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PEP Berlin*

* PEP Berlin (short for Politically Engaged Philosophy) aims to bring together researchers who are interested in philosophy that critically engages with the social world, including (but not limited to) feminist philosophy, queer theory, critical race theory, de- and post colonial theory, trans philosophy, philosophy of disability. 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 and being on the PEP-mailing list, please send an email to


Fridays, 4:30pm // Schönhauser Allee 10-11 (Room 1.27)


Oct 20, 2023: Glorianne Wilkins (Potsdam)

Dec 15, 2023: Camila YaDeau (Berkeley)

Jan 12, 2024: Abibi Stewart (HU Berlin)

Feb 16, 2024: Mirjam Müller (HU Berlin)


Organized by: Hilkje C. Hänel, Deborah Mühlebach & Mirjam Müller


Workshop on citizen participation in Central and Eastern Europe - September 19 @ University of Potsdam

The chair for political theory at the University of Potsdam is hosting a small informal workshop on citizen participation in Central and Eastern Europe on 19 September 2023 (at the Griebnitzsee-Campus of the university in Potsdam/Germany).

The aim of the workshop is to bring together diverse perspectives on the role of participation formats in the context of policy-making in Central and Eastern Europe, with a special focus on climate policy. However, insights from other citizen participation experiences are also welcome.

Specifically, the workshop will consist of the following parts:

  1. Reflection on existing (and past) participation formats in practice (e. g. climate assemblies; citizen juries, etc.)
  2. Discussion of the relevant normative criteria for ascertaining what good citizen participation is a) in general and b) regarding climate policy?
  3. What are future developments in the field of citizen participation and which design and implementation issues should be taken into account when new citizen participation formats are created?



September 19th, Venue: University of Potsdam, Campus Griebnitzsee, House 6, Room S 15

10:30 - 11:00 Welcome

Session 1: Reflection on existing (and past) participation formats in practice

11:00 - 11:45 Janina Walkenhorst: Citizen Participation regarding Climate Politics from a Cross-Comparative Perspective

11:45 – 12:30 Eva Bördös: Climate Assemblies in Hungary


Session 2Discussion of the relevant normative criteria for ascertaining what good citizen participation is a) in general and b) regarding climate policy?

13:45 – 14:30 Gökhan Orhan: Citizen Participation in Turkish Environmental Policy. Citizen Participation in Turkish Environmental Policy: Limited Avenues and  Rugged Paths

14:30 – 15:15 Fabian Schuppert:What is the normative added value of citizen participation in the context of climate policy making?


Session 3: What are future developments in the field of citizen participation and which design and implementation issues should be taken into account when new citizen participation formats are created?

15:45 -16: 30 Paulina Pospieszna: Deliberative Instruments: Potential, Impact, and Actors

16:30-17:00: Final discussion

Joint Dinner at Piazza Toscana


Contact: Janina Walkenhorst (

In-Person Author meets Critics Workshop with Robin Hahnel on his recent book Democratic Economic Planning - 8.-9. June 23 @University of Potsdam

The participatory economics approach of Robin Hahnel provides a practical alternative to market capitalism. Hahnel emphasizes the importance of including citizens in the running of the economy. His book Democratic Economic Planning provides a concrete proposal for an alternative economy based on social ownership and citizenship participation. It makes detailed practical suggestions on how to organize short-term and long-term planning of the economy to achieve efficiency in the use of resources, environmental sustainability and a fair distribution of burdens and benefits. Citizens self-manage the planning process through worker and consumer councils.

In this author meets critics workshop, we will explore whether Hahnel’s model provides a feasible alternative to capitalism and whether it would be able to realize normative ideals from a variety of traditions of political theory/philosophy. We bring together political theorists, political philosophers and political economists to discuss the institutional arrangements needed to bring about ideals such as efficiency, equality, sustainability, democratic participation, and worker self-determination. The different critical contributions will focus on various parts of Hahnel’s book and scrutinize the treatment of care work, environmental sustainability, worker and consumer participation, distributive justice, and the allocation of resources. Contributors to the workshop will consider whether the model is able to overcome the Austrian school critique of planning, whether it provides adequate methods for ensuring the efficient and sustainable use of resources, and whether it solves some of the issues with other proposed alternatives to capitalism (e.g., market socialism and central planning).

