2017 Session

2017 Session | Seminars & Mini-Seminars | In Theory Newsletter

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The Program

In an intensive six-week course of study, faculty members and graduate students from around the world, in the humanities and social sciences, explore recent developments in critical theory. The 2017 Session is scheduled for June 18 – July 27.

Participants work with the SCT’s core faculty of distinguished scholars and theorists in one of four six-week seminars. Each faculty member offers, in addition, a public lecture and a colloquium (based on an original paper) which are attended by the entire group.

The program also includes mini-seminars taught by scholars who visit for shorter periods. Finally, throughout the six weeks, distinguished theorists visit the SCT as lecturers.

The 2017 Faculty

Six-Week Seminars

Emily Apter – “’Thinking in Untranslatables: Revisiting the Gender/Genre Problem
Faisal Devji – “Humanity”
Michael Puett – “Rethinking Religion: Cosmopolitan and Comparative Perspectives”
Carolyn Rouse – “The Case Against Reparations: A Radical Rethinking of Social Justice in the 21st Century”


Philippe Descola – “Ontological Pluralism as Anthropological Critique”
Shoshana Felman – “Literature and Vulnerability”
Avishai Margalit – “Just and Unjust Wars”
Anthony Vidler – “The Smooth and the Rough: Surfaces Psychological and Architectural from Adrian Stokes to Rem Koolhaus”

Visiting Guest Lecturers

Amanda Anderson – “Political Psychology: Theory and Doxa”
Jonathan Culler – “Narratology and the Lyric’”
Frances Ferguson – “Molding Populations: Deep Education”
Mariët Westermann – “The Humanities in the World”