The promises of modernity seem so fragile and illusory that many are withdrawing, disenchanted, from the political sphere. Dare we speak openly about feeling politically helpless? A discussion about our relationship with the world in late modernity: about the question of what keeps us going when powerlessness, alienation and apathy seem to overwhelm governance, and democracy looks nervous and exhausted.
Professor of Sociology, University of Jena; Director, Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt|
Professor of Sociology, University of Jena; Director, Max-Weber-Kolleg, University of Erfurt
| ||Hartmut Rosa is Professor of Sociology and Social Theory at Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany and Director of the Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt. He also is an Affiliated Professor at the Department of Sociology, New School for Social Research, New York. In 1997, he received his PhD in Political Science from Humboldt-University in Berlin. After that, he held teaching positions at the universities of Mannheim, Jena, Augsburg and Essen and served as Vice-President and General Secretary for Research Committee 35 (COCTA) of ISA and as one of the directors of the Annual International Conference on Philosophy and the Social Sciences in Prague. In 2016, he was a visiting professor at the FMSH/EHESS in Paris. He is editor of the international journal Time and Society. His publications focus on Social Acceleration, Resonance and the Temporal Structures of Modernity as well as the Political Theory of Communitarianism.|
Editor, DIE ZEIT, Hamburg
| ||Elisabeth von Thadden was born in 1961 in Göttingen, Germany. She studied literature and history in Freiburg, Paris and Berlin. She wrote her thesis on Goethe's piece "Elective Affinities" at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. During the turnaround period after 1989 she worked as an editor for the german newspapers "Berliner Wochenpost" and "Berliner Zeitung". Since 1999 she is an editor for "Die Zeit" and is responsible for the philosophical section of the newspaper. She is married with two kids. Elisabeth von Thadden is a professor at the universities of Witten/Herdecke and Jena, both in Germany. In autumn 2010 she was a visiting fellow at the "Center for European Studies" at Harvard University. Since 2008 she is a member of the German Protestant Church Congress and since 2012 a permanent fellow at the College of Post-growth Societies at the University of Jena where she also wrote her newest book "Die berührungslose Gesellschaft" (the touchless society), published in 2018.|