Futuring Critical Theory – International Conference
13–15 September 2023, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, the Institute for Social Research (IfS) is hosting the international conference »Futuring Critical Theory« at Goethe University Frankfurt on September 13–15, 2023.
The aim of the conference is to determine where Critical Theory stands and to reorient it in the light of the existential challenges of our times. In the course of recent academic and political debates on, for example, post- and de-colonialism, queer feminism and new materialism, several supposed certainties of Frankfurt School Critical Theory have in part been fundamentally challenged. Critical Theory has been put to the test on two fronts: On the one hand, the explanatory power of an approach that in its interpretation of crises has so far neither focused on the global interconnectedness of social phenomena nor on the material dimension of social reproduction has been called into question. On the other hand, it is debatable whether classical Critical Theory’s normative tools are still appropriate for theorizing contemporary social relations. To mark the IfS’s 100th anniversary, »Futuring Critical Theory« will be the place where the process of developing a new research program for the IfS comes to a preliminary conclusion and the program will be presented to a wider public for the first time.
The conference is facing the theoretical critiques and renewals of Critical Theory’s concepts in four sections: I Dissecting Critical Theory; II Globalizing Critical Theory; III Materializing Critical Theory; IV Recomposing Critical Theory.