Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Call for Papers

14th International Critical Theory Conference of Rome



May 16-18, 2022

John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago


The John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago is hosting the 14th 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 16-18, 2022.  It will begin on Monday morning and end by Wednesday evening (after 6pm), with a welcoming reception on the evening of Sunday, May 15.  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 140 speakers.


Coordinator: Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, Loyola University Chicago, JFRC


Keynote speakers:

Amy Allen, Penn State

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

Rahel Jaeggi, Humboldt University of Berlin

Stefano Petrucciani, University of Rome, La Sapienza

Karin Stoegner, University of Passau


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 6, 2022 (including name, eventual institutional affiliation and mailing address).  Abstracts should be submitted by email.  Decisions regarding the program will be made by mid-March, 2022.

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 include also the reception of May 15, 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.