Svenja Bromberg

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Social Theory and Marxism
Department Sociology
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Svenja Bromberg

Svenja Bromberg is a social theorist with expertise in Marxism and in French and German social theory from the 19th to the 21st century. Her research focuses on different conceptions of the relationship between the social and the political and the way this relationship impacts on social and theoretical conceptions of democracy, human rights, freedom and emancipation. Relatedly, she researchers 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 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.


Svenja convenes the 2nd year Option Module ‘Marxism’ and teaches on the 1st year module ‘Critical Readings’, the 3rd year module ‘Theorising Contemporary Society’ and on the MA module ‘What is Culture’.

Research Interests

Social Theory, Marxism, Feminism, Democracy and Capitalism, Human Rights, Social Movements, Aesthetics, Alternative Education, Publishing


Edited Book

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. 2014. The Value of the Humanities in the Context of the Political Economy of Publishing. Grundlagenforschung für eine linke Praxis in den Geisteswissenschaften, 1, pp. 20-36. ISSN 2363-7234

Bromberg, Svenja. 2014. Badiou's Recommencement of the Young-Hegelian Purification of Politics: A Response to Ishay Landa. International Critical Thought, 4(3), pp. 367-383. ISSN 2159-8282


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