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CALL FOR PAPERS
6TH INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL THEORY
CONFERENCE OF ROME
May 6-8, 2013
John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago
Stream on Marx and the Frankfurt School: New Perspectives and their Contemporary Relevance.
Recent years have seen a flourishing of new perspectives on the contemporary relevance of Karl Marx’s thought. Very little of this thought has been applied to the relationship between Marx and the work of the Frankfurt School. Instead much of the work on Marx and the Frankfurt School is still approached through paradigms such as the Marxist Humanist discourse of alienation or of scholarly interpretations established by Jurgen Habermas, Martin Jay and Gillian Rose. This stream aims to bring together the best contemporary scholarship that is offering new perspective on the relationship between Marx and the Frankfurt School and to consider the contemporary relevance of this relationship.
Possible topics include:
- New Assessments of the relationship between Marx and major figures from the Frankfurt School including Adorno, Benjamin, Marcuse, Habermas and Honneth.
- New Assessments of the relationship between Marx and minor figures including: Sohn-Rethel, Neumann, Pollack, Wittfogel, Negt, Kluge, Backhaus, Reichelt.
- Comparative accounts of different figures from the Frankfurt school’s interpretation of Marx.
- New Assessments of Marxian categories and the Frankfurt School such as reification, second nature, natural history, commodification, fetishism, value, ideology, domination, class, capital, social reproduction, subjectivity etc.
- Importance fusions of Marx and the Frankfurt school have for theories such as capital, social domination, subjectivity, class, critical pedagogy and issues of crisis, social reproduction, ecological catastrophe etc.
- Criticisms different Marxisms or critical theories might have of the Frankfurt school.
- Criticisms the Frankfurt School might have of Marx and different Marxisms.
- Productive and elective affinities between Marx, figures from the Frankfurt School and other Marxists such as Daniel Bensaid, Michel Foucault, Open Marxism, Althusser,Heinrich, Kurz, Dieter Wolf, Cornelius Castoriadis, Illyenkov, Bogdanov, etc.
- Productive and elective affinities between Marx, figures from the Frankfurt School and other Marxist schools such as Auotonomism, Political Marxism and value-form theory.
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 28, 2013 (including name, eventual institutional affiliation and mailing address). Abstracts should be submitted by email to the stream coordinator Chris O’Kane at firstname.lastname@example.org
Decisions regarding the program will be made by March 2013.