Robert W. Cox once described ‚critical theory‘ as the one which „stands apart from the prevailing order of the world and asks how that order came about. Critical theory […] does not take institutions and social and power relations for granted but calls them into question by concerning itself with their origins and how and whether they might be in the process of changing.“ But how is it possible to grasp such origins and processes of change in a systematic, respectively scientific way? This course explores into this problematic by introducing the dialectical and genealogical methods as of Marx and Foucault. Some time will also be reserved for discussing the (possible) significance for the work/research of course participants. Although held in English, course participants can also make contributions in German.
Christian Möllmann studied Political Science (Leipzig) and Global Political Economy (Sussex). He is currently working at the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) in Kassel as Graduate School Coordinator and writing a PhD thesis on the global political economy of population ageing.
Ismail Doga Karatepe is a post-doc researcher at the International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD), University of Kassel. He received his BA in Economics from Istanbul University, earned his master’s degrees in Economics and Global Political Economy from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey and University of Kassel, respectively. He completed his PhD degree at the University of Kassel as well.