The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

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Edited by: Beverley Best, Werner Bonefeld & Chris O’Kane

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  • Part I: The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory

    Part II: Theoretical Elaborations of a Critical Social Theory

    Part III: Critical Reception and Further Developments

    Part IV: State, Economy, Society

    Part V: Culture and Aesthetics

    Part VI: Contexts of the Emergence of Critical Theory

    Part VII: Contexts of the Later Developments of Critical Theory

    Part VIII: Elements of Critical Theory in Contemporary Social and Political Movements and Theories

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    Acknowledgements

    In memoriamMoishe PostoneMoishe Postone died on 19 March 2018. Words fail to express the sadness felt and the loss encountered. Amidst the misery of a time made abstract, a time of value for valorisation’s sake, Moishe showed us what it means to think against the grain. He was ein guter Mensch.

    Notes on the Editors and Contributors

    The Editors

    Beverley Best is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal. She is the author of Marx and The Dynamic of the Capital Formation: An Aesthetics of Political Economy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). She has published articles on ideology and the value-form, value and the fetish character of finance, Marx and the aesthetic, the dialectic of affect, and dialectical method in the work of Fredric Jameson and Raymond Williams. Her current research project is a study of the perceptual economy of capital as elaborated by Marx in volume three of Capital. She is Vice President of the Marxist Literary Group, www.marxistliterary.org.

    Werner Bonefeld is a Professor in the Department of Politics, University of York (UK). Recent book publications have included The Strong State and the Free Economy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), Notes from Tomorrow: On Reason, Negation and Certainty (Aakar Books, 2015), Critical Theory and the Critique of Political Economy (Bloomsbury, 2014) and with Chris O’Kane he co-edits the book series Critical Theory and the Critique of Society (Bloomsbury). Recent journal articles have included work on Adorno and the critique of economic objectivity, abstract labor, authoritarian liberalism, German ordoliberalism, and on the political theology of European monetary union. His work contributed to the development of Open Marxism. He is a co-founder of the CSE Trans-Pennine Working Group.

    Chris O’Kane teaches Philosophy, Politics and Economics at CUNY Joħn Jay. His recent and forthcoming articles and chapters in Viewpoint, Black Box, Historical Materialism, Perspectives on Henri Lefebvre, Logos, Capital and Class, Review of Radical Political Economy, Constellations, and The Sage Handbook of Marxism focus on Marxian and post-Habermasian critical theory, political economy, and the critical theory of contemporary society. He is currently revising his thesis – on social constitution and social domination in Marx, Hegelian-Marxism, and Value-Form Theory – for publication with Brill, and he is editing the selected works of Alfred Sohn Rethel for the Historical Materialism Book Series and with Werner Bonefeld he co-edits the book series Critical Theory and the Critique of Society (Bloomsbury).

    The Contributors

    John Abromeit is an Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York, Buffalo State, where he teaches courses on modern German and French history and modern European intellectual history and historiography. He is the co-editor of Herbert Marcuse: A Critical Reader (Routledge, 2004), Herbert Marcuse: Heideggerian Marxism (University of Nebraska Press, 2005), and Transformations of Populism in Europe and the Americas: History and Recent Tendencies (Bloomsbury, 2016). He is the author of Max Horkheimer and the Foundations of Frankfurt School (Cambridge University Press, 2011). His articles and reviews have appeared in Constellations; Theory and Society; Theory, Culture and Society; Radical Philosophy; The Journal of Modern History; and The American Historical Review.

    Felix Baum lives in Berlin and is active in a very marginal political milieu influenced by both the Frankfurt School and Council Communism, amongst others. He occasionally writes for Brooklyn Rail and tiny German publications.

    Riccardo Bellofiore is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Bergamo. He teaches History of Economic Thought and Monetary Economics (in Italian) and Macroeconomics and International Monetary Economics (in English). He is a member of the International Symposium on Marxian Theory and of the editorial committee of the Marx–Engels Complete Works (MEOC), in Italian. He is the editor (with Tommaso Redolfi Riva) of Ricerche sulla critica marxiana dell’economia, an Italian collection of the most important articles by Hans-Georg Backhaus.

    Aaron Benanav is a Collegiate Assistant Professor and Affiliate Faculty in the History Department at the University of Chicago. His book, forthcoming with Verso, is titled A Global History of Unemployment since 1949. He also edits the journal Endnotes, along with several others in Europe and the United States.

    Jasper Bernes is author of a scholarly book, The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization (Stanford University Press, 2017), and two volumes of poetry, Starsdown and We Are Nothing and So Can You. Together with Juliana Spahr and Joshua Clover, he edits Commune Editions. He teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute and lives in Berkeley with his family.

    Nico Bobka lives in Frankfurt. He is currently pursuing a dissertation project on Theodor W. Adorno’s dialectical critique of ontology and the so-called ontological need at the Free University of Berlin.

    Dirk Braunstein is Scientific Assistant at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, where he is researching the work and the teachings of Adorno.

    Shannon Brincat is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. His research focuses on international relations theory; recognition and cosmopolitanism; dialectics; tyrannicide; climate change justice; and Critical Theory. He has been the editor of a number of collections, most recently From International Relations to World Civilizations: The contributions of Robert W. Cox (Routledge, 2017), Dialectics and World Politics (Routledge, 2015), and the three-volume series Communism in the Twenty-First Century (Praeger, 2013). He is also the co-founder and co-editor of the journal Global Discourse.

    Andrew Brower Latz is the Head of Religion and Philosophy at The Manchester Grammar School and the author of The Social Philosophy of Gillian Rose (Wipf & Stock, 2018). He co-edited, with Marcus Pound, the Telos Special Issue on Gillian Rose (173, Winter, 2015), and, with Arseny Ermakov, the book Purity (Wipf & Stock, 2014). His other publications include ‘Ideology Critique Via Jurisprudence: Against Rose’s Critique of Roman Law in Kant’ (Thesis Eleven 133.1, April 2016); ‘Gillian Rose and Social Theory’ (Telos 173, Winter 2015); ‘Towards a Rosean Political Theology of Recognition’ in Misrecognitions: Gillian Rose and the Task of Political Theology ed. by Joshua Davis; ‘Andrew Shanks’ Civil Theology’, Political Theology 13.1 (2012), 14-36; ‘Creation in the Fiction of Marilynne Robinson’, Journal of Literature and Theology 25.3 (2011), 283–296.

