dr. Kathrin Thiele
k.thiele@uu.nl
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Profile

Kathrin Thiele is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Critical Theory in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University.

Trained transdisciplinarily in gender studies, sociology, literature, and philosophy/critical theory, her research focuses on ethics and politics from a feminist, queer and critical posthuman(ist) perspective. Her published work continues from a Deleuzian feminist legacy and pays specific attention to questions of relationality and difference. Currently, she explores critical thought for a queer feminist cosmopolitics, and with it she also aims at the revitalization of critical analyses within the (new) humanities.

Kathrin is co-founder of the international research group Terra Critica: Interdisciplinary Network for the Critical Humanities (http://terracritica.net). This research group consists of both an international network of researchers and a regular local practice 'ReadingRoom', organized together with Utrecht based Casco: Office for Art, Design and Theory (soon Casco Art Institute (https://casco.art/)).

Next to her research, Kathrin teaches and supervises on all levels in the Graduate Gender Programme (BA, MA, Research MA, PhD), and (together with her colleague Christine Quinan) she is coordinator of the Research MA programme 'Gender Studies'.

Strategic themes / Focus areas
Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
feminisms of (sexual) difference
critical posthumanism
ethics of becoming
queer feminism
continental philosophy
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Curriculum vitae

2016-present Associate Professor of Gender Studies in the Graduate Gender Programme, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, NL

2010-2016 Assistant Professor for Gender Studies in the Graduate Gender Programme, the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, NL

2009-2010 Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy, Potsdam University, and academic coordinator of the DFG-Graduierten-kolleg Lebensformen und Lebenswissen, Europe University Viadrina/Potsdam University, Germany

2007-2009 Postdoctoral Fellow in the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg Lebensformen und Lebenswissen, Europe University Viadrina/Potsdam University, Germany

2007 PhD (Department of Comparative Literature, University of Buffalo (SUNY), USA)

2003-2006 Doctoral Fellow in the DFG-Graduiertenkolleg Repräsentation – Rhetorik – Wissen, Europe University Viadrina, Germany

2002 MA (Department of Comparative Literature, University of Buffalo (SUNY), USA)

1992-1999 BA/MA Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany, and London School of Economics, UK

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Key publications

Thiele, K.C., Kaiser, B.M. & Bunz, Mercedes (2017). Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary. (272 p.). Meson Press.

Thiele, K. (2016). Quantum Physics and/as Philosophy: Immanence, Diffraction, and the Ethics of Mattering. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, 30 (7 p.).

Thiele, Kathrin (2016). Of Immanence and Becoming - Deleuze and Guattari's Philosophy and/as Relational Ontology. Deleuze Studies, 10 (1), (pp. 117-134) (18 p.).

Thiele, K. (2015). Ende der Kritik? Kritisches Denken heute. In A. Allerkamp, S. Witt & P. Valdivia Orozco (Eds.), Gegen/Stand der Kritik (pp. 139-162) (24 p.). Berlin: diaphanes.

Thiele, K. (2014). Ethos of Diffraction: New Paradigms for a (Post)humanist Ethics. Parallax, 20 (3), (pp. 202-216) (15 p.). Special Issue: Diffracted Worlds – Diffractive Readings: Onto-Epistemologies and the Critical Humanities.

Thiele, Kathrin & Kaiser, Birgit (2014). Diffracted Worlds - Diffractive Readings: Onto-Epistemologies and the Critical Humanities. Parallax, 72 (3), (pp. 165-287).

Thiele, K. (2010). 'To Believe In This World As It Is': Immanence and the Quest for Political Activism. Deleuze Studies, 4 (4, supplement), (pp. 28-45) (18 p.).

Thiele, K. (2008). The Thought of Becoming. Gilles Deleuze's Poetics of Life. (222 p.). Berlin: diaphanes.

