Toxic Positivity in the University – Second Speaker: Dr Jamie Woodcock (16th May)

Please do join us for the second instalment of the Centre for Critical Theory’s ‘Toxic Positivity in the University‘ series which is taking place next week. Dr Jamie Woodcock (University of Oxford) is a sociologist of work who focuses on digital labour, the gig economy and resistance. At 5pm in room A46 of the Trent Building, on …

Fascism and Crisis: Workshop with Alberto Toscano (Thursday 2nd May at 1pm)

Dear All, Please do join us for this timely and important event this week, in which we will try to think through responses to the rise of the alt-right … FASCISM AND CRISIS Workshop with Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths) Date: Thursday 2 May, 1 – 4 pm Venue: A19 Trent Building, University of Nottingham Description: The recent …

Toxic Positivity in the University – First Speaker Dr Jana Bacevic (24th April)

This should be of interest to just about everyone reading this blog since it addresses the changing nature of the university and the increasingly precarious nature of academic labour. It would be great to see as many of you there as possible, and at the subsequent events around this theme … Toxic Positivity in the …

New Lacanian School Congress in Dublin

Hi All, Some of you, especially those of you coming along to the Lacan Study Group, should be interested in this. It’s the annual congress of the New Lacanian School which is happening on the 2nd and 3rd of July. Last year it was in Geneva, but this year it is closer to home, in James …

Winter Detox Workshop at Nottingham Contemporary January 19th

Toxic Objects and Inhospitable Environments Tuesday January 19th 4.00 – 8.00   What better way to start the New Year than with a detox?! Mobilising the language of toxicity is a tried and tested element of strategies for individualised health management (”Detox!”, “Declutter!” and so on) but it quickly shifts into territories that are far …

Walter Benjamin and the Unclaimed Present

Increasingly a veteran blogger for us, here’s MA student Max Bacharach reflecting on Benjamin’s ongoing relevance …. Walter Benjamin’s enduring, if not growing, appeal, his relevance to many of today’s Big Questions, and the steady stream of literature attributed to, and focused on, him – Verso alone have published two recent editions, with another due …

Funding for MAs in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies

We are very pleased to be able to announce funding possibilities relevant to the MA in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies. About the MA This dynamic and interdisciplinary programme will give you a comprehensive introduction to the critical tradition that shapes today’s human and social sciences, as well as the opportunity to apply theories to contemporary cultural, social and …

Centre for Critical Theory Visiting Speaker: Claire Blencowe (25/11/15)

Wednesday November 25th  A41 Sir Clive Granger Building  5.00 pm Ecological Attunement in a Theological Key: Adventures in Anti-Fascist Aesthetics Claire Blencowe (Warwick) Isabelle Stengers has posed the question of how we are to relate to the climatic and economic catastrophes of our present times in a mode that resists ‘the coming barbarism’ – the barbarism …

End of Summer School: The Three Ecologies

The Centre for Critical Theory is running a three day ‘End of Summer School’ in conjunction with Nottingham Contemporary, at the gallery on the 14th, 15th, and 16th of September, in the late afternoons and evenings. The workshops and seminars scheduled for the event will look at the theories and struggles at the juncture of mental …

The Extreme Centre: A Warning (Review)

Ivan Markovic, a current MA in Critical Theory and Politics student and formerly research assistant in the Centre for Critical Theory, reviews Tariq Ali’s latest book … Roused by the recent election campaign and its incredibly tedious aftermath – characterized by a number of (pseudo)pundits discussing the repercussions of the results without actually offering real …