Radical Democracy in Social Movements: Activists' Theory Productions and Political Figurations

One of the most current debates in political theory revolves around the attempt to rethink democracy from the point of view of the indeterminable, the ungovernable of the political. In this context, figurations are used, which I understand as condensations of theoretical considerations that take the form of abstract figures, literary references, or narratives of historical or contemporary events. However, figurations do not only appear in academic theory production, but also in theoretical reflections of social movements.

My thesis is that academic as well as activist figurations refer to modes of appearance, conditions and possibilities of the political in contemporary relations. The aim of the dissertation project is therefore to elaborate, summarize and relate these figurations.

Dissertation project

Christian Leonhardt

Project-related publications

Zieringer, Carolin; Leonhardt, Christian, 2020: Politics, Body, Irony: Rancière queer-feminist weiterdenken, in: Mareike Gebhardt (ed.), Staatskritik und Radikaldemokratie. The thought of Jacques Rancière, understandings of the state, Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp. 171 - 187.

Leonhardt, Christian, 2019: Jenseits der guten Ordnung. Theoretical Constellations between Bakunin, Rancière and CrimethInc, in Mathis, Klaus/Langensand, Luca (eds.), Anarchie als herrschaftslose Ordnung?, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 95 - 119.

Leonhardt, Christian, 2019: Henry David Thoreau, in Comtesse, Dagmar/Flügel-Martinsen, Oliver/Martinsen, Franziska/Nonhoff, Martin (eds.), Handbuch Radikale Demokratietheorie, Berlin: Suhrkamp, pp. 115 - 120.

Leonhardt, Christian; Nonhoff, Martin, 2019: Resistant difference. Transnational social movements between counter-hegemonic institutionalization and non-integrative prefiguration, in Journal of Political Theory, 10 (1), pp. 9 - 28.

Leonhardt, Christian, 2018: Reinscening. From the scene of the plebeians to the study of the political moment in contemporary movements, in Linpinsel, Thomas/ Lim, Il-Tschung (eds.), Jacques Rancière and the Social Sciences, Wiesbaden: Springer, pp. 141 - 163.

Leonhardt, Christian, 2017: Two names of exceptionalism. Giorgio Agamben and Jacques Rancière in Unconventionality, in Matthias Lemke (ed.), Ausnahmezustand. Theory history - applications - perspectives, Wiesbaden: Springer VS, pp. 41 - 56.

Leonhardt, Christian, 2017; Reviewed: Gabriel Hürlimann; 2015, Analytics of Revolt. On agonistic constellations of power, freedom and subject following Michel Foucault., in Journal of Philosophical Literature, 5 (1), pp. 19 - 28.