Brighton and Sussex conference: Critical Theory in (a Time of) Crisis

CAPPE (University of Brighton) and SSPT (University of Sussex)

Critical Theory in (a Time of) Crisis

A two-day postgraduate and early career conference, organised by the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics & Ethics (University of Brighton) and the Research Centre for Studies in Social and Political Thought (University of Sussex)

Sponsored by the Mind Association

Keynote speakers: Michael J. Thompson (author of The Domestication of Critical Theory) and Darrow Schechter (author of Critical Theory in the Twenty-First Century)

5th and 6th November 2019

Room 318b, Grand Parade, University of Brighton

9.00 to 5.30 (both days)


Please contact Tom Bunyard ( or Denis Chevrier-Bosseau ( for further details

Day 1

09.00 – 09.15 – Registration 

09.15 – 11.00 – PANEL 1 

Paul Ingram: The Institutionalization of Adorno and the Viability of Social Pathology. 

Cain Shelley: Freeing Socialism from its Attachment to Marx? Honneth’s Recent Political Turn and its Limits.

Neil Harris: Beyond Domestication: Adorno and the Reanimation of Social Pathology Diagnosis 

11.00 – 11.15: break

11.15 to 13.00 – PANEL 2 

Luke Edmeads: Adorno’s relevance: Non-identity as a Response to Domination in Contemporary Society.

Alena Roth:Re-thinking Social Transformation: Utopian Consciousness within Critical Theory. 

Muhammad Qasim:  An Anticolonial Deficit in Critical Theory and a Need for a De-Colonial Turn in It. 

13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch break 

14.00 – 15.30 – PANEL 3  

Sabrina Muchová: Art and Democracy: Wellmer’s Aesthetic Conception. 

Aikaterini-Maria Lakka: Understanding Intellectuals’ Role in a Time of Crisis. 

15.30 – 15.45: break

15.45 – 17.15 – Keynote 

Prof. Michael J. Thompson (William Paterson University, US): Critique of Crisis of the Crisis of Critique? Rethinking the Project of Critical Theory

Day 2

09.00 – 10.45 – PANEL 4 

Paul Ewart:Capitalist Realism, Popular Critical Theory and New Left Movements.

Roderick Howlett: Reclaiming the Radical Enlightenment: A Response to Post-Truth. 

David Gould:  Critical Theory in a Time of Crisis: What is a Crisis? 

10.45 – 11.00: break

11.00 – 12.45 – PANEL 5 

Ben Cross: Justice, Social Justice, and Critical Theory: Why Activists have got it Right, and Analytic Philosophers have got it Wrong. 

Jacopo Condo’:  Mental Health and the Limits of Procedural Conceptions of Autonomy in Critical Theories. 

Joseph Backhouse-Barber: ‘Making the social play along’: Luhmann’s Recognition of both Subjective and Social Aspects of Experience.

12.45 – 1.45: Lunch break

13.45 – 15.00 – PANEL 6 

Sara Kermanian:  Time and the Politics of International Imaginaries: Rethinking the Impasse of the Derridean Critique of Modern Temporality.

Harrison Lechley-Yuill: Deconstruction: The Proper and Violence.

15.00 – 15.15: break

15.15 – 17.00: Keynote

Prof. Darrow Schecter (University of Sussex): On the sociology of functional differentiation: What kind of dialectics underpin a critical theory of contemporary society’? 

17.00 – 18.45 – Wine Reception with philosophical poetry reading by Emeritus Prof. Christopher Norris (University of Cardiff). 

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