Call for Papers


     International Herbert Marcuse Society 


Ninth Biennial Conference 

Arizona State University,
Tempe, Arizona, USA

October 7-10, 2021


The conference theme is centered around Marcuse’s theorization of technological rationality, broadly construed. We anticipate 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. 

We welcome participation from Marcusean scholars and activists alike and welcome paper contributions from graduate students, early-career faculty, and senior faculty members from all disciplines. Look out for forthcoming information about conference registration and abstract submissions. 

What can you do to plan ahead for the conference? Consider submitting a dictionary entry to the forthcoming Marcuse dictionary: Making Sense of Marcuse: A Critical Scholar's Companion. For more information about the dictionary, please review this flyer

If you begin to make travel arrangements an invitation letter is available here for attendees; for those unable to travel, accommodations for remote participation will be available. 

To stay up to date on conference announcements and further IHMS information, please sign up for the IHMS 2021 listserv here or send an email to the following address:

If you have any questions, please contact

We look forward to seeing you in the fall! 

Taylor Hines, Nicole Mayberry, and Robert Kirsch

IHMS Conference Organizers

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