In recent years, the problems and contradictions intrinsic to capitalist society have resulted in a number of manifest, seemingly permanent, crises. Many researchers, academics, and activists have seized on the urgency of recent coalescing crises—from environmental degradation to economic inequality, political instability to social unraveling, and beyond—in an attempt to ameliorate and analyze the consequences of these dilapidated social relations. The work of Herbert Marcuse aims to radically re-envision social relations via critical theory as a way to formulate a praxis of liberation. However, if we live in a society, as Marcuse puts it, "without negation," how shall this critical rationality be cultivated?
The International Herbert Marcuse Society seeks papers for the 2015 biennial conference, "Praxis and Critique: Liberation, Pedagogy, and the University," that address the broad pedagogical concerns of cultivating emancipatory rationality. Papers may want to address, but are certainly not limited to, the following problematics:
Student participation: Conference organizers Sarah Surak (email@example.com) and Robert Kirsch are particularly interested in encouraging undergraduate and graduate student participation. To this end we encourage faculty to teach related or special topics classes in fall 2015 to bring students of all levels to the conference. Undergraduate students will present papers in special concurrent sessions. Undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to submit conference papers for publication to special conference editions.
Call for works of art and creative projects: We are also accepting proposals for works of art and creative projects to be on display at the SU Gallery during the conference. Unfortunately we cannot pay the cost of transport for these works.
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