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CFP « Arendt and Critical Theory Today », 2nd Istanbul Critical Theory Conference, Oldenburg (Allemagne), 13-15 July 2017

HiSoPo vous informe de la publication de l’appel a communication pour la deuxième Conférence de Théorie Critique a Istanbul, conférence qui aura lieu a Oldenburg en Allemagne à cause de la situation politique et académique dramatique en Turquie. Le thème de la première conférence a été « Adorno and Politics. » Cette année, la conférence porte sur la relation entre la pensée d’Hannah Arendt et la théorie critique de l’École de Francfort. Vous trouverez la présentation de l’événement ci-dessous ainsi qu’en format PDF ici: CFP_Arendt and Critical Theory

Arendt and Critical Theory Today

2nd Istanbul Critical Theory Conference

in Exile at the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg*
13-15 July 2017


Hannah Arendt’s political thought has been a source of controversy as much as it has inspired scholarly work in numerous directions. Some of the controversy is sparked by Arendt’s ambiguous relation to Frankfurt School thinkers. Her personal friendship with Walter Benjamin does not lead to an indiscriminate acceptance of Benjamin’s theses; her personal dislike of Theodor W. Adorno does not drive an unbridgeable gap between certain aspects of their theories. It would not be wrong to assume, with Margaret Canovan, that Arendt’s entire oeuvre springs from the urge to understand total domination, a feat that inevitably crosses her path with that of the first generation of Critical Theorists, although the latter refrained from using the term “totalitarian” to qualify both Nazism and Stalinism. Similarities and differences in Arendt’s and the first generation of Critical Theorists’ understanding of fascism are further reflected in their observations and research on authoritarianism and the banality of evil. Despite her polemic against Marx, Arendt insistently pursues Marxist topoi such as imperialism, revolution, and laboring society. And despite her fascination with the American Revolution, she is fiercely critical of the state as an administrative apparatus and of law as a pre-political instance that tends to supplant collective action. In short, Arendt’s uneasy relationship to Kant, Nietzsche, Marx, Freud and Heidegger hint at how some of her reflections might overlap with those of the Frankfurt School.

This conference aims to go beyond conventional approaches to Arendt’s political thought in view of extracting, from her unwritten dialogue with the Frankfurt School, the possibility of understanding the world we live in today. We therefore encourage creative appropriations of both Arendt and Critical Theory. Beyond scholastic exercises focusing on the particularities of each thinker, we hope to generate a debate on the significance of this encounter for grasping the “burden of our time.”

Taken as a canon, the Frankfurt School sets a blueprint for critique, but developments across the globe leave progressive circles, some of which have been influenced by the first generation of Frankfurt School writers, rather baffled. Something is perhaps rotten in the idea of law, as Walter Benjamin avows, with the category of identity, as Adorno criticises, but maybe also in the concepts of human rights and equality, as Arendt was prone to argue. Humanitarian ideals do not seem to resist the onslaught of nationalism, racism, mediocracy, and fear. A century after the collapse of Europe’s representative systems in the wake of World War I, authoritarianisms and fascisms are once again on the rise as surrogate revolutionary movements. Is this the dialectics of Enlightenment being played out anew? What do Arendt and Critical Theory have to offer in view of coming to terms with our predicament, as well as of ways to overcome it?

With these questions in mind, we invite a wide range of papers that combine or address aspects of Arendt’s political thought, themes developed by first and later  generations of the Frankfurt School, reflections on what is in store for us in the world we live in, and ideas on how social and political critique should be carried out today. This CFP additionally welcomes papers on critical receptions of Arendt and Critical Theory in political contexts other than the North.

Interested scholars are invited to address the following broad topics:

Law and violence

Fascism, Stalinism, Totalitarianism

Authoritarianism and the Banality of Evil

Exile and statelessness

Civil disobedience, revolt, revolution

Consumer society and culture industry

Selfhood, action and labor

Lying, deception, and manipulation

Theory and Practice of Critique

 Keynote Speakers:

Jay M. Bernstein (The New School for Social Research)

Zeynep Gambetti (Boğaziçi University Istanbul)

Lars Rensmann (University of Groningen)

The conference language will be English. We invite interested scholars at all career levels to send proposals (maximum 400 words) to: Deadline: 31 March 2017.

Organizing Chairs:

Philip Hogh (Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg)

Zeynep  Gambetti, (Boğaziçi University Istanbul)

Volkan Cidam (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)

Gaye İlhan-Demiryol (Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul)

Julia König (Goethe University, Frankfurt)

This conference is organized with support by the Hannah Arendt Center and the Adorno Research Center at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg.

