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Anna-Sophie Schönfelder



Justus Liebig University Giessen
Department of Political Science

Karl-Gloeckner-Strasse 21E

D-35394 Giessen


Philosophikum II Room E121

Office Hours

by appointment via e-mail

Competent Secretariat

Philosophikum II Room E115

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Focus in Research

  • Critique of Political Economy/ Marx Studies
  • The authoritarian and the bourgeois State
  • Arendt Studies
  • Critique of Antigypsyism and Antisemitism
  • Psychoanalytic Social Theory
  • History and Critique of liberal Thought


Research Projects

Between Minority Protection and Securitization: Roma Minority Formation in Modern European History

  • Subproject C10 at the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 138 »Dynamics of Security. Types of Securitization from a Historical Perspective«
  • Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Project directors: Prof. Dr. Regina Kreide and Prof. Dr. Huub van Baar
  • Duration: 1.1.2022–31.12.20


The Political Economy of Antigypsyism: Securitization of informal work (working title)

  • PhD project at Justus Liebig University Giessen
  • Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Regina Kreide


Marx and the ›criticism in a hand-to-hand fight‹. On a genealogy of modern critique of society

  • Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Project director: Prof. Dr. Matthias Bohlender
  • Duration: 1.6.2014–30.04.2019




Research Associate and PhD candidate

at the DFG Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 138 »Dynamics of Security«, subproject C10 — Between Minority Protection and Securitization at the Chair of Political Theory and History of Ideas, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen

4/2014 – 9/2021

Associate lecturer for Political Theory and the History of Ideas

at the Universities of Osnabrueck (Chair of Political Theory, Matthias Bohlender), Lueneburg (Chair of Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Thomas Saretzki) and Hamburg (Chair of History and Theory of Political Thought, Olaf Asbach)


Winner of the David Riazanov Prize 2017, awarded by the Association for the Promotion of the MEGA Edition, for the article »Die Register der Kritik in Marxʼ Journalismus der 1850er Jahre«
6/2014 – 4/2019

Research Associate
at the DFG Research Project Marx and the ›criticism in a hand-to-hand fight‹. On a genealogy of modern critique of society at the Chair of Political Theory, Osnabrueck University

10/2012 – 8/2013

Graduate Research Assistant

at the Chair of Political Theory, Osnabrueck University

5/2011 – 9/2012

Student Research Assistant

for the equal opportunities commissioner at the Department of Social Sciences, Osnabrueck University

10/2009 – 3/2011

Teaching Assistant

at the Department of Social Sciences, leading tutorials for introductory courses in Sociology and Political Science, Osnabrueck University

10/2008 – 9/2012

Masterʼs Studies at Osnabrueck University: Democratic Governance and Civil Society

Masterʼs thesis: Limits and Conditions to political Action in Karl Marx and Hannah Arendt

9/2006 – 3/2007

Visiting Student of modern Greek language and literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

11/2005 – 6/2006

Student Assistant at the Department of English language and literature, Osnabrueck University

10/2003 – 6/2008 

Bachelorʼs Studies at Osnabrueck University: European Studies (Majors: History, French language and literature. Minor: social sciences)

Bachelorʼs thesis: The ›Neue Weltbühne‹ and the German Antifascist Peopleʼs Front





English language translation:

Bohlender, Matthias/ Schönfelder, Anna-Sophie/ Spekker, Matthias: Truth and Revolution in Marxʼs Critique of Society. Studies on a Fundamental Problematique. Palgrave Macmillan. Cham 2023.




Essays and Reviews






Summer Term 2021      

Theories of the State (B.A., Leuphana University of Lueneburg)

Theories of the State (Compact Course, B.A., Leuphana University of Lueneburg)

Winter Term 2020/21

Truth and Politics (B.A./M.A., University of Osnabrueck)

Summer Term 2020

Power and Domination (B.A./M.A., Leuphana University of Lueneburg)

Winter Term 2019/20

What is Social Theory? (B.A./M.A., University of Hamburg)
Winter Term 2018/19

Introduction to the Political Thought of Hannah Arendt (B.A., University of Hamburg)

Summer Term 2018

Political Theories of Tolerance (B.A./M.A., University of Hamburg)

Winter Term 2017/18

Political Liberalism – a Matter of Debate (B.A., University of Hamburg)

Summer Term 2017

Theories of the State (B.A., Leuphana University Lueneburg)

Summer Term 2015

Karl Marx – Introduction to the Development of his Critique of Society (B.A./M.A., University of Osnabrueck)
Summer Term
Theories of Democracy (B.A., University of Osnabrueck)



The talks held in English are listed here. For the German language talks see the subpage »Vorträge« by clicking onto the German flag in the top right corner.


  • What is the position of Roma in ›racial capitalism‹? Talk at the International Academic Conference »Racism and Romani Studies«, September 14-15, 2023, Universitatea de Vest din Timișoara, Romania.
  • What is the Economic Effect of Antigypsyism? Talk at the Research Network »Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism« Mid-Term Conference of the European Sociological Association, September 7-8, 2023, Universidade do Minho, Portugal.
  • Arendt reading Marx – an encounter that shapes her relationship to Critical Theory. Talk held at the Second Istanbul Critical Theory Conference »Arendt and Critical Theory Today«, July 13, 2017, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg.
  • Karl Marx and the Idea of Retaliation Emanating from the Margins of the Capitalist World. Talk held at the Oxford Graduate Political Theory Conference »Political Theory at the Margins«, May 8, 2015, University of Oxford, England.