Critical Theory & Education


6th International Critical Theory Conference of Rome
2nd CFP Deadline: 28th February 2013

We still welcome submissions for the Critical Theory and Education Stream (original cfp below) until the end of February. Please note that we have received a number of abstracts that are concerned with Benjamin’s pedagogical ideas and are therefore particularly keen for papers which will explore other aspects of critical theory and education.

Please submit a one-page abstract of your proposal, including relevant institutional affiliations and contact details, as an attachment by email to the stream coordinator Matthew Charles at

Original Call for Participants:
The contemporary crisis of education poses new challenges and opportunities for the politics, theory, and practice of a radical and critical pedagogy. In keeping with Walter Benjamin’s own concept of history, such a crisis also retrospectively illuminates the profound pedagogical context of the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School.

This stream on ‘Critical Theory and Education’ aims to bring together those interested in critical theory and critical pedagogy in order to assess the legacy and continuing productivity of theories of education influenced by (but not limited to) the work of Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse.

We particular welcome contributions dealing with theoretical and practical tensions within and between their works, considerations of the broader historical and pedagogical context of their ideas, and reflections on the practical application of their theory.

Although the exact format of the panels will depend upon the papers and participants involved, the intention is to encourage shorter presentations as part of a roundtable discussion, in order to foster and encourage productive conversation and critical debate.

‘Critical Theory and Education’ Stream Co-Ordinator: Matthew Charles, Institute for Modern & Contemporary Culture, University of Westminster.

Conference Co-Ordinator: Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, Loyola University Chicago, JFRC. Please note the general call for papers deadline for the conference is 28th February 2013 <>.

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