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Zentrum-spezifische Workshops und Vorlesungen


ABGESAGT Freitag, 24. April 2020 – Claire Colebrook (Penn State University)

Leider muss der Workshop mit Claire Colebrook auf Grund der aktuellen Situation ausfallen.

How (not) to think in/corporeal feminisms and environmental post/humanisms

What are we talking about when we talk about matter, sexual difference, the body and in/corporeality in feminist theory? What role does environmentalism play for posthumanisms and the environment for the post/human? In what ways do and don’t posthumanisms and new materialisms tie in with trajectories of feminist theory? We seek to explore these and further related questions through engaging with the work of Claire Colebrook.

Colebrook makes an instructive contribution to feminist (new) materialisms by developing a genealogy that does not build on a critique of representationalist accounts of materiality. Instead, she discusses the early writings of Rosi Braidotti, Elizabeth Grosz and Luce Irigaray. Colebrook highlights that it is already in their theories of ‘sexual difference’ that they theorize matter and representation non-dualistically. While affirming the new materialist critique of phenomenology and poststructuralism, for Colebrook, the main issue with the de-corporealization of the body and matter is not a textualist, linguistic, postmodern and constructivist tradition of feminism. She rather develops a concept of matter as a positive, in/corporeal event that is neither ‘the other’ of representation, nor a negated origin.

In her more recent work, Colebrook develops a critical account of posthumanisms in the Anthropocene. She argues that the biopolitical management of life posthumanist theories criticize and the ecological redemption they advocate are two sides of the same coin. Colebrook argues that insofar as finding the culprit for ecological threats and extinction – be it the Anthropos or Capitalism – entails the promise of a better humanity; the human becomes destroyer and preserver at once. According to her, posthumanisms promise to extinguish (the humanist idea of) Man through a turn to an ecological notion of life that reconciles the human with his environment. However, projections of survival based on this understanding are always anthropomorphic modes of existence that (re)enact (the humanist notion of) the human.

These two strains of theory in Colebrook’s work will be explored by engaging with key texts that present and discuss the respective arguments during two sessions of a one-day-workshop. Our discussions will be guided by the participants’ particular interests in Colebrook’s thinking, as it becomes relevant in their own research. The workshop is rounded off with a concluding reflection that traces the intriguing manner of thinking that runs through Colebrook’s engagement with both thematical complexes.

[The registration is preliminarily closed]

There will also be a lecture on Thursday, April 23, at 4 pm in HZ 13 as part of the colloquium on „Biotechnology, Nature and Society“.


Claire Colebrook is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, Philosophy, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University (Pennsylvania, USA). She wrote numerous articles and books on the philosophy of feminist new materialisms and Gilles Deleuze, sexual difference, feminist ethics and representation as well as more recently on extinction, time and futures. Currently, she is completing a book on the fragility of the species, the archive, and the earth.

Franziska von Verschuer | Anastassija Kostan | Josef Barla

Sprache: Englisch.
Zielgruppen: M, E, A, P, HS.
Zeit: Freitag, 24.04.2019, 13:00 – 18:30
Ort: Campus Westend, TBA

Mittwoch, 18. November 2020 – Kathy Davis (VU University Amsterdam) [ACHTUNG: Neues Datum]

Leider musste der Workshop mit Kathy Davis auf Grund der aktuellen Situation verschoben werden.

Intersectional Conversations: How to Use Intersectionality

In this workshop, participants will use the insights of intersectionality theory to analyse everyday situations that involve differences in identity and power inequalities (job interviews, walking on city streets at night, embracing one’s partner in public, wearing a marker of one’s religious affiliation, etc.).  This is a hands-on workshop in which participants will be writing, discussing, and reflecting.  After describing situations involving inequality or discrimination, they will be invited to assemble relevant differences (i.e. gender, ethnicity, class background, sexual orientation, national belonging, etc. )for analysing these situations. Conversations will be initiated among participants concerning why certain categories are more or less relevant for analysing a particular situation as well as how these categories can help them understand what is happening in terms of power.  The goal is to consider how conversing in an intersectional way can enrich or change our understanding of how power works in specific contexts as well as how categories of difference shape situations in different and sometimes unexpected ways.

Kathy Davis is senior research fellow in the Sociology Department at the VU University in the Netherlands. She is the author of Reshaping the Female Body (Routledge, 1995), Dubious Equalities and Embodied Differences (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: How Feminism Travels Across Borders (Duke, 2007) and Dancing Tango: Passionate Encounters in a Globalizing World (NYUPress, 2015).


