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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Department of Social Sciences | Political Theory | News | Book Talk on Édouard Glissant and the Middle Passage

Book Talk on Édouard Glissant and the Middle Passage

John Drabinski (University of Maryland) will discuss his latest work 'Édouard Glissant and the Middle Passage: Philosophy, Beginning, Abyss'. June 8, 4 pm

Book talk on Édouard Glissant and the Middle Passage
June 8, 2021, 4 pm
Humboldt-University Berlin
Please register by sending an email to: shk.theorie.politik@hu-berlin.de

John Drabinski (University of Maryland) will discuss his latest work on Édouard Glissant, centering the question of memory and Glissant's contributions to political thought. This will also be an occasion to discuss Glissant's Caribbean critical theory with the thinking of a "break in tradition" in the work of Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin.
 
Drabinski_Cover.jpegOn Édouard Glissant and the Middle Passage, University of Minnesota Press 2019: "While philosophy has undertaken the work of accounting for Europe’s traumatic history, the field has not shown the same attention to the catastrophe known as the Middle Passage. It is a history that requires its own ideas that emerge organically from the societies that experienced the Middle Passage and its consequences firsthand. Glissant and the Middle Passage offers a new, important approach to this neglected calamity by examining the thought of Édouard Glissant, particularly his development of Caribbeanness as a critical concept rooted in the experience of the slave trade and its aftermath in colonialism.
 
Glissant and the Middle Passage establishes Édouard Glissant’s proper place as a key theorist of ruin, catastrophe, abyss, and memory. Identifying his insistence on memories and histories tied to place as the crucial geography at the heart of his work, this book imparts an innovative new response to the specific historical experiences of the Middle Passage."
 
This event is part of the mini-series Breaks in Tradition: Shifting Geographies of Political Thought, organized by Niklas Plaetzer (University of Chicago) and co-sponsored by the Political Theory group at HU Berlin (Prof. Volk) and the Centre Marc Bloch.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Department of Social Sciences | Political Theory | News | Public book talk mit Donatella della Porta

Public book talk mit Donatella della Porta

On Monday, May 31, 2021, Donatella della Porta will present and discuss her latest book, 'How Social Movements Can Save Democracy,' at our Research and Teaching Department

Author meets critics book talk with Donatella della Porta (SNS Florence) 
31. May 2021, 19:30 Uhr
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Zoom
Registration via E-Mail an sowitpsh@hu-berlin.de

 

Donatella della Porta (SNS Florence) will present her latest book 'How Social Movements Can Save Democracy' and join Dieter Rucht (WZB), Daniel Staemmler (HU Berlin) and Anton Haffner (HU Berlin) in discussion. All further information can be found on the event page.

The event takes place in cooperation with the Institute for Protest and Movement Research and is part of the international workshop 'After the Event: Conceptualizing Political Protest', which takes place at the Department of Political Theory. Della Porta's book was published last year by Polity Press and is available in German translation from Campus Verlag.

 

 

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Department of Social Sciences | Political Theory | News | CfA - Two 5-year Postdoctoral Researcher Positions

CfA - Two 5-year Postdoctoral Researcher Positions

The research- and teaching area Political Theory is seeking to fill two positions as Postdoctoral Researchers (full time) for up to 5 years.

Bildschirmfoto 2021 02 11 um 20.29.19The research- and teaching area Political Theory is seeking to fill two positions as Postdoctoral Researchers (full time) for up to 5 years.

 

Starting date

As soon as possible

 

Tasks

  • Conducting research and teaching, with an emphasis on systematic Political Theory or the History of Political Thought;

  • supporting the development and internationalization of the research and teaching unit of Political Theory through publications, the organization of lecture series, workshops and conferences, third-party funding initiatives etc.;

  • coordinating the international fellowship program of the research unit;

  • taking part in the academic self-administration;

  • The position entails the opportunity for further scientific qualification (habilitation)

 

Requirements

An excellent doctoral degree in Political Science or a related field, especially in the field of Political Theory and the History of Political Thought is mandatory. The desireable criteria include:

  • Profound expertise in research and teaching

    (1) either in the field of systematic political theory, for example on questions of democratic theory or critical social theory;
    (2) or in the field of the history of political thought, for example research on the concept of freedom, the history of ideas of colonialism or revolution;
  • Engaging with intersectional perspectives, especially with queer-feminist and/or postcolonial critique

  • Creative research agenda which is linked to international scientific debates (demonstrated e.g. through high-level publications in peer-reviewed journals)

  • Experience and commitment to academic teaching, didactic competences

  • Very good command of English, both in writing and in speaking; knowledge of Germanis an asset

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work autonomously; intellectual enthusiasm and open-mindedness

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team and accommodating of diverse views

 

Salary is approximately 4000€ per month according to salary group E13 TVL. For more information, candidates are encouraged to consult the English version of our website.

 

Applications

Applications should include a motivation letter, your CV including two academic referees, a draft of your teaching and research ideas for one of the two fields mentioned above (2500 words), academic certificates and one research article in English. The application deadline is March 10, 2021. Please submit your application quoting the reference number AN/029/21 via email as one PDF file (max. 5MB) to Prof Dr. Christian Volk: sekretariat.theorie.politik@sowi.hu-berlin.de.

 

Please find the PDF version of this announcement here. The legally binding German version of the job announcement can be found here.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Department of Social Sciences | Political Theory | News | Law & Society Podcast with Christian Volk

Law & Society Podcast with Christian Volk

In this episode of the Law & Society Podcast Christian Volk talks about law and protest

In the latest episode of the Law & Society Podcast Christian Volk talks about law and protest. The episode deals with the relation of protest and democratic participation, utopian aspects of protest and questions of transnational protest movements. The podcast is part of the Integrative Research Institute Law & Society at Humboldt University. The conversation is held in german and is available on all conventional platforms (Spotify, Apple, podcast.de).