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Her latest book is both: a declaration of war and a utopia. Emilia Roig proclaims «the end of marriage» and opposes power structures and gender hierarchies with a «revolution of love». She wants to see capitalism abolished just as much as patriarchy. Roig has been dissecting social structures with a sharp pen for many years and also fights for social justice as an activist. The political scientist pursues an intersectional approach by placing the many forms of discrimination – for example, on the basis of gender, race, disability or age – in a context.

But what does a just society consist of? And how do we change centuries-old established structures? Do we have to throw institutions like marriage overboard – or can society be renovated more gently?

Barbara Bleisch talks to Emilia Roig about the power of love and the dream of a truly free society.

«The honest, open conversation has become precarious» says the well-known philosopher, author and moderator Barbara Bleisch. She counters this finding with the series «Barbara Bleisch meets …» at the Dampfzentrale. Following the great success of the last two years, the intensive discussions with inspiring personalities on topics that are of concern to society are entering their third edition.

In 2023, Barbara Bleisch meets the political scientist Emilia Roig, who leads the «Center for Intersectional Justice» in Berlin, and asks her what equality without egalitarianism means. She talks with the well-known Jesuit and Zen master Niklaus Brantschen about the value of silence and the power of transience, and with climate scientist Reto Knutti about fear, escapism and the world of tomorrow. Also a guest is philosopher Eva von Redecker, who calls for a «revolution for life» – a revolution of sharing, caring and loving.

Emilia Roig

Emilia Roig, born in France in 1983 to a Black mother and an Algerian-Jewish father, is an expert on racism research. She has lived in Berlin since 2005, where she founded the «Center for Intersectional Justice e. V.». In 2021, she published her first book, «Why We Matter: The End of Oppression», which became a bestseller and is still considered an important contribution to anti-discrimination. Roig teaches intersectionality, critical race theory, gender studies and postcolonial studies as well as international law and European law in Germany, France and the USA.

Barbara Bleisch

Barbara Bleisch, Dr. phil., studied Philosophy, German Literature and Religious Studies in Zurich, Basel and Tübingen, before completing her doctorate at the Centre for Ethics at the University of Zurich.

She has been hosting the programme «Sternstunde Philosophie» for the Swiss public broadcaster SRF since 2010 and writing as a columnist for the Swiss daily newspaper «Tages-Anzeiger» since 2018. Barbara is a member of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Zurich and lectures Ethics in various advanced study programmes. Further, she is a member of the jury of the Tractatus award for philosophical essay writing.

Her most recent publications include «Wanting Children» (together with Andrea Büchler, Hanser), «Why We Owe Our Parents Nothing» (Hanser), «Familial Obligations» (Suhrkamp) and «Ethical Decision-Making» (Versus).


Unterstützt durch:

  • GVB Kulturstiftung
  • Gesellschaft zu Zimmerleuten
  • Gesellschaft zu Schumachern

Büchertisch in Zusammenarbeit mit Münstergass-Buchhandlung Bern

Fotocredits: Mirjam Kluka

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