The Adorno online roundtable was on June 29, with participants Rudolf Siebert, Vladimir Puzone, Will Sipling, Jeremiah Morelock, and Jeet Bhattacharya. The session was recorded and edited into 3 videos that are now up on youtube. Link to them below:
- Jeremiah Morelock, “Authoritarian Populism contra Bildung: What Would Adorno Say?”
- Will Sipling, “Bernays, Horkheimer, and Adorno: Theory in the Age of Social Media”
- Vladimir Puzone, “Tendencies and Countertendencies”
- Rudolf Siebert, “Notes on Reason and Revelation”
Jeremiah Morelock teaches in the department of sociology at Boston college, and directs the Critical Theory Research Network. He is editor of Critical Theory and Authoritarian Populism (UWP 2018), and, with Felipe Ziotti Narita, author of O Problema do Populismo (Paco 2019). His presentation here is taken from his article “Authoritarian Populism contra Bildung: Anti-Intellectualism and the Neoliberal Assault on the Liberal Arts” in Cadernos CIMEAC 7(2), 2017, published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial No Derivates 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
Will Sipling is a Catholic Studies Scholar fellow, graduate assistant, and MA student at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). His current research interests include social theory in the Frankfurt School tradition, Anglo-Saxon/English religious history, and interreligious dialogue.
Vladimir Puzone, Post-Doc Fellow at the University of Brasília, co-editor (with Luis Felipe Miguel) of The Brazilian Left in the 21st Century: Conflict and Conciliation in Peripheral Capitalism (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019).
Rudolf J. Siebert was born in Frankfurt a.M., Germany. He studied history, philology, philosophy, sociology, psychoanalysis, and theology at the University of Frankfurt a.M., the University of Mainz, the University of Munster, and the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. from 1947 – 1955. Professor Siebert has taught, lectured, and published widely in Western and Eastern Europe, the United States, and Canada. He is a professor of Religion and Society in the Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He is the director of the Center for Humanistic Future Studies at Western Michigan University since 1980, the director of the international course on the “Future of Religion” in the Inter-University Center for Post-Graduate Studies in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia / Croatia since 1975, and the international course on “Religion and Civil Society” in Yalta, Crimea, and Ukraine since 1999. The Inter-University Center is sponsored by the University of Simferopol, Simferopol, Ukraine, and Western Michigan University. Professor Siebert’s main works are The Critical Theory of Religion: https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/10978Frankfurt School, and From Critical Theory to Critical Political Theology: Personal Autonomy and Universal Solidarity. From 1955 to the present, Professor Siebert has developed the critical or dialectical theory of religion out of the critical theory of society, from the endeavors of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Frankfurt, globally known as the “Frankfurt School,” and in continual discourse with sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, economists, philosophers, religiologists, and theologians from the United States, Canada, England, Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Yugoslavia / Croatia, Israel, and Columbia. The dialectical theory of religion emphasizes the three global alternative futures of society: Future I – the totally administered society; Future II – the entirely militarized society; and Future III – the reconciled society. It stresses the three global alternative futures of religion: Future I – religious fundamentalism; Future II – total secularization; Future III – the open dialectic between the religious and the secular aiming at a post-modern reconciliation between a reformed religion and a transformed secular enlightenment.