    Nicholas Brown teaches in the departments of English and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Hubertus Buchstein is Professor for Political Theory and the History of Political Ideas at Greifswald University, Germany. His research interests primarily center around democraric theory, the history of political science as a discipline, and critical theory. He is the author of books about public and secret voting, ablout modern democractic theory, about the use of lotteries in political decision making, about right-wing extremism in Germany and about German academic emigres in the US during the period of Nazi-dictatorship. From 2009–12 he was president of the German Political Science Association. In the academic year 2018/19 he will be Theodor-Heuss-Professor at the New School for Social Research in New York. He is currently working on a 6 Volume edition of the Gesammelte Schriften of Otto Kirchheimer.

    Tom Bunyard teaches in the Humanities Department at the University of Brighton. He has recently completed a book on Guy Debord’s relation to Marx and Hegel, and is currently working on issues related to the philosophy of history.

    Vincent Chanson is a PhD student of Philosophy at Nanterre University. His research interests focus on critical theory, critical Marxism, and aesthetics. With Frédéric Monferrand and Alexis Cukier he co-edited ‘La réification. Histoire et actualité d’un concept critique’ (La Dispute, 2014).

    Matthew Charles is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Critical Theory at the University of Westminster in London. He is a member of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture and was part of the editorial collective of the journal Radical Philosophy from 2009 to 2017. His research focuses on critical theories of modern and contemporary culture and education. He is the author of Modernism Between Benjamin and Goethe (forthcoming with Bloomsbury), co-author with Peter Osborne of the Stanford Enyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Benjamin, and has contributed to special issues on Benjamin and education in boundary 2 and Pedagogy, Culture and Society.

    Greig Charnock is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester, where he teaches international political economy, the politics of globalization, and critical social theory. His most recent research has engaged the ‘open Marxism’ approach with critical theories of the production of space and in analyses of crisis formation and management in Spain. He is co-author of The Limits to Capital in Spain (Palgrave, 2014), co-editor of The New International Division of Labour (Palgrave, 2016), and has published articles in such journals as Antipode, Society and Space, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Historical Materialism,New Political Economy, and South Atlantic Quarterly. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal of the Conference of Socialist Economists, Capital & Class.

    Christopher Chen is an Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Chen has published poetry, essays, interviews, and reviews in boundary 2, The South Atlantic Quarterly, The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics, The New Inquiry, Crayon, 1913: A Journal of Forms, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is completing a book-length comparative study of contemporary black and Asian American experimental writing.

    John Clegg is a PhD Candidate at NYU Sociology and is an editor of the journal Endnotes, along with several others in Europe and the United States.

    Joshua Clover is a Professor of English Literature and Comparative Literature at University of California Davis. He is the author of six books, including Riot.Strike.Riot: The New Era of Uprisings (Verso, 2016). He has collaborated with Juliana Spahr, Jasper Bernes, Tim Kreiner, Christopher Chen, Wendy Trevino, Abigail Lang, Els Moors, Chris Nealon, Michael Szalay, Sarah Posman, Annie McClanahan, and others. He is a founding editor of Commune Editions.

    Amy De’Ath is Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Culture at King’s College London. Her criticism has appeared in Women: A Cultural Review, Anguish Language, Metamute, and elsewhere. With Fred Wah, she is the editor of a poetics anthology, Toward. Some. Air. (Banff Centre Press, 2015), and her most recent poetry publication is ON MY LOVE FOR gender abolition (Capricious, 2016). She is currently at work on an academic book, Unsociable Poetry: Antagonism and Abstraction in Contemporary Feminized Poetics.

    Murray Dineen has been a member of the School of Music at the University of Ottawa since 1991, where he currently teaches music theory, history, and aesthetics. His research interests address both disciplinary music topics (such as the history of music theory and the study of counterpoint) as well as interdisciplinary matters involving music – primarily criticism and literary theory, but also human kinetics and musical expertise. In 2011, he published a book on Adorno and music, Friendly Remainders: Essays in Music Criticism after Adorno (McGill-Queens University Press). His most recent publications include a translation of a Marxist treatise on music published in Vienna in 1935, in Polygraph: An International Journal of Culture and Politics 25 (2016). He has received research funds from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada. An honorary lifetime member of the Canadian University Music Society, he has edited Canadian and international journals devoted to music studies.

    Ana Cecilia Dinerstein is Associate Professor of Sociology in the department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath. She has written extensively for academic and non-academic audiences on issues of labour subjectivity; urban, rural and indigenous movements; autonomous organizing; Argentine and Latin American politics; Open Marxism, decolonial theory, social reproduction and the current uses of utopia and Ernst Bloch’s philosophy of hope. She was editor of Capital & Class (2000–5) and is a member of the editorial board of Work, Employment and Society, and the scientific advisory board of Revista Sociología del Trabajo (Madrid). She is Research Partner of the Transnational Institute’s ‘New Politics Project’ (2016–20, Amsterdam), and Creator and Convenor of the international research networks ‘Labour in Transition’ (LATII-Net) and ‘Women on the Verge’. Her main publications include The Labour Debate (ed., Routledge, 2002), which has been translated into Turkish (2006) and Spanish (2009), The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organising Hope (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and Social Sciences for An-Other Politics: Women Theorising without Parachutes (ed.)(Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

    Kieran Durkin is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Global Fellow at the University of York, UK and the University of California, Santa Barbara, undertaking the first comprehensive study of the Marxist humanist tradition. His wider research interests centre around the exploration of the possibility of resurrecting a robust radical humanism for contemporary social theory and practice. The first manifestation of this research programme was his monograph The Radical Humanism of Erich Fromm (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), which was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize in 2015. He has also written the first dedicated study of the intellectual relationship between Erich Fromm and Theodor W. Adorno (New German Critique, forthcoming).

    Nick Dyer-Witheford, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario, is the author of Cyber-Marx: Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High Technology Capitalism (University of Illinois, 1999) and Cyber-Proletariat: Global Labour in the Digital Vortex (Pluto Press, 2015), and he also writes on the video and computer game industry, the uses of the internet by social movements, and theories of technology.

    Ingo Elbe studied philosophy, history and social psychology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and obtained his doctorate in 2008 at the Free University of Berlin for a thesis on the reception of the work of Karl Marx in the Federal Republic. From 2007 to 2012 he was a lecturer at the Institute of Social Sciences of the Technical University of Braunschweig and from 2011 to 2014 at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. In 2015, he completed his habilitation at the Institute of Philosophy of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg with a thesis on paradigms of anonymous rule. Elbe was a visiting professor at the Department of Political Science of Gießen University in the winter semester 2017/18. He is a lecturer and research assistant at the Institute of Philosophy of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and Chairman of the Bochum non-profit association Institute of Social Theory. Book publication include Marx im Westen. Die neue Marx-Lektüre in der Bundesrepublik (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2008) and Paradigmen anonymer Herrschaft. Politische Philosophie von Hobbes bis Arendt (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2015).

