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Carolin Emcke

Journalist, philosopher and one of the leading voices in the German intellectual and cultural scenes.

She is a columnist for the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and El País, and has been an editor and international reporter for Die Zeit and Der Spiegel, during which time she travelled to several conflict zones including Colombia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. She studied Philosophy at the London School of Economics, Harvard, and the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt where her supervisor was Axel Honneth, and she has lectured in different academic centres, among them Yale University. Since 2004 she has been combining her journalistic work with curating and presenting the "Streitraum" conference cycles at the Schaubühne Theatre in Berlin. Her work denouncing violence, xenophobia and LGBT-phobia, and in favour of human rights has been recognised with such awards as Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 2016 and, in 2008, the Theodor Wolff Prize of the Federal Association of German Newspaper Publishers. She has published twelve books, including Against Hate, 2016 (in Spanish, Contra el odio, Taurus, 2017) and How We Desire, 2012 (in Spanish, Modos del deseo, Tres puntos, 2018), works in which she reflects on power relations and desire, identities, and the role of violence in democratic societies.

Update: 30 August 2022


Has participated in

Masha Gessen and Carolin Emcke

New Fascisms

A morning with Carolin Emcke

A right has never been won forever

Teju Cole and Carolin Emcke

Imagining the Future

Lecture by Carolin Emcke

Silence and Emancipation

Lecture by Carolin Emcke

Spiral of hatred. From Online Networks to Political Reality