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Brigitte Bargetz

Affiliated 12-13, Fellow 11-12, Visiting 10-11

Theories of the Political / Queer-Feminist Theory / Affect Theory


In the winter term 2012/13 Brigitte Bargetz is a Guest Professor at the Department of Social Sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She is co-speaker of the working group “Politics and Gender” of the German Association of Political Science and co-editor of the feminist journal “Femina Politica” ( She studied Political Science and History at the University of Vienna and the IEP Aix-en-Provence and received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Vienna. In her dissertation she was proposing “the everyday” as an informing and useful concept for (feminist) political theory. She held Research Fellowships and Visiting Scholarships at the University of Washington in Seattle, at the IWM (Institute for Human Sciences) in Vienna, at the Institute for Queer Theory in Berlin, and at the IFK (International Research Center for Cultural Studies) in Vienna. She has been a lecturer at the Universities of Vienna and Graz, teaching courses on the history of political ideas, queer-feminist theory, theories of the political, affect, as well as critical theories of the everyday.

Current Project

The Distribution of Emotions

In her current research Brigitte Bargetz is interested in the question of how power, politics, and emotions are related. While Western modern thought and the politics of Enlightenment have evoked reason as a dominant political mode, excluding emotions from politics, feminist research has criticized the rational, masculinist politics of liberal theory. It has revealed how the devaluation and delegitimation of emotions is deeply imbricated in theories of the modern liberal state and how such devaluations are related to gender, race, and class. Arguing for a re- appropriation of emotions has therefore been a central aim of feminist research since the 1970s, referring to emotions not only as critical tool but also as modes of perception and knowledge and thus as mobilizing political force. Reading the current “affective turn” through such a feminist perspective aims at assessing the potentials and challenges of a theory of affective politics.


ICI Project (2011-12)

The return of innocence? A queer-feminist reading of the ›political difference‹

Currently, political theory, political philosophy, and art theory are encountering a lively debate on ›the political‹. Within these debates most approaches find a common ground in the differentiation between ›politics‹ and ›the political‹, often expressed as ›political difference‹. However, looking at this current resurgence of the political, it is eye-catching that these debates largely transpire without feminist insights. This is interesting because the political has been an important though contested concept within feminist theory and philosophy since its beginnings, just as its reconceptualizations. Thus, is this return of the political also a return of a ›conceptual innocence‹, what has particularly been called into question by feminist critiques? Taking up the feminist insight that concepts are never innocent in my project I critically engage with current approaches to the political and particularly with Jacques Rancière's political theory. Unfolding his understanding of politics in relation to emotions, I challenge the potential of his concept from a queer-feminist perspective.

Recent publications

  • Der emotionale Aufstand. Verhandlungen um eine Politik der Gefühle in Zeiten der Krise, in: Femina Politica, 1, 2012 (together with Magdalena Freudenschuß)
  • "Wutbürgerinnen"? Zum Verhältnis von Politik, Geschlecht und Emotionen, in: Mixa, Elisabeth/Vogl, Patrick (ed.), E-Motions. Transformationsprozesse in der Gegenwartskultur, Vienna (Turia+Kant)
  • Politik, Emotionen und die Transformation des Politischen. Eine feministisch-machtkritische Perspektive, in: ÖZP (Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft), 2, 2010 (together with Birgit Sauer)   
  • The politics of the everyday. A feminist revision of the public/private frame, in: Papkova, Irina (ed.), Reconciling the Irreconcilable, Vienna: IWM Junior Visiting Conferences, Vol 24, online 2009
  • Die Politisierung des Alltäglichen. Stellungskrieg um Subjektformen, in: A.G.Gender-Killer (ed.): Das Gute Leben. Linke Perspektiven auf einen besseren Alltag, Münster (together with Gundula Ludwig), 2007

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