1905 Conceptualisations of Modern Societies and Theories of Societal Change
Univ.Prof. Dr. Ingolfur Blühdorn
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09/01/20 to 10/09/20
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Notes to the course
Subject(s) Doctoral/PhD Programs
Day Date Time Room
Thursday 10/15/20 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D4.3.106
Thursday 10/22/20 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D4.0.136
Thursday 10/29/20 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D4.0.136
Thursday 11/05/20 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D4.0.136
Thursday 11/12/20 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D4.3.106
Thursday 11/19/20 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online-Einheit
Thursday 11/26/20 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online-Einheit
Thursday 12/03/20 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online-Einheit
Thursday 12/10/20 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online-Einheit
Thursday 01/14/21 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Online-Einheit


This research seminar explores the relationship between a) notions and experiences of alienation, b) notions and agendas of emancipation and c) the project of a Socio-Ecological Transformation of modern consumer societies that is widely demanded by scientists as well as political activists. The research seminar explores normative commitments and theoretical assumptions of different strands of literature – which in many cases remain unreflected and implicit. Understandings of alienation and emancipation as well as their relationship towards sustainability and the project of a socio-ecological transformation will be covered.

· This Research Seminar focuses on selected theories and concepts of alienation and emancipation, which very are commonly used in research on the condition of modern societies, their multiple crises and their projected transformation. This semester we will focus specifically on (a) competing ways in which different actors frame alienation, emancipation the aspired transformation of society.

· PhD theses and other research proposals will be presented, discussed and further developed.

· Publication projects will be discussed and related drafts reviewed.

· Furthermore, we will critically look at articles (from a reviewer’s perspective) which have been submitted to academic journals.


Learning outcomes

Participants acquire detailed knowledge about

· the differences between a range of ways in which alienation and emancipation have been framed by particular political actors;

· the relationship between notions of emancipation and notions of sustainability as well as their implications for eco-political policy approaches;

· how to develop a research proposal in the field of socio-scientific sustainability research;

· how to present a research project in the field of socio-scientific sustainability research;

· how to critically engage with academic material presented in written or oral ways.

Teaching/learning method(s)

The Seminar consists in equal parts of inputs by the Professor and by the Seminar participants. The detailed discussion of methodical articles, drafts manuscripts, published articles, and the presentation and defence of the participants’ own work will familiarize the seminar participants with modes of academic work at an advanced level.


Successful completion of this research seminar requires:

· Regular seminar attendance (monitored) and taking responsibility as lead discussant of academic texts (20%)

· Presentation and defence of the own research project (50%)

· Formal review and assessment of a research project or academic article that has been submitted for publication to a journal (30%)

Last edited: 2020-07-01