    Frank Engster wrote his PhD thesis on the subject of time, money, and measure. His areas of interest lie in the different readings of Marx’s critique of political economy, the logic and history of money, and the connection between money, measurement, time, and (natural) science.

    Lars Fischer is an Honorary Research Associate in the UCL Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies. He has taught at King’s College London, UCL and Cambridge. He served as Councillor of the Royal Historical Society from 2012–15 and as Secretary of the British Association for Jewish Studies from 2010-12. His publications include a monograph on The Socialist Response ot Antisemitism in Imperial Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and a short study on the nexus between antisemitism and racism, “A difference in the texture of prejudice”. Historisch-konzeptionelle Überlegungen zum Verhältnis von Antisemitismus, Rassismus und Gemeinschaft (Grazer Universitätsverlag, 2016). He edits the website of the critical theories of antisemitism network and is founding editor of the H-Commons network H-Music (https://networks.h-net.org/h-music). He lives in Berlin.

    Benjamin Y. Fong is an Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, the Honors College of Arizona State University, a director of the Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry, and author of Death and Mastery: Psychoanalytic Drive Theory and the Subject of Late Capitalism (Columbia University Press, 2016).

    Samir Gandesha is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in modern European thought and culture, with a particular emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His work has appeared in Political Theory, New German Critique, Constellations, Logos, Kant Studien, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Topia, the European Legacy, the European Journal of Social Theory, Art Papers, the Cambridge Companion to Adorno and Herbert Marcuse: A Critical Reader, as well as in several other edited books. He is co-editor with Lars Rensmann of Arendt and Adorno: Political and Philosophical Investigations (Stanford University Press, 2012). He is co-editor with Johan Hartle of the 2017 books Spell of Capital: Reification and Spectacle (Amsterdam University Press) and Aesthetic Marx (Bloomsbury Press).

    Stefan Gandler received his DPhil from Goethe Universität, Frankfurt in 1997. He is Professor of Social Theory and Philosophy at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. He has been an invited professor at Goethe Universität (2001–2), University of California Santa Cruz (2009–10), and Tulane University, New Orleans (2015–16). He is also a member of Sistema Nacional de Investigadores, Mexico (highest category 3). He is the author of Peripherer Marxismus (Argument1999), Frankfurter Fragmente (Peter Lang 2013), El discreto encanto de la modernidad (Siglo XXI Editores 2013), Fragmentos de Frankfurt (Siglo XXI Editores 2009/2011/2014), Materialismus und Messianismus (Aisthesis 2008), Marxismo crítico en México (Fondo de Cultura Económica 2007/2009/2015), and Critical Marxism in Mexico (Brill/Haymarket 2015/2016), of academic articles in 7 languages and 15 countries, and the editor of Modernidad y diferencia (M.A. Porrúa 2010) and Teoría crítica: imposible resignarse (M.A. Porrúa 2016). Gandler works on the possibility of overcoming the Eurocentric limitations of the Frankfurt School, confronting its critical theory of society with contemporary socio-theoretical debates in Latin America, constructing a critical theory from the Americas.

    Stephan Grigat is a Lecturer at the Institute for Political Science, the Institute for Philosophy, and the Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna. He is the 2017–18 Research and Teaching Fellow at the Centre for German Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and was the 2016–17 Visiting Professor for Israel Studies at the Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European-Jewish Studies at the University of Potsdam, the 2015–16 Visiting Professor for Critical Theory at the Justus-Liebig University of Gießen, and the 2007–2017 Academic and Executive Director for the NGO ‘STOP THE BOMB – Coalition for a Nuclear-free and Democratic Iran’. He received his PhD in 2006 from the Free University of Berlin. He is the author of Die Einsamkeit Israels. Zionismus, die israelische Linke und die iranische Bedrohung (Konkret, 2014) and Fetisch & Freiheit. Über die Rezeption der Marxschen Fetischkritik, die Emanzipation von Staat und Kapital und die Kritik des Antisemitismus (ça ira, 2007). He is the editor of AfD & FPÖ. Antisemtismus, völkischer Nationalismus und Geschlechterbilder (Nomos 2017) and Iran – Israel – Deutschland. Antisemitismus, Außenhandel und Atomprogramm (Hentrich & Hentrich 2017).

    Richard Gunn lectured on political theory at the University of Edinburgh from 1975 to 2011. He currently writes and researches on an independent basis. His personal website (http://richard-gunn.com) contains papers dating from the 1980s to the present.

    Andreas Harms works as a lawyer in Berlin and has dealt intensively with legal theory and Marxist legal criticism.

    Johan Hartle teaches Political Aesthetics at the University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, and Art Theory at the China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou. He has held research fellowships at the University of Amsterdam, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and the Universitá Roma Tre, and he has taught at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, the Academy of Fine Arts, Münster/Westphalia, and several other art schools. His publications include Der geöffnete Raum. Zur Politik der ästhetischen Form (Wilhelm Fink, 2006) and DADALENIN (Edition Taube, 2013, edited with Rainer Ganahl), as well as The Spell of Capital. Reification and Spectacle (Amsterdam University Press, 2017) and Aesthetic Marx (Bloomsbury 2017), both edited with Samir Gandesha. Hartle’s fields of research are Marxist aesthetics and cultural theory, the history of Red Vienna (Otto Neurath), Frankfurt School critical theory (Adorno/Benjamin; Negt/Kluge), the aesthetico-political (Rancière), and questions of contemporary political ontology (Spinoza).

    Lars Heitmann studied Politics and Sociology at the University of Bremen. His publications include Absoluter Wert und allgmeiner Wille. Zur Selbstbegründung dialektischer Gesellschaftstheorie (transcript, 2005) and, as editor (along with Hanno Pahl), Kognitiver Kapitalismus. Soziologische Beiträge zur Theorie der Wissensökonomie (Metropolis, 2007) and Gesellschaftstheorie der Geldwirtschaft. Soziologische Beiträge (Metropolis, 2010). He was a scientific collaborator on the interdisciplinary study on the meaning of security at the Leibniz University of Hanover and associate lecturer at the Universities of Bremen, Hannover and Bielefeld. He currently contributes to the interdisciplinary research project Society after Money, University of Bonn.

