[Msa-discuss] Deadline Reminder: Frankfurt School Critical Theory in the 21st Century (MSA 16)

Jonathan S. Feinberg jsfeinberg at gmail.com
Fri Apr 18 14:23:24 EDT 2014


Dear Colleagues,

The deadline for this CFP (April 25) is quickly approaching. Please send
abstracts soon if you are interested in participating in this panel!

-JSF


Frankfurt School Critical Theory in the 21st Century

Once considered a touchstone of modernist aesthetics, politics, ethics, and
cultural criticism, the critical theory of the Frankfurt School has seen
its reputation suffer in the latter portion of the 20th century, in part
because of its pessimism towards or outright dismissal of “mass culture,”
as well as the perception that its purview is too narrowly European.  More
recent scholarship has begun to revalue the School’s critical theory and
argue for its contemporary significance, especially for ecocriticism and
postcolonial aesthetics and politics.

This panel proposes to participate in that work of revaluation by
interrogating the School's continuing relevance from a global perspective
and considering what explanatory power its critical theory possesses beyond
the confines of European modernism.  In doing so, the panel will explore
the confluences and divisions between modernist theory and the post-War,
postcolonial world.  Theoretical papers are welcome, as are
interdisciplinary papers that treat aesthetic, political, ethical,
cultural, or environmental topics together, or papers that read Frankfurt
School critical theory in conjunction with specific literary, artistic, or
popular cultural works or phenomena.

Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief bio to Jonathan Feinberg at
jof1 at pitt.edu by April 25th.
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