* Note: This conference is a follow-up to the first one on “Adorno and Politics” organized in Istanbul at Bogazici University in June 2016. Owing to the political atmosphere currently reigning in Turkey, we are obliged to displace it to Oldenburg, as a “critical theory conference in exile” of sorts

Call for Papers: « Dialogues in Critical Theory », Revista Ideias, Submission deadline: 15th August 2016

HiSoPo vous informe du lancement d’un appel à contribution pour la revue Revista Ideias sur les dialogues et controverses au sein de la Théorie critique.


Call for Papers and Reviews

Revista Ideias (vol. 7, n. 2, Dec. 2016)

Special Issue:



The Editorial Board would like to inform our readers that the Call for Papers and Reviews for the next issue of Revista Ideias (special issue: DIALOGUES IN CRITICAL THEORY) is open.

(For detailed information on the journal and the call for papers, go to:


  1. Original papers are the result of empirical or conceptual research. Submitted papers must include an abstract (max. 640 characters) and three to six keywords. The paper (including abstract, keywords, references, footnotes, etc.) should be no shorter than 30,000 and no longer than 40,000 characters (including spaces);
  2. Book reviews are critical presentations of works published in the last three years (max. 15,000 characters, including spaces).
  3. Papers must be submitted without any information that may lead to the identification of the author(s). The author’s name, as well as their academic titles, institutional affiliation, and any additional information should be sent in a different file;
  4. Submitted files should be in the format *.doc or *.docx;
  5. The font should be Times New Roman, size 12, spacing of 1,5 between lines;
  6. Papers must be submitted exclusively to the email: (submissions via postal address or the website will not be considered);
  7. Submitting a paper implies the authorization and exclusivity of its publication, as well as agreement that the publication of accepted papers is subjected to the decision of the Editorial Board of the journal.
  8. Submission deadline: 15th August 2016



The aim of the special issue DIALOGUES IN CRITICAL THEORY lies in exploring, with conceptual rigor, some of the debates that have had an impact on the consolidation and development of the Critical Theory of society or on the intellectual trajectory of one or more author in this tradition. The idea is to show that the making of social theory and philosophy is not a solitary activity, but involve, in most cases, a dynamic process of critical interaction not only with other thinkers, but with other theoretical traditions as well.

This is certainly true of all branches of the philosophical practice. Although not holding exclusivity in this respect, Critical Theory can be said to have always offered a highly/exceptionally fertile ground for the flourishing of theoretical debate: since the publishing in 1937 of Max Horkheimer’s seminal essay, Critical Theory has sought to establish itself as opposed to what was called “traditional theory,” which gave rise to numerous controversies with authors affiliated to different philosophical traditions. The relationship between “traditional” and Critical Theory, however, has not only taken the shape of an opposition, but involves likewise the (critical) appropriation of the most productive aspects of theoretical strands that do not fall under a stricter definition of the critical field. In addition to that, it should also be pointed out that the critical framework itself consists of a deeply diverse theoretical corpus. In this regard, it is not rare that among critical theorists disagreements and differences assume the form of more or less heated debates. For these reasons, it can be said that conceptual exchanges and controversies are not only part of the developmental dynamics of Critical Theory: they lie at its very basis.

The thematic scope of the special issue DIALOGUES IN CRITICAL THEORY is therefore fairly wide, provided one does not lose sight of the dialogical aspect of the selected topic. The very definition of “dialogue” or “debate” should not be very restrictive: possible objects of analysis are theoretical exchanges involving one or more thinkers linked to the critical field, which may have been recorded in books, letters, lectures and conferences, joint volumes, media interventions, intellectual biographies, memoirs, interviews, etc. The theoretical dialogues addressed in the submitted paper may have assumed the form of a dialogue in the literal sense of the term, but they can also have unfolded indirectly, in a veiled, involuntary, or even unilateral and imaginary form – one might think here of the famous metaphor by Albert Salomon according to which Max Weber wrote a great part of his work debating with Marx’s ghost.

Priority will be given to articles that do not merely present or reconstruct an already relatively well known debate, but provide substantial contributions to understanding conceptual aspects of an author’s theoretical corpus or of a thematic area privileged by Critical Theory.

Some possible approaches to the issue are:

1) the relationship between Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer,

2) the exchanges between Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht, Siegfried Kracauer, Gershom Scholem or Adorno, chronicled for example in the correspondence between the authors;

3) the debate between Horkheimer and representatives of the Vienna Circle (such as Otto Neurath) or the controversy between Adorno and Karl Popper;

4) the disagreements between Georg Lukacs and Ernst Bloch, between Franz Neumann and Friedrich Pollock, between Herbert Marcuse and Erich Fromm or Jürgen Habermas;

5) Habermas’ discussions with Richard Rorty, Hans-Georg Gadamer or John Rawls, or controversy between Axel Honneth and Peter Sloterdijk;

6) debates on feminism and other issues between Seyla Benhabib, Judith Butler, Iris Young and Nancy Fraser;

7) “intergenerational” critiques, such as Habermas’ objections to the first generation of critical theory, Honneth’s objections to Habermas, as well as those of the most recent generation (which include Rahel Jaeggi, Nancy Fraser and Robin Celikates, among others) to both Honneth and Habermas.

