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Critical Theory in the Global South

The Critical Theory in the Global South Project, an initiative of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs, has as its mission the development of new critical theory curricula integrating intellectual traditions from the Global South. It pursues this mission through faculty collaborations, graduate student exchanges, book and article translations, workshops, and conferences. It comprises ten sub-projects, or "Inter-University Teaching Cooperations," that bring together critical theory scholars in North America, South Africa, and Latin America. Seven of these sub-projects are based at Northwestern; three, designated as "Linked Inter-University Teaching Cooperations," are based at Yale, Rutgers, and Fordham. On this page you will find basic information about these projects, their topics, and their participants. You will also find links to detailed pages for each project, featuring in-depth descriptions of their themes, methods, and projected outcomes, bios of their participating scholars, project syllabi and resource lists, and news and events.


Inter-University Teaching Cooperations based at Northwestern

Northwestern and Stellenbosch University (South Africa): “Indian Ocean Epistemologies”

Project Website

Stellenbosch University, South Africa | Website

Tina Steiner (English, Stellenbosch University) | Website

Evan Mwangi (English, African Studies, and Comparative Literary Studies, Northwestern University) | Website


Northwestern and University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa): “Trauma, Politics, and the Uses of Memory (Critical Theory in the Global South)”

Project Website

University of Witwatersrand, South Africa | Website

Sarah Nuttall (Wiser Institute, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa) | Website

Anna Parkinson (German, Critical Theory Cluster, Comparative Literary Studies, Northwestern University) | Website


Northwestern and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú: “Circulating Anarchisms and Marxisms in the Andes”

Project Website

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima | Website

Víctor Vich (Departamento de Humanidades, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) | Website

Jorge Coronado (Spanish & Portuguese, Northwestern University) | Website


Northwestern and Universidad Diego Portales (Chile): Aesthetics and the Critique of Political Theology (Critical Theory in the Global South)”

Project Website

Universidad Diego Portales, Chile | Website

Eduardo Sabrovsky (Instituto Humanidades, Universidad Diego Portales) | Website

Peter Fenves (German, Comparative Literary Studies, Jewish Studies, and Critical Theory, Northwestern University) | Website


Northwestern and Universidad Tres de Febrero (Argentina): After Foucault: Pluralizing Modernity, Sex, Biopolitics, and Neoliberalism (Critical Theory in the Global South)”

Project Website

Universidad Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina | Website

Daniel Link (the Program in Contemporary and Comparative Latin American Studies, the Universidad Tres de Febrero) | Website

Alejandra Uslenghi (Spanish and Portuguese, Northwestern University) | Website

Penelope Deutscher (Philosophy, Northwestern University) | Website

Mary Weismantel (Anthropology, Northwestern University) | Website

Marcela Fuentes (Performance Studies, Northwestern University | Website


Northwestern and University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa): “Appropriation and Its Discontents”

Project Website

Huey Copeland (Art History, Northwestern University) | Website

Athi Mongezeleli Joja (University of the Witwatersrand)


Workshop: “The Decolonization of Critical Theory”

Project Website

Cristina Lafont (Philosophy, Northwestern University) | Website

Penelope Deutscher (Philosophy, Northwestern University) | Website


Linked Inter-University Teaching Cooperations

Yale and Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación (Chile): “Technologies of Critique: New Sources for Critical Theory”

Project Website

Paul North (German Languages and Literatures, Yale University) | Website

Willy Thayer (Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación, Chile) | Website


Rutgers and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México: “The University and Its Publics: North, South, and in Between”

Project Website

Marisa Belausteguigoitia (Programa Universitario de Estudios de Género, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) | Website

Andrew Parker (Department of French and Comparative Literary Studies, Rutgers University) | Website 

Yolanda Martínez San-Miguel (Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University) | Website

Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui (American Studies and Comparative Literature, Rutgers University) | Website


Fordham, Bard, and LAPES: Hacer Escuela/Inventing School: Rethinking the Pedagogy of Critical Theory

Project Website

Samir Haddad (Philosophy, Fordham University) | Website

Ariana Gonzales Stokas (Dean, Inclusive Excellence, Bard College) | Website

Jason Wozniak (Co-Director, Lapes/San Jose State University) | Website

LAPES (Latin American Philosophy of Education Society) Website

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