    Christoph Henning is a Junior Fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt. His latest books include Philosophy after Marx: 100 Years of Misreadings and the Normative Turn in Political (Brill, 2014), Theories of Alienation (Junius, 2015, in German), The Political Philosophy of Perfectionism (Campus, 2015, in German) and Marx und die Folgen (Metzler, 2017). He has edited several volumes on political philosophy and related topics, the most recent (with Hartmut Rosa) being The Good Life beyond Growth (Routledge, 2017).

    Christoph Hesse, Research Assistant in Media and Communication Studies at the Free University of Berlin, formerly lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Mainz and visiting scholar at the School of Visual Arts in New York, is currently working on an edition of the correspondence between George Grosz and Hermann Borchardt. He is the author of a comprehensive study of German exile cinema in the Soviet Union in the 1930s and 40s (Filmexil Sowjetunion, edition text+kritik, 2017), co-author of a textbook on the history of film styles (Filmstile, Springer VS, 2016, with Oliver Keutzer, Roman Mauer, and Gregory Mohr), and co-editor of a three-volume anthology of letters to Brecht in exile (Briefe an Bertolt Brecht im Exil, De Gruyter, 2014, with Hermann Haarmann). Since 2014, he is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal for Critical Social Theory and Philosophy (Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialtheorie und Philosophie, De Gruyter).

    Jan Hoff is a historian and political scientist from Germany. He received is PhD at the Free University Berlin in 2009 and his Habilitation at the University of Kassel in 2016. His books include Marx global (Akademie Verlag, 2009) about the international reception of Marx’s critique of political economy and Befreiung heute (VSA Verlag, 2016) about the history and present of theories of emancipation inspired by Marx. He has tought at the Universities of Innsbruck (Austria), Kassel (Germany) and Munich.

    Philip Hogh studied Philosophy, Modern History and Political Sciences in Freiburg, Basle, and Durham. He wrote his doctoral thesis on Adorno’s philosophy of language at Goethe University, Frankfurt. Since 2011 he has been a research assistant (since 2013 as a PostDoc) at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, where he is a member of the Adorno Research Center.

    Tom Houseman is Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at the School of Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University, UK. He completed his PhD, on Adorno and the concept of poverty, in 2011 at the University of Manchester, and teaches critical theory, political economy, development and decolonization. His research interests focus on Adorno and epistemology, especially concerning positivism and the politics of measurement in international development.

    Owen Hulatt is a Lecturer at the University of York’s Department of Philosophy. His research interests include Adorno, Spinoza, Aesthetics, and Social Theory. He is the author of Adorno’s Theory of Philosophical and Aesthetic Truth (Columbia University Press, 2016).

    Anselm Jappe is the author of La Société autophage: capitalisme, démesure et autodestruction (La Découverte, 2017), Guy Debord (University of California Press 1999; PM Press 2018), Les Aventures de la marchandise. Pour une nouvelle critique de la valeur (Denoel, 2003, La Découverte, 2017), L’Avant-garde inacceptable. Réflexions sur Guy Debord (Lignes, 2004), Crédit à mort (Lignes, 2011, translated as The Writing on the Wall, Zero Books, 2017), and Contro il denaro (Mimesis, 2013). He has contributed to the German reviews Krisis and Exit!, founded by Robert Kurz, which developed the ‘critique of value’. He teaches in the Fine Art Schools of Sassari and has been Visiting Professor in various European and Latin American universities. He also lectured at the Collège international de philosophie (Paris).

    Scott Jenkins is a director of the Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry. He holds a BA from Reed College and lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Dennis Johannßen is Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies at Brown University. He studied Cultural Studies, German Literature, and Philosophy at Leuphana University Lueneburg and at the University of California, Berkeley, and he completed his Ph.D. in German Studies at Brown in 2017. He published articles on the Frankfurt School, Heidegger, Leibniz, and philosophical anthropology, and he is currently working on a book about rhetoric and transgenerational trauma in twentieth-century German literature and film.

    Julia Jopp lives in Berlin. Her research focuses on materialist epistemology, especially the concept of validity in Hegel, Marx, Critical Theory, and the so-called New Reading of Marx.

    David Kaufmann, a graduate of Princeton and Yale Universities, is Professor of English at George Mason University. He is the author of The Business of Common Life (1995), Telling Stories: The Later Works of Philip Guston (2010) and Reading Uncreative Writing (2017). He has published a number of articles on the Frankfurt School, literary theory and contemporary poetry, as well as a full century of reviews and features on everything from Bugs Bunny and Allen Sherman to contemporary utopianism and books about dogs. He lives with his family in the suburbs of Washington D.C.

    Sami Khatib taught at Freie Universität Berlin, Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht, American University of Beirut and Akademie der bildenden Künste Vienna. He is a founding member of the Beirut Institute for Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR). Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg. He is author of the book ‘Teleologie ohne Endzwec’: Walter Benjamins Ent-stellung des Messianischen (Tectum, 2013).

    Amy Chun Kim is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Humanities and History of Art at Cornell University. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley. She has published essays on abstract art in the interwar period and on the problem of constitutional democracy in critical theory. Her book, Ideologies of Pure Abstraction: Modernism between Paris and Moscow, is forthcoming from Verso. She is also working on a new book project, The Nomos of Urban Space.

    Isabelle Klasen lives in Mülheim an der Ruhr. She studied philosophy, German philology and sociology at the Ruhr-Universität in Bochum and works in the fields of aesthetics and critical theory. She also is an artist and co-founder of the art society ZeitgenossenSchafft. Currently, she works as a teacher and as a lecturer at the Ruhr-Universität and the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Essen.

    Lisa Klingsporn works as a researcher at the chair for Political Theory and History of Ideas at Greifswald University, Germany. Her field of interest centers around critical theory and the relation of politics and law, as well as feminist theory, especially the work of Judith Butler. Her dissertation is concerned with the reception of Otto Kichheimer’s work in the US and Germany. In this regard she is currently studying the method of reception theory as an instrument to analyse political thought.

    Gudrun-Axeli Knapp was Professor of Sociology and Social Psychology at the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology, Leibniz University of Hannover. From 1999 until 2009, she was the Director of the Interdisciplinary Programme in Gender Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy. She has published articles on feminist issues in various journals and books and has edited and co-authored several books on developments in international feminist theory, recently with a focus on social theory and interlocking structures of inequality and dominance.

