Social Theory Workshop

For over 20 years, this workshop has explored 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; questions of the public sphere, civil society, and democracy; the relations between modernist and postmodernist forms of social theory; and conceptual issues posed by globalization.

The workshop meets alternate Thursday evenings at 6 PM in Wilder House (5811 South Kenwood Avenue).

Following the success of the 2011 conference of past and current Social Theory Workshop participants, its student and faculty organizers launched a University of Chicago Press journal entitled Critical Historical Studies, sponsored by the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT).

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