Call for Papers

The Legacy of Georg Lukács: An International Conference

26th Feb 2017

The Legacy of Georg Lukács: An International Conference

Budapest, Hungary

To be held from 27th to the 29th of April 2017



The work of Georg Lukács shaped many of the central debates of twentieth-century thought, from politics to philosophy and aesthetics.  His ideas once stood at the very center of the historical and ideological conflicts of twentieth century.  A progenitor of critical theory, philosopher of extraordinary originality and intellectual power, and a controversial aesthetician and literary critic, Lukács’ work still possesses relevance to our current debates and ideas. Central to his work was a deepening of a humanistic critique of capitalism 


With the collapse of communism, the weakening of the influence of Marxism and the emergence and proliferation of postmodern culture, the conditions of reception of the legacy of Lukács have changed significantly.  This has only been accentuated by the attacks against his person and his work, as lastly by the announcement of the closing down of the Lukács Archives in Budapest.


This international conference will seek to examine, expand, and explore Lukács’ ideas and their continued relevance for contemporary thought. How do Lukács’ ideas retain their salience and importance amid current philosophical and theoretical debates no less than the global dominance of capitalist culture that he so decisively critiqued?


We would like to raise the question of the contemporary validity of Lukács’ legacy: which aspects of his thought can be regarded as leading ideas for us in philosophy, aesthetics, literary history, the human sciences in general, but not least in politics?  How do his central ideas help make sense of a globalized world shot through with commodification, consumerism, political defeatism and the emergence of irrational tendencies in politics, left and right? 


These are some of the questions and themes that this conference, to be held in Budapest in the spring of 2017, proposes to discuss.


We invite abstracts for individual papers as well as whole panels for this conference to be held April 27-29 2017. Themes and topics are open, but should focus on the continued salience and importance of Lukács’ ideas and work for contemporary debates in the social sciences, philosophy, politics, and literature and the humanities. Papers should be prepared for 15-20 minute presentation. Please send any abstracts and/or panel proposals to the conference organizers below. The deadline for submission will be February 28 2017 but will also be taken after this date. 


1. To submit a paper, please include:




Title of paper



2. To submit a panel proposal, please include:


Title and Description of Panel

Names and Affiliations of presenters

Abstract for each paper


Please send your submissions to:


Janos Kelemen:

Michael J. Thompson: