Read upcoming 2022 SCT faculty, Amy Allen's most recent publication, Critique on the Couch: Why Critical Theory Needs Psychoanalysis"Amy Allen works with many of the central authors in the field of critical theory to make the case for psychoanalysis, the analytic potential of the death drive, and th...Read More
School of Criticism and Theory
Founded in 1976, the School of Criticism and Theory brings together a diverse group of scholars from around the world, addressing an ever-expanding arrangement of cultural, political and social movements, theoretical axes and intersecting debates across the humanities and social sciences.
Summer 2022 Session
In an intensive six-week course of study, faculty members, graduate students and independent scholars from around the world, in the humanities and social sciences, explore recent developments in critical theory. The 2022 Session is scheduled for June 12 - July 21, 2022.
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.
A Welcome from the Director
From its inception, almost half a century ago, SCT has played an important role as an annual scholarly and intellectual platform on which the drama of the somewhat fruitless theory wars and the questionable virtue of vain polemics is resolutely sidestepped.
Dereliction, Due Process, and Decorum: The Crises of Title IX—an essay by SCT Senior Fellow Catharine R. Stimpson
"As a participant/observer, I am offering a narrative about the evolution of Title IX from 1972 to early 2021. I have three lessons. First—and who can disagree?—sex discrimination is one of the brute enforcers of patriarchal gender systems. ... Second, as Title IX evolved, a feminist consensus about...Read More
With a Foreword by Judith Butler and edited by Kimberley Ducey, Clevis Headley and Joe R Feagin, this book is published by Rowman and Littlefield - please click here to read more about this important work. The book can be ordered here: George Yancy: A Critical Introduction.Read More
SCT Alumni Book Announcement—The Geschlecht Complex: New and Selected Essays on Gender, Genre, and Ontology
We are thrilled to join Oscar Jansson and David LaRocca in celebrating their new book with Bloomsbury Academic, The Geschlecht Complex: New and Selected Essays on Gender, Genre, and Ontology, which grew out of an SCT seminar in 2017. Thank you to Oscar and David for sharing a few words with us below...Read More
Join Heather Love, SCT Senior Fellow and 2020-2021 lecturer, to discuss the upcoming release of her book from Chicago University Press: “Underdogs: Social Deviance and Queer Theory.”With Underdogs, Heather Love shows that queer theorists inherited as much from sociologists as they did from activists...Read More
White Journalists Are Still Using the N-Word. George Yancy and Elizabeth Pryor Discuss the Intolerable Assault on Black Freedom.
SCT 2021 Faculty, George Yancy, aims to engage philosophy within more expansive public contexts. In his newest article at Truthout, he interviews Historian Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, the author of an award-winning article, “The Etymology of [N-Word]: Resistance, Language and the Politics of Freedom ...Read More
From its inception, almost half a century ago, SCT has played an important role as an annual scholarly and intellectual platform on which the drama of the somewhat fruitless theory wars and the questionable virtue of vain polemics is resolutely sidestepped. Instead a climate of rigorous investigati...Read More
Funerals, burials and other ways of communally commemorating those who have died have always been part of human history. The need for social distancing has upended these psychologically important rituals and fostered creative alternatives.In 2019, before any of us had heard of Covid-19, Anthropologi...Read More