Nancy Fraser

Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professor

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Nancy Fraser is Professor of Philosophy and Politics  at The New School for Social Research in New York City. For more than 20 years, Nancy Fraser’s theses on social justice, democracy, and feminism have fueled public debates around the world. In her work, Nancy Fraser analyzes the relations of inequality specific to our world from a critical perspective in order to develop concepts to address them – for example, in relation to the welfare state, multiculturalism, gender relations, democracy, and economics. She is widely known for her critique of identity politics and her work on the philosophical conceptions of justice and injustice. Also, Fraser is a staunch critic of contemporary liberal feminism and its abandonment of social justice issues.
Fraser has received various Awards and Honors, including the American Philosophical Association’s Alfred Schutz Prize in 2010, the French Legion of Honor in 2018, the Nessim Habif World Prize (University of Geneva) in 2018  and the Havens Wright Center (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Award for Lifetime Contribution to Critical Scholarship in 2019. She holds honorary doctoral degrees from six universities in 5 countries. It’s the third time Nancy Fraser comes to Vienna after 1994 and 1999.


Inspired by Karl Polanyi, the Hungarian-Austrian critic of market fundamentalism, the Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professorship stimulates debates on burning issues of the 21st century – from Covid-19 to climate crisis. By inviting renowned international scholars with an interdisciplinary outlook it aims at exploring pathways to put the economy in its place. The Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professorship is a cooperation project of University of Vienna, Vienna University of Economics and Business [WU], Central European University [CEU]), the International Karl Polanyi Society (IKPS) and the Volkshochschule Wien (VHS Wien) and is supported by the Vienna Chamber of Labour and the City of Vienna. The Vienna Karl Polanyi Visiting Professor will hold a PhD-seminar at a Viennese university, give a public lecture and participate in an internal workshop, accompanied with a public debate.