    Hermann Kocyba is senior researcher at the Institute of Social Research and lecturer at the department of social sciences of Goethe University in Frankfurt. His dissertation on the problem of contradiction in Marx’ critique of political economy (“Widerspruch und Theoriestruktur. Zur Darstellungsmethode im Marxschen ‘Kapital’”) was supervised by Alfred Schmidt. It was Schmidt, too, who encouraged him to engage in the debate about Althusser, Lévi-Strauss, Lacan, Foucault and Deleuze. As a result, however, Kocyba – unlike Schmidt – felt fascinated by the possibility to read them not as antagonists of critical theory, but as sources of a renewal of critical thinking. – His actual theoretical work is focused on the conflict between economy and democracy, his empirical research is focused on labor relations, working conditions and democracy deficits within European Institutions, especially within the European Central Bank.

    Elena Louisa Lange has studied Philosophy and Japanese Studies in Hamburg and Zurich, where she received her PhD in 2011. She now works as Senior Research Associate and Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich. Since 2009, she has taught classes on intellectual history, Japanese philosophy, Marxism, and modernity. She has co-edited books on modern Japanese philosophy (Begriff und Bild der modernen japanischen Philosophie, Frommann-Holzboog, 2014) and Concepts of Philosophy in Asia and The Islamic World, Vol. 1: China and Japan (Brill, 2018), published articles on recent debates in Marxian value theory, and is currently working on a critical study of the Japanese Marxist Uno Kōzō. She regularly gives lectures and conducts workshops on Marx’s Capital.

    Richard Langston is an associate professor of German literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of Visions of Violence: German Avant-Gardes after Fascism (Northwestern University Press, 2007), a co-editor of the Alexander Kluge-Jahrbuch (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014–), the lead translator of Kluge and Negt’s History and Obstinacy (Zone Books, 2014), the editor of Difference and Orientation: An Alexander Kluge Reader (Cornell University Press, 2018), and the author of a forthcoming monograph on Negt and Kluge entitled Dark Matter, in Defiance of Catastrophic Modernity (Verso).

    Claudia Leeb is an Assistant Professor in political theory at Washington State University. She is the author of The Politics of Repressed Guilt: The Tragedy of Austrian Silence (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism: Toward a New Theory of the Political Subject (Oxford University Press, 2017), Working-Class Women in Elite Academia: A Philosophical Inquiry (Peter Lang Publisher, 2004), and Die Zerstörung des Mythos von der Friedfertigen Frau (Peter Lang Publisher, 1998). She has articles published in Political Theory, Contemporary Political Theory, Theory & Event, Perspectives on Politics, Constellations, Social Philosophy Today, The Good Society, Philosophy & Social Criticism, and Radical Philosophy Review. She has also contributed several book chapters to anthologies on early Frankfurt school critical theory.

    Carolyn Lesjak is Associate Professor of English at Simon Fraser University and is the author of Working Fictions: A Genealogy of the Victorian Novel (Duke University Press, 2006). Currently she is completing a book on the material basis of character in Victorian literature and culture and its relationship to notions of the common(s).

    Klaus Lichtblau Since 2004 Klaus Lichtblau has been a full Professor in the Department of Sociology, Goethe University in Frankfurt. He is author of Theorie der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft (Focus, 1978), Kulturkrise und Soziologie um die Jahrhundertwende (Suhrkamp, 1996), Georg Simmel (Campus, 1997), Das Zeitalter der Entzweiung (Philo, 1999), Die Eigenart der kultur-und sozialwissenschaftlichen Begriffsbildung (VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2011), and Zwischen Klassik und Moderne (Springer VS, 2017). At present he is working on a book about the different versions of Max Weber’s sociology.

    Christian Lotz is Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University. His main research area is Post-Kantian European philosophy. His book publications include The Art of Gerhard Richter. Hermeneutics, Images, Meaning (Bloomsbury Press, 2015/17), The Capitalist Schema. Time, Money, and the Culture of Abstraction (Lexington Books, 2014/16), Christian Lotz zu Marx, Das Maschinenfragment (Laika Verlag, 2014), Ding und Verdinglichung. Technik- und Sozialphilosophie nach Heidegger und der Kritischen Theorie, edited with H. Friesen, J. Meier, and M. Wolf (Fink Verlag, 2012), From Affectivity to Subjectivity. Husserl’s Phenomenology Revisited (Palgrave, 2008), and Vom Leib zum Selbst. Kritische Analysen zu Husserl and Heidegger (Alber Verlag, 2005). His current research interests are in classical German phenomenology, critical theory, Marx, Marxism, aesthetics, and contemporary European political philosophy. His website is: http://christianlotz.com.

    Jordi Maiso teaches philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid. He studied at the University of Salamanca, where he received his doctorate with a thesis on Adorno. He has been research grant holder at the University of Salamanca, the Free University of Berlin, and the Center for the Research of Anti-Semitism at the Technical University of Berlin, and he has worked for several years at the Institute of Philosophy of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). His main interests are critical theory, critique of political economy, and analysis and critique of modern capitalist society, mainly focusing on issues such as the culture industry today, antisemitism and the politics of resentment, and the social constitution of subjectivity. He is member of the editorial board of the review Constelaciones. Revista de Teoría Crítica and a founding member of the Sociedad de Estudios de Teoría Crítica.

    Inara Luisa Marin received her PhD in philosophy and psychology at the University of Paris Diderot (Paris VII), with a dissertation on psychoanalysis in Critical Theory—from Erich Fromm to Axel Honneth. She has clinical experience both in private practice and in public institutions, including the clinics at La Maison de Santé d’Épinay and the Association En-temps. In her postdoctoral research at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP), she addressed the possibility of actualizing the relation between psychoanalysis and critical theory through the concepts of anxiety and autonomy. She currently works as a psychoanalytic clinician, as a researcher – developing intersections among critical theory, psychoanalysis and feminist theories – and also as an associate professor the Philosophy Department of the State University of Campinas.

    Ansgar Martins is a graduate student working on the philosophy of Siegfried Kracauer at Frankfurt University. His research focuses on Critical Theory, philosophy of religion, twentieth-century Jewish intellectual history, and Western esotericism. Among his publications is a monograph on Adorno’s Jewish sources (Adorno und die Kabbalah, 2016). He is also a co-editor of Der Schein des Lichts, der ins Gefängnis selber fällt. Religion, Metaphysik, Kritische Theorie (Neofelis Verlag, 2018).

    Paul Mattick is the author of Social Knowledge (Hutchinson, 1985), Art in Its Time (Routledge, 2003), and Theory as Critique: Essays on Capital (Brill, 2018), among other writings.

    Christos Memos is a Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Sociology Abertay University, Dundee. His research interests include critical social and political theory, political sociology, and economic sociology/critical political economy. He is the author of Castoriadis and Critical Theory: Crisis, Critique and Radical Alternatives (Palgrave, 2014).