The workshop is funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation

The workshop will be held from 8.-9. June 2023, in person at the University of Potsdam.

For further information contact Philipp Dapprich: dapprich[at]



Prof. Robin Hahnel (American University, Washington, D.C.)

Prof. Stefanie Hürtgen (Paris Lodron University, Salzburg)

Prof. John O'Neill (University of Manchester)

Prof. Fabian Schuppert (University of Potsdam)

Prof. Hannes Kuch (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Prof. Mirjam Müller (Humboldt University Berlin)

Dr. Jan Philipp Dapprich (University of Potsdam)

Max Grünberg, M.A. (University of Kassel)

3rd Annual JCT Workshop: Future Paths for staying within the planetary boundaries – June 2-3, 2023 @ University of Potsdam

The workshop is the third in a series of annual workshops of the network ‘Just Climate Transitions’ ( The network and workshop bring together scholars that are interested in exploring normative and conceptual questions around social, economic, cultural, and political transitions due to climate change mitigation and adaption. While climate ethics are a well-established and important field within applied ethics, there has been less focus on the conditions of just transitions (vs end state theories of climate justice or backward-looking reparative theories). However, natural and social sciences point towards rapid societal changes that take place or are possible when societies deal with the effects of ongoing climate change. Often, the required changes have a high societal impact. Whole fields of employment, such as the coal and oil and gas industry, might disappear while other fields, such as wind and solar power, will be strengthened. Settlements might have to be relocated due to flood risk or desertification. Widespread everyday behaviors such as using cars, consuming energy, and eating meat might become more regulated or at least de-incentivized due to their impact on climate change. All of these changes produce burdens for some but often also gains for others. Moreover, they lead to a restructuring of our societies on a deep level – economic, social, and even cultural. We are interested in exploring how climate change responses (should) change how we relate to underlying, foundational concepts such as nature, time, autonomy, and responsibility but also how the burdens, and possible benefits, of material changes, e.g. a restructuring of the economy or land loss, can be justly distributed.

Attendance is free, but please register by 01.06.23:


Day 1 (02.06.2023)

09:30 – 10:00 Welcome

10:00 – 11:00 Darrel Moellendorf: Solidarity Failures at the Dawn of the Anthropocene

11:15 – 12:15 Maria Skoutaridou: “It is my fault”. Climate change and the atomised self: A response to Kingston & Sinnott-Armstrong

12:30 – 13:30 Anna Wienhues: The ‘Global duties – Local burdens’ Problem for Just Biodiversity Conservation

13:30 – 14:45 Lunch

14:45 – 15:45 Kendall Gardner: Unstable Geography: Creating a Critical Theory of Land in the Age of Anthropocene

16:00 – 17:00 Lorina Buhr, Ben Hofbauer: Irreversibility as a key concept for research on climatic and environmental changes and boundaries

18:00 Dinner


Day 2 (03.06.2023)

10:15 – 11:15 Jeremy Moss: Who’s to Blame? Distributing Responsibility for Climate Harms?

11:30 – 12:30 Laura García Portela, Eike Düvel: Normative emissions accounting. Who is the normatively relevant polluter?

12:30 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:45 Elisa Paiusco: A Capabilities Approach to Carbon Dioxide Removal

15:00 – 16:00 Steve Vanderheiden: Reconfiguring Progress for a Post-Growth Planetary Future


This conference is supported by The Society for Applied Philosophy and the Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie. 

International Conference: Epistemic Injustice, Recognition Failures, and Social Movements, May 4-6, 2023, Potsdam & Berlin

Recently, there has been increasing interest in the relation between epistemic injustice and the concept of recognition. The main idea is that practices of silencing and epistemic exclusion have consequences that go well beyond the epistemic dimension and that influence our social practices of giving respect, esteem, and love. The conference is part of the DFG-funded research network on the relation between recognition theory and theories of epistemic injustice, which aims to shed light on the relation of theories of epistemic injustice, oppression, and violence and recognition theory, and to bring together questions of the normative status of knowers with research on standpoints, ideology, and social movements.

