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Tuesday, September 25

Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series - Marx and Marxism

Lecture by Brian Jefferson, Geography, UIUC

Thursday, September 27

Lecture by Nicholas De Genova (University of Houston) "Anonymous Brown Bodies: The Productive Power of the Deadly US-Mexico Border"

Anonymous Brown Bodies: The Productive Power of the Deadly US-Mexico Border Nicholas De Genova Over the last several years, we have witnessed a remarkable escalation in migrant deaths within...

Tuesday, October 2

Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series - Deconstruction

Lecture by Geoffrey Bennington, French and Comparative Literature, Emory University

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"The Open Secret of Racial Capitalist Violence" - Jodi Melamed (Marquette)

How can we explain the open secret of permissible violence for racial capitalist accumulation, in the U.S. and globally? Melamed argues that we must come to grips with the diffuse and deadly capacities of administrative power to give impunity to racial capitalist violence through seemingly...




Affiliated Courses

Unit-affiliated graduate courses, are open to graduate students in all departments and programs, and have a significant theoretical and interdisciplinary component. They can also be used to complete course requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Criticism and Interpretive Theory.

Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series

The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory will offer a series of public lectures on the history of critical theory. These lectures, each of which will be followed by open discussion, will take place every Fall semester, on Tuesdays, from 5:15-6:45 pm.


The Unit for Criticism regularly offers seminars, which are non-credit faculty/graduate student reading groups that meet several times a semester. Topics change each semester and grow out of the interests and recommendations of Unit-affiliated faculty and students.




Asiya Ikhsanova's (Comparative Literature) response to Joana Moll's artist talk on "Deep Carbon" for the Technocultural Futurisms symposium is now available on Kritik. As always, we welcome your comments.

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2018-20 Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory Faculty Fellowships. 

For the first time, recipients of the Senior Faculty Fellowship will also receive funds to organize a manuscript workshop to support the publication of their book projects. I am grateful to Susan Martinis, Vice-Chancellor for Research, for her continued support for and expansion of this fellowship program...

Dilara Çalışkan's (Anthropology) response to Amitav Ghosh's opening address for the Sesquicentennial conference, "Embattled Earth: Commodities, Conflict, and Climate Change in the Indian Ocean" is now up on our blog Kritik.