Critical Theory in Rome

Starting in 2007, every year we host the Critical Theory conferences in Rome (from 2010 at the Rome CALL FOR PAPERS
13th INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL THEORY CONFERENCE OF ROME
May 7-9, 2020
John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago

The John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago is hosting the 13th international conference on Critical Theory of Rome, which will be held at its campus in Rome, Italy – Via Massimi 114/A.

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28/07/2022

Call for Papers: The Marcusean Mind
We are seeking contributions for The Marcusean Mind, edited by Eduardo Altheman (University of São Paulo), Jina Fast (Notre Dame of Maryland University), Nicole K. Mayberry (University of Arizona), and Sid Simpson (University of the South). The volume will serve as a critical companion to Herbert Marcuse, projected to be included in Routledge’s Philosophical Minds book series.
Why Marcuse today? Crises abound: the COVID-19 pandemic stands in the foreground against a backdrop of fomenting fascism worldwide, the Earth is on fire, violence against women and people of color continues to be institutionalized and normalized, neoliberalism continues to be the de facto credo and prospects for young folks - even those in the richest nation in the history of the planet - are fading rapidly. This intersection of crises recalls the two conflicting observations with which Herbert Marcuse opened his One-Dimensional Man: first, that advanced industrial society is capable of containing meaningful change for the foreseeable
future, and second, that forces and tendencies exist that may break this containment and implode or explode this society. In this moment of ever-heightening urgency, we believe critically engaging with Marcuse’s writings in the 21 st century offers much needed clarity on the challenges we face. Not only did he identify
various loci of contradiction, exploitation, and repression, but he also provides prescient insight into precisely the forces that maintain the rightward drift of the status quo: broad gestures to the freedom of the market and individual, the degradation of reason into expertise and then merely credentialism under liberalism, and the fetishization of “data-driven” false utopianism that buoys the hopes of many a forlorn soul. Most importantly,
however, Marcuse writes from a position sorely needed today – one that maintains the dialectical tension between radically critiquing the forces that contribute to contemporary fascism and domination and articulating the possibilities for real-world praxis without falling into an unhelpful abstract utopianism.
In this spirit, The Marcusean Mind will serve as a focal point for teaching and thinking with and against Marcuse today; aimed at undergraduates, graduate students, junior researchers and practitioners, this volume will synthesize an accessible introduction to Marcusean thought with contemporary social movements, while
at the same time providing critical insight into Marcuse’s intellectual ecosystem and relating his thought to contemporary theoretical questions.
The volume will be structured in five sections:
1) Contemporary movements, in which contributions will place Marcuse into contemporary
movements or social activism (Black Lives Matter, Extinction Rebellion, Ni una menos, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, etc.).
2) Reason and Sensibilities, in which contributions will engage with the traditional, historical, and philosophical aspects of Marcuse’s intellectual contributions. For example, what might Marcuse’s
critique of instrumental rationality look like today? Or his gestures toward a new sensibility?
3) Marcuse’s Intellectual Ecosystem, in which contributions will bring historical influence or genealogy into the orbit of Marcuse. How, for example, is Marcuse influenced by Marx or Hegel?
Likewise, how might Marcuse influence someone like Angela Y. Davis?
4) Futures and Utopias, in which contributions will place Marcuse into conversation with possible futures. How does his work contribute to, or walk with other scholarship (feminism, q***r, crip
theory, etc.) that allows us to imagine the future otherwise?
5) Counterrevolutions, Neoliberalism, and Fascism, in which contributions will make clear the consequences of our current trajectories. What’s at stake when we don’t engage in praxis and critical theory? What happens to people and places when we don’t embrace counter-revolutions?
How to Submit:
Proposals will be collected until August 25, 2022 by email ([email protected]). (See second page for additional details.)
Contributors should provide a working title, 300-500 word abstract of their proposed piece, and indication of which section they believe to be the best fit for their contribution, while noting that total length for the written piece will be approximately 5000 words. Contributors should also submit a current CV.
All contributions will undergo review by the editorial team before being accepted into the volume. We are especially looking for contributions from scholars from the global south, scholars of color, q***r scholars, disabled scholars, and women and other gender marginalized scholars. Preferred written language is English,
but we can also consider work from folks who do not write in English.

