Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Call for Papers

9th International Critical Theory Conference of Rome



May 5-7, 2016

John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago


The John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago is hosting the 9th international conference on Critical Theory of Rome, which will be held at its campus in Rome, Italy – Via Massimi 114/A.

The conference will examine the importance and the developments of the Frankfurt School by addressing both the philosophical tradition of the early stages of Critical Theory – and in particular the works of Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse – as well as the application of their theories to our contemporary society. The conference will also address the second and third generation of critical theorists, welcoming, among others, papers on Habermas and Honneth.

In order to reflect the wide range of topics addressed by Critical Theory, the conference will cover different aspects of philosophical reflection on justice, politics, aesthetics, sociology, theology, technology, literature and any other relevant field of study.

The conference will be held at the Rome Center of Loyola University Chicago on May 5-7, 2016.  It will begin on Thursday morning and end by Saturday afternoon (with a welcoming reception on the evening of Wednesday, May 4).  During the sessions, each speaker will have 30 minutes (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 for discussion). All presentations will be made in English. We expect to have about 120 speakers.


Coordinator: Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, Loyola University Chicago, JFRC


Keynote speakers:

Deborah Cook, University of Windsor

Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Vanderbilt University

Andrew Feenberg, Simon Fraser University

Graeme Gilloch, Lancaster University

David Ingram, Loyola University Chicago

Stefano Petrucciani, University of Rome, La Sapienza


If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel (of up to 6 speakers), please submit a 1-2 page abstract by February 29, 2016 (including name, eventual institutional affiliation and mailing address).  Abstracts should be submitted by email.  Decisions regarding the program will be made by March 2016.

To submit an abstract, or for more information, contact:

Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi, PhD – sgiacch@luc.edu

Conference fees: Unwaged: 90 Euro; Waged: 130 Euro. (Fees include also the reception of May 4, and breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks throughout the conference).


Sponsored by the John Felice Rome Center and the Philosophy Department of Loyola University Chicago