The question of the feasibility of socialist planning and how far markets are an indispensable feature of modern economies is of fundamental importance for debates in radical political economy, even if it is not always explicitly addressed. At the online workshop, invited speakers will provide commentary on a work-in-progress paper entitled "Cybersocialism and the Future of the Socialist Calculation Debate" by Philipp Dapprich (University of Potsdam) and Dan Greenwood (University of Westminister). In the paper, they argue that technological advances in computing have important implications for the feasibility of socialist planning.
For further information contact Philipp Dapprich: dapprich[at]uni-potsdam.de
The workshop establishes a connection between the topic of epistemic injustice and decolonial theories, which have so far been treated relatively separately. It thus contributes to making the cross-connections between the two topics obvious and thus accessible for further scientific analysis. It addresses three main questions of this important relationship:
While theories of epistemic injustice are have reached a wide audience and are being investigated in detail , as can be seen from the increasing number of books, papers, workshops, and seminars being offered on the topic, there is still little significant research on the intersection of epistemic injustice and decolonial theories. The edited collection is intended to contribute to closing three gaps in the academic discourse: (A) To highlight the importance of decolonial research in the field of epistemic injustice and to explore the relation between decolonial theory and theories of epistemic injustice; (B) to enrich the debate on epistemic injustice with non-Western experts on epistemology and/or decolonial theory; and (C) to critically investigate the ways in which the debate on epistemic injustice and our academic and, more generally, epistemic practices have to be decolonialized themselves.
9:15 - 10:00 Fabian Schuppert: Decolonising climate justice: On the epistemic injustice of neo-colonial climate politics
10:15 - 11:00 Veli Mitova: Can Theorising Epistemic Injustice Help Us Decolonise?
11:15 - 12:00 Hilkje Hänel: Epistemic Decolonization in the midst of Europe?
12:00 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:00 Ezgi Sertler & Elena Ruiz: Theories of Epistemic Colonialism
14:15 - 15:00 Gaile Pohlhaus: An Epistemology of the Oppressed: Resisting and Flourishing under Epistemic Oppression
15:15 - 16:00 Amandine Catala: Decolonizing Social Memory: Epistemic Injustice and Political Equality
16:15 - 17:00 Desirée Lim: Substantive and Procedural Epistemic Injustice
9:15 - 10:00 Dennis Masaka: Overcoming Epistemic Injustice in Africa: A Global South Perspectiv
10:15 - 11:00 Kerstin Reibold: Knowledge-specific forms of epistemic injustice and the remnants of colonialism
11:15 - 12:00 Karl Landström: On Epistemic Freedom and Epistemic Injustice
12:00 -13:00 Lunch
13:15 - 14:00 Caroline Marim: Decolonizing Epistemic Injustice: Ambivalent or Multiple Borders?
14:15 - 15:00 Elad Lapidot: Europe’s Suppressed Jewish Episteme
15:15 - 16:00 Ekata Bakshi: In Search of a “Truly-Feminist” Agency? Rethinking Feminist Epistemology in the Context of Partition-Induced Forced Migration in India
16:15 - 17:00 Kjersti Fjørtoft: X
09:30 – 09:45 Welcome
09:45 – 10:45 Rabea Scholz: What (if anything) is energy justice?
11:00 – 12:00 Fausto Corvino: The forward-looking polluter pays principle for a 2060 sustainable world
12:00 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:15 Eric Brandstedt: Examining Injustices in Wind Power Development: An Engaged Ethics Approach
14:30 – 15:30 Alix Dietzel: Securing a Just Transition to a Climate Resilient Bristol: Obstacles and Opportunities
15:45 – 16:45 Christian Baatz: How to assess Carbon Dioxide Removal and Adaptation? A critique of the IPCC
Nadja El Kassar
Eraldo Souza dos Santos
Please register in advance: https://epistemic-misrecognition.weebly.com/events.html
10.00 Regina Schidel (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
11.00 Stephanie Elsen (Universität Bern)
12.00 Lunch Break
13.00 Sarah Karim (Universität zu Köln)
To participate please send an Email to hilkje.charlotte.haeneluuni-potsdampde.
22 June 2022, Potsdam 10.00-16.00 (CET)
Please register in advance: https://epistemic-misrecognition.weebly.com/
Organized by DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and University of Potsdam
* WOGAP Berlin (short for Workshop on Gender and Philosophy) aims to bring together researchers who are interested in feminist philosophy broadly conceived. We're meeting once a month in a hybrid format and discuss work in progress by speakers whose papers will be circulated beforehand; unless explicitly announced otherwise, the papers and discussion is in English. If you're interested in participating in the workshop and/or in receiving other announcements on feminist philosophy in Berlin, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you on the mailing list.
