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International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP)

In December 2016, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a three-and-a-half year, $1,525,000 grant to the University of California, Berkeley and $1,020,000 to Northwestern University to establish the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP). The Consortium rests on the view that critical theory is not only an important interdisciplinary field of research and teaching within the university, but it also crucially informs the university ‘s task of promoting critical thought. The ICCTP will document, connect, and support programs and projects currently representing critical theory across the globe, especially in light of contemporary global challenges to thinking about democracy, violence, its memory, and the critical tasks of the university.

The new funding will support a number of international conferences on these themes, the journal Critical Times: Interventions in Critical Theory, the new book series Critical South with Polity Press, and expansion of UC Irvine’s Critical Theory Archive. It will maintain a new website at that already boasts an international directory of more than 300 critical theory programs, centers, institutes, projects, summer programs, fellowships and archives, located in the Global South, the United States, Europe and its peripheries, the Balkans, the Middle East, Russia and East Asia.

Northwestern’s new $1 million Mellon-funded project is among the new collaborative partnerships of the ICCTP. Through partnerships with a group of North American, Latin American, and South African institutions, a number of Inter-University Teaching Cooperations will receive funding to develop new courses on critical theory in the Global South, a new program of international faculty and graduate exchanges, and a series of inter-university doctoral workshops, conferences and translations.


  • November 30–December 3, 2018 | Northwestern University
    The Critical Theory in the Global South project, an initiative of Northwestern's Critical Theory Cluster and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, will host "Decolonizing Critical Theory (Epistemic Violences and Decolonial Aesthetics)," a workshop to be held at Northwestern University on November 30, December 1–3, 2018. This cross-disciplinary workshop, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, will provide a context for discussion between scholars whose work is informed respectively by Latin America, Francophone, and/or South African literatures and contexts. We are expecting that some participants will foreground the role of aesthetics within decolonial projects, while others may engage questions of epistemic violence and decoloniality differently.

    Confirmed speakers include Premesh Lalu (University of the Western Cape), Nadia Yala Kisukidi (Université Paris 8), Rocío Zambrana (University of Oregon), Juan Obarrio (Johns Hopkins), Nelson Maldonado-Torres (Rutgers), and María del Rosario Acosta López (DePaul).

  • April 13–14, 2018 | Fordham University

    You are invited to:

    Hacer Escuela/Inventing School
    Rethinking the Pedagogy of Critical Theory
    A sub-project of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant: Critical Theory in the Global South

    Fordham University
    Lincoln Center Campus
    New York, NY

    Friday April 13, 10:45am-5:45pm,
    in the 12th Floor Lounge

    Saturday April 14, 11:00am-5:45pm,
    in McMahon 109

    The Hacer Escuela/Inventing School workshop brings thinkers and practioners from across the Americas who have developed new pedagogical techniques influenced by critical theory traditions, to share their work with professors, students, and others working on critical theory in the United States.

    (a detailed program is available here)

    Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé (Fordham University)
    Walter Omar Kohan (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and NEFI)
    Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University)
    Marlène Ramírez-Cancio (Hemispheric Institute, New York University)
    Melissa Rosario (Center for Embodied Pedagogy and Action, Puerto Rico)
    Doris Sommer (Harvard University and Cultural Agents)

    Participation is free, but to help with our planning please register online.

  • January 2018
    Northwestern University Class of 2013 alumni Rafael Vizcaíno
    (Major in Philosophy, Minors in Critical Theory and Latin American) and Jeong Eun Annabel We (Majors in English and Comparative Literature, Minor in Critical Theory) will publish an article (coauthored with Nelson Maldonado-Torres and Jasmine Wallace) titled "Decolonizing Philosophy" as part of the forthcoming anthology Decolonising the University: Context and Practice. Edited by Gurminder K. Bhambra, Kerem Nisancioglu, and Dalia Gebrial(London: Pluto Press).

    In 2012, as undergraduates Rafael and Jeong Eun Annabel co-founded (along with Joyce Fan) Northwestern's Critical Theory Research Workshop, which continues to meet as of 2018. Both are PhD candidates in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University, where Rafael has founded and now runs the Decoloniality Workshop.

  • March 2017
    Northwestern to Focus on Critical Theory in the Global South

  • February 2017
    International Critical Theory Consortium Launches with Mellon Foundation Help
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