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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 28

Andrew Leong on "The Future of Queer Theory / The Usure of Modernist Form"

The Unit for Criticism's annual introductory lecture series on critical theory, located in Lincoln Hall 1092, features lectures by Unit affiliates from across campus. Complete schedule and...

Thursday, January 18

Ann Laura Stoler, "Interior Frontiers:" As Political Concept, Diagnostic, and Dispositif

Nicholson Distinguished Visiting Scholar Introduction by Virginia Dominguez (Anthropology) For more information, please email Susan Koshy, Alyssa Bralower or Roman Friedman.

Friday, January 19

Faculty-Graduate Seminar with Ann Laura Stoler, "History as Renegade Politics"

To register and request the readings please email Alyssa Bralower or Roman Friedman.    

Featured Video

Derrida and Deconstruction - with Geoffrey Bennington (French & Italian, Emory)

The Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory at UIUC presents Geoffrey Bennington (French & Italian, Emory) on "Derrida and Deconstruction" as part of the fall...





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.




Brandon Jones's (English) response to Gaurav Desai's lecture, "Precarious Futures, Precarious Pasts: Climate, Terror, and Planetarity" is now live on Kritik. As always, we welcome your comments.

If you missed Geoffrey Bennington's superb lecture on "Derrida and Deconstruction," check out Patrick Fadely's elegant and thoughtful response to the talk on Kritik. 

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.