CFP: Northwestern University Graduate Critical Theory Conference, Evanston, Apr. 24-25, 2020 (deadline: Feb. 1, 2020)

Keynotes: Cinzia Arruzza (The New School) and Daniel Loick (Goethe University Frankfurt)

The graduate students of the Northwestern University Philosophy Department are pleased to announce a two-day graduate conference in critical theory, with keynote addresses by Cinzia Arruzza (The New School for Social Research) and Daniel Loick (Goethe University Frankfurt).

Contemporary social realities are stark and demoralizing; injustice and violence are everywhere on the rise. Yet so are global movements of resistance and liberation. This conference seeks to contribute to the construction of critical theories adequate to the grave challenges and emancipatory struggles of the present.

We invite submissions on critical theory, broadly construed to include German and French philosophy, political philosophy (ancient and modern), phenomenology, aesthetics, feminist philosophy, philosophy of race, Marxism, and decolonial thought.

The conference theme is open to broad, pluralistic and interdisciplinary approaches. We welcome papers that present novel interpretations of critical theory, or that challenge orthodoxies in critical theoretic traditions.

Particular attention will be paid to papers that engage with topics related to our keynotes’ work. We especially encourage submissions by members of minority and under-represented groups.

Please submit in PDF format an anonymized paper and abstract to Presentations will be 25 minutes long, and so paper length should be determined accordingly. In addition, please attach a separate document with a short biography and your university and departmental affiliation.

If you identify as belonging to a minority or under-represented group, you may choose to include this information in your biography.

The deadline for submissions is February 1st, 2020.

Co-sponsored by the Northwestern Critical Theory Cluster and the Departments of: Philosophy; African American Studies; Art History; Anthropology; Comparative Literary Studies; English; German; and Religious Studies.

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