Dictionary of Now #11: JUSTICE

Nikolaus Gansterer, Theory Casing IV (Middle of the Moment), | Courtesy the Artist. 

The concept of justice appears to have forfeited its position as a normative guiding principle in political discourse. At the same time, very few concepts have taken its place. In the 11th edition of the Dictionary of Now, 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 about concepts of justice within the contemporary capitalist, technological culture.

How is the concept of justice changing in times of growing global inequalities? What are the limits and boundaries of justice, where are they located, and how are they negotiated today? And how universally must concepts of justice be conceived?

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 societal necessity today. The legal scholar Christoph Möllers reflects on justice as a normative concept. He questions how the sense of injustice is echoed in contemporary law.

The communication scientist Sarah Sharma examines the social and technological parameters of contemporary injustice. In her lecture, she considers the extent to which the speed of global capitalism delivers and depends on racialized and gendered forms of injustice, thus making it difficult to entertain the ideas of western liberal democracy.

In the course of the long-term project 100 Years of Now, the Dictionary of Now series reflects the capacity of words to both describe and shape the world. Since 2015, notable representatives from the sciences, politics and the arts, from theory and practice are questioning established meanings of selected words against the backdrop of the latest discourses. A publication in 2019 will compile the words and people involved in each issue, interconnect them and give rise to new, dynamic constellations of knowledge production.

Dictionary of Now is part of 100 Years of Now which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling by the German Bundestag. Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as by the Federal Foreign Office.

Dictionary of Now #11: JUSTICE
Lectures and discussion
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7pm
With Nikita Dhawan, Christoph Möllers and Sarah Sharma
Simultaneous translation: English/German
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