8th Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again


24 – 25 January 2020

Venice, Italy


Keynote Workshop:

Why the “Big Questions”: Exchanging Perspectives
James 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 8th Euroacademia Global Forum of Critical Studies aims to bring into an open floor the reflexive and questioning interaction among academics, intellectuals, practitioners, artists 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. The 8th edition of the forum aims to become a creative meeting point for all the critical studies perspectives coming from intellectuals, academics, performing artists, change makers and idea shapers.

Conference Panels

Philosophy and Critical Thinking: Bridging the Gap between Critical Theory and Social Praxis by Revisiting Turning Points of Reflection from Kant to Marx, Nietzsche and Phenomenology
Art as Cultural Diplomacy and Legacy: Critical Assessments of Politicized Representations, Cultural Influence, Performative Memorialization, Heritage and Identity Making through Arts
Performing Identities and Feminist Epistemologies: Performativity of the Body, Gender, and Sexuality and the Relationship between Identity and Performance in Cultural Movements, Art History, Literature, and Film
Identity and the City: Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction
Piety, Fictionality, Identity, Unpredictability and the Self in Literary Narratives and Critical Art History
Critical Contemporary Politics and Economics: From Critical Discourse Analysis to Experiments in Identity, Inequality and Scenarios on the Future of Political and Economic Projects of Europeanization
Politics of Europeanization from Community Making to the Eurozone Crisis: Readings of the Past and Scenarios for the Future


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