2021 Conference




October 7-10, 2021 

Arizona State University 

Tempe, AZ 

In-person, virtual and hybrid modalities available


This professional and scholarly gathering will feature presentations by an international community of Marcusean scholars, students, and activists as well as critical theorists from a variety of disciplines. We invite scholars from all disciplines and career pathways to contribute—graduate students, early career/contract faculty, and senior/established scholars to the meeting.

The conference theme is centered around Marcuse’s theorization of technological rationality, broadly construed. We encourage an expansive approach to this theme with a wide range of papers, from neoliberal authoritarianism to psychoanalytic theory, and from one-dimensionality to utopian imagining. Technological rationality is a unique theoretical touchstone to Marcusean thought as it provides the basis not only for the external means of production and how it shapes social relations, but how it explains the stabilizing social forces that register at the level of thought and subjectification.

If you have any questions, please contact ihms.2021.asu@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you in the fall! 

Taylor Hines, Nicole Mayberry, and Robert Kirsch

IHMS Conference Organizers

Prepare and submit your abstract here (250-500) words
by July 5, 2021 for consideration. 

International Herbert Marcuse Society

Ninth Biennial Conference 
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona, USA
(near Phoenix)

October 7-10, 2021

New Publication

A book of five previously unpublished lectures by Herbert Marcuse was distributed at the 2017 Marcuse Society conference at York University in Toronto, Canada: Herbert Marcuse, Transvaluation of Values and Radical Social Change: Five New Lectures, 1966-1976, edited by Peter-Erwin Jansen, Sarah Surak and Charles Reitz; introduction by Terry Maley; commentary by Andrew Feenberg. Available for sale.