All publications
  2017
Thiele, K.C. (2017). Affirmation. In Mercedes Bunz, Birgit M. Kaiser & Kathrin Thiele (Eds.), Symptoms of the Planetary Condition - A Critical Vocabulary (pp. 25-29) (5 p.). Lüneburg: Meson Press.
Thiele, K.C. (2017). Entanglement. In Mercedes Bunz, Birgit M. Kaiser & Kathrin Thiele (Eds.), Symptoms of the Planetary Condition - A Critical Vocabulary (pp. 43-48) (6 p.). Lüneburg: Meson Press.
Thiele, K.C. & , (2017). Introduction: Symptoms of the Planetary Condition. In Mercedes Bunz, Birgit M. Kaiser & Kathrin Thiele (Eds.), Symptoms of the Planetary Condition - A Critical Vocabulary (pp. 7-17) (11 p.). Lüneburg: Meson Press.
Thiele, K.C., Kaiser, B.M. & Bunz, Mercedes (2017). Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary. (272 p.). Meson Press.
Thiele, K.C. & Kaiser, B.M. (2017). Terra. In Mercedes Bunz, Birgit M. Kaiser & Kathrin Thiele (Eds.), Symptoms of the Planetary Condition - A Critical Vocabulary (pp. 205-210) (6 p.). Lüneburg: Meson Press.
Thiele, K.C. & Kaiser, B.M. (2017). The Ends of Being Human? Re-turning (to) the Question - Special Issue for philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism. philoSOPHIA
  2016
Thiele, Kathrin (2016). Of Immanence and Becoming - Deleuze and Guattari's Philosophy and/as Relational Ontology. Deleuze Studies, 10 (1), (pp. 117-134) (18 p.).
Kaiser, Birgit & Thiele, Kathrin (2016). Other Headings: Ben Jelloun, Derrida, Sansal and the Critique of Europe. Interventions, 18 (2), (pp. 270-285) (16 p.).
Thiele, K. (2016). Quantum Physics and/as Philosophy: Immanence, Diffraction, and the Ethics of Mattering. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, 30 (7 p.).
  2015
Thiele, K. (2015). Ende der Kritik? Kritisches Denken heute. In A. Allerkamp, S. Witt & P. Valdivia Orozco (Eds.), Gegen/Stand der Kritik (pp. 139-162) (24 p.). Berlin: diaphanes.
K.C. Thiele (06.11.2015). 'Feminism in Neoliberal Times and the Potential of Feminism at the Neoliberal University' (together with R. Buikema). RINGS Conference.
Thiele, K.C. (2015). Kennis als strijdtoneel: Virginia Woolf en de feministische praktijk van gesitueerde kennis. In Rosemarie Buikema & Liedeke Plate (Eds.), Handboek genderstudies in media, kunst en cultuur (pp. 77-95) (19 p.). Amsterdam: Coutinho.
K.C. Thiele (18.11.2015). Ringvorlesung Cornelia Goethe Colloquien 2015/2016. Re-turning (to) the Matters of Thinking: A (New) Feminist Materialist Intervention.
Thiele, K.C., van der Tuin, Iris & Asberg, C. (2015). Speculative 'before' the Turn: Reintroducing Feminist Materialist Performativity. Cultural Studies Review, 21 (2), (pp. 145-172) (27 p.).
Thiele, Kathrin (2015). Theorizing is Worlding - Teaching Feminist New Materialism in Contemporary Feminist Theory Courses. In Peta Hinton & Pat Treusch (Eds.), Teaching With Feminist Materialisms (pp. 101-111) (11 p.). ATHENA/ Utrecht University.
Kaiser, B.M. & Thiele, K.C. (2015). What is Critique in the 21st Century? Discussing Terra Critica: A Conversation between Birgit Mara Kaiser, Kathrin Thiele and Mercedes Bunz.
  2014
Thiele, Kathrin & Kaiser, Birgit (2014). Diffracted Worlds - Diffractive Readings: Onto-Epistemologies and the Critical Humanities. Parallax, 72 (3), (pp. 165-287).
Kaiser, B.M. & Thiele, K.C. (2014). Diffraction: Onto-epistemology, Quantum Physics and the Critical Humanities. Parallax, 20 (3), (pp. 165-167) (3 p.).
