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Theodor Adorno

Theodor Adorno


Stream on Critical Theory and Crisis (as part of the 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

‘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.’ Theodor 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‘Causality has withdrawn as it were into the totality; in the midst of its system it becomes indistinguishable.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’. Karl Marx

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 Adorno, Horkheimer, Benjamin, Sohn-Rethel, Grossmann, Pollack, Neumann, Marcuse, Krahl, Schmidt, 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’, ‘the legitimacy crisis’, ‘recognition theory’, ‘dialectical social theory’, ‘philosophies of history’ 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.

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: abroad-programs/callforpapers/



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