2014 School of Criticism and Theory

School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, June 16-July 27, 2014

The Critical Theory Cluster selects one graduate student a year (selected candidates are usually of advanced standing) to participate in the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. Acceptance by the SCT is pre-approved, and funding is provided by The Graduate School.  TGS supports tuition, accommodation and domestic travel for one student annually.

Details of the SCT and the particulars of the planned 2014 program are at:


Here you will find:
The SCT Brochure, Prospectus, Newsletter and Information about how to apply directly to SCT.
2014 seminar leaders include Simon Critchley, Mark Hansen, Sianne Ngai, Annelise Riles, Leela Gandhi, Ursula Heise, Christopher Newfield, and Tricia Rose

Applications within Northwestern are due January 15. They should be sent to criticaltheory@northwestern.edu, and should include:

  • a c.v., specifying your year of study at NU, whether you are ABD, relevant courses taken at NU, and elsewhere, relevant TA and similar experience;
  • a one-page rationale and plan of study;
  • account of SCT-related interests, including which seminar you would like to attend, and why;
  • the names of two recommenders.

The funded graduate student returning from the 2013 School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) should be willing to lead in fall one followup interdisciplinary discussion session for interested NU graduate students based on a set of issues and texts encountered at the SCT. As appropriate, the text(s) and topic(s) of discussion chosen by the graduate student can be directly related to your work and theoretical interests. The CT cluster provides organizational assistance.

Students who are not selected but are keen to attend in this particular year can apply on their own to SCT (deadline: February 1), information at http://sct.cornell.edu and have sometimes been able to raise money for attendance through their departments or other sources. SCT seminars are attended for the most part by graduate students who are ABD.

Preference may be given to students whose research focus reflects an overlap of criticism, theory (including literary theory) and political , or social theory; and/or students best placed (in terms of the current stage of of their research and/or dissertation) to benefit from the SCT participation.