Thiele, K. (2014). Ethos of Diffraction: New Paradigms for a (Post)humanist Ethics. Parallax, 20 (3), (pp. 202-216) (15 p.). Special Issue: Diffracted Worlds – Diffractive Readings: Onto-Epistemologies and the Critical Humanities.
Thiele, K. (2014). Preface to Section 'Negotiating Technology and Mediation'. In D. Olivieri & K. Leurs (Eds.), Everyday feminist research praxis: doing gender in the Netherlands (pp. 208-210) (2 p.). Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Kaiser, B.M. & Thiele, K.C. (2014). Weaving Ourselves Otherwise – Co-emerging with Others in the Matrixial. In Binna Choi & Maiko Tanaka (Eds.), Grand Domestic Revolution - Handbook (pp. 93-94) (2 p.). Utrecht: Casco.
  2013
Thiele, K. (2013). Diesseits. In E. Horn & M. Lowrie (Eds.), Denkfiguren/Figures of Thought: For Anselm Haverkamp (pp. 47-49) (3 p.). Berlin: August Verlag.
  2012
Thiele, K. & Kaiser, B.M. (2012). Sich verlieren – und plötzlich eine Welt finden. Bracha L. Ettinger im Gespräch mit Birgit M. Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele. In S. Leeb (Eds.), Materialität der Diagramme. Kunst und Theorie (pp. 231-262) (33 p.). Berlin: b_books.
Thiele, K. (2012). The World With(out) Others, or How to Unlearn the Desire for the Other. In B.M. Kaiser & L. Burns (Eds.), Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze: Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures (pp. 55-75) (21 p.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  2011
Thiele, K. (2011). 'Difference in Itself' in Contemporary Feminisms. Potentia, 1 (1), (pp. 16-19) (4 p.).
  2010
Thiele, K. & Muhle, M. (2010). Biopolitische Konstellationen. (236 p.). Berlin: Augustverlag.
Thiele, K. & Muhle, M. (2010). Konstellationen zwischen Politik und Leben. In M. Muhle & K. Thiele (Eds.), Biopolitische Konstellationen (pp. 9-21) (13 p.). Berlin: Augustverlag.
Thiele, K. (2010). 'To Believe In This World As It Is': Immanence and the Quest for Political Activism. Deleuze Studies, 4 (4, supplement), (pp. 28-45) (18 p.).
  2009
Thiele, K. & Trüstedt, K. (2009). HAPPY DAYS: Lebenswissen nach Cavell. (322 p.). München/Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink.
Thiele, K. (2009). In Quest of Subjectivity. In K. Thiele & K. Trüstedt (Eds.), HAPPY DAYS: Lebenswissen nach Cavell (pp. 72-76) (6 p.). München/Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink.
Thiele, K. & Trüstedt, K. (2009). Lebenswissen nach Cavell: Eine Einführung. In K. Thiele & K. Trüstedt (Eds.), HAPPY DAYS: Lebenswissen nach Cavell (pp. 9-16) (8 p.). München/Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink.
Thiele, K. (2009). Politik, ein leeres Wort. Ein Kommentar zum gegenwärtigen Intellektuellenstreit. Texte zur Kunst, 76 (December), (pp. 182-183) (2 p.).
  2008
K.C. Thiele (08.11.2008). Politics of the Open: Promise or Problem?. International Philosophy Conference Deleuze2008, November 2008.
Thiele, K. (2008). The Thought of Becoming. Gilles Deleuze's Poetics of Life. (222 p.). Berlin: diaphanes.
  2007
K.C. Thiele (14.09.2007). Vom Leben und Sterben (in) der Politik: Hannah Arendt und Michel Foucault zur Frage 'Was ist Politik?'. Basel, Switzerland, Kongress der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Panel: 'Tod in der Theorie: Krieg – Regierung – Ökonomie'.
Thiele, K. (2007). Werden. In Th. Khurana & S. Diekmann (Eds.), Latenz. 40 Annäherungen an einen Begriff (pp. 234-239) (6 p.). Berlin: Kadmos.
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2003-2008: An Ethics of Becoming: Gilles Deleuze’s Poet(h)ics of Life

