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Carl Wilén

Doctoral student

Carl Wilén
Doctoral student
+46 31 786 4820

Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41122 Göteborg

Department of Sociology and Work Science (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 4764
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 411 22 Göteborg

About Carl Wilén

Carl Wilén finished his master degree in history of ideas 2013 and his bachelor degree in sociology 2011. Both were acquired at the University of Gothenburg. He has been involved as a research assistant at the University of Aalborg in a project studying the reproduction of the Nordic welfare model. Carl is a PhD student at the department of sociology and work science since January 2014.

Research interests

  • Sociological theory and political philosophy
  • Social change and social movements
  • Slavery, capitalism and modernity
  • Historical Sociology
  • Violence


Ongoing research
In his PhD-thesis, Carl investigates the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), which is the only example of a revolution in which slaves themselves have claimed and won their freedom from slavery and established a state with claims of sovereignty.

Some have argued that the Haitian Revolution, through the abolishment of slavery, realised the universal political ideals of the rights of man and the citizen mobilised during the French Revolution (1789). Others have argued that the Haitian Revolution could have managed equally well without the universal ideals and that the action of the slaves rather were motivated by the concrete experiences of slavery and by the pressure of unforeseen events in the revolutionary situation. The difference between these analyses consists of granting the universal politico-juridical forms effectivity or understanding them as empty and without power.

The aim of Carl’s thesis is to intervene into this conflict about universality through 1) a historical investigation of the Haitian Revolution as a social movement and through 2) a theoretical investigation of three different possibilities in the thought of Karl Marx to make the relation between universality and labour intelligible.

To the extent that there still exists a cleavage between the universal promise of equality and freedom and actually existing inequality, the result of the thesis will be relevant for the political dialogue about the present. For published and unpublished essays and articles, see https://gu-se.academia.edu/CarlWil%C3%A9n

Teaching and supervision
Carl lectures and holds seminars on the first level course in sociology, economic sociology and on a course on theoretical and historical perspectives on the natural sciences. In addition, he teaches at the master course ”Social change” and holds seminars with a focus on classical sociology with future teachers. Carl is also a supervisor at the bachelor course.

Latest publications

Revolutionen mellan det förflutna och framtiden
Carl Wilén, Hannah Ohlén Järvinen, Johan Örestig
Fronesis, Magazine article 2018
Magazine article

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Revolutionen mellan det förflutna och framtiden
Carl Wilén, Hannah Ohlén Järvinen, Johan Örestig
Fronesis, Magazine article 2018
Magazine article


Showing 1 - 10 of 13

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