Isabell Lorey (Academy of Media Arts, Cologne): Democracy in the Present Tense. A Theory of the Political Present
As part of a Joint Session in Feminist Theory. This series of events takes place as part of the seminar »Theory and Figurations of GenderRelations« (Freie Universität Berlin) and the doctoral program in Gender, Culture and Society (University of Helsinki). It is a cooperation between Esther von der Osten (Peter SzondiInstitute of Comparative Literature, Freie Universität Berlin), Susanne Lettow (Margherita von Brentano Center for Gender Studies, Freie Universität Berlin) and Tuija Pulkkinen (Department of Cultures, Director doctoral program Gender, Culture and Society (SKY), University of Helsinki).
Isabell Lorey (Academy of Media Arts, Cologne)
In the midst of the crises and threats to liberal democracy, Isabell Lorey develops a democracy in the
present tense; one which breaks open political certainties and linear concepts of progress and growth.
Her queer feminist political theory formulates a fundamental critique of masculinist concepts of the
people, representation, institutions, and the multitude. In doing so, she unfolds an original concept of
a presentist democracy based on care and interrelatedness, on the irreducibility of responsibilities—
one which cannot be conceived of without social movements’ past struggles and current practices.
Isabell Lorey is a Queer Studies Professor at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and works for
transversal (transversal.at), the publication platform of the European Institute for Progressive Cultural
Policies (eipcp). Among her publications are: State of insecurity. Government of the precarious, Verso,
London/New York 2015; Figuren des Immunen. Elemente einer politischen Theorie. Diaphanes, Zürich
2011 and Immer Ärger mit dem Subjekt. Theoretische und politische Konsequenzen eines juridischen
Machtmodells: Judith Butler. Edition diskord, Tübingen 1996. Her most recent book is Democracy in
the Present Tense. A Theory of the Political Present (London: Verso 2021, German edition 2020). The
Spanish translation will appear in 2022 (Buenos Aires: Tinta Limon and Malaga: subtextos).
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