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2018, Thu, Apr 19

Nikita Dhawan, Christoph Möllers & Sarah Sharma – JUSTICE

Revital Cohen & Tuur van Balen, 75 Watt, 2013, C-type print, 100 x 66 cm

Revital Cohen & Tuur van Balen, 75 Watt, 2013, C-type print, 100 x 66 cm

The concept of justice appears to have forfeited its position as a normative guiding principle in political discourse. At the same time, hardly any new concepts have taken its place. What are the limits and boundaries of justice, where are they located, and how are they negotiated today? How is the concept of justice changing in times of growing global inequalities? And how universal must concepts of justice be conceived?

Nikita Dhawan, Christoph Möllers, and Sarah Sharma discuss the history of the Enlightenment’s ideals of justice and law against the background of today’s increasing societal asymmetries and ask for concepts of justice within contemporary capitalist technoculture.

The political scientist Nikita Dhawan raises questions concerning a global civil society and a transnational concept of justice. In her lecture she illuminates the history of the Enlightenment with respect to its social necessity today. The legal scholar Christoph Möllers reflects justice as a normative concept. He questions how the feeling of injustice is echoed in contemporary law. The media theorist Sarah Sharma examines the social and technological parameters of contemporary injustice. In her lecture, she considers how the social experience of injustice is deeply intertwined with the technological, thus making it difficult to entertain the ideals of western liberal democracy.