Gender - Theory - Critique

Nov 10, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Philosophisches Seminar, Leibnizstr. 6, 4. Etage, R. 434

Target audience:

This workshop is intended for doctoral candidates and postdocs (up to two years after their doctorate) of all faculties.


There are many theories and practices based on the analysis of a gendered world. Different feminist approaches agree in the basic commitment to the freedom of women, even though they differ in the details. The reference to freedom is accompanied by a critique of existing conditions and the claim to improve or change them. Is then feminist theory automatically a critical theory, and what kind of critique is at stake? What are the characteristics of gender in relation and  in conflict with other analytical categories (keyword: intersectionality)?

The seminar addresses these and other questions concerning gender, theory, and critique and welcomes all interested PhD students to participate. Within the frame of the seminar there will be a workshop with Penelope Deutscher from Northwestern University, Evanston/Chicago.

Prof. Deutscher is one of the leading scholars in twentieth-century and contemporary French Philosophy, and in gender and sexuality studies. Current projects are focused on the intersections of biopolitics, reproductive futurism, and the genealogy of gendered right claims. Together with Judith Butler, Prof. Deutscher is co-director of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs.


Penelope Deutscher, Foucault’s Futures: A Critique of Reproductive Reason, New York: Columbia University Press 2017 (it is recommended to buy the book)

There will be a reader with a selection of articles, too.


First meeting: Friday 10.11.2017, 11.00 am – application not necessary

Department of Philosophy, Leibnizstr. 6, 4th floor , R. 434

Contact: Prof. Dr. Christine Blaettler (

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