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Rahel Jaeggi, Center Director, Berlin 1024 716 domonda

Rahel Jaeggi, Center Director, Berlin

Critical Theory, according to Max Horkheimer’s statement in 1937, forms the intellectual side of emancipation. To keep it alive, we have to relentlessly analyze the crises which shape our present and inform our emancipatory hopes.

Robin Celikates , Center Deputy Director, Berlin 1024 683 Susann Schmeisser

Robin Celikates , Center Deputy Director, Berlin

Critical Theory must start with concrete crises and struggles of the present, explore their emancipatory potential, and point out their limitations, potential convergences and counter-conditions. In this process of critique, which is permeated by tensions, it cannot occur without taking the perspective of the actors and their practices of critique and resistance seriously. This is particularly evident today in the discussion about migration and escape.

Andreas Malm, Fellow, Berlin 1024 683 Susann Schmeisser

Andreas Malm, Fellow, Berlin

The founders of critical theory taught that the domination of nature implies the domination of people and vice versa. Understanding how this works concretely, in the past and the present, should be the task of a massive research effort.

Aldo Beretta, Fellow, Berlin 1024 683 Susann Schmeisser

Aldo Beretta, Fellow, Berlin

The economical constellation of our time should be evaluated through its immanent contradictions.

Charles Taylor, Benjamin Chair 2019 1024 683 Susann Schmeisser

Charles Taylor, Benjamin Chair 2019

Zhang Shuangli, Fellow, Berlin 1024 683 Susann Schmeisser

Zhang Shuangli, Fellow, Berlin

Theoretical thinking has always been an indispensable moment within the efforts to change social reality.

Christian Schmidt, Fellow, Berlin 1024 682 Susann Schmeisser

Christian Schmidt, Fellow, Berlin

Consciously to effectuate social change is the modern ambition. But after nearly 250 years, we still need to understand better what possibilities and perils are involved in transmuting fundamental institutions.

Daniel Loick, Fellow, Berlin 1024 683 Susann Schmeisser

Daniel Loick, Fellow, Berlin

Subaltern communities have often developed highly effective strategies to respond to the multiple current crises. The rest of the world can learn from them – not the other way around.

Bertram Lomfeld, Fellow, Berlin 1024 683 Susann Schmeisser

Bertram Lomfeld, Fellow, Berlin

Law coins our social grammar. Social change needs legal utopianism.

Eva von Redecker
Eva von Redecker, Deputy Director, Berlin 1000 689 Nina Rismal

Eva von Redecker, Deputy Director, Berlin

My thirst for theory has always been driven by a desire to see more, and with more than my own eyes: multiple perspectives, complex interconnections, and revolutionary possibilities.