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Thursday, December 9, 2010

2nd Call for Papers: VIII Annual Social Theory Forum


Dear Colleague,

We invite you to present a paper at the exciting Social Theory Forum
coming up at the University of Massachusetts, Boston in April 2011.
Scholars from the United States, Canada and around the world gather at
this prestigious, international conference that creatively explores,
develops, promotes and publishes cross-disciplinary social theory in
an applied and critical framework.

We seek thoughtful presentations on contemporary social theory.


Please send a one-page abstract or proposal as an email attachment (MS
Word Format) to Conference Organizersâ€"Professors Jorge Capetillo and
Glenn Jacobsâ€"at

A book will be published consisting of a collection of papers
presented at the conference (details below).

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 23, 2010 (two
weeks from now and two days before Christmas). This will facilitate
planning of the conferenceâ€"as well as of the publication that will be
based on the papers.

This is a wonderful opportunity to visit Bostonâ€"and to participate in
an exciting meeting exploring contemporary social theory. We look
forward to seeing you there.

With regards,
Hugh Galford, Marketing Director
Library of Social Science

P. S. For information on A Foucault for the 21st Century:
Governmentality, Biopolitics and Discipline in the New Millenniumâ€"a
volume based on an papers presented at an earlier Social Theory
Forumâ€"please click here

Call for Papers

University of Massachusetts Boston
April 13 and 14, 2011

Italian Social Theory: from
Antonio Gramsci to Giorgio Agamben

Organizing Committee

Jorge Capetillo, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology, University of
Massachusetts Boston

Spencer M. DiScala, Ph.D. Professor of History, University of
Massachusetts Boston

Glenn Jacobs, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology, University of
Massachusetts Boston

Charles Lemert, Ph.D. John E Andrus Professor of Sociology, Wesleyan

Siamak Movahedi, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology, University of
Massachusetts Boston

Alessandro Orsini, Ph.D. Professor of Political Sociology, University
of Rome "Tor Vergata".

Kalpana Seshadri, Ph.D. Associate Professor of English, Boston College

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 research.

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 Organizersâ€"Professors Jorge Capetillo and Glenn Jacobsâ€"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 theory.

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 practices;
* 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.


Correspondence address
Attn.: Social Theory Forum
Department of Sociology
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125 <>

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