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Christopher Senf

PhD Candidate, Philosophy
  • E-mailchristopher.senf@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 89 86
  • Visitor Address
    Sydnesplassen 12/13
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

Ph.D. Research Project: The Morality of Social Conflicts – Analyzing City Square Movements in Political Philosophy

Ours is a time of social conflicts. With the Arab Spring and the Spanish Indignados of 2011, a recurring global conflict phenomenon began to emerge, ranging from Occupy Wall Street and the Israeli Social Justice movement to the Gezi Park protests in Turkey, and Nuit Debout in France. Events with mass occupation of urban squares with shared demands for social justice and real democracy have triggered extensive debates about the causes and impact of so-called city square movements. In my project, I aim to provide a philosophical analysis, using the unexploited potential of Honneth’s political philosophy for revealing normative claims underlying this phenomenon. I thus promote a shift in focus by analyzing city square movements—with emphasis on the western offshoots—as transnational struggles for recognition, embodying the preservation and expansion of both socio-economic and political rights as key normative problems in global public policy.

Talks at conferences and workshops

  • How to Understand and Justify Social Movements? Three Philosophical Approaches, International Workshop "Conflict and Communication", Norwegian University Center Paris, France, March 2019
  • Movement Impact on Society. West Germany in 1968, Conference "Den intellektuelle arven fra 1968" of the Research Group for Radical Philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway, September 2018
  • The Normative Claims of Square Movements. Social Conflicts and Human Rights in the Age of Austerity, International Conference "The Diversity of Human Rights: Human Rights and Resistance", Inter-University Center Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 2018
  • Public talk with the author Jürgen Neffe about his new bestseller book "Marx - Der Unvollendete", Berlin, Germany, March 2018
  • The Morality of Social Conflicts. Analyzing Square Movements in Political Philosophy, Forschungskolleg für Kritische Theorie, Department of Philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, February 2018
  • Conflict Theory in Marx: 'Science as an Organ of Movement'. International Critical Theory Summer School "Progress, Regression and Social Change", Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany, July 2017
  • Wissenschaft als 'Organ' der Bewegung. Konflikttheoretisches Denken bei Marx, Conference "Marx und die Kritik im Handgemenge", University Osnabrück, Germany, March 2017

Fall 2020: EXPHIL-HF / Examen Philosophicum Seminars

Spring 2020: EXPHIL-PS / Examen Philosophicum Seminars

Fall 2019: EXPHIL-HF / Examen Philosophicum Seminars

Spring 2018: Contemporary Political Theory / Graduate course Philosophy, Faculty of the Humanities, Seminar Substitution April 4, University of Bergen

Senf, Christopher (2018). Wissenschaft als »Organ« der Bewegung: Konflikttheoretisches Denken bei Marx [Science as an »Organ« of a Movement: Conflict Theory Thinking with Marx]. In Matthias Bohlender, Anna-Sophie Schönfelder, Matthias Spekker (Eds.), »Kritik im Handgemenge«: Die Marx'sche Gesellschaftskritik als politischer Einsatz. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, (pp. 73–94). https://doi.org/10.14361/9783839441503-004

Senf, Christopher (2018). The Impact of Social Movements on Society. In Comma (Magazine of The Democratic Institute, Israel), July 2018, in Hebrew. DemocraticInstitute - Senf

Senf, Christopher (2017). Was tun? Europakrise und Rechtspopulismus [What to do? Euro-crisis and right-wing populism]. https://berlinergazette.de/rechtspopulismus-europa

Research groups