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May 7-9, 2012
John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago

The John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago is hosting the fifth international conference on Critical Theory of Rome, which will be held at its campus in Rome, Italy – Via Massimi 114/A.

The conference will examine the importance and the developments 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 justice, politics, aesthetics, sociology, technology,  literature and any other relevant field of study.

The conference will be held at the Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago on May 7-9, 2012.  It will begin on Monday morning and end by Wednesday afternoon (with a welcoming reception on the evening of Sunday, May 6).  During the sessions, each speaker will have 30 minutes. All presentations will be made in English.

Coordinator: Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, Loyola University Chicago, JFRC

Keynote speakers:
Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Vanderbilt University
Andrew Feenberg, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
Alessandro Ferrara, University of Rome, Tor Vergata
James Gordon Finlayson, University of Sussex
Stefano Petrucciani, University of Rome, La Sapienza
Henry Pickford, University of Colorado, Boulder
David Schweickart, Loyola University Chicago

If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel (of up to 5 speakers), please submit a 1-2 page abstract by February 2, 2012 (including name, eventual institutional affiliation and mailing 
address).  Abstracts should be submitted by email.  Decisions regarding the program will be made by the end of February 2012.

To submit an abstract, or for more information, contact: Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, PhD – ; Tel: (+39) 06-81905467

Conference fees: 80 Euro; Free for undergraduate students.



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