International Conference: Emancipation

Humboldt University Berlin
Berlin, Germany
May 25-27, 2018

50 years after the events of 1968, the question of emancipation is still of central importance. The international conference “Emancipation” will investigate from a social-philosophical perspective what emancipation is, what actors need to know in order to emancipate themselves, and what practical-political conditions the collective capacity to act requires, as well as its dynamics. In addition, at the conference the problem of emancipation will be examined in its connection with other important social-philosophical questions such as “power and domination,” “politics of forms of life,” and “hope and utopia.” What will become apparent is that the concept of emancipation is a key concept in social philosophy that connects various approaches from diverse traditions—from Critical Theory and poststructuralism to the recent analytical debates on social critique.

Confirmed participants are Sabine Andresen, Seyla Benhabib, Eva Bertschy, Abu Brima, Wendy Brown, Dan Brudney, Micha Brumlik, Robin Celikates, Sylwia D. Chrostowska, Ann Cvetkovich, Alex Demirovic, Katja Diefenbach, Kristie Dotson, Didier Eribon, Lorna Finlayson, Nancy Fraser, Sabine Hark, Sally Haslanger, Steffen Herrmann, James Ingram, Rahel Jaeggi, Regina Kreide, Ramona Lenz, Kristina Lepold, Stephan Lessenich, Daniel Loick, Isabell Lorey, Vera Malaguti, Katja Maurer, Hadi Marifat, Achille Mbembe, Christoph Menke, Charles W. Mills, Chantal Mouffe, Arno Münster, Fred Neuhouser, Aline Oloff, Arnd Pollmann, Milo Rau, Eva von Redecker, Bastian Ronge, Hartmut Rosa, Martin Saar, Gesine Schwan, Thomas Seibert, Paul Sörensen, Ruth Sonderegger, Jason Stanley, Christiane Thompson, Christina Thürmer-Rohr, Harald Welzer.

The conference will be held in German and in English. Registration for the conference is not required. If you have further questions, please write an email to The complete conference programme will soon be available at

The conference is organised by Prof. Dr. Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt University Berlin), Dr. des. Kristina Lepold (Goethe University Frankfurt) and Dr. Thomas Seibert (medico international e.V.) with the assistance of Dr. Bastian Ronge, Carolin Botos and the team of the chair of practical philosophy and social philosophy at Humboldt University Berlin and in cooperation with medico international e.V. The conference is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).