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Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 18

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

Nicholson Distinguished Visiting Scholar Introduction by Virginia Dominguez (Anthropology) "Interior Frontiers": As Political Concept, Diagnostic, and Dispositif Ann Laura Stoler Nicholson...

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.

Friday, February 2

Technocultural Futurisms: Code—Faculty-Graduate Seminar Spring 2018

"Futurisms" are artistic and political movements that challenge existing norms and dream up alternative futures. Such movements tend to erupt at moments of transition, when existing paradigms...

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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.