James E. Block

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

    From Scarcity to Emancipation: Renewing the Promise of Post-Industrial Liberation

    James E. Block is professor of Political Science at DePaul University (Chicago, USA ). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Committee on Social Thought, J.D. from New York University, and M.A., History of Ideas, from the University of Sussex. He also studied at Columbia University in a joint program with Wolfson College, Oxford.
    James Block’s interests include Critical Theory, Political Theory, American Political Culture, American Cultural History, and Anglo-American Religious Thought. He contributes to journals of opinion, the New York Times and Huffington Post. He also writes for History News Network and other websites and publications as well as lecturing on contemporary culture and politics.

    Selected publications:

    James E. Block, A Nation of Agents. The American Path to a Modern Self and Society, Harvard University Press, 2002
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    James E. Block, The Radical Present: The Psychopolitics of Transformation in Marcuse’, in Harry F. Dahms (ed.), No Social Science without Critical Theory, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Vol. 25, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2008
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    James E. Block, The Crucible of Consent: American Child Rearing and the Forging of a Modern Nation, Harvard University Press, 2012
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    James E. Block, ‘Beyond the Infinite Loop? Subjectivity in the Age of the Copy’, in Russell Cobb (ed.), The Paradox of Authenticity in a Globalized World, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
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