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The Concept of Ideology in Critical Theory

  • July 16, 2018
  • 7:00 pm » 9:00 pm
  • Jakob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, Auditorium

The concept of ideology played a crucial role in explaining the stability of domination at a time when capitalism’s inherent contradictions seemed ripe for it to be overcome. The idea of “false consciousness”, so central to the theorizing of the first generation of Frankfurt School thinkers, resonates with a range of ideas across various strands …

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Ideology: Résumé & Future Perspectives

  • July 20, 2018
  • 5:00 pm » 7:00 pm
  • Humboldt University Berlin, R. 2249 a

This round-table marked the conclusion of the 2018 Critical Theory Summer School on Ideology. It attempted to summarize some strands of the discussions pursued throughout the week and asked specifically about what new directions and impulses should guide ideology critique. Do we need a more comprehensive framework for unifying various analyses, for instance within a …

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Critical Theory and the urge for progress

  • July 17, 2017
  • 6:30 pm
  • Humboldt University Berlin, Grimm Auditorium,

The opening panel of the 2017 Critical Theory Summer School was devoted to the role of progress in Critical Theory. Understood as a kind of learning process or even the trajectory of history overall, progress has played a central role in Critical Theory from the beginning. At the same time, it has been regarded as …

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The dynamics of social change

  • July 20, 2017
  • 6:30 pm
  • Humboldt University Berlin, Grimm Auditorium,

If we take seriously that progress is not just a random improvement but comes about in historical processes, the question of how social change is theorized moves center stage. Is there such a thing as logics of history? Which social theory can best account for transformation?  Is there a type of dynamics specific to progress, …

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Progress and regression

  • July 21, 2017
  • 6:30 pm
  • Humboldt University Berlin, UL 6 R. 2249 a,

This panel served as the wrap-up for the 2017 Critical Theory Summer School. Alice Crary and Anna Katsman opened the discussion with their reports on the week’s discussions, afterwards core questions and debates were revisited by Hauke Brunkhorst, Rahel Jaeggi, Alessandro Pinzani and Martin Saar.

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Maeve Cooke: Forever Resistant? Adorno and Political Protest

  • June 22, 2017
  • 6:00 pm » 9:00 pm
  • Humboldt University of Berlin, UL 6, R. 2097

While Max Horkheimer defined Critical Theory as the intellectual side of political struggles, Theodor Adorno is notorious for his skepticism vis-a-vis political action, most pronounced in his uneasy relation to the ’68 students movement. Maeve Cooke traces this back to a problematic conception of the (dis-)connection between theory and practice in Adorno’s philosophy. Against what …

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