Postcolonial and transcultural political theory



Franziska Dübgen, Stefan Skupien: Afrikanische Politische Philosophie.
Postkoloniale Positionen. Frankfurt/M.: Suhrkamp 2015.

Franziska Dübgen: „Gerechtigkeit im Polylog. Jenseits eines gerechtigkeitstheoretischen Provinzialismus“, in:  Holger Zapf/Sybille
de la Rosa/Sophia Schubert (Hg.): Transkulturelle Politische Theorie. Eine Einführung“, Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2016, S. 265-284.

Franziska Dübgen: Was ist gerecht? Kennzeichen einer transnationalen solidarischen Politik, Frankfurt/M.: Campus 2014.


"Diversity, Power, and Justice. Transcultural Perspectives"

since April 2016
Sponsor: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Scientific Managers: Dr. Franziska Dübgen and Prof. Ina Kerner

Constructivist theories of justice are increasingly characterized by a transnational focus, and hence claim validity for human beings irrespective of their sociocultural and geopolitical background. Nevertheless, it is predominantly European and Anglo-American scholarship that dominates the academic debate on justice. The hermeneutical horizon of this discussion therefore remains limited, as it primarily draws on experiences stemming from metropolitan spaces within industrialized, secular modern countries. Against this backdrop, this research project aims at broadening the normative justice debate. It looks at alternative intellectual traditions in order to respond to the global diversity of experiences of injustices. It particularly focuses on theories of justice from postcolonial contexts in the global South that have hardly been taken up in the German-language academic literature so far: the South African justice grammar of Ubuntu, and Arab-Islamic debates on justice in the Maghreb. The research project will operate in close dialogue with academics from collaborating institutions in South Africa, Tunisia, and Morocco. On a methodological level, this transcultural approach aims at contributing to the emerging research fields of Comparative Political Theory and Postcolonial Political Theory.

Research assistant in the project: Kawther Karoui