Affiliated Programs


In addition to sponsoring a biennial conference, the International Herbert Marcuse Society co-sponsors other conferences, meetings, programs, and events throughout the world.

Social Justice Research Academy / University of Pennsylvania / July 2012

Critical Theory Symposium / University of Liverpool and University of Roehamption / June 2012

In affiliation with  the International Herbert Marcuse Society,
the University of Liverpool and the University of Roehampton (London)
on 18 June and 21 June 2012.


Critical theories of 'social representation and reality'

A symposium that will be of interest to researchers, students and professional practitioners who are engaged with or use critical approaches in their work.

   The multiple and proliferating streams of Critical Theory continue to enrich scholarly and research fields in the humanities and political sciences. In the fields of education theory to media analysis, from cultural theory to theories of ‘the city’, from aesthetics to theories of the law critical theorists continue to employ perspectives and approaches that challenge, provoke and subvert the standard clichés and tropes of empirical sociology and positivism in the humanities and political sciences.

At this symposium we will hear papers presented by four scholars whose work questions and exposes the power dynamics and hidden conflicts that underlie and structure our social realities. Each in their different ways explore the myriad meanings of ‘representation’ in our culture. Alex Callinicos (King’s College London) explores Marx’s critique of political economy; Penny Burke (Paulo Friere Institue, Roehampton) interrogates the British widening participation agenda with a ‘critical eye’; Catalina Montoya (Javeriana University, Bogota) explores the changing role of the media in Colombian civil society using Chomsky’s ‘propaganda model’; and Mark O’Brien (Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Liverpool) considers the deceptions of language in the policy rhetoric of the UK Coalition Government.

All critically-inclined researchers, students and professional practitioners are invited to this symposium. A collaboration between the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Liverpool and the Paulo Friere Institute at the University of Roehampton, this two-part symposium is organised in association with the International Herbert Marcuse Society.

The above event  takes place at the University of Liverpool on Monday, 18 June 2012.


The second event takes place at the University of Roehampton [Portrait Room, Grove House, Froebel College] on Thursday, 21 June 2012.    

> Race, gender, religion and ‘embodied intersectionality’ in the lives of Muslim women in Britain.  Speaker: Professor Heidi Safia Mirza, Equalities Studies in Education (Institute of Education, University of London)

>The Right to Higher Education: Reconceptualising widening participation.  Speaker: Professor Penny Jane Burke, Director of CEREPP and Founder and Director of LPFI (University of Roehampton)

>Civil Society Organizations radio and internet projects for democracy and human rights in Colombia: Any room for the propaganda model? Speaker: Dr. Catalina Montoya, Assistant Lecturer on Political Communication (Javeriana University)

>Marcuse and the language of power: the unfair discourse of ‘fairness’ in the Coalition Governments’ policy presentation.  Speaker: Dr. Mark O’Brien, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Lifelong Learning (University of Liverpool)

(See the pdf at the bottom of this page for more information.)

Conference Organizer:
Mark O'Brien, University of Liverpool

Andrew Lamas,
Oct 10, 2012, 7:08 PM