, in particular, the ambivalent utopias of reason, progress and liberty. However, insofar as the concept alludes to selftransformation and self-empowerment as constitutive elements of social change, it has, since the late eighteenth century, played a central role in the political language and theory of feminism and other cultural, social and political movements. In the present – shaped by multiple crises – the once ‘outmoded’ concept of emancipation surfaces again in critical political theory and thereby acquires new meanings. In light of recent debates, the aim of the workshop is to discuss the history and the potential of the concept of emancipation. With emphasis on the politics of gender, race and class, questions for discussion may include: how ‘emancipation’ could adequately be specified as an ‘intersectional’ concept; how far feminist critiques of reason, universalism and ‘progress’ may inform a robust, contemporary concept of emancipation, and what kind of broader conceptual challenges for political philosophy and social theory arise from such a reformulation of ‘emancipation’.


Freitag, 06.07.2012, 10:00 - 17:00

10:00 - 10:15 Susanne Lettow (Free University, Berlin):
10:15 - 11:15 Diana Coole (Birkbeck University of London):
The Critical Ethos and the Emancipated Mode of Being-in the-world
11:15 - 12:15 Brigitte Bargetz (Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin):
The Distribution of Emotions. A Feminist Perspective on Rancières Politics of Emancipation

12:15 - 13:15


13:15 - 14:15 Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern University, Illinois ):
The Sexual Beast- Deconstruction and Women’s Emancipation
14:15 - 15:15 Teresa Orozco (Free University, Berlin):
Ontologie statt Emanzipation. Jacques Derrida und die androzentrische Konfiguration des Politischen

15:15 - 15:30


15:30 - 16:30 Elsa Dorlin (University Paris-8, Vincennes), angefragt
16:30 - 17:00 Abschlussdiskussion