Birte Loschenkohl

Lecturer, Social Sciences
Power, Identity and Resistance

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Birte Löschenkohl received her PhD in philosophy from Goethe-Universität Frankfurt in 2012. Her first monograph, Freedom and Repetition: Political Agency Without Future, is forthcoming in 2017 with Fink-Verlag (in German). The book examines the relationship of repetition, freedom and agency in the thought of Marx, Freud, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard. In discussing these thinkers, her work challenges dominant understandings of action as the sovereign mastery or rational realization of given possibilities and lays the ground for a novel conceptualization of political agency beyond sovereignty.

Birte recently completed an article on norm and exception in relation to political transformation in Kierkegaard and Schmitt. Her previous publications include an edited volume on the political thought of Marx, and articles and book chapters on Nietzsche, Marx, Agamben, Blanqui, and Benjamin. She is currently composing two articles on Nietzsche’s political thought: The first examines the role of chance in the creation of the new vis-à-vis Nietzsche’s micropolitics of resistance in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and the second investigates parallels in the political thought of Nietzsche and Fanon.