20/07/2022

We are working on the 2023 edition of the conference in Rome. It's always good to have a critical theorist as a Dean!

The JFRC welcomes Dr. Stefano Giacchetti as Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs!
Dr. Giacchetti’s dedication to Loyola spans 18 years of teaching, mentoring, and active research with the last 14 spent at the Rome Center campus. A pillar of the JFRC community, he organizes the international Critical Theory conference every year, bringing together global scholars right here at the JFRC campus.
Benvenuto, Associate Dean Giacchetti!

Photos from Critical Theory in Rome's post 26/05/2022

Photos from Critical Theory in Rome's post

24/02/2022

Conference update:
We finished the reviewing process of the abstracts sent for this year's conference (thank you to all applicants), and we notified all the people who submitted one. If you applied to this year's conference and did not hear from us, please let us know (at sgiacch-at-luc-dot-edu).
THE CONFERENCE IS SCHEDULED TO RUN REGULARLY IN PERSON ON THE SET DATES (MAY 16-18). There will be 164 speakers, and we have no indications from either the Rome or the Chicago campuses about possible cancellations.
See you in Rome in May!

Adorno's damaged life 02/02/2022

Adorno's damaged life

By Peter Gordon:

Adorno's damaged life Seventy years after its publication, Theodor Adorno's Minima Moralia is a warning against resurgent fascism

16/01/2022

We would like to remind the scheduled participants of the 2020 conference that the deadline for confirming participations at the 2022 conference was January 10. Please contact us at the conference email (sgiacch at luc dot edu) to confirm your participation for this year ASAP, since starting from Feb 6 we will assign all remaining spots.
We are proceeding with the regular scheduling of the conference, and most likely we will have to follow some social distancing rules as per Italian laws, but we are already organizing everything to follow those rules.
Very much looking forward to seeing you all in Rome in May!

04/11/2021

We are very pleased to announce that Prof. Rahel Jaeggi has accepted our invitation for being one of the keynoters for the Rome critical theory conference (May 16-18 at Loyola's Rome Center). We'll update the CFP soon.

29/10/2021

We are receiving notifications about a critical theory conference in Rome called "XVII. International Philosophy, Critical Theory and Frankfurt School Conference January 18-19, 2023 Rome, Italy". THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OUR CONFERENCES. They charge 500 euro for an online event which did not have any of the 16 previous conferences, nor any critical theory scholar involved. We were informed that it is fairly common that these things happen using a name very close to an established conference to receive large payments from people.
At least they are 3 conferences ahead of us... (we are "just" at the 14th)

27/10/2021

We would like to inform all the speakers scheduled for the 2020 conference that we sent you an invitation for 2022. If you did not receive it, please contact us (sgiacch-at-luc-dot-edu) as soon as possible, so that we can hold a spot for you. If you received it, please let us know your plans for 2022 at your earliest convenience.

Call for Papers: John Felice Rome Center: Loyola University Chicago 24/10/2021

Call for Papers: John Felice Rome Center: Loyola University Chicago

We are pleased to inform you that we will host the 2022 Critical Theory conference at Loyola’s Rome Center, on May 16-18.
Here is the CFP: Please share it in your academic networks.

CALL FOR PAPERS
14th INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL THEORY CONFERENCE OF ROME
May 16-18, 2022
John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago

The John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago is hosting the 14th 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. The conference will also address the second and third generation of critical theorists, welcoming, among others, papers on Habermas and Honneth.
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, theology, technology, literature and any other field of study related to the Frankfurt School.
The conference will be held at the Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago on May 16-18, 2022. It will begin on Monday morning and end by Wednesday evening (after 6pm), with a welcoming reception on the evening of Sunday, May 15. During the sessions, each speaker will have 30 minutes (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 for discussion). All presentations will be made in English. We expect to have about 140 speakers.