Fridays, 4:15 pm, Schönhauser Allee 10-11 (Room 3.25)
April 22, 2022: Caleb Ward (Hamburg)
May 20, 2022: Breno Santos (Mato Grosso)
June 10, 2022: Samia Hesni (Boston)
July 22, 2022: Quill Kukla (Georgetown)
Organized by: Hilkje C. Hänel, Deborah Mühlebach & Mirjam Müller
This student conference addresses the issue of refugee policy from a normative perspective. The starting point is Serena Parekh's book 'No refuge - Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis'. It presents the situation of refugees who do not find safe refuge in refugee camps, in urban slums or on the onward journey. It analyzes how poor shelter and dangerous flight create a second refugee crisis and discusses what moral claims refugees in such situations can make to the international community. Conference papers address questions around refugee rights: Should cities and municipalities have the right to decide whether to accept refugees from camps? Why does the issue of refugee camps receive so little public attention? Do states have a direct obligation to facilitate asylum seeking? What would need to be done to enable (especially female) refugees to live with dignity in refugee camps?
This panel complements academic discussions on refugee rights by bringing in affected people and staff from various non-governmental organizations to speak. The various participants will share their knowledge and experiences in the context of flight, asylum, refugee camps, and refugee rights, and then participate in a collaborative discussion.
To participate online via Zoom, please contact: reibolduuni-potsdampde
Day 1 (12.03.2022): Conference and panel discussion
Conference room: 3.06.S27
Panel discussion room: 3.06.H02
10:00 – 10:15
10:15 – 11:00
Nadja Moeller, Mareike Blum: Wilful ignorance as a hindrance to addressing the second refugee crisis
11:15 – 12:00
Maximilian Oltersdorf: Should Germany admit more economic refugees?
13:00 – 13:45
Yelda Grönlund: Giving refuge: Framing a moral issue economically
14:00 – 14:45
Freya Klose: For using a relational paradigm of refugee autonomy
14:45 – 15:15
15:15 – 16:00
Jonas Hase: Possibilities of communal resettlement in national liberal theories
16:15 – 17:00
Anni Verhoeven: What kind of responsibility can be ascribed to nation-states regarding the lack of
financial funding in UNHCR refugee camps?
17:00 – 18:00
18:00 – 19:30
Panel discussion: Discussing refugee rights between theory and practice
Serena Parekh (Western University), Jana Ciernioch (Ärzte ohne Grenzen), Jonas Wipfler (Misereor), Mirka Schäfer (SOS Humanity), Women in Exile (Grace and Zuwena)
Day 2 (13.03.2022): Conference and book workshop
Conference room: 3.06.S27
09:50 – 10:00
10:00 – 10:45
Leon Avianus: U.S. Refugee Policy - Morality and Injustice
11:00 – 11:45
Jeremias vom Endt: How does the principle of sovereign states facilitate the second refugee crisis?
11:45 – 13:00
13:00 – 13:45
Lucia Krueger: Should certain refugee groups be prioritized?
14:00 – 15:30
Book workshop: Mollie Gerver and Kaja Jenssen Rathe, replies by Serena Parekh
15:30 – 16:00
16:00 – 17:30
Book workshop: Melina Duarte, Hilkje Hänel, replies by Serena Parekh
17:30 – 17:45
Closing discussion/ Goodbye
Theories of epistemic injustice are concerned with unjust or unfair behaviour related to knowledge production and communication. Theories of epistemic injustice ask, for example, who is excluded from knowledge and communication practices, who is silenced and how, whose meanings are distorted or ignored, whose knowledge or statements are trusted and who is doubted, and so on. The concept of epistemic injustice thus connects two philosophical lines of inquiry: Epistemology, that is, the question of what knowledge is and how it is obtained, and normative political theory, that is, the question of how a just society should be constituted. Theories of epistemic injustice examine how certain forms of (non)knowledge produce, entrench, and even justify social inequality in public discourse. Questions of epistemic injustice therefore have high scientific as well as social relevance.
Similarly, decolonial theorising offers an important critique of persisting structures of racism, imperialism and colonial power structures. One key aspect of decolonial theorising is to question the assumed “progress” brought about by modernity, capitalism and (neo)liberalism. White colonialism and imperialism pushed aside, buried and discredited many ways of knowing and modes of being.
It is the aim of this workshop to establish a connection between these issues and important philosophical debates. In so doing, the workshop hopefully draws out similarities and discrepancies in epistemic justice and decoloniality debates, further sharpening the critical edge of both projects.
