Welcome to the Unit for Criticism
Since 1981, the Unit has been at the forefront of scholarly discussion and debate about topics such as poststructuralism, cultural studies, Marxism, feminism, postcolonial theory, and the politics of disciplinarity and knowledge production. Drawing upon the expertise and resources of twenty-six humanities, social sciences, and performing arts departments, the Unit for Criticism promotes a broad range of teaching, research, and related scholarly activities. Through a variety of programs—including regular theory seminars for faculty and graduate students, lectures and roundtables; visits to campus by distinguished scholars from other universities; agenda-setting conferences; designated courses; writing groups; and our weblog Kritik—the Unit provides students and faculty with interdisciplinary vantage points for their teaching and research. Books derived from Unit conferences, such as Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture and Cultural Studies, have become landmarks of critical discourse in the academy.
Next Unit Event:
"Critical Inequalities," a two-day Conference featuring keynote lectures by Didier Fassin (Institute for Advanced Study) and Patricia Williams (Columbia Law), and papers by Angelique Haugerud (Rutgers), Toussaint Losier (Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Associate, Illinois), Laura Pulido (USC), Mary Romero (Arizona State), Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan (Yale), Margaret Somers (Michigan), Siobhan Somerville (Illinois), and Jeremy Varon (New School). On Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, at the IHotel (Alma Mater Room).
Recent Unit-derived Publications:
Special issue Victorian Studies:
"The Ends of History" 55.4 (2013)
Edited by Lauren M.E. Goodlad and Andrew Sartori
Derived from our February 2012 conference
Watch the video of the interview with editors Lauren M.E. Goodlad, Lilya Kaganovsky, and Robert A. Rushing of Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s in the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Listen to the interview with editors Lauren M.E. Goodlad, Lilya Kaganovsky, and Robert A. Rushing of Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s on WILL-AM 580.
Special issue Interventions:
"Between Subalternity and
Indigeneity " 13.1 (2011)
Edited by Jodi A. Byrd and Michael Rothberg
Derived from our May 2008 conference
Special issue Occasion
"States of Welfare" Vol. 2 (2011)
Edited by Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Bruce Robbins, and Michael Rothberg
Derived from our Mar. 2006 conference
Special issue Journal of Human Rights:
"Comparative Human Rights: Literature, Art, Politics" 9.2 (2010)
Edited by Eleni Coundouriotis and Lauren M. E. Goodlad
Introduction Table of Contents
Derived from our Feb 2009 symposium
Hear Lilya Kaganovsky, Clarence Lang, and Leslie Reagan speak about Mad Men and the 1960s on WILL-AM 580:
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