The Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series 2020

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 on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:45pm via Zoom. The lectures are coordinated with five graduate seminars on critical theory in a number of departments, but are also open to other faculty or graduate students who may wish to attend.

For more information, contact Susan Koshy, Sarah Richter, or Samuel Hersh

Students may wish to purchase the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, Third Edition (2018).

NOTE: Participants who are not registered for one of the affiliated courses and who would like to read the supporting readings should email Sarah Richter.


Instruction begins: Monday, August 24

Week 1 (8/25): No Public Lecture


Week 2 (9/1): GERMAN IDEALISM (Immanuel Kant)
Lucy Allais, Philosophy (UC-San Diego/U of Witwatersrand)


Week 3 (9/8)MARX AND MARXISM
Timothy Brennan (English, U of Minnesota)


Week 4 (9/15)STRUCTURALISM
Jeffrey T. Martin (Anthropology, UIUC)

Required:

Recommended:

Week 5 (9/22)PSYCHOANALYSIS
Lilya Kaganovsky (Slavic/CWL/Cinema & Media Studies, UIUC)


Week 6 (9/29)DECONSTRUCTION
Vincent D. Cervantes (Spanish & Portuguese, UIUC)

Required:

Recommended:


Week 7 (10/6)BIOPOLITICS
Alexander G. Weheliye (African American Studies, Northwestern)

 

Week 8 (10/13)POSTCOLONIAL THEORY
Jenny Sharpe (English, UCLA)

Required:

Recommended:


Week 9 (10/20)CRITICAL RACE THEORY
Michelle M. Wright (English, Emory)


Week 10 (10/27)INDIGENOUS STUDIES
Deena Rhyms (American Indian Studies, UIUC)


Week 11 (11/3): No public lecture. Election Day


Week 12 (11/10)QUEER THEORY
Sean Metzger (Theater, Film, and Television, UCLA)

 

Week 13 (11/17)MEDICAL HUMANITIES
Kaushik Sunder Rajan (Anthropology, U Chicago)