In this project I have examined the potentials and challenges of an ethics embedded in 'life' and came to contest two common misperceptions: Rather than understanding philosophy and ethics as abstractions from the world, I investigated in what sense both are constructive of it; and secondly, by focusing my discussion of ethics on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and his affirmative reception in recent critical theory and feminist thought, I argued against the common misunderstanding that poststructuralism cannot contribute significantly to ethico-political debates of today’s globalized and differentiated societies. In my project I elaborated a Deleuzian thought of becoming that rewrites ontology and leads to the Spinozian formula: ontology = ethics. Such activation of thought as creative practice of life also follows the critical legacy in feminist research, an engagement oriented always towards change and the potential for a different future.

Most relevant publications:
K.Thiele (2008) The Thought of Becoming. Gilles Deleuze’s Poetics of Life, Berlin/Zürich: diaphanes.
K. Thiele/K. Trüstedt (2010) HAPPY DAYS: Lebenswissen nach Cavell, München/Paderborn: Fink.

M.Muhle/K.Thiele (2010) Biopolitische Konstellationen, Berlin: August.

2009-present: Towards a Feminist Cosmopolitics: Immanence and Worlding-With-Others

In this ongoing research project, I pursue the question of a political vision for a world characterized fundamentally by irreducible differences, traversing all national and inter-national boundaries. Starting from radical affirmation of the differential character of this world, in interrelated subprojects I inquire into different conceptual tools such as immanence, transversality, and worlding-with-others in order to sketch the elements that any political vision for our differential world needs to respond to. I take recourse to philosophies of immanence, from the radical minds of the 17th century (e.g. Spinoza) to the most thought-provoking feminists of the 21st century (e.g. Haraway, Stengers), in order to imagine a cosmo-politics that is capable of keeping itself open to the other and a living in/with differences.

Most relevant publications and events:
- K. Thiele (2010) ‘To Believe In This World As It Is’- Immanence and the Quest for Political Activism’, in: Deleuze Studies 4/4, pp. 29-45.
-Keynote (March 2011) ‘Rethinking System and Belief. Worlds and Worldings with Nancy, Guattari, and Haraway’, at the Philosophers’ Rally, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL
- Bracha L. Ettinger: Visit to the Graduate Gender Studies Program in Utrecht, April 10-18, 2012

- “Diffracted Worlds – Diffractive Readings: Onto-Epistemologies and the Critical Humanities” (special issue for Parallax, co-edited with B. M. Kaiser, 2014)


2012-present: Terra Critica: Interdisciplinary Network of the Critical Humanities

Terra Critica INCH is an international research network in the humanities, bringing together scholars specializing in critical and cultural theory. Its aim is to reexamine critical theory and critique under the conditions of the 21st century – given our immanent, terran existences, globally entangled across flows of capital, people, and ideas and living in ecological and economical multidependences.

Terra Critica wishes to strengthen the Critical Humanities as a crucial site for critical analyses of our present, meeting regularly for expert seminars, aiming to provide a platform for discussion and publication, exchange of ideas and knowledges.

The network was initiated by Birgit Mara Kaiser and myself in 2012, with a group of core members and a wider circle of participants to the regular meetings. It has been supported by the University of Utrecht and the NWO-Aspasiafunds, and continues to be supported by its different contributing institutions in various ways.

Current projects and events: http://www.terracritica.net

 

 

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Currently dr. Kathrin Thiele teaches the following course(s):
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Additional functions and activities

2015-present Research MA-coordinator 'Gender Studies', Graduate Gender Programme, Utrecht University, NL

2015-present Member of the Executive Committee InterGender (http://www.intergender.net)

2015-present Chair of the Curriculum Committee of the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG)

Academic Networks

Co-founder of Terra Critica: Interdisciplinary Network for the Critical Humanities

Co-investigator in NRF Project 'Reconceptualising socially just pedagogies across diverse geopolitical settings in higher education'

Member of COST ACTION 1307 - 'New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship'

Member of the National Research School for Gender Studies (NOG)

Member of RINGS - The International Research Association of Institutions of Advanced Gender Studies

Member of ATGENDER - The European Association for Gender Research, Documentation and Education

Member of the American Comparative Literature Association ACLA

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