Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Call for Papers

13th International Critical Theory Conference of Rome




May 7-9, 2020

John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago


The John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago is hosting the 13th international conference on Critical Theory of Rome, which will be held at its campus in Rome, Italy – Via Massimi 114/A.

The conference will examine the importance and the developments of the Frankfurt School by addressing both the philosophical tradition of the early stages of Critical Theory – and in particular the works of Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse – as well as the application of their theories to our contemporary society. The conference will also address the second and third generation of critical theorists, welcoming, among others, papers on Habermas and Honneth.

In order to reflect the wide range of topics addressed by Critical Theory, the conference will cover different aspects of philosophical reflection on justice, politics, aesthetics, sociology, theology, technology, literature, and any other field of study related to the Frankfurt School.

The conference will be held at the Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago on May 7-9, 2020. It will begin on Thursday morning and end by Saturday evening (after 6pm), with a welcome reception on the evening of Wednesday, May 6. During the sessions, each speaker will have 30 minutes (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 for discussion). All presentations will be made in English. We expect to have about 120/140 speakers.


Coordinator: Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, Loyola University Chicago, JFRC


Keynote speakers:
Susan Buck-Morss, CUNY Graduate Center/Cornell University
Deborah Cook, University of Windsor
Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Vanderbilt University
Andrew Feenberg, Simon Fraser University
Alessandro Ferrara, University of Rome, Tor Vergata
Hille Haker, Loyola University Chicago
David Ingram, Loyola University Chicago
Stefano Petrucciani, University of Rome, La Sapienza

If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel (of up to 6 speakers), please submit a 1-2 page abstract by February 13, 2020 (including name, institutional affiliation if applicable, and mailing address). Abstracts should be submitted by email. Decisions regarding the program will be made by mid-March 2020.

To submit an abstract, or for more information, contact:
Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, PhD – sgiacch@luc.edu
Website: http://luc.edu/rome/callforpapers/

Conference fees:
Unwaged (unemployed, part-time positions and graduate students): 100 Euro
Waged (full-time positions and sponsored speakers): 150 Euro
Fees also include the reception on May 6, and breakfasts, lunches, and coffee breaks throughout the conference.
Co-sponsored by the John Felice Rome Center, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Philosophy Department, and the Richard McCormick Endowed Chair of Ethics of Loyola University Chicago