Crisis, Critique, Capitalism
The first Lucerne Master Class took place in 2013 with the prominent social theorist Prof. Nancy Fraser from the New School for Social Research (New York). This week-long event, entitled ‘Crisis, Critique, Capitalism’, served as a kick-off for the event series. Based on the positive response to this master class, it was decided to continue the series in upcoming years.
What participants said:
"I think that learning how other people draw on the work of Nancy Fraser and render her analyses productive for their own projects really helped me get a better understanding of Nancy Fraser's work." Barbara Umrath, Universities of Flensburg and Basel
"It was a very inspiring and intellectually productive week, and a privilege to spend this time with such a great group of colleagues, organizers, and, of course, with Prof. Nancy Fraser." Ana Carolina Alfinito Vieira, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
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Crisis, Critique, Capitalism
In recent decades, critical theorists have largely abandoned the project of a “crisis critique” of capitalist society, aimed at conceptualizing the latter’s inherently self-destabilizing tendencies, its characteristic forms of domination and social struggle, and its prospects for emancipatory social transformation. Today, however, the need for such critique is more urgent than ever. Yet far from returning to earlier models, the project must be reconstructed in a form adequate to the 21st century. Eschewing a one-dimensional focus on the economy, today’s critical theory must conceptualize the interpenetration of that aspect with other fundamental dimensions of the present crisis – ecological, political, cultural and social-reproductive. Equally important, it must incorporate the insights of new paradigms of critical theorizing, above all feminism, postcolonialism, and ecological thought, without abandoning the classical aspiration to conceptualize capitalist society as a social totality. In order to advance this project, the course will revisit three ambitious and powerful critiques of capitalist crisis: Karl Marx’s Capital, Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation, and Jürgen Habermas’s Legitimation Crisis. The aim of the course is to identify the respective blindspots and insights of each these works, to reconstruct their problematic aspects, and to synthesize their best insights, all for the sake of developing an adequate model of crisis critique for the capitalism of the 21st century.
Nancy Fraser | New School for Social Research (New York)
Nancy Fraser is Henry A. Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York. An Einstein Fellow of the city of Berlin, she holds the Chair «Rethinking social justice in a globalizing world» at the Collège d’études mondiales, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme. Among her widely discussed publications are Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis (2013), Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World (2008), Adding Insult to Injury: Nancy Fraser Debates Her Critics (2008), Redistribution or Recognition? A Political-Philosophical Exchange (2003), co-authored with Axel Honneth, Mapping the Radical Imagination: Between Redistribution and Recognition (2003), Justice Interruptus: Critical Reflections on the "Postsocialist" Condition (1997), Unruly Practices: Power, Discourse and Gender in Contemporary Social Theory (1989). Nancy Fraser currently works on a book-project entitled “Crisis, Critique, Capitalism: Re-reading Marx, Polanyi, and Habermas in the 21st Century.”
The first Lucerne Master Class took place from 14 October to 18 October in a panorama meeting room at the Museum of Transport in Lucerne.
15 doctoral students participated in the 1st Lucerne Master Class
- Ana Carolina Alfinito Vieira, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
- Sine Bagatur, Erasmus Rotterdam University
- Marziyeh Bakhshizadeh, RUB, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum
- Sebastian Bandelin, Philipps-Universität Magdeburg
- Catherine Buchmüller-Codoni, University of Fribourg
- David Alexander Craig, University of Oregon
- Stefan EggerUniversity of Lucerne
- Eva Groen-Reijman, University of Amsterdam
- Kristina Lanz, University of Bern
- David Loher, University of Bern
- Julia Maisenbacher, University of Lucerne
- Luisa Piart, University of Bern
- Sabrina Regmi, Ochanomizu University
- Sarah Stefanutti, University of Leuven
- Barbara Umrath, University of Flensburg/ University of Basel
Crisis, Critique, Capitalism: Toward an Expanded Framework for the 21st Century
The public lecture took place on 15 October 2013.
In her public lecture, Nancy Fraser asks the question: How is capitalism best conceptualized – as an economic system, a form of ethical life, or an institutional order?