Biographies

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Sabine Flick

Fellow, Berlin Center

April – September 2020

E-Mail: s.flick@em.uni-frankfurt.de

Sabine Flick

Sabine Flick is researcher at the Insitute for Social Reserach at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Her research assumes an interdisciplinary outlook, crossing over the fields of social theory and critical theory, medical sociology, the sociology of the professions and questions of normativity and critique in empirical research. 2020 she completed her habilitation on the topic “On the Biographization of Social Suffering – Psychotherapeutic Practice in the Working Society”. Her work has been published in international journals such as Social Science and Medicine,  Distinktion. Journal of Social Theory or the European Journal for Social Theory.

During her stay in Berlin she worked on social suffering as psychic crises and the increasing dethematization of the social in mental health institutions and professions.  Her interest focuses on how a Critical Theory of Social Suffering can be accompanied with adequate empirical sociological research methods. While in Berlin and during the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic she prepared an empirical research project reflecting on the economic crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic that will likely increase the depth and breadth of precarious and highly demanding work. Here is a preprint of this work on „Work-related suffering as Social Suffering“. She also wrote a paper during her stay at the Center on the „Biographization of Social Suffering“ which is published with the Journal „Westend. Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung“ in Fall 2020.

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Allison Weir

Fellow, Berlin Center

June 2019

Allison Weir

Allison Weir is a Canadian social and political philosopher. She co-founded the Institute for Social Justice in Sydney, Australia, where she was Research Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Social Political Thought until the Institute closed in 2018. Before moving to Australia she held a tenured professorship in Philosophy and in Women and Gender Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. She returned to Canada in 2019, and is a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto.
Her book, Decolonizing Freedom, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2021. She is the author of Identities and Freedom (Oxford) and Sacrificial Logics (Routledge).

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Nikolas Kompridis

Fellow, Berlin Center

June 2019

Nikolas Kompridis

Nikolas Kompridis is Research Professor in Philosophy and Political Thought and Foundation Director of the Institute for Social Justice at the Australian Catholic University. He is the author of The Aesthetic Turn (Bloomsbury, 2014), Critique and Disclosure (MIT Press, 2006), and Philosophical Romanticism (Routledge, 2006). He is currently completing a book on Aesthetics and Political Theory, which will be published by Polity Press, and another book, Critique and Receptivity, which is currently under review. Two other book projects involve an edited volume on Transforming the Anthropocene, and a volume of his writings on romanticism. Kompridis has published widely in journals and edited volumes on a wide and diverse set of topic.
His areas of specialisation are 19th and 20th century European Philosophy; Critical Theory, aesthetics and political philosophy. He optained his Ph.D. in 1992 at the interdisciplinary programme in Social and Political Thought at York University, Toronto.

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Jonathan David Klein

Fellow, Berlin Center

April 2020 – June 2021

Email: jonathan.david.klein@hu-berlin.de

Jonathan David Klein

Jonathan Klein is a Fellow at the Center in Berlin. He studied European Studies, International Politics and Political Theory in Maastricht, Tokyo, New York and Frankfurt am Main and subsequently worked as a research assistant at the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”. He is currently writing his doctoral thesis in Frankfurt am Main (under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Martin Saar) on the systematization and reconsideration of the concept of societal alienation in social theory.

According to his interpretation, the concept of societal alienation refers to a specific constitution of social relations, in which these relations become an alien power, relatively independent of the will of the actors, who nevertheless produce them. His work seeks to demonstrate that the concept of alienation is indispensable for understanding the social-theoretical specificity of the social interdependence constituted by the system of commodity production.

Grasping the constitution of this social connection with its contradictory dynamics is the basis for arriving at a more profound understanding of the economic and political crises of our time. Furthermore, such a perspective is oriented towards an immanent critique of the capitalist economy, holding the promise for developing more realistic perspectives of transformation.

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Jean Louise Cohen

Senior Fellow, Berlin Center

June – July 2019

Email: jlc5@columbia.edu

Jean Louise Cohen

Jean Louise Cohen is the Nell and Herbert Singer Professor of Political Thought at Columbia University, New York. She is specialized in contemporary political and legal theory with particular research interests in democratic theory, critical theory, Civil society, gender and the law. Her influential contributions span from a critique of the missing political philosophy in Marx to a reactualization of Habermas‘ theory of society as the basis of contemporaray democratic theory.

In her current research project, Jean Cohen criticizes the appeal to a populist base as regressive even when issued within the context of left-wing populist radical democracy. The fallacy of populism is that it equates a homogenized idea of „the people“ with the democratic social body. Modern representative democracies, however, depend on a differentiated civil society which allows for the articulation of diverse and opposing interests and institutionalizes the mediation between those interests, as well as the more formal democratic decision-making processes.