Confirmed peakers are: Melanie Altanian, Amandine Catala, Emmalon Davis, Désirée Lim, Dennis Masaka, Gaile Pohlhaus, Kerstin Reibold, Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Fabian Schuppert
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the workshop takes place online. There is a limited number of places for attendance. Please register online at:
If you have any queries, please send an e-mail to Finja Pohl: fipohluuni-potsdampde
We gratefully acknowledge funding by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).
Organisers: Hilkje C. Hänel, Finja Pohl, Kerstin Reibold, and Fabian Schuppert.
WOGAP Berlin (short for Workshop on Gender and Philosophy) aims to bring together a group of researchers, mainly based in the Berlin area, who are interested in feminist philosophy broadly conceived. WOGAP Berlin gets its name from, and is modelled after, a similar workshop based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We plan to meet once per month at Humboldt University Berlin (at the moment, we are planning to use a hybrid format). In the workshops we will discuss work in progress in feminist and social philosophy by speakers whose papers will be circulated beforehand; unless explicitly announced otherwise, the papers and discussion will be in English. We also plan to provide drinks and snacks and to create a space for feminist (and other) exchange and encounter after the discussion.
If you are interested in participating in the workshop and/or in receiving other announcements on feminist philosophy in Berlin, please send an email to ls.feminist.philuhu-berlinpde and we will put you on the mailing list.
Schedule for this term (winter 21/22):
26.11: 4.30-6pm: Millicent Churcher (University of Sydney/FU Berlin): in person
17.12: 4.30-6pm: Samia Hesni (Boston University): via zoom
28.01: 4.30-6pm: Matilda Carter (King’s College London): via zoom or in person
25.02: 4.30-6pm: Maren Behrensen (University of Twente): via zoom or in person
Organized by Mirjam Müller (HU Berlin), Hilkje Hänel (Univ. Potsdam) & Deborah Mühlebach (FU Berlin)
Jeweils von 18:15 – 19:45
Online: Zoomlink: https://uni-potsdam.zoom.us/j/63454352212
Kontakt für Nachfragen: Dr. Kerstin Reibold (reibolduuni-potsdampde)
Der fortschreitende Klimawandel zwingt unsere Gesellschaft sich der wandelnden Realität unserer Umwelt anzupassen. Diese Anpassungen werden von drei Fragen getrieben: Wie können wir einen sich immer weiter beschleunigten Klimawandel verhindern, wie können wir unsere Gesellschaft auf die veränderten Umweltbedingungen vorbereiten, und wie kann beides auf eine gerechte und sozialverträgliche Weise geschehen? Die Vorlesungsreihe will die letzte Frage als Leitlinie für die Beantwortung der beiden ersten Fragen nutzen und somit fragen: Wie müssen sich die heutigen gesellschaftlichen, politischen, und ökonomischen Systeme sowie die sie tragenden Werte und Normen ändern, um eine gerechte Zukunft zu schaffen? Welche Alternativen gibt es heute schon und wie können diese innerhalb eines demokratischen Systems legitimiert werden? Wie können die heutigen und zukünftigen Bürden des Klimawandels gerecht verteilt werden und welche systemischen Voraussetzungen müssen dafür geschaffen werden? Die Vorlesungsreihe nimmt sich dieser Fragen in zwei thematischen Blöcken an: Der erste Themenblock „Kapitalismus und Wachstum“ soll sich Themen rund um unser ökonomisches System und den damit verbundenen Werten, Normen, und Herausforderungen widmen. Der zweite Themenblock „Legitimation und Mitbestimmung“ stellt sich Fragen rund um Kriterien für eine legitime, d.h. gerechtfertigte, Klimapolitik sowie der Rolle, die öffentlicher Diskurs und breite Mitbestimmung hierbei spielen.
The workshop discussed conceptualizations of and theories about land, nature, and the environment and how they inform and possibly transform our current approaches to climate change and the needed transitions to move towards a greener future. On the one hand, the workshop asked how our current understanding of land, nature, and environment is connected to climate change and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. On the other hand, the workshop explored what alternative concepts of land, nature, and environment there are and how these would transform our understanding of and approach to the challenges of climate change. For example, relational approaches have recently gained more attention both in philosophy and environmental sciences and are transforming our understanding of humans’ place in nature as well as strategies of ecosystem management and concepts of the foundations of territoriality.
The workshop was held online on two half days (13./14.01.22 – 4-7PM (GMT+1)).
