Svenja Bromberg

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Svenja Bromberg






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Svenja is a theorist with expertise in social and political theory, philosophy, critical thought and Marxism

Svenja Bromberg is a social theorist and philosopher with expertise in French and German thought from the 19th to the 21st century. Her research focuses on issues of materialism and idealism and the relationship between philosophical ideas and the social/political. She works specifically on issues of emancipation, democracy, revolution, religion, the Enlightenment, secularism, subjectivity, ideology and political action.

Svenja joined Goldsmiths in September 2017 after having worked at Middlesex University in the Sociology and Criminology Department. She completed her PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths in 2016, which is entitled Thinking Emancipation ‘after’ Marx – Conceptualising Emancipation between Citizenship and Revolution in Marx and Balibar.

She is an Editorial Board member of the journal Historical Materialism.

She is currently preparing a multi-volume Handbook of Marxism to be published by SAGE in 2021 together with Sara R. Farris, Bev Skeggs and Alberto Toscano.

Research interests

Svenja's research interests span across continental philosophy, (contemporary) social and political theory and Marxism. She has published on the work of Alain Badiou and Étienne Balibar, on New Materialism and Aesthetics, as well as on issues such as Europe or academic publishing.

She currently researches the ‘materiality of politics’ working with different connotations of ‘materialism’ from diverse theoretical traditions such as feminism, Marxism and more recent object-oriented and realist philosophies.

Svenja welcomes doctoral proposals across the fields of social and political theory, philosophy, Marxism and critical theory.

Publications and research outputs

Edited Book

Skeggs, Beverley; Farris, Sara R.; Toscano, Alberto and Bromberg, Svenja, eds. 2021. The SAGE Handbook of Marxism. London: SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781473974234

Bromberg, Svenja; Mühlhoff, Birthe and Scholz, Danilo, eds. 2016. Euro Trash. Berlin: Merve Verlag. ISBN 9783883963570

Book Section

Bromberg, Svenja. 2019. Marx, an ‘Antiphilosopher’? Or Badiou’s Philosophical Politics of Demarcation. In: Jan Völker, ed. Badiou and the German Tradition of Philosophy. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 89-112. ISBN 9781350069947

Bromberg, Svenja. 2019. Emanzipation nach Marx - Erneuerung eines politisch-philosophischen Begriffs. In: Alex Demirovic; Susanne Lettow and Andrea Maihofer, eds. Emanzipation - Zur Geschichte und Aktualität eines politischen Begriffs. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot, pp. 135-155. ISBN 9783896912824


Fleetwood, J; Lea, John; Bromberg, Svenja and Kindynis, T. 2020. Coronavirus and changing conditions for crime. Discover Society,

Bromberg, Svenja. 2018. Thinking Through Balibar’s Dialectics of Emancipation: A Review of Equaliberty: Political Essays by Étienne Balibar. Historical Materialism, 26(1), pp. 223-254. ISSN 1465-4466

Bromberg, Svenja. 2015. Vacillations of Affect: How to Reclaim ‘Affect’ for a Feminist-Materialist Critique of Capitalist Social Relations? Graduate Journal of Social Science, 11(1), pp. 93-119. ISSN 1572-3763


Bromberg, Svenja. 2017. Thinking ‘Emancipation’ after Marx: A Conceptual Analysis of Emancipation between Citizenship and Revolution in Marx and Balibar. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London