The Right to Freedom: A Symposium on Critical Theory


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The following symposium may be of interest to our readers:

The Right to Freedom: A Symposium on Critical Theory

Date: 6–7 May 2014

Venue: Woburn Suite (G22/26, Ground Floor), Institute of Philosophy, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

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Recap of the 3rd Annual Meeting…


The 3rd annual meeting of the Association for Adorno Studies was held March 7th and 8th, 2014 at University College Dublin in Ireland. The meeting was convened at the beautiful Newman House, and was officially opened with remarks by host Brian O’Connor, Martin Shuster, and Kathy Kiloh. Continue reading

3rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Adorno Studies


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The 3rd annual meeting of the Association will be held March 7 and 8, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. It will be hosted by Brian O’Connor and University College Dublin.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Brian O’Connor, Martin Shuster, or Kathy Kiloh.

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CFP: Powerless Longing, The Loss of Utopian Thinking in Late Modernity


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Sebastian Tränkle (Berlin) has written to us asking that we post the following CFP. It is in German, and looks like a fantastic event. The website for the event is located here.

Ohnmächtige Sehnsucht. Zum Verlust utopischen Denkens in der Spätmoderne

Max Horkheimer beschrieb die frühneuzeitliche Utopie »als Ausdruck ohnmächtiger Sehnsucht«, weil in der Epoche ihrer Entstehung die materiellen Mittel zur Realisierung der Gesellschaftsentwürfe nicht zur Verfügung standen. In der spätmodernen Gegenwart hingegen ist es weniger der Mangel an Mitteln als das Schwinden des »Möglichkeitssinns« (Robert Musil), das die Menschen zur Ohnmacht verdammt. Continue reading

Call for Papers: Music, Marxism, and The Frankfurt School


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This CFP might be of interest to many. The website is found here.

Music, Marxism, and The Frankfurt School

International Conference

School of Music, University College Dublin, 2-4 July 2014

The group of intellectual left-wing German thinkers known as the Frankfurt School, active in Frankfurt from the late-1920s and later in the US and Germany, focused their critical attention on culture, asking how it affected people’s political outlook and activities. Their powerful admixture of philosophy, sociology, and cultural critique played a key role in modernism in the German cultural sphere.Their conception of culture as a repository of new values continues to impact and influence how we in the twenty-first Continue reading



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We have added a blogroll (conveniently located on the right), and wanted to take this moment to alert everyone to James Schmidt‘s wonderful blog, Persistent Enlightenment, which, given his own research on Horkheimer and Adorno,  often has much of interest for anyone interested in Adorno (as it does today, with a post on Adorno and Katia and Thomas Mann).

If you have a blog that might be of interest to our readers, please let us know.


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