15:00 – 16:00
07:00 – 08:00
Welcome; Laura Garcia Portela: Climate change and compensation
Melih Can Kızmaz
16:10 – 17:00
08:10 – 09:00
Alejandra Mancilla: Effective disoccupation
Eraldo Souza dos Santos
17:10 – 18:00
09:10 – 10:00
Cara Nine: Self-determination as functional autonomy
15:00 – 15:50
07:00 – 07:50
Anna Wienhues: Species Extinctions and the State
Laura Garcia Portela
16:00 – 16:50
08:00 – 08:50
Marion Hourdequin: The right to be cold
17:00 – 18:00
09:00 – 10:00
Kerstin Reibold: Settler colonialism, decolonization, and climate change; Wrap-up
Since the winter semester 2020-21, the SWIP "Work in Progress" workshop has been held once a year at the Chair of Political Theory in Potsdam in cooperation with the Chair of Feminist Philosophy (JProf Mirjam Müller) at HU Berlin. The workshops are designed to provide a space where women* can present their philosophical projects and ideas and receive constructive feedback. Special attention is given to ideas that are still in the early stages of development. The workshops are open and pre-read to all interested parties. There is a call for presentations twice a year (once for the summer semester workshop at HU and once for the winter semester workshop at the University of Potsdam) here on the site.
The focus of the July 16 workshop was on work in the field of Materialist Feminism (broadly understood). Here we were thinking, for example, of feminist perspectives on capitalism, theoretical engagements with care work and social reproduction, or discussions of Marxist/socialist feminist theories. Among others, Dr. Eva von Redecker was invited.
9.45-10.45: Janette Otterstein: Definitions of Socialist and Marxist Feminism.
10.45-11.45: Birte de Gruisbourne: Autonomizing institutional practices of care. What could it mean to rethink institutions as inclined caring arrangements?
11.45-12: Coffee break
12-13: Livia von Samson: Hegel's Theory of the Family and the Method of a Materialist Feminism
13-14.30: Lunch break
14.30-15.30: Abibi Stewart: Intersectionality and Social Reproduction Theory - Feminism for the 99% or Solidarity in the House of Difference?
15.30-16.30: Alexandra Colligs: Identity and Division of Labor
16.30-16.45: Coffee Break
16.45-17.45: Eva von Redecker: Materialism & Phantom Possession
If you have any questions, please contact us at: hilkje.charlotte.haeneluuni-potsdampde.
In the summer term 2021, the Lehrstuhl hosted five fabulous guest speakers on the overall theme of The 'Self' and the 'Other' in Political Theory.
The online lecture series invited students and academic researches alike to engage with multiple forms of anti-colonial, post-colonial, de-colonial, anti-racist, feminist and anti-capitalist critiques and intersectional engagements with the question of ‘Self’ and ‘Other’ in Political Theory. Our guest speakers brought together refreshing views stemming from Post-/De-Colonial Theory, Feminism and/or Marxism.
15 April – Bafta Sarbo (Berlin) - ‘Rasse’ als Konzept in der Politischen Theorie
29 April – Claudia Brunner (Klagenfurt) - Epistemische Gewalt: feministisch-dekoloniale Perspektiven
13 May – Gilbert Achcar (London) - Marxism and Orientalism
27 May – Vishwas Satgar (Johannesburg) - Imperialism, Non Euro-centric Marxism and the Eco-cide Question
10 June – Mike Cole (Lincoln) - Public Pedagogy and Political Theory: from Marx and Engels to anti-racist feminist ecosocialism
If you have any questions, please contact: Eleonora Roldán Mendívil – roldanmendiviluuni-potsdampde
From August 26 - 27, 2021, the online workshop "Trust and the Public Sphere“ was hosted by Dr. Kerstin Reibold from the Chair of Political Theory at the University of Potsdam and by Professor Dimitrios Panagos from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.
By bringing together philosophers, political theorists and political scientists, this workshop aimed to identify some of the most recent developments in the literature and highlight numerous challenges associated with the theorization and application of trust-related concepts.
Speakers included Christian Budnik (University of Zurich), Hale Doguoglu (Western University), Nikolas Kirby (Harvard University), Carolyn McLeod (Western University), Gloria Origgi (Institut Nicod), Dimitrios Panagos (Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador) and Kerstin Reibold (University of Potsdam).
For further information, you can consult the official website of the workshop here.
The workshop took place Dec 3-4, 2020.
Dec 3, 2020
17.00 Welcome/Hilkje Hänel (Potsdam)
18.00 Enja Schulz (Potsdam)
19.00 Kerstin Reibold (Potsdam)
Dec 4, 2020
17.00 Johanna Müller (München)
18.00 Fabian Schuppert (Potsdam)
19.00 Final Discussion
Each session includes a critical engagement with a topic from Decolonizing Universalism as well as a response by Serene Khader and time for discussion.
Due to Corvid-19, the workshop took place online. For more information, please contact: hilkje.charlotte.haeneluuni-potsdampde