    Cat Moir is a Lecturer in Germanic Studies at the University of Sydney. She is an intellectual historian specializing in the history of ideas in the German-speaking world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her research is particularly concerned with how ideas shape and are shaped by political histories and ideologies. She is currently completing her first book, Ernst Bloch’s Speculative Materialism: Ontology, Epistemology, Politics, 1934–1939, which explores the intersection between politics and metaphysics in Bloch’s philosophy.

    Johannes von Moltke is Professor of German Studies and Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan, where he teaches film, cultural studies, and critical theory. He is the author of No Place Like Home: Locations of Heimat in German Cinema (2005) and The Curious Humanist: Siegfried Kracauer in America (2015). Other publications include Siegfried Kracauer’s American Writings (edited with Kristy Rawson, 2012), Culture in the Anteroom: The Legacies of Siegfried Kracauer (edited with Gerd Gemünden, 2012), and Siegfried Kracauers Grenzgänge: Zur Rettung des Realen (edited with Sabine Biebl and Helmut Lethen, 2018).

    Frédéric Monferrand holds a PhD in Philosophy from Nanterre University. His research interests focus on critical theory, critical Marxism, and social ontology. With Vincent Chanson and Alexis Cukier he co-edited ‘La réification. Histoire et actualité d’un concept critique’ (La Dispute, 2014).

    James Murphy is currently writing his dissertation in the Philosophy Department at DePaul University and teaching as a Clinical Instructor of Business Ethics for the Department of Management at Loyola University. His research focuses on German Idealism, Marxism, early modern political theory, psychoanalysis, and fascism, and his other published work takes up the problem of violence in Frantz Fanon and the libidinal underpinnings of self-identity in Locke’s social-contract theory.

    Patrick Murray is Professor of Philosophy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the author of The Mismeasure of Wealth: Essays on Marx and Social Form (Brill, 2016) and Marx’s Theory of Scientific Knowledge (Humanities, 1988) and the editor of Reflections on Commercial Life: An Anthology of Classic Text from Plato to the Present (Routledge, 1997). He is working on Capital’s Reach: How Capital Shapes and Subsumes, and with Jeanne Schuler he is co-authoring False Moves: Basic Problems with Factoring Philosophy. He is a member of the International Symposium on Marxian Theory (ISMT). His research interests centre on the relationship between capitalism and modern philosophy and include the British empiricists, Kant, Hegel, Marx, and the Frankfurt School.

    Mark Neocleous is Professor of the Critique of Political Economy, Brunel University, and the author of numerous books, the most recent of which is The Universal Adversary: Security, Capital and the ‘Enemies of All Mankind’ (Routledge, 2016). His work revolves around the mechanisms for managing capitalist modernity through the logic of ‘police’, ‘security’, and ‘war’, and the relationship between this logic and reactionary shifts in political order. This also involves the nature of the political imaginary: how the state has been imagined through categories associated with human subjectivity, how enemies have been imagined as monstrous, and how we imagine our political relationship with the dead. He is currently working on the idea of security as an autoimmune disease.

    Alexander Neupert-Doppler studied Philosophy, Political Science and History at the University of Osnabrück, where he received his doctorate in 2013 for his work on the concept of ‘state-fetishism’ in (neo-)Marxist theories of the state. He is the author of the books Staatsfetischismus (LIT 2013) and Utopie (Schmetterlingsverlag 2015). Together with Lisa Doppler he translated Herbert Marcuses Paris lectures into German language and edited them with Peter-Erwin Jansen under the title Kapitalismus und Opposition (2017). He ist also the editor of Konkrete Utopien (2018). Neupert-Doppler works as an education officer for the Socialist Youth of Germany/Falcons in Hannover.

    Mathias Nilges is Associate Professor of English at St. Francis Xavier University. His essays have appeared in collected editions and journals such as American Literary History, Callaloo, Textual Practice, and Postmodern Culture. He co-edited the books Literary Materialisms (Palgrave, 2013), Marxism and the Critique of Value (MCM’, 2014), The Contemporaneity of Modernism (Routledge, 2015), and Literature and the Global Contemporary (Palgrave, 2017). He has completed a monograph titled Still Life with Zeitroman: The Time of the Contemporary American Novel.

    Pedro Rocha de Oliveira holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He is Associate Professor at the Philosophy Department of the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro. His research interests include the critique of political economy, critical theory, the dialectics of capitalist development, early modernity and critical criminology.

    Karsten Olson is a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota in the department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch. He is the author of ‘Historical-Sociology vs. Ontology: The Role of Economy in Otto Kirchheimer and Carl Schmitt’s Essays Legality and Legitimacy’, published in the History of the Human Sciences, and his research interests include, critical theory, eighteenth-century moral and economic philosophy, democratic constitutional law, and surveillance and social control. His work-in-progress dissertation is a comparative study of figures of the crowd as they appear in philosophical and theatrical works of the eighteenth and twentieth centuries.

    Charles Prusik received his PhD in Philosophy from Villanova University in 2017. His dissertation focuses on the critical theory of Theodor Adorno and the political economy of neoliberalism. His research specializes in the Frankfurt School, as well as the history of economics and sociology. He has publications in the areas of political economy and aesthetic theory, and is an instructor of philosophy and ethics.

    Anders Ramsay was born in 1954 in Malmö, Anders Ramsay studied sociology, philosophy and economic history at the University of Lund, where he completed his Dr Phil (‘Upplysningens självreflexion. Aspekter av Thodor W. Adornos kritiska teori’); and in 1987–8 he was a DAAD scholar at the J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt. He has undertaken various teaching assignments in sociology since 1995, including at the University of Örebro and the University of Gothenburg, and he has been a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Mid Sweden University since 2017.

    Charles Reitz, Professor of Social Science and Philosophy at Kansas City Kansas Community College (retired), has published Philosophy & Critical Pedagogy: Insurrection & Commonwealth(Peter Lang, 2016), Crisis and Commonwealth: Marcuse, Marx, McLaren (Lexington Books, 2013), and Art, Alienation and the Humanities: A Critical Engagement with Herbert Marcuse (SUNY Press, 2000). With Peter-Erwin Jansen Reitz he co-edited and published Herbert Marcuse’s Paris Lectures 1974 at Vincennes University (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015). Reitz studied at Canisius College (Buffalo, New York), the University of Freiburg, and the State University of New York at Buffalo (PhD, 1983). He served for five years as president of his faculty association (Kansas-NEA) and for five years as campus Director of Intercultural Education. He is a charter member of the International Herbert Marcuse Society and served for six years on its Board of Directors.

