The lively voice of Critical Theory

The Berlin Journal of Critical Theory (BJCT) is a peer-reviewed journal (editorial review) that is published in both electronic and print formats by Xenomoi Verlag in Berlin. The goal is to focus on the critical theory of the first generation of the Frankfurt School and to extend its theories to our age. Unfortunately, it seems that most of the concerns and theories of the first generation of the Frankfurt School are neglected in its second and third generations.

We believe that the theories of the early Frankfurt School are still capable of explaining many social, cultural, and political problems of our time. However, in some cases, those theories must be revised. For example, the culture industry in our time can also work through different mechanisms from those described by Adorno and Horkheimer. In our age, the majority can access the media and even respond to the messages they receive – this is something that was not possible in Adorno and Horkheimer’s time. But this doesn’t mean that the culture industry's domination is over. Thus, we must revise the theory of the culture industry in order to explain new forms of cultural domination in our age.

The BJCT, therefore, plans to connect the theories of the first generation of the Frankfurt school with the problems of our age. To reach our goals, we have gathered some of the leading scholars of critical theory on our editorial board who will select original and high-quality articles for this journal.

This is an open-access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. The license permitted is CC BY-NC-ND, ie. you are free to share, copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format. We will not revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms. For the indicated license, the authors retain the copyright and full publishing rights without restrictions. We screen article submissions routinely for plagiarism. We do not charge any fee to publish an article in the journal. 

BJCT Issue 1-2024

ISSN: 2567-4048 (Print) / 2567-4056 (Online)

The BJCT is an open-access journal. In order to read or download the current issue please click on the image or here to access all the previous issues. If you would like to have printed copies please contact us.


Amirhosein Khandizaji has a Ph.D. in sociology from the Free University of Berlin. His main field of study is the critical theory of the Frankfurt School.

Wolfgang Sohst is a philosopher of analytical metaphysics and ethics. He is the founder of Xenomoi Publishing, Berlin.

You can reach the editors via email, phone, or fax:


Tel.: +49-(0)30-755 11 712
Fax: +49-(0)30-755 11 772


Copyright notice: All articles published in the BJCT are published and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed. Creative Common logo


Editorial Board

The members of our Editorial board (in alphabetical order) are:

C. Fred Alford, University of Maryland.

Amy Allen, Pennsylvania State University.

Andrew Arato, The New School.

Jay Bernstein, The New School.

David M. Berry, University of Sussex.

Roland Boer, University of Newcastle.

Geoff Boucher, Deakin University.

Andrew Bowie, Royal Holloway University of London.
Stephen Eric Bronner, Rutgers University.

Hauke Brunkhorst, University of Flensburg.
Ian Buchanan, University of Wollongong.

Craig Calhoun, Arizona State University.
Mary Caputi, California State University.

James J. Chriss, Cleveland State University.

Deborah Cook, University of Windsor (Former member).

Heiko Feldner, Cardiff University.
Dino Franco Felluga, Purdue University.

Alessandro Ferrara, University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Gary Genosko, University of Ontario.
Stefano Giacchetti, Loyola University Chicago.

Graeme Gilloch, Lancaster University.
David Held, Durham University (Former member).

Christopher Horrocks, Kingston University London.

David b. Ingram, Loyola University Chicago.
Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley.

Hans-Herbert Koegler, University of North Florida.

Claudia Leeb, Washington State University.

Stephan Moebius, University of Graz.
Jeffrey T. Nealon, Pennsylvania State University.
William Outhwaite, Newcastle University.

Stefano Petrucciani, Sapienza University of Rome.

Max Paddison, Durham University.

Davide Ruggieri, University of Bologna.

Darrow Schecter, University of Sussex.

William Scheuerman, Indiana University Bloomington.
Simon Susen, City, University of London.

David Steigerwald, The Ohio State University.

Fabio Vighi, Cardiff University.

Thomas Wheatland, Assumption College.
Richard Wolin, City University of New York.