15th June 2016
Editorial Board
Revista Ideias
ISSN: 2179-5525

Colloque international: « Dialectique et négativité. La Dialectique négative, 50 ans après », Université Paris 1/Maison Heinrich Heine, 2-3 juin 2016

HiSoPo vous informe de la tenue du colloque international « Dialectique et négativité. La Dialectique négative, 50 ans après » organisé par l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne en partenariat avec la Maison Heinrich Heine et l’Université franco-allemande. Il se tiendra le jeudi 2 juin dans la salle 216 du centre Panthéon de l’Université Paris 1 (12, place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris) et le vendredi 3 juin à la Maison Heinrich Heine (27 B, boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris).

Comité d’organisation

Isabelle Aubert (Paris 1, ISJPS PhiCo/NoSoPhi), Katia Genel (Paris 1, CHSPM/Centre Marc Bloch) et Jean-François Kervégan (Paris 1, ISJPS PhiCo/NoSoPhi, IUF)


Jeudi 2 juin 2016
Lieu : Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Salle 216, Centre Panthéon – 12 place du Panthéon – 75005 Paris

9h00 Accueil des participants

Une dialectique d’un genre nouveau ?
Présidence de séance : Jamila Mascat (PhiCo / NoSoPhi)

9h15-9h30 Ouverture : Jean-François Kervégan (Univ. Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

9h30-10h15 Terry Pinkard (Georgetown Univ., Washington, USA) : Critique and Dialectic

10h15-11h Emmanuel Renault (Univ. Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense) : Adorno, hégélien ou anti-hégélien ?

11h20-12h05 Martin Seel (Univ. Goethe, Francfort, Allemagne): How negative is negative dialectics ?

12h05-12h50 Gilles Moutot (Univ. de Montpellier) : Formes du dépaysement : les opérations de la dialectique négative

Subjectivité et négativités
Présidence de séance : Claire Pagès (Collège international de philosophie)

14h30-15h15 Marcos Nobre (Univ. Campinas, Brésil) : La critique immanente de l’état « faux »

15h15-16h Agnès Gayraud (Université Paris-Sorbonne) : À quelles conditions la dialectique peut-elle exprimer la souffrance ? Prison réflexive et tentatives d’évasion dans la Dialectique négative

16h20-17h05 Christophe David (Univ. Rennes 2) : La contribution de Beckett, auteur éminemment négatif mais pas nihiliste, à la constitution d’une dialectique négative

17h05-17h50 Antonin Wiser (Univ. de Lausanne, Suisse) : L’intime et l’indemne

Vendredi 3 juin 2016
Lieu : Maison Heinrich Heine
Cité internationale universitaire de Paris – 27 B Bd Jourdan – 75014 Paris

Allocution de Mme Christine Deussen, directrice de la maison Heinrich Heine

Connaissance et liberté
Présidence de séance : Katia Genel (Univ. Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

9h30-10h15 Gérard Raulet (Université Paris-Sorbonne) : Le primat de l’objet. Trois approches de la réification : Benjamin, Adorno, Honneth

10h15-11h Pierre-François Noppen (Université de Saskatchewan, Canada) : Souffrance et connaissance chez Adorno

11h20-12h05 Berthold Arlt / Jürgen Ritsert (Univ. Goethe, Francfort, Allemagne) : Sur l’antinomie de la liberté, la dialectique et quelques contradictions dans la critique de Kant par Adorno.

12h05-12h50 Lucie Wezel (Univ. Paris Ouest Nanterre La défense) : Sauver la métaphysique ? Dialectique négative et critique de l’idéalisme

Histoire et critique de la société
Présidence de séance : Isabelle Aubert (Univ. Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

14h30-15h15 Laurent Plet (Lycée Victor Hugo, Caen) : Adorno, ou comment penser l’effectivité historique contre le mythe d’une errance destinale de l’être sans histoire

15h15-16h Vincent Chanson (Univ. Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense) : Un concept adornien d’abstraction réelle ? Dialectique négative et critique de l’économie politique

16h20-17h05 Patrick Savidan (Univ. de Poitiers) : Politique d’Adorno : entre sujet critique et sujet renonçant

17h05-17h50 Martin Saar (Univ. Leipzig): Power and Totality: Adorno’s Critical Immanentism

17h50 Mot de conclusion du colloque : Isabelle Aubert et Katia Genel (Univ. Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Vous pouvez également télécharger le programme du colloque en format PDF ici: Programme-colloque-Dialectique-negative