Third Speaker in the Toxic Positivity Series: Liz Morrish

On Tuesday 21st May, the third speaker in our Toxic Positivity series was Liz Morrish. She is an independent scholar and activist for resistance to managerial appropriation of the university who spoke out about mental health in the university three years ago. It resulted in her resignation from an academic post, but did not end …

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 …

Will McCrory: Placement at Nottingham Contemporary

My name is Will McCrory and I’m a third year PhD candidate in The Centre for Critical Theory and my research focuses on post-Independence Indian Modernism. I recently started a three-month M4C placement with Nottingham Contemporary’s Public Programme team. From the start of my PhD I knew I wanted to take a placement with one …

Lacan Study Group – Discussion Board

Hi All, So it was decided in the Lacan Study Group that we would benefit from some sort of rolling blog or discussion forum to help us in engaging with Lacan’s third seminar on the psychoses. To that end, we are going to hijack this blog! It is hoped that everyone involved can post questions …

The Lacan Study Group Returns!

Last year, the Lacan Study Group worked on Lacan’s 23rd seminar on The Sinthome, which focussed on James Joyce and the hypothesis of his psychotic structure. This year, so that new members can start with a different text but also so that former members can continue exploring some of the same questions, we will go …

Register for the Centre for Critical Theory’s End of Summer School Now!

You won’t want to miss this! The Centre for Critical Theory, in conjunction with the public programme at the Nottingham Contemporary, has organised a second ‘End of Summer School’ to follow on from the success of last year’s events. With these workshops over two days, we continue to invite participation in collaborative explorations of 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 …