Social Theory Forum

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We wish to draw your attention to a dynamic conference coming up at the
University of Massachusetts, Boston in April 2011—seeking papers on
all aspects of contemporary social theory.

The Social Theory Forum is an annual international conference that
creatively explores, develops, promotes and publishes cross-disciplinary
social theory in an applied and critical framework.


Please send a one-page abstract or proposal as an email attachment (MS
Word Format) to Conference Organizers—Professors Jorge Capetillo and
Glenn Jacobs—at

The deadline is January 15, 2010. However, we know that scholars often
send proposals a few days before the deadline. We would be grateful,
therefore, if you can send your proposal by December 22, 2010 (three
days before Christmas). This will facilitate planning of the
conference—as well as of the publication that will be based on the

This is a wonderful opportunity to visit Boston—and to participate in
an exciting meeting exploring contemporary social theory.

With regards,
Hugh Galford,
Marketing Director
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Call for Papers: The VIII Annual SOCIAL THEORY FORUM
University of Massachusetts Boston • April 13 and 14, 2011
Italian Social Theory: from Antonio Gramsci to Giorgio Agamben


The Social Theory Forum cordially invites the submission of papers and
proposals for its 8th annual meeting, to be held April 13-14, 2011 at
the University of Massachusetts Boston. The theme of the conference is:
Italian Social Theory from Antonio Gramsci to Giorgio Agamben. We invite
proposals addressing the span of modern Italian social theory, including
but not limited to thinkers such as Galvano Della Volpe, Norberto
Bobbio, Paolo Virno, Giovanni Arrighi, Antonio Negri, and Umberto Eco.

Relevant themes may include: hegemony, culture wars, neo-Gramscianism
and international relations, globalization, shifts in global capitalism;
biopolitics, homo sacer, immigration, ethnicity and the war on terror,
resistance, state sovereignty and power, nationalism, propaganda and
agitation, Negri’s theory of “exodus”; technology experience,
social media, digital labor, and Agamben’s “bare life.”

Conference organizers also welcome topics bearing on the relevance of
Italian Social Thought for the understanding of cultural studies,
semiotics, textual analysis, linguistics, structuralism, psychoanalysis,
and literary criticism in contemporary scholarship and scientific

The conference will feature both invited and submitted papers and
presentations, as well as audiovisual materials. Please send a one-page
abstract or proposals as email attachment (MS Word Format) to Conference
Organizers—Professors Jorge Capetillo and Glenn Jacobs—at

Upon selection and notification of approval by the organizing committee,
submitters must send completed presentation paper manuscripts (12-15
pages, preferably in ASA format) by March 15, 2011.

We are in the process of securing a publishing venue for selected
papers. Papers will be anonymously peer-reviewed for possible
publication. Details will be announced prior to the conference.


About the Social Theory Forum
Department of Sociology
University of Massachusetts Boston


Histories of sociology describe how the discipline formed through
nineteenth century struggles to understand the combined upheavals of
socio-political revolutions and global expansion of the industrial
revolution. These events radically altered established orders and posed
questions that remain with us today: class, race, gender, and processes
of social change, among others. The twentieth century brought even more
tumultuous change, bringing with it great implications for social

The Social Theory Forum (STF) is an annual international conference
organized jointly by the sociology and other departments, interested
faculty and students at University of Massachusetts Boston, in order to
creatively explore, develop, promote, and publish cross-disciplinary
social theory in an applied and critical framework. STF offers faculty
and students of UMass Boston and other national and international
colleges and universities an interactive medium to discuss various
aspects of the way in which particular theoretical traditions can be
relevant to present everyday issues, as well as to the current state and
the future of social theory.

STF’s goals are:

To critically engage with and evaluate classical and contemporary social
theories in a cross-disciplinary and comparative cross-cultural
framework in order to develop new integrative theoretical structures and

To foster individual and collective self-reflexivity in exploring social
theories in global and world-historical contexts to aid people
effectively address social problems;

To foster an interactive and dialogical learning experience and research
in theory within and across faculty, students, and community divides on
and off campus; and

To foster exchange of ideas open to constructive and integrative
exploration of diverse and conflicting viewpoints, modes of thinking,
and world-views.

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