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Birgit Blättel-Mink (Ed.) 2021: Gesellschaft unter Spannung. Verhandlungen des 40. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie 2020:


The working group, jointly supported by the Institute for Social Research (IfS) Frankfurt and the Institute for Sociology of the Department of Social Sciences at the Goethe University Frankfurt, sees itself as a forum for critical social research. The working group organises the lecture series "Critical Sociology", which, following the Frankfurt tradition of Critical Theory, explores concepts, subjects and effects of sociological criticism. A diversity of societal phenomena are under exploration. Overarching questions that also critically (self)reflect the practice of sociological critique itself are: which phenomena can be subjected to critique, why and from which perspective? What are the conceptual and methodological challenges of critical social research? Which concepts of critique can be distinguished and how? Doing so, the working group wants to contribute to a (self-)understanding of the tasks, requirements and goals of a critical sociology of the present communicating with the tradition of Critical Theory and critical concepts of other provenance. In addition, it promotes cooperation between the IfS and the Goethe University's Department of Social Sciences by fostering networking and exchange of all interested parties who are dedicated to the questions and problems of a critical sociology in their research.

Birgit Blättel-Mink, Laura Hanemann, Stephan Lessenich, Susanne Martin

Birgit Blättel-Mink,


Lecture Series Critical Sociology in the summer semester 2022

Please register on OLAT in order to participate. 



Prof. Dr. Birgit Blättel-Mink

Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of Sociology

Visiting address
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6
Campus-Westend – PEG-Building
Room 3.G 029
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Mail address
Campus Westend
PEG - internal post 31
60629 Frankfurt am Main

Tel. +49 69 798 36660


Team Assistant

Mrs. Uhrig
Room 3.G 030
Tel.: +49 69 798 36660