Archive | September, 2013

Next FSWG meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 1

26 Sep

Dear friends,

The Frankfurt School Working Group will next gather at 5pm this coming Tuesday, Oct 1st, to continue discussing Bruno Latour’s Reassembling the Social. We’ll work through the third, fourth, and fifth “sources of uncertainty.” Join us for delicious camaraderie and critique, in Wheeler Hall room 306.


Megan & Erin


Next FSWG meeting: Tuesday 9/17 at 5pm

11 Sep

Dear Frankfurters,

The next meeting of the Frankfurt School Working Group will be next Tuesday, September 17th, at 5pm in Wheeler 306. We’ll discuss the introductions and first chapter of Bruno Latour’s Reassembling the Social, in which he lays out the fundamentals of Actor-Network theory. Please contact us if you have any trouble downloading the pdf, and we look forward to sharing intellectual and gustatory refreshments with you!

wishing lovely weeks to all,

Megan & Erin

Reminder: First FSWG Meeting is Tuesday

1 Sep

Hi all – This is just a reminder that the FSWG is kicking off the semester on Tuesday with a discussion of some of Adorno’s lectures, fueled as always by hummus and wine.  The meeting will begin around 5pm in Wheeler Hall room 306. If you’re interested in participating in the group this year but cannot make the first meeting, please email Erin and/or Megan. See you soon!

(Readings available here: Adorno History Freedom 13-15)

FSWG-related CFP

1 Sep

This CFP for a one-day conference on Adorno in England in November might interest FSWG members:

Adorno: Impact and Influences 13th November 2013

Royal Holloway, University of London
contact email:

Call for Papers


Wednesday 13th November 2013 at Royal Holloway, University of London

‘The cuts between special disciplines such as sociology, economics, and history make the cognitive interest vanish in pedantically drawn, inflatedly defended trenches’
Negative Dialectics

Theodor Adorno is a seminal figure in sociology, aesthetics, philosophy and musicology. This one-day conference will explore the broad spectrum of thought that influenced Adorno and, in turn, the impact his work has had on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

While Adorno was manifestly influenced by Marx, Hegel, Kant and Nietzsche, his debt to others–among them philosophers, sociologists, musicians and writers–is equally as significant. Exploring the field of influence in the widest possible sense, this conference will also encourage speculative correspondences, inviting delegates to consider topics such as the way early modern thinkers (for instance Montaigne and Shakespeare) prefigure Adorno’s work, and Adorno’s engagement with classical thought.

Despite postmodernism’s backlash to Adorno’s apparent elitism and modernist concerns, the overwhelming impact his work has had on the social sciences and arts testifies to his continued relevance in contemporary thought. This conference aims to fathom what Adorno means today and how his insights have endured.

We invite abstracts for papers of twenty minutes duration from across academic disciplines. We particularly welcome proposals from early career academics and graduate students. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

– Adorno’s literary, philosophical, sociological and musicological influences.
– Adorno’s impact on:
– Critical theory and philosophy
– Musicology
– Literature and literary theory

Please send a 250-word abstract with a brief biography to Natalie Leeder and Sam Hall at by Monday 16th September 2013.

Keynote speeches will be given by Professor Andrew Bowie, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Dr Darrow Schecter, University of Sussex.