Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory

Anselm Jappe_1Anselm Jappe (Collège international de philosophie, Paris) was born in 1962 and raised in Germany. He then studied philosophy in Italy and France. He is the author of Guy Debord (Denoël, 2001), Les Aventures de la marchandise. Pour une nouvelle critique de la valeur (Denoël, 2003), L’Avant-garde inacceptable. Réflexions sur Guy Debord (Lignes, 2004), Crédit à mort (Lignes 2011). He contributed to German reviews such as Krisis and Exit ! (founded by Robert Kurz), contributing to the development of the « critic of value », better known as the Wertkritik Schule. He was a visiting professor at many European and Latin American universities. He currently teaches at the Collège International de Philosophie (Paris) and at the Academia di Belle Arti de Sassari (Italy). His main concerns include the history of the development of contemporary capitalism, as well as the history of the artistic avant-garde and the relations between aesthetics and politics.


Alex Demirovic_1Alex Demirovic (Universität Frankfurt am Main) was born in 1952 in Darmstadt, Germany. In 1979 he earned his PhD in Philosophy at the Goethe University Frankfurt with a thesis on the epistemology of Marxist aesthetics. His habilitation in the field of political sciences is based on a study of the development of Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School, and was published under the title: The Non-Conformist Intellectual (1999: Suhrkamp). He carried out empirical research on democracy and the public sphere, racism and nationalism, wrote several books on Critical Theory, on economic democracy and governance, and is currently preparing a book on Foucault and power. He made numerous visiting professorships and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Berlin.


Catherine Samary_1Catherine Samary (Université Paris Dauphine) is a French economist involved in the main networks and debates of the European feminist and anti-racist radical left. She is specialized in the economy and political changes of socialist and post-socialist Balkans  and Eastern Europe. She co-founded the Institute Espace Marx, the Association pour l’Autogestion  and is a member of the scientific council of ATTAC-France. Contributor to Le Monde diplomatique, she also co-edited several of its Atlas. She is author of several books on Yugoslavia, from Le marché contre l’autogestion – l’expérience yougoslave (The Market against Self-Management – the Yugoslav experience) to Yougoslavie: de la décomposition aux enjeux européens (Yugoslavia, From Decomposition to European Stakes).


G. M. Tamás_1M. Tamás(CEU, Budapest) a Hungarian philosopher and public intellectual. Born in Cluj, Romania. Forced to emigrate to Hungary in 1978, he taught for two years at the University of Budapest (ELTE), then he was fired for having published illegal tracts in samizdat. He had subsequently become a leading figure in the East European dissident movements. His views on political philosophy and political theory shifted gradually to the left. He is said to belong to the company of heretical European Marxists. He is a visiting professor at CEU, Budapest.




Gérard Duménil_1Gérard Duménil (Université Paris 10, Paris) is a French economist. He is a former Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), in France. In 1977, he published Le concept de loi économique dans le capital (Maspero), with an introduction by Louis Althusser. His most recent publication, together with Jacques Bidet is entitled: Altermarxisme. Un autre marxisme pour un autre monde (PUF, 2007). For many years now, he has been collaborating with the economist Dominique Lévy. Together they published several books, including: The Economics of the profit rate (Edward Elgar, 1993), and, by Harvard University Press: (1) Capital Resurgent, 2004; (2) The Crisis of Neoliberalism, 2011; (3) The Stability Frontier, Other Monetary Macrodynamics (forthcoming).



Kristen Ghodsee_1Kristen Ghodsee (Bowdoin College, Brunswick) is a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College and a current Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS).  She has held residential research fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC; the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Anthropology and Cultural Studies in 2012.  Ghodsee is the author of five books and dozens of articles on communism, postcommunism, and economic transition in Eastern Europe. Her latest book, The Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe, is forthcoming with Duke University Press in 2015.


