Critical Theory in the Pandemic: Fundraising for European Refugee Aid

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Critical Theory in the Pandemic: A Glossary

Fundraising for European Refugee Aid 

How to do critical theory in a pandemic? We cannot present a stable analysis of an unfolding disaster, and yet we cannot remain silent either, given how covid-19 interacts with multiple existing crises and aggravates them. One such catastrophic dimension is the situation on the Greek islands at the European border, where overcrowded refugee camps are threatened by aggressive border police and fascist gangs as well as the outbreak of the virus.

As the Frankfurter Arbeitskreis – a network of German philosophers, sociologists, and political theorists connected through a long-standing reading group – we have started to assemble a constellation of concepts which allow us to think through the current moment.

The resulting “Corona Glossary” is presented in short talks on Youtube ( connected with a very practical aim: to raise money for two initiatives which support migrants in their vital needs and political struggles: Project Shelter (, a local charity from Frankfurt, and Medico International (, an organization that promotes the human right to health in cooperation with many left-wing political forces around the globe.

Donations can be made via the following link: until April 4 and subsequently via the donation links of Project Shelter ( and Medico International (

The line-up is as follows:

Ausnahmezustand (Jonas Heller)

Black Feminism (Vanessa Thompson)

Care (Mike Laufenberg)

Confinement (Zeynep Gambetti)*

Familie (Marina Martinez Mateo)

Grenzen (Robin Celikates)

Immunisierung (Andreas Folkers)

Natur (Katharina Hoppe)

Ökonomie (Thomas Biebricher)

Propaganda (Frieder Vogelmann)

Revolution (Eva von Redecker)*

Sicherheit (Daniel Loick)

Struggles (Sandro Mezzadra)*

Vulnerability (Estelle Ferrarese)*

(*in English)