Call for Papers — Social Theory Workshop 2015-16

The Social Theory Workshop is pleased to announce its 2015-16 Call for Papers

Funded by the Council on Advanced Studies at the University of Chicago, the Social Theory Workshop provides a forum primarily for MA and PhD students (although post-docs and faculty are also regular participants) to present their works-in-progress and to engage with others also interested in social theory in a collegial yet intellectually rigorous casual setting. Our workshop is interdisciplinary with past participants coming from the humanities, anthropology, history, sociology, and political science, and their work represents a wide range of geographical areas and historical periods.

We are currently accepting workshop paper proposals for 2015-16 with a priority for those interested in presenting during Autumn Quarter (October through December) although those interested in presenting during the Winter and Spring will also be considered. Please send a short abstract or brief description along with a tentative title of your paper to Arzuaga {at) uchicago {period) edu by Friday September 4. If your proposal is accepted, your paper will be due one week prior to your specific workshop date. We ask that papers take the form of unfinished and/or unpublished works-in-progress. Forms of typical workshop papers include dissertation chapters, drafts of journal articles or book chapters, MA theses, and dissertation proposals.

In past years, our conversations at the workshop have addressed topics that include:

— the relation between social and cultural transformations;
— the politics of work and time;
— feminism and contemporary capitalism;
— the changing nature of global finance and financial crisis;
— mass unemployment and the automation of production;
— varieties of historical and contemporary religious, nationalist, and socialist political and social movements;
— contemporary trends in global immigration;
— social theories of race and ethnicity;
— the relation between colonialism and the global expansion of capital,
— and, conceptual issues posed by neoliberalism.

The workshop will be scheduled from 6-8pm on alternate Thursdays at the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT) (Wilder House, 5811 S Kenwood Ave) with light food and refreshments. Papers are distributed in advance via our mailing list. To subscribe, visit

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