How to Keep Theory Open to Contradiction

Dr. Christian Leonhardt (InIIs), Samia Mohammed & Carolin Zieringer (InIIS & RTG Contradiction Studies)

12/12/2023 2:30 pm 4:00 pm

U Bremen GRA 2 0030 & online

The lecture and discussion will be held in English. Based on Christian’s lecture titled “Poetics of Theory. Contradictory Narrations and Activist Theory Production” we will approach the question of contradiction/contradicting and its (reflexive) relation to the practice of theory.

Dr. Christian Leonhardt | InIIs

Samia Mohammed | InIIS & RTG Contradiction Studies

Carolin Zieringer | InIIS & RTG Contradiction Studies

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