The sixth Symposium on New Directions in Critical Social Theory, “The Threshold of Capitalism: Shakespeare, Goethe and Critical Social Theory,” will take place Oct. 6-7, 2017, at J.B. McHose House, 921 Fifth St. in Boone, Iowa.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. All sessions are open to the public and are structured as workshops that begin with a presentation by the author followed by critiques, comments, and discussion.

Organizer: Dan Krier, Associate Professor, Sociology,

Schedule of Events

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

8:30-10 a.m. | Session 1: Islands in the Sun: Cosmology in Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the Western Imaginary

James Block, Professor, Political Science, DePaul University

10:15-11:45 a.m. | Session 2: Circus Maximus: The Quest for Eccentricity in Goethe’s Faust

Mark P. Worrell, Professor, Sociology, SUNY-Cortland

Noon-1:15 p.m. | Session 3: Goethe – Kafka: the Poetry of Administration

Kevin S. Amidon, Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures-German, Iowa State University

1:30-3:15 p.m. | Session 4: Caravaggio’s Theater

David N. Smith, Professor, Sociology, University of Kansas

3:30-4:45 p.m. | Session 5: The Poverty of “Shakespearean Politics”

Tony Smith, Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Iowa State University

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017

8:45-10:30 a.m. | Session 6: Rising Critical Theorists

 Modernity and Infinity Disease: Goethe’s Faust and Sorrows of Young Werther

  Chris Altamura, Sociology, University of Kansas

 Socio-poetics in the Works of Shakespeare

  Thomas F. Bechtold, Sociology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 Hamlet’s Father: Modernity, Tradition, and Hauntology

  Lukas Szrot, Sociology, University of Kansas

10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Session 7: Ignoring Goethe’s Faust: A Critical-Theoretical Perspective on American Ideology

Harry Dahms, Professor, Sociology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

12:30-2 p.m. | Session 8 (lunch catered by Café): Shakespeare’s Plays of Deranged Authority: King John, Richard II, Richard III

Dan Krier, Associate Professor, Sociology, Iowa State University