The conference is planned for three consecutive days and seeks to analyze the ways in which social movements can enlighten theories of recognition and epistemic injustice and their relation to each other as well as the ways in which theories of recognition and epistemic justice can help understand claims made by social movements.

The conference will be in person. To attend the conference, please sign up until April 30:

Part of the three-day-conference is a panel discussion on May 6, 2023 with Robin Celikates, Daniel Loick, Candice Delmas, Nathan Rochelle DuFort, and Jacob Blumenfeld on the topic of activism and philosophy.

The panel discussion is open to anyone interested and will take place at 5pm at Aquarium (Berlin, close to Kottbusser Tor).



Thursday, May 4 (Potsdam)

Panel 1: Recognition Failures

10.00-11.00 Karen Ng (Vanderbilt University)

11.30-12.30 Rocío Zambrana (University of Puerto Rico)

12.30-13.30 Adrian Wilding (University of Jena)


Panel 2: Epistemic Injustice

15.00-16.00 Briana Toole (Claremont McKenna College)

16.00-17.00 Emmalon Davis (University of Michigan)

17.30-18.30 Linda Alcoff (CUNY)


Friday, May 5 (Potsdam)

Panel 3: Recognition Failures and Epistemic Injustice

09.30-10.30 Ezgi Sertler (Utah Valley University)

11.00-12.00 Matthew Congdon (Vanderbilt University)

12.00-13.00 José Medina (Northwestern University)


Panel 4: Social Movements

14.30-15.30 Paul Taylor (Vanderbilt University)

15.30-16.30 Nathan RochelleDuFort (University of Hartford)

17.00-18.00 Candice Delmas (Northeastern University)

18.00-19.00 Daniel Loick (University of Amsterdam)


Saturday, May 6 (Berlin) - Aquarium (Kottbusser Tor), 18.00-20.00

Podium Discussion “Philosophy and Activism”

Speakers: Daniel Loick, Candice Delmas, Nathan Rochelle DuFort, Robin Celikates // Chair: Jacob Blumenfeld


Organization: Fabian Schuppert & Hilkje C. Hänel


Workshop: "Cybersocialism and the Future of the Calculation Debate" - 22.02. via zoom

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]

Workshop: Decolonizing Epistemic Injustice and Implicit Bias - 25.-26.01. @ UiT (Tromsø, Norwegen)

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:

  • To what extent can theories of epistemic injustice be applied to fields of inquiry in decolonial theories?
  • To what extent are theories of epistemic injustice and decolonial theories necessarily to be thought of together, especially in relation to social inequality and our academic practices of theorizing?
  • To what extent do theories of epistemic injustice themselves need to be decolonized?

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


Link to the event



Online-Workshop "Just Transitions in a changing climate" am 12.September 2022


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

International Conference on Epistemic Injustice & Recognition Theory - 1-2 Sept 2022 @ HU Berlin


Nadja El Kassar

Paul Giladi

Thomas Khurana

Eraldo Souza dos Santos


Other Speakers: 

Jacob Blumenfeld

Robin Celikates

Matt Congdon

Hilkje Hänel

Kristina Lepold

Kerstin Reibold

Breno Santos


Please register in advance:


Online-Workshop „Disability and Social Injustice“ am 21. Juli 2022:

9.55 Welcome

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.haeneluni-potsdamde.

Public Workshop: Recognition Failures, Epistemic Injustice & Social Movements - 22 June 2022

22 June 2022, Potsdam 10.00-16.00 (CET)



Karen Ng

Breno Santos

Eric-John Russell

Jacob Blumenfeld

Gonçalo Marcello

Kerstin Reibold

Hilkje Hänel


Please register in advance:

Organized by DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and University of Potsdam


WOGAP Berlin* 

* 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 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


Student Conference & Panel Discussion: "No Refuge – Border Regime and Refugee Rights" on 12/03 and 13/03/2022

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: reibolduni-potsdamde



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

Lina Rinz

11:15 – 12:00

Maximilian Oltersdorf: Should Germany admit more economic refugees?

