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Rome

Rome

SEVENTH ANNUAL CRITICAL THEORY CONFERENCE OF ROME

CALL FOR PAPERS

Please circulate widely:

Call for Papers

7th Annual Critical Theory Conference of Rome

May 8-10, 2014

John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago
Via Massimi 114/A, Rome, Italy

Stream on Critical Theory and Crisis

‘In the meantime, the crisis, to which sociology must prove itself equal, is no longer that of bourgeois order alone but rather it literally threatens the physical continuance of society as a whole.’ Adorno ‘On the Logic of the Social Sciences.’

‘Causality has withdrawn as it were into the totality; in the midst of its system it becomes indistinguishable. The more its concept, under scientific mandate, dilutes itself to abstraction, the less the simultaneous threads of the universally socialized society, which are condensed to an extreme, permit one condition to be traced back with evidence to others.’ Adorno ‘On the Crisis of Causality’

‘As soon as these processes do not merge smoothly into one another but become independent of one another, the crisis is there’. Marx, 1861-63 Manuscripts

The ongoing global social crisis, and its generalization of misery, has proven to be a challenge for a group of theoretical orientations that advance a critical theory of society. This stream aims to address these unhappy circumstances by examining the topic(s) of critical theory and crisis.

Possible topics include:

• Accounts and/or criticisms of different theories of crisis in the critical theories of society of Kracauer, Adorno, Horkheimer, Benjamin, Sohn-Rethel, Grossmann, Pollack, Neumann, Marcuse, Krahl, Schmidt, Kluge, Agnoli, Habermas, Honneth etc.

• Modifications of these, or other figures, critical theories of society to account for the contemporary social crisis.

• New formulations of critical theories of society that address the current crisis.

• Criticisms of new formulations of critical theories of society that address the current crisis.

• New interpretations of traditional concepts in critical theory such as ‘reification’, ‘social processes’, ‘social domination,’ ‘the legitimacy crisis’, ‘recognition theory’, ‘dialectical social theory’, ‘philosophies of history’, ‘temporality’, ‘the state of exception etc.’ in light of the current crisis.

• New interpretations of the work of figures that were a seminal influence on the critical theory of society, such as Marx, Weber, Freud, Nietzsche, Lukacs etc. in relation to a critical theory of crisis.

• The utilization of concepts such as social reproduction, surplus population, secular crisis, creative destruction, negativity, nihilism etc. in critical theories of crisis.

• New conceptions of critical theory, crisis, and critical theories of crisis.

If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel (of up to 6 speakers) for this stream, please submit a 1 page abstract by February 22, 2014 (including name and institutional affiliation). Abstracts should be submitted by email to the stream coordinator Chris O’Kane at:  theresonlyonechrisokane@gmail. com

If instead you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel (of up to 6 speakers) on other relevant topics in Critical Theory at the conference, please see the general call for papers here: http://www.luc.edu/rome/study- abroad-programs/callforpapers/ 

Rome

Rome

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CRISIS

CRISIS

 

 

Roehampton University

Roehampton University

PhD STUDENTSHIPS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON

See: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Courses/Graduate-School/TECHNE-AHRC-Doctoral-Training-Partnership/

AHRC Studentships (PhD and masters) available at the University of Roehampton through the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership

TECHNE is an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, a Consortium of 7 higher education institutions, including the University of Roehampton, based in London and the South-East of the UK. Over 5 years (2014-2019), TECHNE will award around 176 PhD studentships and 25 masters studentships at one of its partner institutions. The other partners are: Royal Holloway University of London (co-ordinator), Brighton University, Kingston University, Royal College of Art, University of Surrey, University of the Arts London. The Consortium is named TECHNE in reference to the Greek term for craft – it will create a new model for collaborative research skills training for PhD students. TECHNE’s vision is to produce scholars who are highly motivated and prepared for academic, public or professional life. Students will benefit from a diversity of training opportunities and be able to draw on supervisory expertise from across the Consortium.

As a member of the TECHNE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, University of Roehampton applicants for PhD study (and come current PhD students)* are eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver) to start 1 October 2014. TECHNE offers a rich and diverse training programme for doctoral students with a focus on interdisciplinarity and developing career potential both in and beyond higher education. Studentships are awarded by TECHNE to the best students put forward by its member universities. The TECHNE training programme is enhanced by input and placement opportunities provided by TECHNE’s 13 partner organisations (including the Barbican, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI and ScienceMuseum) in the cultural sector. Please visit http://www.techne-research.co.uk to find out more about the aims and opportunities of TECHNE.

It is not possible to apply directly to TECHNE for a studentship; applications must be made via the University of Roehampton for study at the university.  Your TECHNE application will therefore go through a two-stage process, being considered firstly by the University of Roehampton and, if selected, secondly by a panel of subject specialists from TECHNE members.

How to apply

Prospective or current doctoral students who are interested in applying for a studentship should proceed as follows:

Contact the Research Degrees Convener in the relevant department (please click here for a list of Research Degrees Conveners and their contact details) to talk informally about your research proposal and what supervision might be available. Contact Amy Brown in the Graduate School (Graduateschool@roehampton.ac.uk, tel. 020 8392 3619) for general queries. Please note, AHRC studentships are only available for UK and EU applicants, and EU applicants who have not been in residence in the UK for a minimum of 3 years, will only be eligible for a fees-only studentship (see AHRC Funding Guide, Appendix A for details).

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Shanghai

Shanghai

ANALYZING URBAN NETWORKS

CALL FOR PAPERS

Social Network Analysis (SNA), a quantitative structuralist methodology largely developed by sociologists in the 1970s that has grown into a sizeable international and inter-disciplinary research field, has – following the work of Alderson and Beckfield (2004) – begun to attract interest among those engaged in research on both world cities and urban networks per se (e.g. Alderson and Beckfield, 2007, 2010, 2012; Green, 2007; Taylor, 2006; Mould & Joel, 2010). In addition, two textbooks have been recently published to bring some of the more commonly used SNA software packages to the undergraduate urban studies classroom (Giuffre, 2013; Neal, 2013). Papers are invited which utilise a social network perspective to seek to better understand the relations, connections, networks, and co-production within and between the world’s cities. Papers could report empirical findings, theoretical and/or methodological advances, including critiques of either, specific SNA methods and results, or the inherent structuralism of SNA as a tool for researching the urban.

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words by February 14th to r.g.smith@swan.ac.uk

Annual International Conference 2014:http://www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/ConferencesAndSeminars/Annual+International+Conference/Annual+international+conference.htm
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Dr Richard G. Smith, PhD (Bristol)
Co-Director of the Centre for Urban Theory, Department of Geography, College of Science, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK Tel. +44(0)1792 602558 Fax +44(0)1792 295955
E-mail: r.g.smith@Swansea.ac.uk
Web: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/science/geography/r.g.smith/
Skype: dr.richard.g.smith

A few recent publications:

Richard G. Smith (2013) The ordinary city trap snaps back. Environment and Planning A doi:10.1068/a46284

Richard G. Smith (2013) The Ordinary City Trap. Environment and Planning A doi:10.1068/a45516

Richard G. Smith (2013) Beyond the Global City Concept and the Myth of ‘Command and Control’. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research  doi:10.1111/1468-2427.12024 [ Featured in IJURR Latest News: http://www.ijurr.org/details/news/5639821/Focus-on-political-economy-in-the-January-2014-issue-___-Let-the-debate-begin___.html ]

 

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