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Andrew Arato

Senior Fellow, Berlin Center

June – July 2019

Email: arato@newschool.edu

Andrew Arato

Andrew Arato is a Professor of Political and Social Theory in the Department of Sociology at The New School for Social Research, New York. He is a member of the famous Hungarian School of Marxism in his early intellectual formation and is widely recognised for his influential book Civil Society and Political Theory, coauthored with Jean L. Cohen. He is also known for his work on critical theory, constitutions, and was from 1994 to 2014 co-editor of the journal Constellations with Nancy Fraser.

During his stay at the Humanities and Social Change Center he worked on a study of the authoritarian impulse discernible in right-wing populism as based on a phantasized reduction of the complexity of civil society to the unity of a homogenous people. To understand the role of religious extremism in this context, it is crucial to de-link it from traditional and particular communities of faith, and understand it as a reaction to a crisis of a civil society failing to mediate the diverse interests and democratic claims of its constitutency.

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Emiliano Guaraldo

Post-Doc Fellow, Venice Center

The Aesthetics of Extinction and Climate Change: Visualizations of the Anthropocene at the Venice Biennale

Supervisor:

Year: 2020-21

Email: emiliano.guaraldo@unive.it

This post-doc is issued in collaboration with ECLT

Emiliano Guaraldo

Emiliano Guaraldo’s research focuses on the visual culture of the Anthropocene, with a particular interest in the relationship between contemporary art and the production of technical and scientific images. He obtained a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari, Emiliano worked at the University of St. Gallen as a research assistant and public lecturer in Italian literature and culture. His dissertation, Estrazione: the Anthropocene and the Emergence of Italian Petro-imagination, analysed the carbon fossil imaginary in 20th-century visual and literary culture, with an emphasis on corporate cinema, and the works of Pasolini and Antonioni. His current project, The Aesthetics of Extinction and Climate Change: Visualizations of the Anthropocene at the Venice Biennale, aims to catalogue and interpret artistic investigations of the Anthropocene since 2000.

Emiliano Guaraldo’s publications and cv

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Sasha Gora

Post-Doc Fellow, Venice Center

A Tale of Two Fish: Culinary Responses to Climate Change

Supervisor: Valentina Bonifacio

Year: 2020-21

Email: sasha.gora@unive.it

This post-doc is issued in collaboration with ECLT

Sasha Gora

L. Sasha Gora is a cultural historian and writer with a focus on food studies and contemporary art. She received a PhD (summa cum laude) from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Rachel Carson Center on the subject of Indigenous restaurants in Canada, and is currently working on her first book, titled Culinary Claims. Before joining the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari, she was a Lecturer at LMU’s Amerika-Institut. She spent spring 2019 as a visiting scholar in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Her postdoctoral research in Venice looks at the history of culinary reactions to climate change in coastal regions, with an emphasis on restaurants as venues for cultural and environmental negotiation.

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Daniel Finch-Race

Post-Doc Fellow, Venice Center

Enviro-Medical Approaches to the Industrial Revolution in France and Italy

Supervisor: Stefano Ercolino

Year: 2020-21

Email: daniel.finchrace@unive.it

This post-doc is issued in collaboration with ECLT

Daniel Finch-Race

Daniel Finch-Race researches creative representations of environmental change in French and Italian culture since the mid-1800s. His doctoral work at the University of Cambridge focussed on ecocritical approaches to Charles Baudelaire’s urban poetry of 1857-61. Before joining the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari, he held teaching fellowships at the University of Southampton and Durham University, an Environmental Humanities Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, and a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship at the University of Bristol. His current project blends the environmental and medical humanities to address physical and emotional aspects of pollution in France and Italy around the time of the Industrial Revolution.

Daniel Finch-Race’s publications and cv

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Ifor Duncan

Post-Doc Fellow, Venice Center

Submergences

Supervisor: Francesco Vallerani

2020-21

Email: ifor.duncan@unive.it

This post-doc is issued in collaboration with ECLT

Ifor Duncan

Ifor Duncan is a writer and inter-disciplinary researcher whose research concerns the relationships between political violence and watery spaces and materialities. He completed his PhD at the Centre for Research Architecture (CRA), Goldsmiths, University of London, where he developed the concept of necro-hydrology, which addresses the ways hydrologic properties are instrumentalised through border regimes, as technologies of obfuscation, and weaponised against marginalised communities. His current research project, Submergences, proposes to explore the ways hydrologic knowledges and practices can be mobilised to imagine alternate strategies of resistance against such forms of environmental weaponisation. Before joining the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari, Ifor taught at the CRA and on the Media Studies programme in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art.