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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Practical Philosophy, Social Philosophy & Center for Human Studies and Social Change - Rahel Jaeggi

Eva von Redecker

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Humboldt-University, Berlin
Department of Philosophy

(c/o T. Pauly)
Unter den Linden 6 
10099 Berlin, Germany


Eva v. Redecker worked as Rahel Jaeggi's research assistant from Nov. 2009 to Oct. 2019. She contributed to establishing the Centre for Humanities and Social Change and acted as its deputy director. From fall 2019 onward, Eva continues to work in affiliation with the Center on her habilitation ("A Genealogy of Modern Property"), as well as pursueing her career as freelance author.

Eva's current research focusses on the notion of propertization. She investigates how modern forms of domination and destructiveness hinge on the logics of ownership, and works towards an intersectional account of capitalist oppression.

Her previous work also touches on questions of social psychology, sexuality, and normativity; she has authored a comprehensive introduction to the work of Judith Butler as well as a monograph on Hannah Arendt's moral philosophy. Together with Dr. Herbelot (University of Trento) Eva has authored the first paper in digital humanities which discussed biases in semantic vectors, and explored their potential use for automated discourse analysis.

Eva's most recent book Praxis und Revolution (forthcoming in translation with Columbia University Press as Refiguring Revolution) draws on social theory and rich literary examples to explain how radical social change can work despite the rigidity of given structures. According to Praxis und Revolution, revolutions are always processual: they draw from social interstices which prefigure new paradigmatic practices. At the same time, revolutions are materially conditioned: they rely on enabling structural conjectures which allow for transformative transfers to occur. The book received a broad general audience interest, to which Eva responds in various public philosophy venues such as newspaper commentaries, podcasts, public lectures and interviews (in radio, print and TV).

As per the old German "Magister" curriculum, Eva was trained as a historian and literature scholar alongside studying philosophy in Kiel, Tübingen, Cambridge, and Potsdam. She spent the winter semester 2013/14 as Raymond Geuss's visiting PhD student at the University of Cambridge and taught as Heuss visiting lecure at the New School for Social Research (New York) in fall 2015.