    Tommaso Redolfi Riva is an independent researcher. He graduated in Philosophy at the University of Pisa and has a PhD in History of Economic Thought from the University of Florence. He won a grant from the University of Bergamo for a research on the Italian debate (1968–83) between philosophy and (critique of) political economy. He has published several articles on Marx, Marxisms, and the Neue Marx-Lektüre. He is the editor (with Riccardo Bellofiore) of Ricerche sulla critica marxiana dell’economia (Mimesis Edizioni, 2016), an Italian collection of the most important articles by Hans-Georg Backhaus.

    Josh Robinson teaches Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Literary and Critical Theory in the Cardiff University School of English, Communication and Philosophy and is an affiliated professor of the University of Haifa. Ze co-edited Marxism and the Critique of Value (MCM’, 2014) and Contemporary Marxist Theory (Bloomsbury, 2014). Hir recent publications include ‘Speculation upon Speculation; or, a Contribution to the Critique of Philosophical Economy’, in Credo, Credit, Crisis: Speculations on Faith and Money (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), and Adorno’s Poetics of Form in the SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy (State University of New York Press, 2018).

    Matthias Rothe is Associate Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. He works on critical theory, Brechtian and contemporary theatre, and expanded aesthetics. His publications include ‘The Temporality of Critique. Bertolt Brecht’s Fragment “Jae Fleischhacker in Chikago”’, Brecht Yearbook 40 (2016); ‘Sohn-Rethel, das Theoriekunstwerk’, Merkur 70 (801) (2016), and The Frankfurt School: Philosophy and (political) Economy (co-edited with Bastian Ronge), History of the Human Sciences 29 (2) (2016).

    Eric-John Russell is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Research in Modern Europe Philosophy in London. His dissertation examines the ways in which Hegel’s Wesenslogik and Begriffslogik together with Marx’s critique of political economy appear within Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle. He is a founding editorial member of Cured Quail.

    Frank Schale is Scientific Assistant at the institute for political science at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany. He earned his doctorate with a thesis on Otto Kirchheimer. His research interests lie in the fields of intellectual history and history of science in the 20th century, especially in social and legal theory. He is currently working on a comparative study of changing political theory from German Empire to post-war Germany.

    Gerhard Scheit is an independent scholar who lives in Vienna. He has published widely on Marxism, critical theory, and antisemitism, with a special interest in theatre studies and musicology. Inter alia, he edited three volumes of the collected works of Jean Améry, published by Klett-Cotta. He co-edits the journal sans phrase. Zeitschrift für Ideologiekritik.

    Hans-Ernst Schiller studied philosophy, history, sociology and German literature in Erlangen and Frankfurt (Magister in 1978 with a thesis about Marx; Dr Phil in 1981 with ‘Metaphysik und Gesellschaftskritik’ about Ernst Bloch, published in 1982). He has been Professor for Social Philosophy and Ethics at the University for Applied Studies in Düsseldorf since 1996. He published numerous articles and essays and the books Bloch-Konstellationen. Utopien der Philosophie (zu Klampen, 1991), An unsichtbarer Kette. Stationen kritischer Theorie (zu Klampen, 1993), Die Sprache der realen Freiheit. Sprache und Sozialphilosophie bei Wilhelm von Humboldt (Königshausen&Neumann, 1998), Das Individuum im Widerspruch. Zur Theoriegeschichte des modernen Indvidualismus (Frank&Timme, 2005), Ethik in der Welt des Kapitals. Zu den Grundbegriffen der Moral (zu Klampen, 2011), and Freud-Kritik von links. Bloch, Fromm, Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse (zu Klampen, 2017). Schiller is the co-editor of Staat und Politik bei Horkheimer und Adorno (Nomos, 2014) and the editor of Staat und Politik bei Ernst Bloch (Nomos, 2016). Recently edited with Rüdiger Dannemann and Henry Pickford: Der aufrechte Gang im windschiefen Kapitalismus. Modelle kritischen Denkens (Springer, 2018).

    Oliver Schlaudt is Associate Professor at the Philosophy Department, University of Heidelberg. His main research interests centre upon the philosophy of the natural and the social sciences, with a special focus on measurement and quantification.

    Roswitha Scholz is a Graduate of Social Pedagogy (FH). At university, she studied at the Faculty of Philosophy, focusing above all on sociology, pedagogy, and philosophy. She has published in numerous Left magazines and anthologies. Her book publications include The Gender of Capitalism: Feminist Theory and the Postmodern Metamorphosis of Patriarchy (Horlemann 2000/11), Differences of the Crisis – Crisis of Differences: New Social Criticism in the Global Age in the Context of ‘Race’, Class, Sex, and Postmodern Individualization (Horlemann 2005). Her areas of work include feminist theory and radical social critique of form, intersectionality theories of knowledge, and the ‘Zeitgeist’.

    Andrés Saenz de Sicilia is a Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Roehampton and Central Saint Martins as well as tutor at University College London (UCL). He received his PhD from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University, London in 2016, for a thesis on the concept of subsumption in Kant, Hegel and Marx. He has written for Radical Philosophy and Language Sciences, and has a monograph on the topic of subsumption forthcoming with Brill in 2019. He has translated several essays by Bolívar Echeverría and is currently preparing the first English-language collection of Echeverría’s writings.

    Marcel Stoetzler is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Bangor University. He works on social and political theory, intellectual history, and historical sociology. His publications include Beginning Classical Social Theory (Manchester University Press, 2017), the edited volume Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology (University of Nebraska Press, 2014) and The State, the Nation and the Jews. Liberalism and the Antisemitism Dispute in Bismarck’s Germany (University of Nebraska Press, 2008). His work has been published in the journals Sociological Inquiry, European Journal of Social Theory, Nations and Nationalism, Patterns of Prejudice, Sociology, Journal of Classical Sociology, European Review of History, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Historical Materialism, Feminist Theory, The European Journal of Women’s Studies, fast capitalism and the blogs OpenDemocracy and History & Policy. He is an editorial board member of Patterns of Prejudice and a fellow at the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester.

    Amy Swiffen a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal.

    Michael J. Thompson is Associate Professor of Political Theory, William Paterson University. He was educated at Rutgers College, Humboldt Universität, and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. His recent books include The Domestication of Critical Theory (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016), The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, as editor), Hegel’s Metaphyics and the Philosophy of Politics (Routledge, 2018) and The Perversion of Subjectivity: The Eclipse of Autonomy in Modern Society (Stanford University Press, 2018).

