PD. Dr Stefania Maffeis

Senior Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5267
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: maffeis@gcr21.uni-due.de


PD. Dr Stefania Maffeis joined the research group 'Pathways and Mechanisms of Global Cooperation' in September 2019 and will be a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre until August 2020.


Research Project

Migration as a human right? Philosophical and political contentions in Europe

The project explores the idea of migration – here a synonym for freedom of global movement - as a fundamental human right. The human right to migrate is a claim, not (yet) a juridical norm. The claim is however arising and has been circulating for a few decades in different social spaces and local European contexts - not only among human rights activists, self-organized migrant groups, grass roots and non-government organizations but also among philosophers, lawyers, and politicians. With the method of the transnational circulation of ideas the project reconstructs central theoretical discussions and political struggles on the idea of migration as a human right in France, Germany and Italy. The aim is the verification of this idea's normative force as a valid alternative to the current politically and humanitarian catastrophic approaches to migration in Europe. The project aims furthermore at developing an understanding of global cooperation as a complex process of social, discursive and political practice involving multiple actors, groups and institutions from different perspectives within and between different national local spaces.

Research Interests

  • Political Philosophy
  • Migration Studies
  • Sociology of Ideas

Current Projects

Political Philosophy of Migration


04/2019 – 08/2019

University of Münster

Philosophisches Seminar


01/2019 – 03/2019

University of Erfurt


Visiting Professor

Since 12/2018

Freie Universität Berlin


Private Lecturer

03/2010 – 07/2018

Freie Universität Berlin


Assistant Professor

01/2006 – 03/2009

Freie Universität Berlin



04/2002 – 12/2005

Freie Universität Berlin


Doctoral Fellow


  • SWIP Germany
  • DGPhil
  • Genalogien der Gegenwart, Universität Oldenburg

Selected Publications

Transnationale Philosophie. Hannah Arendt und die Zirkulationen des Politischen. Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus, 2019.

Hannah Arendt (mit N. Baratella, J.E. Reichert und A. Lorenz). München: W. Fink, 2017.

Zwischen Wissenschaft und Politik. Transformationen der DDR-Philosophie 1945-1993. Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus, 2007.

Philosophie in einer globalisierten Welt. Mobilität und Grenzen. Schwerpunkt der Allgemeinen Zeitschrift für Philosophie. 42/2, 2017. Mit Beiträgen von E. Balibar, N. Dhawan, M. Hauchecorne, S. Maffeis.

Migration als Menschenrecht? Die theoretisch-politische Debatte in Europa. Online Dossier der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Mai 2019: www.rosalux.de/publikation/id/40439/migration-als-menschenrecht/

Das Subjekt der Menschenrechte. In: Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie. Schwerpunkt Politische Subjektivierung, Nr. 2/2018: 245–258.

Theorie und Praxis der transnationalen Zugehörigkeit. Hannah Arendt als Grenzgängerin zwischen Deutschland und den USA. In: S. Maffeis (Hg.)(2017): Philosophie in einer globalisierten Welt. A.a.O.: 187–208

Eine Feldanalyse der Philosophie am Beispiel von „Performing ‚Hannah Arendt’: methodologische Betrachtungen. In: Christian Schmidt-Wellenburg/Stefan Bernhard (Hg.)(2012): Feldanalyse als Forschungsprogramm, Bd. 1. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, S. 381−404