Laurence Fontaine_1Laurence Fontaine (CNRS, Paris) studied history and sociology at the universities of Paris 1 and Paris 5, and as a historian she is “Directrice de recherches” at the CNRS (CMH, ENS-EHESS-Paris). From 1995 until 2003, she taught at the department of history and civilisations at the IUE in Firenze. Her first works focused on migrations and mountain societies. She then worked on the political, cultural and social aspects of the economy, mainly on market and debt/credit relations. She always conducts her research so as to confront European preindustrial societies with the contemporary world. She is the author of: Le Marché, Histoire et usages d’une conquête sociale (2014); L’Economie morale. Pauvreté, crédit et confiance dans l’Europe préindustrielle (2008) [English translation: The Moral Economy. Poverty Credit and Thrust in Early Modern Europe (2014)], for which she received the prize of the “Rendez-vous de l’histoire de Blois” in 2009. Alternative Exchanges: Second-Hand Circulations from the Sixteenth Century to the Present (2008); Histoire du colportage en Europe (1993) [English translation: History of peddlars in Europe (1996) ; Chinese translations in 2008 and 2011]. She received the medal of “chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” for her scientific achievements.


Maeve Cooke_1Maeve Cooke (University College Dublin) is Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin, Ireland and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. Her current research interests are guided by the question of truth in social and political theory; she is also working on conscience-based, democratic dissent. Her principal book publications are Language and Reason: A Study of Habermas’s Pragmatics (MIT Press, 1994) and Re-Presenting the Good Society (MIT Press, 2006). She is editor and translator of Habermas: On the Pragmatics of Communication (MIT Press, 1998) and has published many articles in scholarly journals and books, mainly in the areas of social and political philosophy. She has held visiting appointments at several universities in the USA and Europe and is on the editorial board of a number of scholarly journals.


Simon Susen_1Simon Susen (City University, London) is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at City University London. He is the author of The Foundations of the Social: Between Critical Theory and Reflexive Sociology (Oxford: Bardwell Press, 2007) and The ‘Postmodern Turn’ in the Social Sciences (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Along with Celia Basconzuelo and Teresita Morel, he edited Ciudadanía territorial y movimientos sociales. Historia y nuevas problemáticas en el escenario latinoamericano y mundial (Río Cuarto: Ediciones del ICALA, 2010). Together with Bryan S. Turner, he edited The Legacy of Pierre Bourdieu: Critical Essays (London: Anthem Press, 2011), The Spirit of Luc Boltanski: Essays on the ‘Pragmatic Sociology of Critique’ (London: Anthem Press, 2014), as well as a Special Issue on the work of Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt, which appeared in the Journal of Classical Sociology 11(3): 229-335, 2011. In addition, he edited a Special Issue on Bourdieu and Language, which was published in Social Epistemology 27(3-4): 195-393, 2013. He is an Associate Member of the Bauman Institute and, together with Bryan S. Turner, Editor of the Journal of Classical Sociology.


Ugo Mattei_1Ugo Mattei (University of California, Hastings College of the Law / Università di Torino) is the Alfred and Hanna Fromm Professor of International and Comparative Law at the University of California-Hastings, in San Francisco, and a full Professor of Civil Law at the University of Turin, Italy. In recent years, Mattei has oriented the focus of his research towards the study of the commons, also in his role as the Academic Coordinator of the International University College of Turin, a radically new school where issues of law and finance in global capitalism are critically approached. Mattei was the first Chairman of the innovative experience of management of the whole metropolitan water system in Naples as a commons (2012-14), and as the current Vice Mayor of Chieri, a town in Piedmont, he is promoting the first International Festival of the Commons, which will take place there in July 2015.


Wolfgang Merkel_1Wolfgang Merkel (WZB, Berlin Social Science Centre) is the Director of the “Democracy and Democratisation” research program at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB), Professor of Political Science at the Humboldt University Berlin, and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He is also a non-party member of the Basic Values Commission of the Executive Committee of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD). His publications include Demokratie und Krise (ed., 2015); The Future of Representative Democracy (2011, with Sonia Alonso and John Keane) and The Capacity to Reform (2008) which has been translated into German, Chinese and Vietnamese. He authored more than 200 journal articles on subjects of democracy and democratisation, 21st-century dictatorships, political parties, comparative public policy, the future of social democracy, welfare states and social justice.


