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Frau Dr. Estela Schindel

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Estela Schindel

Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (Kuwi)
Akademische Mitarbeiterin , Wissenschaftliche Geschäftsführerin des Viadrina Instituts für Europa-Studien (IFES)
Wissenschaftliche Geschäftsführung
Logenstraße 11
15230 Frankfurt (Oder)
🏠 LH 115
☏ +49 335 5534 2827
📠 +49 335 5534 2278


Mittwoch 11:00-12:00 Uhr


  • EU-Grenzregime
  • Biopolitik
  • Soziale Dynamiken der Exzeption und Exklusion
  • Diktatur- und Gewaltforschung; Erinnerungskulturen 
  • Raum- und Stadtforschung mit Schwerpunkt Lateinamerika

Aktuelles Forschungsprojekt

Die EU-Außengrenzen als Verhandlungsraum des europäischen Selbstbildes und der Alterität. Eine kultursoziologische Untersuchung der Konstruktion des europäischen Selbstbildes, der Alterität und der Verschiebung von Gewalt an die Außengrenzen der EU
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Lebenslauf / Vita



Aktuelles Semester, WiSe 2019/20:

Disappearance, Anthropocene, Abandonment. Languages of Social Devastation.

6/9 ECTS

Seminar: KGMOE: Menschen - Artefakte - Visionen // MASS: Kultur und Gesellschaft / Politik und Kultur
Mo, 16 - 18 Uhr, Ort: LH 101/102, Veranstaltungsbeginn: 14.10.2019

A series of diverse but convergent studies point out at the limitation of conventional categories of the social sciences when tryingto account for present phenomena of social catastrophe or devastation. What these diagnoses share is the perception that certaincontemporary social phenomena of exclusion, exception, or marginalization are not temporary or accidental anymore but becomestructural and permanent. In these interpretations notions that used to be considered the basis of modern liberal citizenshipregimes – like the individual rights holder, the nation-state, or even society– seem not to be entirely adequate for grasping theruined landscapes of late capitalism. Rather, this disadjustment may reveal their exhaustion. In this context, the alliances orcollaborations between humans and non-humans and the consequent imbrication of the social, the natural and the technologicalworlds are brought to the fore. For some, this de-centering of central modern categories goes hand in hand with a decenteringof the Western and/or Eurocentric anthropocentric assumptions for apprehending the world, and with the concomitant call foralternative epistemologies. In the seminar we will read this mostly recent literature and discuss its implications for the cultural andsocial sciences as well as its teachings with regard to the political present.

Literatur: Gan, Eliane; Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson & Nils Burbandt. 2017. Arts of living on a damaged planet: Ghosts/Monsters of the Anthropocene. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Salerno, Roger. 2003. Landscapes of Abandonment:Capitalism, Modernity, and Estrangement. New York: SUNY Press. Sassen, Saskia. 2014. Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity inthe Global Economy. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Tsing, Anna. 2015. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Hinweise zur Veranstaltung: The seminar starts on October 14. Registration per e-mail required until October 4. In order to register you need to send an e-mail to with your name, matriculation number, studyprogram and semester number. Please include a short statement with your motivation for joining the seminar.

Leistungsnachweise: 80% weekly essays, active participation in class, term paper.

Sprache: Englisch

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