School of Criticism & Theory Application

School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University
June 18 - July 27, 2017

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 2017 program are at:

Here you will find:

  • The SCT Brochure, Prospectus, Newsletter and Information about how to apply directly to SCT.
  • Information about the 2017 seminar leaders: Emily Apter, Philippe Descola, Faisal Devji, Shoshana Felman, Michael Puett, Avishai Margalit, Carolyn Rouse, and Anthony Vidler.

Applications within Northwestern are due January 16. They should be sent to, 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 (one of whom should be your advisor)

The funded graduate student returning from the 2017 School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) should be willing to "bring back" some of their SCT experience to Northwestern by organizing a follow-up event (e.g., a visiting speaker, organizing a reading group) 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 the student's 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 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 their research and/or dissertation) to benefit from the SCT participation.