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Workshop Announcement: WOGAP Berlin

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), usually on the last Friday of the month. In the workshops we will discuss work in progress in feminist 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.philhu-berlinde 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)

Workshop Announcement: "Trust and the Public Sphere"

From August 26 - 27, 2021, the online workshop "Trust and the Public Sphere“ will be 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.

Trust is a basic requirement for the creation and maintenance of fundamental social and political institutions, values and beliefs.  Indeed, some have gone as far as arguing that cooperation, a necessary component of all of these social projects, is impossible without trust.  It is perhaps not all that surprising, then, that trust and its corresponding conceptual correlates (e.g., the absence of trust; distrust/mistrust; trustworthiness; etc.) are important foci for both normative and empirical scholars.

The work on these trust-related concepts reveals a wealth of new and interrelated approaches among scholars along multiple dimensions of interest. Among others, there has been increased attention to the normative desirability of trust in circumstances of continued injustice and the duties that are associated with becoming trustworthy.

Along the same lines, even though the scholarship illustrates that these trust-related concepts are connected to numerous fundamental social and political phenomena (e.g., social cohesion; the public good; rights and duties; historic injustice; risk; coercion; inter and intra group relations; etc.), there is significant debate about the nature and scope of these connections, as well as the causal mechanisms at play.

By bringing together philosophers, political theorists and political scientists this workshop aims 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 include 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).

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please register here.

For further information, you can consult the official website of the workshop here.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kerstin Reibold (reibolduni-potsdamde) or Professor Dimitrios Panagos (dpanagosmunca).

Current SWIP Workshop Announcement

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 next SWIP workshop will be held online on Friday, July 16, 2021. The focus of the July 16 workshop will be on work in the field of Materialist Feminism (broadly understood). Here we are 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 is invited.

The workshop will take place online on July 16, 2021 and is pre-read. We therefore ask for registration by July 8 via email to ls.feminist.philhu-berlinde.


9.30-9.45: Welcome.
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.haeneluni-potsdamde.


We would also like to point out the SWIP ambassador Lena Ljucovic of the University of Potsdam:

Vorlesungsreihe: The 'Self' and the 'Other' in Political Theory.

This term the Lehrstuhl will host five fabulous guest speakers on the overall theme of The 'Self' and the 'Other' in Political Theory.

As all academic disciplines, Political Theory has been questioned and critiqued for it’s omission or straight up exotisation of the ‘Other’. Yet, in conversation with other disciplines, a variety of critical approaches have developed over the years to engage with the material basis, politics and images creating ‘Self’ and ‘Other’ and their real life consequences. This online lecture series invites 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 bring 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

Please join us at the following address:

Meeting ID: 70114769

No prior registration/sign-up required.

Please note that all lectures will be recorded and published in a timely manner.

If you have any questions, please contact: Eleonora Roldán Mendívil – roldanmendiviluni-potsdamde

Mike Cole: Public Pedagogy and Political Theory: from Marx and Engels to antiracist feminist ecosocialism

Vishwas Satgar: Imperialism, Non Euro-centric Marxism and the Eco-cide Question

Gilbert Achcar: Marxism and Orientalism

Claudia Brunner: Epistemische Gewalt: feministisch-dekoloniale Perspektiven

Bafta Sarbo: 'Rasse' als Konzept in der Politischen Theorie - Eine materialistische Begriffsklärung

Current and planned activities of the chair of political theory

On May 12, 2021, Dr. Hänel will give an (online) lecture at the Understanding Gendered Violence: The Value of Testimonial and Qualitative Evidence Workshop at the University of Cambridge.

On May 25, 2021, Dr. Hänel will give a talk at Prof. Niesen's colloquium at the University of Hamburg.

On May 26, 2021, Dr. Hänel will give an (online) talk at Novamigra's Phd And Postdoc Workshop "Values In An Imperfect World: Migration Ethics And Non-Ideal Conditions" at the University Duisburg-Essen.

On June 25 and 26, 2021, Dr. Hänel will give a presentation at the workshop Feminist Perspectives on Globalization at the University of Kassel.

On July 1, 2021, Dr. Hänel will deliver the keynote address at the 2nd Munich Graduate Conference in Ethics (LMU).

On July 14, 2021, Dr. Hänel will give an (online) lecture at Prof. Kreide's colloquium at the University of Giessen.

On September 7, 2021, Dr. Hänel will give an (online) talk at the MANCEPT workshop on Epistemic Injustice in Asylum Policy and Practice.