Juliane Rebentisch

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Juliane Rebentisch (* 1970 in Bonn ) is a German philosopher and has been a professor of philosophy and aesthetics at the Offenbach am Main University of Design since 2011 .


Rebentisch studied philosophy and German at the Free University of Berlin . In 2002 she completed a dissertation on the aesthetics of the installation. Theatricality, intermedia, site specificity at the University of Potsdam doctorate . The habilitation took place in 2010 at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main with the thesis freedom, equality, indeterminacy. The ethical-political right of the aesthetic (“ venia legendi ” for philosophy). From 2002 to 2003 Rebentisch was a research assistant at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt an der Oder, from 2003 to 2009 in a philosophical sub-project of the DFG special research area “Aesthetic Experience in the Sign of the Dissolution of the Boundaries of the Arts” (FU Berlin / University of Potsdam). In 2008 Rebentisch was Theodor Heuss Lecturer at the New School for Social Research in New York. From 2009 to 2011 she was a research assistant in the sub-project “Normativity and Freedom” of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Since the 2011 winter semester she has been Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Offenbach am Main University of Design , where she has also been Vice President since 2014.

Juliane Rebentisch has been a member of the teaching staff at the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research since 2014 and has been co-editor of WestEnd since 2011 . New journal for social research (together with Sidonia Blättler, Axel Honneth , Ferdinand Sutterlüty ). She is a member of the advisory board of the magazine Texte zur Kunst and the magazine for philosophical literature . In addition, Rebentisch is a member of the program advisory board of the lecture series organized by the Institute for Social Research for the biennial interdisciplinary festival "Frankfurter Positions" and co-organizer of the "Theory Canteen" (together with Maria Muhle, Ludger Schwarte , Dirk Setton). The “theory canteen” is an open discourse format that takes place at irregular intervals in the “Fourth World” in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

From 2015 to 2018 Juliane Rebentisch held the office of President of the German Society for Aesthetics .

Rebentisch was married to the pop theorist Diedrich Diederichsen .

Research priorities

Rebentisch's research focuses on aesthetics (among other theories of aesthetic experience; aesthetics of modernity, contemporary art, delimitation of art and the arts, aestheticization of the living environment, cultural industry), ethics (among other things irony, love, self-determination, weakness of will) and political Philosophy (among others freedom, democracy, mass and multitude, mediocrity, forms of political representation).

Since 2015 Juliane Rebentisch has been leading the research project Paradoxes of Equality - together with Felix Trautmann . The democracy and its culture industry , that is part of the joint project negotiating forms of normative paradoxes, financed by the Volkswagen Foundation and carried out at the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research .


Fonts (selection)



  • Albrecht Wellmer , Philosophy of Language. A lecture. Together with Thomas Hoffmann, Ruth Sonderegger. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 2004
  • Golden Years. Materials and positions on queer subculture and avant-garde between 1959 and 1974. Together with Diedrich Diederichsen, Christine Frisinghelli, Christoph Gurk, Matthias Haase, Martin Saar, Ruth Sonderegger. Camera Austria, Graz 2006
  • Art - progress - history. Together with Christoph Menke. Kadmos, Berlin 2006
  • Axel Honneth: Justice and Society. Potsdam seminar. Together with Christoph Menke. BWV, Berlin 2008
  • Focus: “Willingness weakness - epistemology and politics of irrational action.” Together with Dirk Setton, in: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 57/1 (2009), 13–117
  • Judith Butler, War and Affect, ed. and over. by Judith Mohrmann, Juliane Rebentisch, Eva von Redecker, Berlin: diaphanes 2009
  • Creation and Depression. Freedom in contemporary capitalism , ed. Christoph Menke, Juliane Rebentisch, Berlin: Kadmos 2010, special edition 2012
  • Arbitrariness. Freedom and Law II , ed. Juliane Rebentisch, Dirk Setton, Berlin: August 2011
  • Juzgar el arte contemporáneo. Simposio internacional / Judging Contemporary Art. International Symposium , ed. Juliane Rebentisch, Pamplona: Cátedra Jorge Oteiza / Fundació Mapfre 2012

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Paradoxes of Equality: The Democracy and its Culture Industry - IfS - Institute for Social Research at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University .
  2. Lessing Prize for Juliane Rebentisch . In: Süddeutsche Zeitung of December 20, 2017, p. 14.