When patriarchy, class relations and structures that reproduce inequality are analyzed and criticized in feminist debates in and outside the university, they often remain on a personal, additive level and are mainly linked to single phenomena.

An adequate critique of present homophobic and patriarchal gender relations is only possible however, by connecting it to the critique of the overall social context, which causes these relations. Critical Theory following Marx, Freud, Horkheimer and Adorno tried to offer a concept of social totality that could provide for such a critique.

Thus, we want to (re)expose the fragments of critical theory of patriarchy during our introductory lecture. The constitution of the subject, the nonidentical, the historicity and the commodity-producing society are supposed to be key elements of the lecture. In addition, approaches in current feminist debates will be considered from this perspective. The lecture is followed by an open discussion.