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 …

Syriza and the Global Minotaur

Abi Rhodes, taking our MA in Critical Theory and Politics, provides some much-needed perspective both on the situation in Greece and on a key text by Greece’s newly elected finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, who now faces an enormous but crucial task in challenging the politics of autsterity in Europe …. Syriza and the Global Minotaur The beginning of …

Vital Theory Paper: Re-membering, human rights and neoliberalism

The human rights project, ostensibly hegemonic since the collapse of communism, has gained most traction in so- called transitional societies, a term which does not describe an anomaly, so much as it does a practice designed to manage the global order of things. It describes the ever more frequent process in which the end of …

Conference: The Subject of Addiction (8-9th September)

Dear All, I am delighted to be able to alert you to The Centre for Critical Theory’s upcoming conference entitled The Subject of Addiction: Culture and Clinic which is taking place in Highfields House on the 8th and 9th of September. This interdisciplinary event brings together critical and cultural theorists with clinical practitioners in order to interrogate …

Documentary Film Screening: Chile’s Student Uprising

Film Screening with Director Q&A. June 3rd, 17:00-19:00, LG140 Hallward Library.

Is The Unconscious Historical? (Part 2)

This interview is published in two parts. In Part 1 discussion focused on the origins of psychoanalysis, its historical debt to hysteria and the fall of the ‘Master’. In this second part, the discussion moved onto the symptoms of neoliberalism and the challenges faced by the clinician and the activist. SG: If hysteria is a symptom of …

Is the Unconscious Historical?: Conversations on the Origin of Psychoanalysis and its Clinical and Political Relevance Today (Part 1)

This interview will appear in two parts. In Part 1, the discussion focused on the origins of psychoanalysis, its historical debt to hysteria, and the fall of the ‘Master’ … Samuel Grove: In my own work I am interested in the consilience between Darwin, Marx and Freud. Darwin and Marx were incontrovertibly historical thinkers. In what …

Vital Theory: thanks and a few words…

Two days after our postgraduate symposium, Vital Theory, and I’m still feeling enthusiastic about the discussions we had and people we met. It’s easy to end (what can often be) a long and tiring term, feeling a little deflated – and I certainly felt that VT was the antidote to that. In the days to …

Vital Theory 2013

We are pleased to announce the third annual Vital Theory symposium will take place on Friday the 13th of December 2013 at the University of Nottingham. Vital Theory is an academic symposium organised by postgraduate students at the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Critical Theory. The first of these took place in 2011, and it …

Call for Papers: The Subject of Addiction – Culture and Clinic

Please find below a call for papers inviting you to get involved in a two-day conference I’m organising around the theme of addiction. It should a be a good event and I’ve secured a special issue of the journal Subjectivity for the proceedings, so it’s also a potential publishing opportunity. Do drop me a line …