Coordinator: Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, Loyola University Chicago, JFRC

Keynote speakers:
Amy Allen, Penn State
Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Vanderbilt University
Andrew Feenberg, Simon Fraser University
Alessandro Ferrara, University of Rome, Tor Vergata
Hille Haker, Loyola University Chicago
David Ingram, Loyola University Chicago
Rahel Jaeggi, Humboldt University of Berlin
Stefano Petrucciani, University of Rome, La Sapienza
Karin Stoegner, University of Passau

If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel (of up to 6 speakers), please submit a 1-2 page abstract by February 6, 2022 (including name, eventual institutional affiliation and mailing address). Abstracts should be submitted by email. Decisions regarding the program will be made by mid-March, 2022.
To submit an abstract, or for more information, contact:
Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, PhD – [email protected]
Website: http://luc.edu/rome/callforpapers/
Conference fees:
Unwaged (unemployed, part-time positions and graduate students): 100 Euro
Waged (full-time positions and sponsored speakers): 150 Euro
Fees include also the reception of May 15, and breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks throughout the conference.
Co-sponsored by the John Felice Rome Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Philosophy Department and the Richard McCormick Endowed Chair of Ethics of Loyola University Chicago

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The “aging” of Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory. Fifty Years Later – Mimesis International 22/07/2021

The “aging” of Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory. Fifty Years Later – Mimesis International

Outstanding volume out now on Adorno's Aesthetic Theory. Edited by Gandesha, Hartel and Marino with essays, among others, of Josef Früchtl, Günter Figal, Gerhard Schweppenhäuser, Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, Tyrus Miller, Hugh Miller, Surti Singh, Colin Campbell...

http://mimesisinternational.com/the-aging-of-adornos-aesthetic-theory-fifty-years-later/?fbclid=IwAR3JGw3AyAEk5-_RGWWcm0YFSCKnUKnesrAVP1xTYMFdy0CnasCIj_QbSyQ

The “aging” of Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory. Fifty Years Later – Mimesis International AestheticsThe “aging” of Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory. Fifty Years Later If 2019 was an “Adornian year” because of the 50th anniversary of the untimely death of Theodor W. Adorno in August 1969, also 2020 has been an “Adornian year” because of the 50th anniversary of the posthumous public...

28/03/2021

We apologize for the long delay, but we waited till possible for a decision regarding the next conference in Rome. Italy is still in lockdown, and Loyola's Rome campus has been closed for over a year now. Considering all this, including the impossibility to regularly travel from abroad, we regret to inform you that the 2021 May conference will not be held. We are very determined in reinstating the regular schedule for the critical theory conference of Rome in 2022. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Rome then.

Neofascism After Trump 26/01/2021

Neofascism After Trump

Excellent piece by Ajay Singh Chaudhary, political theorist and executive director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. Good tie-in with Adorno's Minima Moralia...

Neofascism After Trump A conversation with political theorist Ajay Singh Chaudhary on contemporary fascism in a global context.

08/10/2020

It is with immense sadness that we learned of the death of Deborah Cook. A key figure in critical theory, a wonderful friend.

07/03/2020

CANCELLATION of the Critical Theory Conference in Rome (May 7-9)

We just received the following message from the office of the president of Loyola University Chicago:

“Due to concerns over student health and travel related to coronavirus (COVID-19), Loyola University Chicago has decided that all summer academic programs and conferences scheduled for the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) for summer 2020 are canceled.
At present, the Italian government has ordered all educational facilities in Italy to be closed and is reviewing this decision daily without a firm date of when this order will be lifted.
With this fluid situation continually evolving, and in light of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of State’s Level 3 threat warnings for Italy (and its Level 4 warning for districts in northern Italy), as well as fear of prolonged spread of the virus from the northern part of the country and concerns of the virus being spread in the U.S., it is unlikely that short-term conditions will improve to allow these programs to run.”

