Recent Announcements

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Funds Joint Project Between UC Berkeley and Northwestern University to establish the International Consortium for Critical Theory Programs:

In March of 2015, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced a grant to the University of California, Berkeley, in conjunction with Northwestern University to establish the groundwork for the newly constituted International Consortium for Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP). The principal investigators are Judith Butler (co-founder of U.C. Berkeley’s Program in Critical Theory) and Penelope Deutscher (co-director of Northwestern’s Critical Theory Cluster).
The project will encompass both the European traditions and the global range of critical theories, broadly defined, whose innovations speak to historical, contemporary, and economic conditions traversing different parts of the world. At a time when global challenges to the university include new attempts to gauge the value of the humanities in instrumental terms, the ICCTP will promote the importance of critical inquiry to the life of the university.
Plans are already underway to document and connect critical programs, centers, and institutes, establishing the new network through a multi-lingual website. The website will provide further links to an online library, bibliographical background, pedagogical resources, and current directions. The project will also also be concerned with new program development adaptable to different institutional environments. It will facilitate new forms of research collaboration and exchange between faculty and students.

Mellon Cluster Catalyst Grant awarded to Critical Theory Cluster affiliate, Miriam Piilonen!

Congratulations to Critical Theory Cluster affiliate Miriam Piilonen for winning a Mellon Cluster Catalyst Grant. Catalyst Grants support innovative programs that benefit graduate students and further the goals of the clusters. Miriam's proposed dissertation workshop "What is the use of theory?" will bring graduate students from multiple institutions together to enact a timely debate about the use of theory in the humanities while workshopping their dissertations. Graduate students interested in applying for internal grants can learn more at the above link.

Cristina Lafont receives "Big Ideas" grant from The Buffett Institute

Professor Cristina Lafont (Director of the Critical Theory Cluster) with other NU faculty receives a 3-year "Big Ideas" grant from the Buffett Institute for establishing the new Global Capitalism and Law research group.