CFP: Northwestern University Graduate Critical Theory Conference

Submission deadline: January 1, 2019

Conference date(s):
February 16, 2019

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Department of Philosophy, Northwestern University
Evanston, United States

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CFP: Northwestern University Graduate Critical Theory Conference

February 16, 2019


Keynote: Alia Al-Saji, “A Critical Phenomenology of Racialization through Colonial Duration”

The graduate students of the Northwestern University Philosophy Department are pleased to announce a one-day graduate conference in critical theory, with a keynote address by Professor Alia Al-Saji (McGill University). Contemporary social realities are stark and demoralizing; injustice and violence appear everywhere on the rise. This conference thus seeks to contribute to the construction of critical theories adequate to the grave challenges of the present. We invite submissions on critical theory, broadly construed to include German and French philosophy, political philosophy, phenomenology, aesthetics, feminist philosophy, philosophy of race, 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 Professor Al-Saji’s work on critical phenomenology and race. We especially encourage submissions by members of minority and under-represented groups.

Please submit in PDF format an anonymized paper and abstract tonucriticaltheory@gmail.com. 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 December 15, 2018.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy, Anthropology, Spanish & Portuguese, Religious Studies, Communication Studies; the Critical Theory Cluster; and the Chicago-Area Consortium in German Philosophy.

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