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

Jonathan S. Feinberg jsfeinberg at gmail.com
Mon Mar 3 14:50:47 EST 2014

Hello, all, here is a CFP for MSA 16 in Pittsburgh this November:

*Frankfurt School Critical Theory in the 21st CenturyOnce 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
<jof1 at pitt.edu> by April 25th. *
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