Yann Moulier-Boutang_1Yann Moulier-Boutang (Université Technologique de Compiègne) Born in France in 1949, alumni of the Ecole Normale supérieure de la rue d’Ulm Philosophy, (1970-1976), Agrégation de Sciences Sociales (1980), Agregation des Universités en Sciences économiques (1998). Professor of Economics at UTC since 2005 where he teaches political economy, intellectual property rights and complexcity. He is also associated professor of humanities and digital humanities at Superior School of Art and Design at Saint Etienne and professor at Shanghai University (intercultural studies and economy of knowledge). He founded and runs the quarterly Multitudes since 2000. Member of the scientific Committee of Cahiers de la Recherche Architecturale, Direction de l’Architecture, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication. Expert for evaluation of research project of School of Art ands Design in France (Direction des Arts Plastiques, Ministère de la culture et de la communication). He was invited in numerous universities and institutions. His main domains of investigations include modern slavery, forms of employment and transformation of work and activities, systemic transformations of the firm and of capitalism, finance and globalization, economy of innovation and future of European Industry and production, models of digital and sharing economy, valorisation of intangibles and IPR, sustainable growth, urban complexity and smart cities.He has also developed numerous studies and publications on international migration, history and legislation of labour, integration, history of thinking in contemporary workers movements : edition of the posthumous work of Louis Althusser, numerous translations from Italian of Antonio Negri and Mario Tronti works. He wrote: De l’esclavage au salariat, économie historique du salariat bridé, (1998) Translated in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and English (to come) ; Cognitive capitalism, Polity Press, Cambridge (2012).


Zoran Jankovic photo IMG_0219_1Zoran Janković (Cégep de Saint-Laurent, Montreal) studied philosophy at University of Sarajevo. He received his Ph.D. from Université de Montréal. He finished his postdoctoral research in Department of philosophy at Institut catholique de Paris in Paris. He taught at several Canadian universities (Université du Québec à Montréal, Ottawa University, UPEI, UQTR) and actually is teaching at department of philosophy at College de St-Laurent in Montreal. He translates from French, English and German (J.Derrida Glas i fenomen. La voix et le phénomène; E. Cioran, Priznanja i anateme. Les aveux et les anathèmes). Besides numerous texts dealing with contemporary French and German philosophy he published Au delà du signe : Gadamer et Derrida. Le dépassement herméneutique et déconstructiviste du Dasein?, Harmattan, Paris, 2003.


Rainer Kuhlen_1Rainer Kuhlen (University of Konstanz) is a professor at the Department for Computer and Information Science at the University of Konstanz. In 1995 he became a member of the German Commission for the UNESCO; and from 2000 to 2012 held the UNESCO Chair for Communication. He is the Chairperson of NETHICS (Ethics in the Net –, the Chairperson for the German Coalition “Copyright for Education and Science” and of ENCES (European Copyright on behalf of Education and Science) and a member of the Green Academy of the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation. He authored the books “Consequences of Information Agents” (1999); “Information Ethics” (2004) and “Successful Failure – Twilight of Copyright?” (2008). His recent projects include working on the Infrastructure Copyright for Science and Education (IUWIS; – DFG); and on the project of Open Access in six countries of the Mediterranean area (MEDOANET; EU/FP7).


Vedran Džihić (University of Vienna) is currently a Senior Researcher at OIIP – Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Lecturer at the Institute for Political Sciences, University of Vienna, and Co-Director of Center for Advanced Studies, South East Europe. He has been the Austrian Marshall Plan Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C. Džihić is author of 4 monographs and editor/co-editor of further 14 edited volumes/books. He is also author of numerous book chapters, scholarly articles, policy papers and op-eds on various topics.