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Veranstaltungen von Dr. Chiara Stefanoni


Political Philosophy (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Chiara Stefanoni

wöchentlich | Mittwoch | 10:15 - 11:45 | 14.10.2024 - 31.01.2025 | C 11.319 Seminarraum

Inhalt: This seminar introduces students to key concepts and debates within political philosophy, in particular in the tradition of modern and contemporary continental philosophy. Following both a chronological and thematic path, students will critically engage with modern and contemporary classical works of political philosophy, such as Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Michel Foucault, Nicos Poulantzas, Jacques Rancière, Judith Butler, and authors in the tradition of the so-called Marxist "West German Derivation Debate". The texts will be analyzed along three thematic lines: the state, power and resistance with the final aim of defining the notion of "politics" and "the political", in particular in relation with "the economic", and "the private", consequently a confrontation with specific dynamics and separations of capitalist society will be undertaken.

On Smell: Philosophical Perspectives and More (FSL) (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Chiara Stefanoni

wöchentlich | Mittwoch | 14:15 - 15:45 | 14.10.2024 - 31.01.2025 | C 12.101 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Western culture and philosophy are deeply imbued with what might be called the “primacy of vision.” Light, seeing, and enlightenment as metaphors for truth and knowledge; sight as a noble and privileged sense of morality. And also, the relationship between vision and power. What would it be like if we placed not sight but smell at the center? What conceptions of knowledge, reality, power and the human might we have? Of the five senses, smell has always represented a real conundrum, a secret to be deciphered and at the same time it has been deemed the most useless of the senses, a sense without a future in a context - like the current one - dominated by visual and digital culture. The seminar will outline a - necessarily partial - interdisciplinary and historical path (between philosophy, science, cultural studies, and psychoanalysis) by which to try to imagine an answer to these questions. That path will have two fundamental thematic cores: the power (and politics) of smell and the mobilization of smell in tracing the human/animal distinction.