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Jan Rehmann

Jan Rehmann
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Visiting Professor for Critical Theory and Social Analysis

Contact

99 Claremont Ave #502
New York, NY 10027
212-280-1495
jrehmann@uts.columbia.edu

Education

Free University Berlin, Habilitation and "venia legendi" in Philosophy, 2003

Free University Berlin, Ph.D with “summa cum laude” in Philosophy, 1997

Board of Education in Berlin, Advanced State Examination for Higher Education (Zweite Staatsprüfung für das Amt des Studienrats) in History and French, 1985

Assistant High School teacher (Referendar) in Berlin: History, Political Science, French, 1983-1985

Free University Berlin, First State Examination for Higher Education (Erste, Wissenschaftliche Staatsprüfung für das Amt des Studienrats) in History and French, 1982

Assistant High School teacher (“assistant allemand”) in Moulins sur Allier (France), 1975-1976

High School Marquartstein (Bavaria), Abitur/Diploma, 1972

Biography

Jan Rehmann holds two doctorates in Philosophy (Ph.D. and Habilitation) and is an internationally recognized critical theorist and social analyst. He has been teaching social theories, philosophy and modern languages (French and German) at Union Theological Seminary since 1998. He also teaches philosophy at the Free University in Berlin. His publications comprise nine monographs (four in German, three in English, two in Italian), five edited books and over 70 essays, chapters and dictionary entries. In 2012, his book Max Weber: Modernisierung als passive Revolution received an award for the promotion of excellent publications in the Humanities and Social Sciences by the Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels.

Best known for his expertise in theories of ideology, hegemony and religion, Jan Rehmann combines scholarly research with public engagement and social justice activism. He co-founded the Berlin "Volksuni" (people's university) and became its chief-coordinator (1986-92). Starting with an important clandestine meeting in Czechoslovakia in 1988 between dissenting Marxists and theologians (e.g. Dorothee Sölle and Jürgen Moltmann), he has been engaged in many Christian-Marxist dialogues in Germany and the US. From 2005 onwards, he did extensive work with the Poverty Initiative, including classes on social theories, poverty and social justice movements (with Willie Baptist), several immersion trips with students, numerous lectures and presentations as well as the publication of the co-authored book Pedagogy of the Poor. He took part in Occupy Wall Street actions and published on the strengths and weaknesses of the movement. He is a founding member of the Berlin "Institute for Critical Theory" (INKRIT), a co-editor of the encyclopedia "Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism" (HKWM), a guidance counselor in the German think tank Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board of the New York Left Forum.

Courses

Critical Theories, Postmodernism, and Postcolonialism (Spring 2012)

Empire, Multitude, Commonwealth -- Discussing Hardt/Negri's Trilogy (Seminar at the Free University, December 2012)

Theological French and German (Fall 2013)

Major Theories in the Sociology of Religion: Marx/Engels, Max Weber, Durkheim & DuBois (Fall 2013; together with Prof. Cruz)

Social Justice -- Philosophical Foundations, Religious History, Current Struggles (Spring 2014).

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