Wednesday, 13 September 2023 (1:00 – 7:30 pm)

1:00 – 1:30 pm


Section One: Dissecting Critical Theory

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Keynote 1
Estelle Ferrarese – How vulnerable is Critical Theory? On the Experience of Vulnerability

Comment: Rainer Forst
Chair: Sarah Speck

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Panel 1

Bernd Belina – Space in the Frankfurt School: Adorno on »Provinciality«
Daniel James, Kristina Lepold, Bastian Ronge – Critical Theory’s Racial Blindspot
Peter Wagner – Capitalism: A Critique

Chair: Susanne Martin


Panel 2

Marina Garcés Mascareñas – Collapse and promise
Tatiana Llaguno Nieves – Dependence: A Critical Theory Approach
Yves Winter – Critical Theory and the Imaginary

Chair: Andreas Streinzer


6:00 – 7:30 pm

Evening Conversation 1
100 Years of Critical Theory – 100 Years of Solitude?
Martin Jay in conversation with Rahel Jaeggi

Chair: Martin Saar

Thursday, 14 September 2023 (9:30 am – 8:30 pm)

Section Two: Globalizing Critical Theory

9:30 – 11:00 am

Keynote 2    
Gurminder K. Bhambra – Critical Theory in a Reparative Frame

Comment: Martin Saar
Chair: Susanne Heeg

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Panel 3

Tine Haubner – Rethinking Critical Theories of Work in Times of Informalization
Birgit Blättel-Mink – Gender Equality as a Global Provocation. Lessons from SDG Interaction Studies
Esteban Torres – The World Society, the Intersystems and a New History of Capitalism

Chair: Stefanie Hürtgen

Panel 4

Henrike Kohpeiß – Dynamics of Unfeeling – Colonial Affect and the Climate Crisis
Sangwon Han – Understanding Fear as (Anti-)Political Affect: Towards A Critical Theory of Authoritarian Capitalism
Hannah Peaceman – Mind the Gap. Mediating Postcolonial and Continental Critical Theory

Chair: Felix Trautmann

Section Three: Materializing Critical Theory

2:30 – 4:00 pm    

Keynote 3

Éric Pineault – Ecologizing Critical Theory. From the Materiality of Social Relations to the Ecological Contradictions of Advanced Capitalism

Comment: Birgit Blättel-Mink
Chair: Sarah Nies

4:30 – 6:30 pm

Panel 5

Anna Clot-Garrell – How do Materialities Matter? Empirical Insights into the Cross-fertilization between Critical Theory and New Materialisms
Philip Hogh – Materialism’s Historicity
Andreas Folkers – Residual Reification: Material Powers after the Commodity

Chair: Jan Overwijk

Panel 6

Kellan Anfinson – The Critical Composition of Class amid Ecological Collapse
Katharina Hoppe – Materialisms Old and New: Dependency as a Key Concept for Contemporary Critical Theory
Barbara Muraca – Making Kin in the Anthropocene? The Colonial and Neoliberal Afterlives of Relational Ontologies

Chair: Johannes Röß

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Evening Conversation 2

Futuring Critical Theory – Critical Social Research in Prospect
Stephan Lessenich in conversation with Athena Athanasiou, Robin Celikates and Poulomi Saha

8:30 pm


Friday, 15 September 2023 (9:30 am – 3:30 pm)

Section Four: Recomposing Critical Theory

9:30 – 11:00 am

Keynote 4

Verónica Gago – Feminist Transnational: How to Change Everything
Comment: Sarah Speck

Chair: Robin Celikates

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Panel 7

Bruna Della Torre – The New Organization: Digital Culture Industry, Social Networks, and Right-Wing Propaganda
Agustín Lucas Prestifilippo – Political Limits and Explanatory Potentials of the Critical Theory of Authoritarian Subjectivity. Perspectives from Latin America
Frieder Vogelmann – The Form of Critical Theories, or Why Political Epistemology Matters

Chair: Juana de Oliveira Lorena

Panel 8

Mareike Gebhardt – Deconstructing Solidarity: Towards a New Critical Theory of the Common
Marina Martinez Mateo – Critical Theory and Family Abolition: On the Relation of Family and Emancipation
Jörg Schaub – Towards a Critical Theory of Aesthetics (and a Critique of Aesthetic Injustices)

Chair: Sarah Mühlbacher

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Keynote 5

Didier Fassin – The Political Violence of Borders

Comment: Klaus Günther
Chair: Doris Schweitzer

3:30 pm