New online seminar: Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Frankfurt School Critical Theory is a famously rich yet challenging body of work; it is also a foundational influence on social ecology. These transdisciplinary thinkers developed penetrating analyses of a wide array of topics, encompassing capitalism, fascism, modernity, reason, science and technology, nature, culture, mass media, aesthetics, the left, and more. 

We are excited to announce a new online seminar on Frankfurt School Critical Theory that will introduce  the core concepts, thinkers, and texts of the tradition, and explore its continued relevance for contemporary political and theoretical questions. Participants will read foundational texts including Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, Adorno’s Negative Dialectics, Herbert Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man, with an eye towards their unique insights into capitalism, imperialism, modernity, culture,  gender, race, and colonialism.

The seminar will begin on Tuesday, February 11, meeting from 12-1:30 pm ET weekly through March 25 (please note that the last session takes place on a Wednesday). 

To enroll or for more info, write us at

Themes and Lecturers:

Unit 1, February 11:      Peter Staudenmaier – What is Critical Theory?

Unit 2, February 18:     Peter Staudenmaier –  Dialectic of Enlightenment

Unit 3, February 25:     Sebastian Tränkle – Adorno’s Negative Dialectics

Unit 4, March 3:             Robert Zwarg – Marcuse, Aesthetics, and the New Left

Unit 5, March 10:          Barbara Umrath – Gender and Critical Theory

Unit 6, March 17:          Marcel Stoetzler – The Radicality of Critical Theory

Unit 7, March 25:          Kolja Linder – Marx, Colonialism and Eurocentrism


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