Lina Rinz


Lunch Break


13:00 – 13:45

Yelda Grönlund: Giving refuge: Framing a moral issue economically

Alexander Groborz

14:00 – 14:45

Freya Klose: For using a relational paradigm of refugee autonomy

Alexander Groborz

14:45 – 15:15

Coffee Break


15:15 – 16:00

Jonas Hase: Possibilities of communal resettlement in national liberal theories

Felix Homburg

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?

Felix Homburg

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)

Lukas Witte


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

Lina Rinz

11:00 – 11:45

Jeremias vom Endt: How does the principle of sovereign states facilitate the second refugee crisis?

Felix Homburg

11:45 – 13:00

Lunch Break


13:00 – 13:45

Lucia Krueger: Should certain refugee groups be prioritized?

Alexander Groborz

14:00 – 15:30

Book workshop: Mollie Gerver and Kaja Jenssen Rathe, replies by Serena Parekh

Kerstin Reibold

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break


16:00 – 17:30

Book workshop: Melina Duarte, Hilkje Hänel, replies by Serena Parekh

Fabian Schuppert

17:30 – 17:45

Closing discussion/ Goodbye


Workshop "Decolonizing Epistemic Injustice" — Feb 24-25, 2022

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: fipohluni-potsdamde

 We gratefully acknowledge funding by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Organisers: Hilkje C. Hänel, Finja Pohl, Kerstin Reibold, and Fabian Schuppert.

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). 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.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) & Deborah Mühlebach (FU Berlin)

Neue Vorlesungsreihe „Klimawandel/Gesellschaftswandel – Gerechtigkeit in Zeiten des Klimawandels“

  • Mi, 03.11.21 – Dr. Mareike Blum (vor Ort): Diskursive Legitimierung und Mitbestimmung in der Klimapolitik
  • Mi, 24.11.21 – Prof. Dr. Daniela Winkler (online): Die wehrhafte Zivilgesellschaft in der Klimakrise
  • Mi, 15.12.21 – Prof. Dr. Konrad Ott (online): Ethische Grundlagen der Klimagerechtigkeit
  • Di, 01.02.22 – Prof. Dr. Angela Kallhoff (online): Klimagerechtigkeit und die Verantwortungsfrage neu gestellt -> Das Konzept der Klimagerechtigkeit ist in der Klimaethik entwickelt und kontrovers diskutiert worden. In diesem Beitrag werden zunächst zentrale Interpretationen des Konzepts erklärt. Dann wird erläutert, dass es in der Verwirklichung von Zielen in der Zukunft darauf auch darauf ankommt, die Bürden der Verantwortung fair zu verteilen. Dazu ist es nötig, auch in die Probleme der Verschiebung von Verpflichtungen im Rahmen kollektiven Handelns zu schauen.
  • Mi, 16.02.22 – Prof. Dr. Angelika Zahrnt (online): Priorität für Klimaschutz und für Wirtschaftswachstum – geht das zusammen?

Jeweils von 18:15 – 19:45

Online: Zoomlink:

Kennwort: 20212022

Kontakt für Nachfragen: Dr. Kerstin Reibold (reibolduni-potsdamde)

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.

Workshop: Grounding climate change - land, environment, and the green future

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)).



Time (GMT)

Time (PST)



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

Lucy Benjamin







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

Lesley Green

17:00 – 18:00

09:00 – 10:00

Kerstin Reibold: Settler colonialism, decolonization, and climate change; Wrap-up

Maria Skoutaridou


SWIP-Workshop on materialist feminism - Jun 16, 2021

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.


9.30-9.45: 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.

Lecture series "The 'Self' and the 'Other' in Political Theory"

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 – 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

Workshop "Trust and the Public Sphere"

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.


Online Author meets Critics Workshop with Serene Khader on her recent book Decolonizing Universalism


The workshop took place Dec 3-4, 2020.


Preliminary Schedule:

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.haeneluni-potsdamde