Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Oliver Marchart, PhD

Professor for Political Theory
Deputy Head of Department

Contact

Neues Institutsgebäude
Universitätsstr. 7/2nd floor
Room: B 214
1010 Vienna
T: +43-1-4277-494 13
F: +43-1-4277-949 4
E-Mail: oliver.marchart@univie.ac.at

Office hour

After agreement

Inquiries about teaching, mentoring and counseling hours can be sent by e-mail to: politische.theorie@univie.ac.at

Study assistant: Ina Sattlegger, BA

Teaching

Courses: u:find

Short biography

Oliver Marchart, Mag.Dr.phil. (University of Vienna, philosophy), PhD (University of Essex, Government), ‘habilitation’ in philosophy and sociology (University of Lucerne). 2001-2006 scientific assistant at the Department of Media Studies, University of Basel. 2006-2012 SNF-research professor at the Sociological Seminar of the University of Lucerne. 2012-2016 professor of sociology at the Art Acedemy Düsseldorf. Since March 2016 professor for political theory at the University of Vienna. Fellowships: 1995 Research Fellow at the Centre for Theoretical Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences der University of Essex. 1997/98 Junior Fellow at the International Research Center Cultural Studies (IFK), Vienna. 2005 Fellow at the Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall and the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) Paris. 2013 Senior Fellow at the Internationalen International Research Center Cultural Studies (IFK) Vienna. 2016 Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Konstanz.

Fields of research

Political theory, social theory, democracy theory, history of political ideas, social movement research, political discourse analysis

Co-chair of the working group ‘Constructivist Theories of Politics’, German Political Science Association (DVPW)

Selected publications

Monographs

  • Die politische Differenz. Zum Denken des Politischen bei Nancy, Lefort, Badiou, Laclau und Agamben, Berlin: Suhrkamp 2010.
  • Die Prekarisierungsgesellschaft. Prekäre Proteste. Politik und Ökonomie im Zeichen der Prekarisierung, Bielefeld: transcript 2013. [Open Access: www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-2192-1/die-prekarisierungsgesellschaft]
  • Das unmögliche Objekt. Eine postfundamentalistische Theorie der Gesellschaft, Berlin: Suhrkamp 2013.
  • Thinking Antagonism. Political Ontology after Laclau, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2018.
  • Conflictual Aesthetics. Artistic Activism and the Public Sphere, Berlin: Sternberg Press 2019.
  • forthcoming: Der demokratische Horizont. Politik und Ethik radikaler Demokratie, Berlin: Suhrkamp.
  • forthcoming: Post-foundational Theories of Democracy. Re-claiming Freedom, Equality, Solidarity, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Edited books

  • Laclau. A Critical Reader, edited with Simon Critchley, London/New York: Routledge 2004.
  • Facetten der Prekarisierungsgesellschaft. Prekäre Verhältnisse. Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf die Prekarisierung von Arbeit und Leben, Bielefeld: transcript 2013.
  • Themenschwerpunkt Chantal Mouffe, edited with Oliver Flügel-Martinsen, Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie 5(2) 2014.
  • Ordnungen des Politischen. Einsätze und Wirkungen der Hegemonietheorie Ernesto Laclaus, Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2017.
  • Foucault und das Politische. Transdisziplinäre Impulse for die politische Theorie der Gegenwart, edited with Renate Martinsen, Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2019.

Co-editor of the academic book series ‘Politische Aufklärung – konstruktivistische Perspektiven’, Springer VS

Selected articles

  • Democracy and minimal politics: The political difference and its consequences. In: South Atlantic Quarterly 110(4), Fall 2011, 965-73.
  • Demokratischer Radikalismus und radikale Demokratie. Historisch-programmatische Anmerkungen zum Stand politischer Theorie. In: Berliner Debatte Initial 26(4) 2015, 21-32.
  • Being Agitated – Agitated Being. Art and activism in times of protest’, in Robin Celikates, Regina Kreide, Tilo Wesche (eds.): Transformations of Democracies: Crisis, Protest, Legitimation, London: Rowman& Littlefield 2015, 107-27.
  • The political, the ethical, the global. Towards a post-foundational theory of cosmopolitan democracy, in Tamara Caraus, Elena Paris (eds.): Re-Grounding Cosmopolitanism. Towards a Post-Foundational Cosmopolitanism, London/New York: Routledge 2015.
  • Liberaler Antipopulismus. Ein Ausdruck von Postpolitik. In: Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 44-45 (2017), 11-16.
    Für einen parteilichen Universalismus: Radikale Demokratie zwischen Pluralismus und Antagonismus. In: Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie 44(3) 2019, 345-70.
  • ‘Don Alejandro’s fantasy: radical democracy and the negative concept of representation‘, in Lisa Disch, Mathijs von de Sande, Nadia Urbinati (eds.): The Constructivist Turn in Political Representation, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2019, 141-62.

Membership in editorial boards

  • Working Paper Series in Ideology and Discourse Analysis, University of Essex (Editorial Board)
  • Traces. A Multilingual Journal of Cultural Theory and Translation, Cornell University Press (Editorial Collective)
  • Acta Philosophica, Slovenian Academy of Science (International Advisory Board)
  • Zeitgenössische Diskurse des Politischen, Nomos Verlag (Scientific Counsel)
  • Debates y Combates, Fundación Abuelas de la Paz und Universidad Nacional de San Martín de Buenos Aires (Comité editorial externo)
  • Politica Común, Michigan Publishing (Editorial Board)
  • Polemics, Buchreihe bei Roman & Littlefield (Editorial Review Board)

Full list of publications (pdf-download)

Current research projects

‘Making Democracy. Negating freedom, equality and solidarity among adolescents’, funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) as part of the ‘Sparkling Science’ programme, 2017-2019

‘Agonistic Cultural Politics (AGONART) – Case Studies on the Conflictual Transformation of Cultural Quarters’, funded by the Jubilee Fond of the Austrian National Bank, 2020-2022


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