Copies of the work-in-progress can be requested from Stacie Hanneman, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Social Theory and American Literature and Cultures workshops, in collaboration with
Exile on Mainstreet: Fascism, Emigration, and the European Imagination in America, presents:
A workshop and discussion with Shannon Mariotti, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Southwestern University, and author of Thoreau’s Democratic Withdrawal: Alienation, Participation, and Modernity (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010)
Please join us Thursday, November 10th at 4:30pm in Social Sciences 401, where we will be discussing Professor Mariotti’s paper, entitled “Adorno on American Democracy: Countertendencies, Immanent Critique, and Democratic Pedagogy,” a chapter from her present book project:
Adorno on Democracy in America
“This project explores the American roots and contemporary relevance of the German critical social theorist Theodor W. Adorno’s critique of existing democracy as well as his normative ideal of democracy. Illuminating how Adorno’s thoughts reflect the context of their genesis, I also show how his theory can inform and guide contemporary democratic politics. Drawing from newly published essays, radio addresses, and lectures that Adorno originally composed in English during his time in the U.S., my manuscript revises the traditional understanding of Adorno as a high modernist aesthete, a cultural elitist, and a notoriously inaccessible theorist. I show how Adorno’s project is deeply democratic at its core while also exploring moments where he speaks in a different register, to the demos that lies at the heart of his theoretical concerns. Writing about democracy in America, in English, while in the U.S., Adorno translates and introduces his ideas to a broader public in ways that reflect a desire to understand and inform the problems and possibilities of democracy as they are enacted at the level of the everyday customs, conventions, and habits of citizens. Reframing our image of Adorno in the process of drawing out the lessons of these newly available writings composed in the U.S., I also use Adorno’s thought to intervene in, and inform, key debates in contemporary American democratic theory and practice: Adorno’s unconventional perspectives can revitalize our democratic politics, add conceptual rigor to democratic theory, and remind us of the normative promise that used to attach more closely to the concept of ‘democracy.’”
A copy of the paper is now available. Please email Stacie Hanneman, email@example.com
More information on the conference is available here: http:exileonmainstreetconference.blogspot.com
The next meeting of the Social Theory Workshop will take place this coming Monday, May 16 at 8pm in Wilder House. We will be discussing a paper by Lauren Coyle (Anthropology) entitled, “The Spiritless Rose in the Cross of the Present: Retracing Hegel in Adorno’s Negative Dialectics and Related Lectures.”
The paper is available from Stacie Hanneman firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you there.
Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance, please call Stacie Hanneman in advance at 773-330-1130.
The Social Theory Workshop welcomes Chris Cutrone (History of Culture), who will present on “Adorno’s Marxism: On Theory and Practice, Lenin and Luxemburg in 1917 and Lukacs and Korsch in 1923.” The meeting will be held in Wilder House (5811 S. Kenwood Ave.) on Monday 22 February 2010 at 8:00 pm.
Members of the workshop will receive the paper automatically. Others who would like a copy should contact Robin Bates (email@example.com).