The Fourth Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again


13 – 14 November 2015

Palazzo Bernardini, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy



Deadline for Paper Proposals: 5 October 2015


Keynote Speaker: James E. Block (DePaul University, Chicago, USA)

Conference Description:
Some say that the 21st Century or modernity altogether made humans more concerned with doing rather than being. As the classical Greek civilization valued most the reflexive thinking as a form of freedom from natural necessities, contemporary times profoundly involve individuals and the imaginary accompanying social practices in a restless logic of consumption, competition and engagement that profoundly – or some would say, radically – suspends or indefinitely postpones the autonomous capacity of human beings to question and reflect upon the social order and the meaning of social practices. The fast advancement of a peculiar logic of post-industrial societies, the gradual dissolution of alternative models to the capitalist logic and a multitude of other alerting factors pushed ahead a global spread culture of one-dimensional productions of meaning that advances a closure rather than a constant reflexive re-evaluation of cultural and social practices.
The Fourth Euroacademia Global Forum of Critical Studies aims to bring into an open floor the reflexive and questioning interaction among academics, intellectuals, practitioners and activists profoundly concerned with evaluative understandings of the world we’re living in. The focus of the forum is to initiate an arena where no question is misplaced and irrelevant as long as we acknowledge that evaluation, critical thinking and contestation are accessible trajectories to better understand our past, present and alternative scenarios for the future. The Forum is also an open stage for sharing existing or ready formed intellectual visions and expose them to dialogue and scrutiny in a critically reflective environment.

New Panels


Philosophy, Autonomy and Culture
Theory and Praxis: Bridging the Gap in Critical Theory
Marxism Reloaded or Philosophy in Times of Poverty
The Eurozone Crisis. Transformative Impact on the European Project and Model(s) of Capitalism
Art History and Representations of Identity
Performing Identity: The Relationship between Identity and Performance in Literature, Theater and the Performing Arts
Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction
The Sequential Art: Comics as a Cultural Nexus


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