I am a critical theorist and feminist philosopher, writing about property, social change, and sometimes even life and death.
I grew up on a small farm in Northern Germany and still appreciate rural life. I studied philosophy, history, and literature in many places (Kiel, Tübingen, Cambridge, Potsdam) and then worked at Humboldt-University, Berlin, from 2009 to 2019. During that period, I also spent one semester in Cambridge (as visiting PhD student) and one in New York (as Heuss lecturer at the New School for Social Research).
My general audience book Revolution für das Leben came out with S.Fischer in September 2020. It was critically acclaimed as “the new bible of intellectual resistance” and is being translated into French, Korean, Spanish, and Greek. In my current writing, I explore the notions of freedom and unfreedom: how can we overcome their indifference in the face of unprecedented losses of lifelihood?
My slower research asks how the history of property has shaped modern power relations, identities, and living nature. Part of this work was carried out as a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie project, PhantomAiD, hosted at Research Center PoliTeSse at Verona University in 2020/2021.
Praxis und Revolution, the book based on my PhD, appeared in German in 2018; an English translation has just come out with Columbia University Press. My work on the genealogy of property builds on an article that I published in Critical Times in 2020: “Ownership’s Shadow“. I also enjoy writing literary essays, like this “Brief aus dem Wald” in Le Monde diplomatique.