UTA Center for Theory appoints new director

Dr. David Arditi, assistant professor of Sociology at University of Texas Arlington, has been named director of UTA Center for Theory with the goal of managing and expanding the Center at the University.

The Center for Theory is a point of pride for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts.  It focuses on contemporary cultural, political, and social theory, acting as a bridge between the social sciences and humanities.

“With his research specialization in cultural studies, digital music, and critical theory, Dr. Arditi is very well-suited to lead the Center for Theory,” said Dr. Robert Kunovich, UTA Sociology and Anthropology department chair. “I can’t wait to see what he has planned for the 2016-2017 academic year.”

The Center was developed to house FAST CAPITALISM – an online, open access peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Today, the journal is co-edited by Dr. Timothy W. Luke, University Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Virginia Tech and Dr. Arditi.

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FAST CAPITALISM is an online, open access peer-reviewed scholarly journal

The Center for Theory also hosts an annual colloquium each spring as an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to present research and intellectually engage with each other.  Plans are to expand the colloquium series to the entire school year and begin hosting academic speakers to develop a theoretical community at the university.

“I hope to make the Center for Theory a research center at the university that helps faculty in the humanities and social sciences whose work tends to be theoretical,” said Arditi. “To do this, we will form interdisciplinary working groups to analyze the impact of information and communication technologies on self, society and culture in the 21st century.”

Dr. Elisabeth Cawthon, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts, encourages exploring connections between the digital humanities. She also called the Center for Theory a wonderful example of UTA’s designation as a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution.

“The College of Liberal Arts is committed to developing research opportunities that invoke lively discourse among the academic community,” Cawthon said. “By expanding the Center for Theory, we are creating new pathways for collaboration to understand social theory across multiple disciplines.”

The expansion of the Center may even extend new offerings for students in the future. Active discussions have taken place around creating a graduate certificate in Theory and starting a minor for undergraduate students housed in the Center.

The Center for Theory is currently formulating the Spring 2017 Colloquia. To make a speaker or presentation request, contact David Arditi at darditi@uta.edu.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution of about 55,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit http://www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.

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