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CRPLA Symposium - Critical Theory in the Digital Age

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Location: S2.77 (the Cowling Room)

Critical Theory in the Digital Age

Friday 8 March 2024, 1 pm – 5 pm, S2.77 (Cowling Room), Social Sciences Building, and on MS Teams

Ever since its beginnings, Critical Theory has been concerned with the constitution of human subjectivity. Its proponents have understood this constitution as a process between individuals and society that changes historically. In this symposium, we will explore how social imperatives today form and deform human faculties – sensually and intellectually – and critically investigate the extent to which the work of early Frankfurt School theorists (Adorno, Marcuse, Benjamin, and others) enables us to shed light on these contemporary processes.


1 – 1.50 pm

Alexandra Schauer (Institute for Social Research, Goethe University, Frankfurt):

‘Man without a World: On the Disappearance of the Idea of Social Agency’

2 – 2.50 pm

Lars Rensmann (University of Passau):

‘On the Politics of Unreason in the Digital Age: Reading Social Media and Reconfigurations of Authoritarianism with Adorno’




3.10 – 4 pm

Sebastian Tränkle (Free University, Berlin):

‘Deformation or Perfection. On the Dialectic of Aesthetic Self-Formation’

4.10 – 5 pm

Antonia Hofstätter (University of Warwick):

‘Atrophied Images: Childhood as Critique in T.W. Adorno’

 Please join us in person or on MS Teams (use this link).

This event is co-organised by the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts and the Warwick Workshop for Interdisciplinary German Studies

Contact: Antonia Hofstätter ( or Christine Achinger (

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