Due to the worsening of the Coronavirus both in Italy and around the world, Loyola University has decided to cancel the Critical Theory Conference of May 7-9.
These are very difficult times, and not only for us in Rome. I apologize for this late notice, but I was hoping that the situation would have improved. Since we cannot foresee the future, and since at the moment the situation in Rome is pretty dramatic, it is with personal great sadness that I need to accept the decision as determined by Loyola University Chicago. I have been working on the organization of these conference since 2007, making it a yearly appointment that rapidly became the largest critical theory conference in the world. Each year I dedicated 10 months to put these conferences together, going through all sorts of complications, but this one proved to be insurmountable. I am not in the position of judging the academic quality of these conferences, but for me this was also a wonderful occasion to share our work, our studies and also true friendship. I will miss you all in our yearly appointment in Rome, hoping to see you all back in Rome in 2021.
Un caro saluto a voi tutti,
Stefano Giacchetti

P.S. An email has been sent to all the speakers of the conference or to the organizers of panels. If you did not receive such email, please feel free to contact me.

Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory 05/02/2020

Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory

New volume on Nietzsche and Critical Theory, with chapters, among others, from Douglas Kellner, Babette Babich, and Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi

https://brill.com/view/title/34244

Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory "Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory" published on 01 Jan 2020 by Brill.

30/01/2020

We would like to remind you that, in case you received an email of invitation, the deadline for confirming your participation at the Critical Theory conference in Rome (May 7-9) is TOMORROW, January 31, while the deadline for submitting an abstract for the CFP is February 13.

Call for Papers: John Felice Rome Center: Loyola University Chicago 25/10/2019

Call for Papers: John Felice Rome Center: Loyola University Chicago

Here is the new call for papers for the critical theory conference of Rome in May 2020. Please share this post in all your academic networks.

CALL FOR PAPERS
13th INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL THEORY CONFERENCE OF ROME
May 7-9, 2020
John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago

The John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago is hosting the 13th 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. The conference will also address the second and third generation of critical theorists, welcoming, among others, papers on Habermas and Honneth.
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, theology, technology, literature and any other field of study related to the Frankfurt School.
The conference will be held at the Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago on May 7-9, 2020. It will begin on Thursday morning and end by Saturday evening (after 6pm), with a welcoming reception on the evening of Wednesday, May 6. During the sessions, each speaker will have 30 minutes (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 for discussion). All presentations will be made in English. We expect to have about 120/140 speakers.

Coordinator: Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, Loyola University Chicago, JFRC

Keynote speakers:
Susan Buck-Morss, CUNY Graduate Center/Cornell University
Deborah Cook, University of Windsor
Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Vanderbilt University
Andrew Feenberg, Simon Fraser University
Alessandro Ferrara, University of Rome, Tor Vergata
Hille Haker, Loyola University Chicago
David Ingram, Loyola University Chicago
Stefano Petrucciani, University of Rome, La Sapienza

If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel (of up to 6 speakers), please submit a 1-2 page abstract by February 13, 2020 (including name, eventual institutional affiliation and mailing address). Abstracts should be submitted by email. Decisions regarding the program will be made by mid-March, 2020.
To submit an abstract, or for more information, contact:
Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, PhD – [email protected]
Website: http://luc.edu/rome/callforpapers/
Conference fees:
Unwaged (unemployed, part-time positions and graduate students): 100 Euro
Waged (full-time positions and sponsored speakers): 150 Euro
Fees include also the reception of May 6, and breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks throughout the conference.
Co-sponsored by the John Felice Rome Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Philosophy Department and the Richard McCormick Endowed Chair of Ethics of Loyola University Chicago

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