Call for papers and Autumn Schedule

We now have an Autumn schedule that is nearly complete but we are also soliciting for presenters for Winter and Spring (We still have one session available in Autumn too!).

Those interested in presenting for the 2013-14 academic year should send an off-list email to Fabian Arzuaga, who will continue as coordinator next year. He can be reached at: arzuaga [“at” sign] In your email please indicate a preferred quarter or month to present and provide an indication of what sort of material you would be presenting (conference paper, dissertation chapter, dissertation proposal, journal article, book chapter manuscript, etc.).

We are soliciting proposals of work that explore issues in social theory across a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.  The emphasis is less on developing social theory than on exploring in a sustained fashion the social theoretical implications of the participants’ work.  Themes to be addressed are likely to include the relationship between social and cultural transformations; the meaning, practices, and structures of work;  questions of the public sphere, civil society, and democracy; the relations between modernist and postmodernist forms of social theory;  the relation between colonialism and the global expansion of capital,and conceptual issues posed by globalization.

We look forward to seeing you all in the coming year.

Autumn 2013 Schedule:

The following workshops will be held on Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm. All papers will be distributed one week in advance of the workshops via the Social Theory Workshop list serv. To join this list serv go to: and search for “Social Theory.” All events will take place at 6pm in Wilder House (5811 S. Kenwood Ave).

Oct 31:
Bob Reamer: “Hayek, Tradition, and the Abolition of Society”
Doctoral student
Department of Political Science
University of Chicago

Nov 7:
Sergio Lemus, “Color Inspections” and the Predicaments of Racism: The Use of Border Theory to Ethnographically Document Color Hierarchies among Mexicans in South Chicago”
Doctoral Candidate,
Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nov 14:
Atiya Khan, “The Fragmentation of Leftist Politics in Pakistan: The Last Vestiges of the Legacy of the Old Left, 1948-1952”
Doctoral Candidate
Department of History
University of Chicago

Dec 5:
Michelle Yates “Ecological Crisis and the Capitalist Accumulation of Waste”
Assistant Professor, Cultural Studies Program
Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences
Columbia College, Chicago

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