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The Post-Digital U-turn - with Lawrence Liang and Nishant Shah

The Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory at UIUC presents a lecture by Lawrence Liang (Yale University/Ambedkar University) and Nishant Shah (Leuphana University) titled "The Post-Digital U-turn" as part of the Collaborative for the Critical Study of Technology Lecture Series" The...


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

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.


We are pleased to announce that the Unit for Criticism is now part of the first international consortium of Critical Theory Programs. This initiative, which is based in UC-Berkeley and Northwestern U will open up new international exchanges and collaborations for faculty and students with interests in critical theory. The consortium also aims to reconfigure the meaning and sites of theoretical production by foregrounding perspectives from the Global South. More information can be found here.

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2017-19 Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory Faculty Fellowships...

The list of Unit-affiliated graduate seminars for Fall 2017 is now available on the Unit website. This list offers an exciting range of courses across several departments that share a strong theoretical and interdisciplinary component.