ZiF Research Group

Global Contestations of Women's and Gender Rights

October 2020 – July 2021

Convenors: Alexandra Scheele (Bielefeld, GER), Julia Roth (Bielefeld, GER), Heidemarie Winkel (Bielefeld, GER)

Karsten Schubert


FotoDepartment of Political Science,
University of Freiburg, Germany
E-Mail: karsten.schubert@politik.uni-freiburg.de


Karsten Schubert studied General Studies in Tübingen (2004-2005), Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics in Leipzig (2005-2010) and at the Sciences Po Paris (2007-2008). After working for the United Nations Association in Berlin (2010-2013) and UNESCO's Section of Peace and Human Rights Education in Paris (2011-2012), he wrote his dissertation about Freedom in the social philosophy of Michel Foucault, and received his PhD (Dr. phil.) in Philosophy from the University of Leipzig in 2018. During his PhD research Schubert was a visiting scholar at Cardozo University (2013) and the New School for Social Research (2014-2015) in New York. His studies and PhD research were funded by the German Academic Merit Foundation. Schubert taught as a Research Associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Institute of Political Science, Political Theory Section at the University of Duisburg-Essen (2015-2017). Upon finishing the PhD, he conducted research as Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) at the University of Bremen (2017-2018). Since October 2018 he is Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter/geschäftsführender Assistent) at the Political Science Department, Section for Political Theory at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg.

Current Main Research Interests

My current research is based on the diagnosis that Western right-wing populism and the worldwide development towards authoritarian forms of government are symptoms of an ideological breakdown of the liberal democratic consensus, which leads to a restauration of heteronormative repression. I analyze the legal and activist aspects of this constellation. Firstly, in the field of critical legal philosophy by proposing a new, reflexive liberalism. Secondly, my analysis extends into the field of intersectional ethics, where I develop normative frameworks for criticizing current political debates, regarding issues like 'political correctness' and gender norms. The project aims to show that liberal rule of law and social criticism are mutually dependent.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Schubert, Karsten (2013): Langer Weg zur sexuellen Selbstbestimmung. Der Schutz von LSBTI durch die Vereinten Nationen. In: Vereinte Nationen 61 (5), S. 216-222
  • Schubert, Karsten (2018): Freiheit als Kritik. Sozialphilosophie nach Foucault. Bielefeld: transcript
  • Schubert, Karsten (2019): The Democratic Biopolitics of PrEP. In: Helene Gerhards und Kathrin Braun (Hg.): Biopolitiken – Regierungen des Lebens heute. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, S. 121-153
  • Schubert, Karsten (2020): »Political Correctness« als Sklavenmoral? Zur politischen Theorie der Privilegienkritik. In: Leviathan 48 (1), S. 29-51. DOI: 10.5771/0340-0425-2020-1-29
  • Schubert, Karsten (2020): Institutionalisierung der Freiheit im Recht. Wie Foucaults Freiheitsdenken Menkes radikale Rechtskritik korrigiert. In: Matthias Flatscher und Steffen K. Herrmann (Hg.): Institutionen des Politischen. Baden-Baden: Nomos (Zeitgenössische Diskurse des Politischen)