"Over the past decade,
social theory has re-energized contemporary social science and humanistic thought in a
variety of areas."
-- Wolfgang Natter,
director of the
on Social Theory
5, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.)
first meeting of the International Consortium of Social Theory will be hosted by the UK
Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky Thursday through Sunday, May
from England, Germany, Sweden, Australia, Canada and throughout the United States will
gather in the Bluegrass to assess the present and plan the future of this new field of
the past decade, social theory has re-energized contemporary social science and humanistic
thought in a variety of areas. In response to a call for papers, the consortium conference
has attracted internationally recognized social theory scholars from the full range of
social sciences and humanities, including geography, political science, history, English,
philosophy, sociology, economics and anthropology, said Wolfgang Natter, director
for the UK Committee on Social Theory.
spring conference offers a forum for work in the field to be presented and discussed and
to foster support for the international social theory community. Issues include present
and future directions of social theoretic research, improvement of scholarly
communications, the place of social theory in the university curriculum and others that
bear on the present and future of social theory as a non-disciplinary-specific endeavor.
include some of the best-known names in the field, such as Teresa Brennan, Antonio
Callari, Julie Graham, Hans Koegler, Richard Koenigsberg, Tim Luke, Bill Martin, Mark
Poster, David Ruccio, Alan Sica, Neil Smith, Ed Soja, Giti Thadani and Steve Turner.
Editors of social theory publications, including Critical
Horizons, Cultural Dynamics, disClosure, Thesis Eleven, Rethinking Marxism and Anthropological Theory, will also participate.
theory explores questions about the composition, structure and development of social
phenomena and the comprehension of social affairs. Today, it is one of the most
significant and fastest growing arenas in the humanities and social sciences.
the topics addressed by social theory are nature and society; democracy and citizenship;
technology and information; the political economy of community; concepts of childhood; the
social constitution of individuals; the nature of the political; sex and sexuality, the
space and time of social formations, and the structures of agency, said Natter. The UK conference will include sessions on these
and other topics.
University of Kentucky's Committee on Social Theory was formed in 1989 to facilitate
multidisciplinary teaching and research. Underlying the initiative was the realization
that, because many social theoretical issues go beyond established disciplinary
boundaries, they are best studied in a multidisciplinary framework.
its founding, the committee has been especially involved in building bridges through
theory between the humanities and social sciences, said Natter.
Committee on Social Theory includes more than 40 faculty members representing 14
departments and five schools.
more detailed information about the conference, including a complete list of presenters
and their topics, click here or
contact Wolfgang Natter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
include the University of Kentucky Committee on Social Theory, UK College of Arts &
Sciences, UK Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies and the International
Consortium of Social Theory. Subsidized
conference registration for University of Kentucky faculty is $15, $10
for students and staff.