    Sebastian Truskolaski is Assistant Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies at Trinity College Dublin. His articles on Adorno, Benjamin, Kafka and related themes have appeared in journals such as German Life and Letters, Radical Philosophy, and Studies in Social & Political Thought. Together with Jan Sieber he edited Discontinuous Infinities, a special issue of the journal Anthropology & Materialism on the philosophy of Walter Benjamin (2017). Together with Sam Dolbear and Esther Leslie he edited and translated The Storyteller, a collection of Benjamin’s experimental prose (2016). Together with Paula Schwebel he is currently working on a translation of Adorno’s correspondence with Gershom Scholem (forthcoming).

    Asha Varadharajan is Associate Professor of English at Queen’s University, Canada. She is the author of Exotic Parodies: Subjectivity in Adorno, Said, and Spivak (University of Minnesota Press, 1995). Her writing and public speaking engage the broad sweep of postcolonial, cosmopolitan, global, secular, rights, migration, and development debates. Her most recent essays have appeared in Cultural Studies, College Literature, Kunapipi, University of Toronto Quarterly, TOPIA, CSSAAME, and Modern Language Quarterly. She has contributed chapters to books on human rights, biopolitics, and intercultural discourse. The most fun she has had lately was writing her essay on Eric Idle for the Dictionary of Literary Biography.

    Alfonso Galileo García Vela has a PhD in Sociology and he is a research professor at the Department of Postgraduate Studies on Sociology of the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades ‘Alfonso Vélez Pliego’ of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. In 2017 he was a Visiting Scholar at The Department of History in The University of Chicago. With Massimo Modonesi and María Vignau Loría, he co-edited El concepto de clase social en la teoría marxista contemporánea [The Concept of Social Class in Contemporary Marxist Theory] (UNAM-BUAP-La Biblioteca, 2017), and with Fernando Matamoros, Manuel Garza, and Eduardo Bautista Martínez, he co-edited A Diez Años de la Lucha de la Asamblea Popular De Los Pueblos De Oaxaca (APPO) [Ten Years after the Struggle of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO)] (UABJO-MAPorrúa, 2016). His fields of research and teaching are sociology, theories of the state, the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, modernity theories and Western Marxism.

    Marina Vishmidt is a writer. She is a Lecturer in Culture Industry at Goldsmiths, University of London and runs a Theory seminar at the Dutch Art Institute. Her work has appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Ephemera, Afterall, Journal of Cultural Economy, Australian Feminist Studies, and Radical Philosophy, among others, as well as a number of edited volumes. She is the co-author of Reproducing Autonomy (Mute, 2016, with Kerstin Stakemeier) and is currently completing the monograph Speculation as a Mode of Production (Brill, 2018).

    Sergio Tischler Visquerra is Research Professor at the Department of Postgraduate Studies on Sociology of the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades ‘Alfonso Vélez Pliego’ of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. He coordinates the research group ‘Subjectivity and Critical Theory’ with John Holloway. His books include Memoria, tiempo y sujeto (F&G, 2005), Tiempo y emancipación. Mijail Bajtín y Walter Benjamin en la Selva Lacandona (F&G, 2008), Imagen y dialéctica. Mario Payeras y los interiores de una constelación revolucionaria (F&G, 2009), and Revolución y destotalización (Editorial Grietas, 2013). He co-edited the books What Is to Be Done? Leninism, Anti-Leninist Marxism and the Question of Revolution Today (Ashgate, 2002, with Werner Bonefeld), Marxismo Abierto. Una visión europea y latinoamericana. Vol. I, II (Universidad Autónoma de Puebla/Herramienta, 2007, with John Holloway, Werner Bonefeld and Alberto Bonnet), Negativity & Revolution. Adorno and Political Activism (Pluto Press, 2009, with John Holloway and Fernando Matamoros) and Zapatismo. Reflexión teórica y subjetividades emergentes (Universidad Autónoma de Puebla/Herramienta, 2008/2015, with John Holloway and Fernando Matamoros).

    Frieder Vogelmann is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Studies (InIIS) at Bremen University. He studied philosophy, mathematics, and cognitive science at the University of Freiburg before doing his PhD in philosophy at the University of Frankfurt. He is the author of The Spell of Responsibility (Rowman & Littefield International, 2017) and co-editor of The Birth of Austerity. German Ordoliberalism and Contemporary Neoliberalism (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017). He has worked on the history of the concept of responsibility, on Michel Foucault, and on the concept of critique in critical theory. Recent publications have appeared in the journals Constellations, Distinktion and Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie. His current work is focused on the effectiveness of knowledge and a praxeological understanding of philosophy.

    Christian Voller studied Cultural Studies, History and Literature in Frankfurt/Oder, Berlin, and Bochum. Currently he is working on his PhD on figures of the autonomy of technology (working title: ‘Die Selbstherrlichkeit der Technik. Ein Topos der Moderne’). His research focuses on Marxist philosophy, the Frankfurt School, critical theory, and reactionary modernism. Since 2014 he has been a Research Associate at the Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media at Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

    Adrian Wilding is a Fellow of the Großbritannien-Zentrum, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He has written and translated widely in the field of critical theory.

    Michelle Yates is Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Humanities in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago. She received her PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of California at Davis. Her work is situated in the environmental humanities at the intersection of critical theory, film and media, and gender and sexuality. She has published in peer review journals such as Antipode and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. She is also the Co-Director of the Chicago Feminist Film Festival.

    José A. Zamora is a tenured Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Spanish National Research Council (Madrid). He has directed numerous research projects, including the current Social Suffering and Victim Status, for which he is a principal researcher. He is president of the Iberoamerican Society of Critical Theory Studies and is co-editor of Constelaciones. Revista de Teoría Crítica. His publications include, among others: Krise – Kritik – Erinnerung. Ein politisch-theologischer Versuch über das Denken Adornos im Horizont der Krise der Moderne (Lit-Verlag, 1995) and Theodor W. Adorno: pensar contra la Barbarie (Trotta, 2004; Portuguese trans. Nova Harmonia, 2008), and he is editor of Justicia y memoria: hacia una teoría de la justicia anamnética (Anthropos, 2011) and Las víctimas como precio necesario (Trotta, 2016), among others. His areas of research are Critical Theory, philoso-phy after Auschwitz, social suffering, political theologies of modernity and political philoso-phy of migrations.

    Acknowledgement

    We are indebted to Neil Larsen for involvement in the early stages of shaping the handbook and for his guidance and advice on the tradition of critical theory in Latin America and Wertkritik.


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