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Monday, February 20

What's at Stake? Intersectional Conversations in a Post-Truth Era

This is the inaugural event of our new series, Theory in Critical Times. A UI panel discussion on the challenges of navigating the uncharted waters of a post-truth era in politics. Featuring...

Tuesday, February 28

So, What's Wrong With 'the Relatable' as a Category of Judgment? - Nirvana Tanoukhi (U of Wisconsin-Madison)

Nirvana Tanoukhi's (U of Wisconsin-Madison) talk examines the rise of "the relatable" as a category of aesthetic judgment in literature classrooms and cultural journalism, by 1) analyzing the...

Friday, March 10

The Debt Economy

Check back soon for further details on our symposium on The Debt Economy.

Featured Video

Algorithmic Being - David Theo Goldberg (UC Irvine)

The Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory at UIUC presents David Theo Goldberg (UC Irvine) on "Algorithmic Being" as part of the Fall 2016 Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series. The lecture was presented...


Congratulations to the winners of this year's Nicholson Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship covers the costs of tuition, accommodation, and travel to attend Cornell School of Criticism and Theory's six-week summer seminars in critical theory:

Eman Ghanayem (English)
Peter Thompson (History)

The newly formed Critical Technology Studies Collective brings together a group of faculty from the social sciences, humanities, and fine and applied arts with overlapping interests in technology and new media. As an emerging interdisciplinary venture, the CTSC is experimental, reflective, and creative in spirit and aims to promote critical engagement with technology in historical, contemporary, and diverse cultural contexts.

The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory is pleased to announce this year’s competition for Nicholson Graduate Student Fellowships which sponsor two affiliated students to attend the 2017 School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell UniversityPlease click here for more information, guidelines, and to submit your application.