"Hilkje Hänel ist eine echte Aufklärungsphilosophin. Sachlich, scharfsinnig und mit einem klaren Sinn dafür, dass die richtigen Worte zu größerer Freiheit führen können." ---Eva von Redecker
Hilkje Charlotte Hänel
I'm a philosopher working mainly in political philosophy and epistemology, social and feminist philosophy, and applied ethics -- with a particular focus on the intersection of social and institutional injustices, epistemic oppression, recognition failures, and marginalized agency under ideological and oppressive social structures. I've studied philosophy at Georg-August University Göttingen, University of Sheffield, Humboldt University of Berlin, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I've taught philosophy classes at Humboldt Unibersity of Berlin, Freie University of Berlin, Potsdam University, Oldenburg University, and University of Oslo.
Currently, I'm Helene Lange visiting professor in the department of philosophy at Oldenburg University and starting in June, I will be a Walter-Benjamin visiting researcher at the department of philosophy as well as the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs at San Diego State University (funded by DFG). I also work as assistant professor/postdoc in political theory at Potsdam University (on leave from September 2022 till October 2023). Since October 2021, I'm the principal investigator of a DFG-research network with sixteen international researchers on the topic of The Relation between Theories of Epistemic Injustice and Recognition Theory. I'm an associate member of the Potsdam Center for Post-Kantian Philosophy as well as Ethics in Motion. Feminist Ethics and #MeToo (EMFEM) funded by the Icelandic Research Fund. From 2018-2020, I was assistant professor/postdoc in practical philosophy at Freie University in Berlin.
In January 2018, I have successfully finished my PhD in philosophy at Humboldt-University of Berlin. My thesis is published with transcript Publishers. I'm also the author of two German philosophy books, published in 2021, Wer hat Angst vorm Feminismus (C.H. Beck) and Sex und Moral (Metzler, Series #PhilosophieOrientiert) and I'm currently writing a book on epistemic injustices for de Gruyter (Grundthemen Philosophie, forthcoming 2023). I'm also a novelist. I'm married to another philosopher, Jacob Blumenfeld. We live in Berlin.
I'm co-editor of a new book series (Transforming Political Philosophy) in political and social philosophy with de Gruyter. The series' focus is on new and excellent work in political philosophy from marginalized philosophers and/or on marginal topics and theories; work that provides interesting and fruitful intersections of traditional and contemporary theories; and work that bridges Western political philosophy and other philosophies, particularly with an applied focus on global issues. The series is open both to theoretical as well as applied political and social philosophy. We are looking for interested authors: If you're interested, please get in touch!
Hier finden sich mehr Infos zu den Veranstaltungen, die ich im Rahmen der Helene Lange Gastprofessur in Oldenburg ausrichte. // Find more info about talks, workshops, and colloquia that I organise as Helene Lange visiting professor here.
If you're interested in the DFG-Research Network on the Relation between Theories of Epistemic Injustice and Recognition Theory, see here:
If you want to know more about my life as a novelist: