Recent Announcements

6/8/18: Congratulations to Marina Seyffert (Art Theory and Practice) who is the runner-up for the 2018 Samuel Weber Prize for Best Paper in the Paris Program in Critical Theory, Literature, Media, for the paper "On the Abolishment of Artistic Hierarchy in Academic Discourse: A Critical Analysis of Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO TOUR Llif3”. Congratulations, Marina!


6/7/18: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship awarded to Jewish Studies Cluster fellow and Critical Theory Cluster affiliate, Ariel Weiner (Comparative Literary Studies)!

Ariel Weiner receives the 2018 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship. SSHRC multi-year grants aim to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel in the social sciences and humanities. Ariel’s proposed doctoral dissertation project, Constellations of Media and Messianism in the Writings of Walter Benjamin studies the intersection of 20th-century media theory and Jewish messianism in the work of Walter Benjamin - particularly surrounding questions of perception, language and technologies of reproduction in post-industrial Europe.


6/6/18: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship awarded to Critical Theory Cluster affiliate, Carlos G. Halaburda!

Critical Theory Cluster affiliate Carlos G. Halaburda receives the 2018 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship. SSHRC multi-year grants aim to develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel in the social sciences and humanities. Carlos’s proposed doctoral dissertation project Governmental Fictions: Melodrama and the Making of Population in Latin America, 1880-1930 studies Luso-Hispanic novels and dramaturgies of the realist period concerned with the problem of human reproduction in the context of transatlantic migrations, the appearance of the cosmopolitan masses, and the emergence of ethnic nationalisms in the continent’s long fin de siècle.


5/23/18: The first issue of Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory, the journal of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, has been published and is available online. The second issue, which will be published this fall, will focus on the critical university.


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.