Wednesday, November 15, 2006

“Nostalgia for a redeemed future: Critical Theory”

John Cabot University is hosting an international conference on Critical Theory, which will be held at its campus in Rome, Italy – Via della
Lungara 233.

The conference will examine the importance and the actuality of the Frankfurt School by addressing both the philosophical tradition of the early stages of Critical theory – and in particular the works of Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse – as well as the application of their theories to our contemporary society. In order to reflect the wide range of topics addressed by Critical Theory, the conference will cover different aspects of philosophical reflection on politics, aesthetics, sociology, technology, literature and any other
relevant field of study.

The conference will be held at John Cabot University on the weekend of April 27-29, 2007. It will begin on Friday morning and end by early afternoon on Sunday. During the sessions, each speaker will have one hour, with about 40 minutes for presentation, followed by 20-30 minutes of discussion. All presentations will be made in English.

Keynote speakers:

Andrew Cutrofello, Loyola University Chicago
Andrew Feenberg, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
David Ingram, Loyola University Chicago (to be confirmed)
Douglas Kellner, University of California Los Angeles (to be confirmed)
Max Pensky, SUNY Binghamton
Stefano Petrucciani, University of Rome, La Sapienza
Francesco Saverio Trincia, University of Rome, La Sapienza

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit a 1-2 page abstract by December 15, 2006 (including name, eventual institutional affiliation and mailing address). Abstracts should be submitted by email. Decisions regarding the program will be made by January 15, 2007. The presented papers will be published in a book dedicated to the conference.

To submit an abstract, or for more information, contact:
Stefano Giacchetti – sgiacchetti(at)johncabot(dot)edu

Please feel free to forward this announcement to others whom you think
might be interested.

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