Challenging collectivities


Lena Dierker, Franziska Haug, Katharina Hoppe, Mareike Kajewski, Jonathan Klein, Sonja Kleinod, Sarah Mühlbacher, Thomas Telios, Alexander Vorbrugg

Lena Dierker studied Psychology and Sociology at Goethe-University Frankfurt and University of València. She currently works as a research assistant at the Sigmund-Freud-Institute. Her areas of interest are psychoanalysis and social psychology, shoah and trauma, anti-Semitism and racism, gender and queer studies.

Franziska Haug has studied German studies (literature), sociology, art & education and musicology at Goethe University Frankfurt. Currently, she works at her master thesis about the aesthetic production of gender, labour and machines in Lady Gagas work. Franziska works as a research assistant in New German Literature department for Professor Heinz Drügh. Her areas of interest are queerfeminism (especially Judith Butler), historical materialism and the critic of economics (especially Karl Marx and new materialisms), feminist psychoanalysis and the theory of pop.

Katharina Hoppe studied sociology, economic and social studies in history and social philosophy at RWTH Aachen University, Goethe-University Frankfurt and Marquette University, Milwaukee (WI). Currently, she is a research associate in the “Biotechnologies, Nature and Society” research group at the faculty of social sciences at Goethe-University Frankfurt. In her PhD thesis she engages with Donna Haraway’s works. Her research interests involve contemporary political and social theory, feminist science studies, new materialisms and biopolitics.

Mareike Christine Kajewski studied Philosophy, Political Science and German Literature at the Universities of Cologne, Amsterdam and Frankfurt am Main. Currently she is a PhD student at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and has a scholarship by the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation. Her PhD project deals with the question of the paradoxes of revolutionary action. For her, the revolution is the radical moment where an individual`s experience of freedom comes to the fore through a collective action. She is specialized in political philosophy and theory, social philosophy, ethics, French Philosophy, feminist theory and aesthetics.

Sonja Kleinod studied philosophy and sociology at Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main, where she is also working as a student research assistant at the chair of practical philosophy. She just graduated with a thesis on Rancière’s political philosophy and is currently in preparation of a PhD project. Besides practical philosophy in general and political philosophy in particular, her areas of specialization include Hegel, philosophy of subjectivity, social philosophy and theory such as post-marxism, poststructuralism, feminist theories and psychoanalysis.

Sarah Mühlbacher studied Sociology, Political Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Augsburg. Currently she studies Sociology at Goethe University Frankfurt where she also works as a research assistant. Her areas of interest are Critical Theory, Family and Youth Sociology, Psychoanalysis and Qualitative Methods of Social Research.

Thomas Telios has studied the Piano, Law and Political Theory at the University of Athens, the Anton-Rubinstein-Academy, Düsseldorf and the Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute for Philosophy of the Goethe-University. In his thesis he occupies himself with the the collective agency of the decentered subject. His research interests lay in the different trends of Marxism, french postwar philosophy, postmodern feminism and the critical theory of the Frankfurt School. His last publications include the conference volume „Critical Matter: Diskussionen eines neuen Materialismus“ (Edition Assemblage, 2014) and the special volume „The Present of Deconstruction“ (Oxford Literature Review, 2014).

Alexander Vorbrugg is a research associate, junior lecturer and PhD candidate at the Department of Human Geography at Goethe University, Frankfurt a.M.