in Humanities, Social Science, and Social Theory 

University of North Florida (UNF), Office of Faculty Enhancement


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"After Postmodernism"


The Faculty-Seminar “After Postmodernism” is an academic forum created to integrate scholarship of faculty at UNF in an interdisciplinary fashion with recent developments in the humanities, social sciences, and social theory. As a multi-disciplinary research forum, the Faculty-Seminar combines presentation and discussion of original research by UNF faculty and invited speakers with essential readings in social theory, cultural studies, and the human and social sciences in general. It constitutes a unique academic context that provides the opportunity for active participation in cutting-edge research, and for forging thematic and methodical connections across disciplinary boundaries by opening one’s projects to a sympathetic yet serious intellectual audience.

The seminar explores the current state of theory and practice of the cultural disciplines after the impact of postmodern social theory, social philosophy, and philosophy of science. Selected readings address the theoretical, normative, and methodological challenges of postmodernism (including those related to truth, scientific and interpretive objectivity, social constructionism, post-colonial nation-state, globalization, etc.) which are paired with faculty presentations of ongoing research. The Faculty-Seminar attempts to bridge the gap between

-         classic and contemporary social theory,
-         advanced theoretical reflection and applied empirical research, and
-         social-scientific research and normative-political commitments.

It combines readings in advanced social theory (such as Foucault, Habermas, Marx, Freud, Stuart Hall, Judith Butler, etc.) with original research done here and elsewhere, and applies social and normative theory to currently pressing social events and developments (such as Sept. 11 or globalization).  

Participation is open to all UNF-faculty, including invited faculty from other campuses.

Faculty-Seminar Director:
Hans-Herbert Kögler, Associate Professor of Philosophy.
(link to Kögler Webpage);

The seminar is funded by the Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE), Director David Jaffee, and supported by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Mark Workman, and cooperates with the Center for Ethics, Public Policy, and the Professions at UNF, Director Andrew Buchwalter.  

For participation, current schedule, ideas for reading and presentation, please contact hkoegler@unf.edu.  


To access information, please click on the following labels:

Thematic Orientation and Academic Objectives

Institutional Organization

List of Participating Faculty  

We have established an email-listserve for all current and former participants of the Faculty-Seminar. Clicking on the heading will display that list, including current and former participants. The address of the listserve email for the seminar is: postmodern@unf.edu  


Clicking on the headline of each semester will provide you with the original announcement of the seminar (outlining its topic) and with the final schedule.  

Fall 2000:    

“After Postmodernism: The Place of Theory in the Human and Social Sciences”  

Spring 2001:   “Postmodernism and the Legacy of Modernity”

Fall 2001:   “Human Agency after Postmodernism”

Spring 2002:    “Cultural Identity, Nation-State, and Globalization”

Current Topic: Fall 2002   "Agency between Culture and Biology"

Further seminars are in the planning; for recent schedules, up-dates, and revisions, please contact Bert Kögler, Faculty-Seminar Coordinator, hkoegler@unf.edu


The following research categories group together papers and talks that have been prepared for and/or given at the seminar since its inception. The categories are meant to reflect broad thematic orientations of the faculty members and their work involved; at the same time, they assemble work under headings potentially useful for other researchers and teachers engaged in those fields. Under each heading, you will find papers and articles originally produced, discussed, or presented in the seminar (or by faculty associated with the seminar). While exploring new topic and research avenues, the seminar and its members continue to contribute and expand on the existing fields presented here. To access the papers currently available, click on the heading.

(1)   Modernity/Postmodernity

Reconstruction of major social theories and their empirical relevance; analysis of arguments pro and con modernist/postmodernist positions; possible profile of a “postmodern social science;” relation between interpretive-qualitative and empirical-analytic methods; universality/relativity of cultural values; the legacy and normativity of modernity (Hegel and after).  

(2)   Global Dialogue – Dialogue between Cultures - Globalization 

Conditions and possibilities of intercultural dialogue; identity in inter and multicultural contexts; globalization and local cultures; the cultural dimension, effect, and predicament of globalization; the impact of globalization on national identity; past, present, and future of the nation-state in different global settings; the interaction of economic and cultural globalization, and their effect on self and social identity, including socio-economic, cultural, and psychological sources of fundamentalism.

(3)   Identity/Power/Agency 

Conceptions of agency, and autonomy after the postmodern critique of power; relation between agency, autonomy, and social structure or cultural context; function and scope of authority for social selves; power-based constructions of social identities, such as gender; deep-psychological and symbolic dimensions of social power.

(4)   Critical Interventions in the Contemporary Public Sphere  

Critical and up-to-date analyses of current events from the theoretically informed angle of social and cultural theory; situating important historical trends, such as the culture war, in historical and social contexts; presenting thought-provoking and challenging views on political, cultural, and social events, such as Sept. 11 and its aftermath.












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