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
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.
Isette Schuhmacher, Research Assistant, Berlin
Historical change in line with a hegelian-marxian tradition comes about and runs through contradictory processes and crises. Given that currently emancipatory transformation is in a crisis, we need to uncover the inconsistencies, debris and hardenings that block its proceeding.
Zeynep Gambetti, Senior Fellow, Berlin
If history is valuable for understanding fascism, it is not because it enables us to describe what happened, but rather because it allows us to deduce from a specific combination of elements the effects that similar constellations are likely to produce today.