  • Davis, Kathy (2008): Intersectionality as Buzzword. A sociology of science perspective on what makes a feminist theory successful. In: Feminist Theory. 9:1. 67-85.
  • Davis, Kathy (2014): Intersectionality as Critical Methodology. In: Lykke, Nina (ed.): Writing Academic Texts Differently: Intersectional Feminist Methodologies and the Playful Art of Writing. New York: Routledge. 17-29.

Registration until April 17, 2020 via mail to Lucas Schucht at

Sprache: Englisch.
Zielgruppen: M, E, A, P, HS.
Zeit: Donnerstag, 30.04.2020, 10:00-14:00
Ort: Campus Westend, Casino, 1.802

ABGESAGT Montag, 15. Juni 2020 – Vanessa Thompson (Goethe-Universität)

Racial Profiling of Blackness. An Intersectional Analysis of Critique.

Leider muss der Workshop mit Vanessa Thompson auf Grund der aktuellen Situation ausfallen.


Zu den Kamingesprächen laden wir Persönlichkeiten aus der Wissenschaft oder dem öffentlichen Leben ein um in kleinem Kreis über ihren persönlichen Werdegang und ihre Motivationen zu sprechen. Darüber hinaus können diese Treffen zur weiteren Vernetzung untereinander genutzt werden.

WIRD VERSCHOBEN Mittwoch, 20.05.2020 – Malathi de Alwis, University of Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Leider muss das Kamingespräch mit Malathi de Alwis auf Grund der aktuellen Situation auf das nächste Sommersemester 2021 verschoben werden.

Malathi de Alwis is a Socio-Cultural Anthropologist affiliated with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo. She has written extensively on nationalism, militarisation, humanitarianism, maternalism, ‘disappearance’, suffering, trauma, and memorialisation. Her most recent publication — Archive of Memory (2019), is an object-related people’s history of Sri Lanka’s 70 years of Independence.

18-20h, Campus Westend PA-Gebäude P04

Mittwoch, 08.07.2020 – Ann Phoenix, University College London (UK)

Ann Phoenix is Professor of Psychosocial Studies at Thomas Coram Research Unit, Department of Social Sciences, UCL Institute of Education. Her publications include work on narratives, theoretical and empirical aspects of social identities, gender, masculinity, youth, intersectionality, racialization, ethnicisation, migration and transnational families.

18-20h, Campus Westend PEG – 1.G191

Weitere Veranstaltungen


Cornelia Goethe Colloquien | Cornelia Goethe Lectures

Titel: Intersektionalität im Kreuzfeuer?

Für aktuelle Informationen zu unseren Colloquiumsterminen, können Sie sich hier informieren.

Mittwoch, 15. April 2020, 18-20h
Vanessa Thompson – Intersektionale Kritik der Polizei. Racial Profiling und abolitionistische Alternativen.
Vortragssprache: Deutsch
Ort: Campus Westend PEG 1G191

Donnerstag, 30. April 2020, 18-20h
Kathy Davis – Who owns Intersectionality? Some Reflections on Feminist Debates on how Theories Travel.
Vortragssprache: Englisch
Ort: Campus Westend Casino 1.801

Mittwoch, 13. Mai 2020, 18-20h
Malathi de Alwis – Intersectionality in the Context of War and Peace: Lessons from Lanka.
Vortragssprache: Englisch
Ort: Campus Westend PEG 1G191

Mittwoch, 03. Juni 2020, 18-20h
Elisabeth Holzleithner – Intersektionalität im Recht – Genese, Krisen, Perspektiven.
Vortragssprache: Deutsch
Ort: Campus Westend PEG 1G191

Mittwoch, 17. Juni 2020, 18-20h
Anne Waldschmidt – Dis/ability als ‚etc.‘ in der Intersektionalitätsforschung? Reflexionen im Anschluss an die Disability Studies.
Vortragssprache: Deutsch
Ort: Campus Westend PEG 1G191

Mittwoch, 15. Juli 2020, 18-20h
Ann Phoenix – Interrogating Intersectional Contestations: Should the Privileged Speak?
Vortragssprache: Englisch
Ort: Campus Westend Casino 1.801

Veranstalter*innen: Cornelia Goethe Centrum für Frauenstudien und die Erforschung der Geschlechterverhältnisse (CGC)

Konzeption: Bettina Kleinert, Helma Lutz, Marianne Schmidbaur
Koordination: Lucas Schucht

*M Elementary Courses for well-advanced Masters students
E Elementary Courses for Doctoral Candidates in 1st and 2nd Year
A Courses for Advanced Doctoral Candidates
P Courses for Postdocs
NL Natural and Life Sciences
HS Humanities and Social Sciences


Hauptsprachen: Deutsch und Englisch
Kontakt: Dr. Marianne Schmidbaur | Cornelia Goethe Centrum