Critical Theory Seminar

Hilary Terms, Weeks 1-8

All Souls College, University of Oxford

The Critical Theory seminar brings a range of scholars engaged in social and political critique to Oxford once a week during the winter term. Critical theory offers a distinctive methodological and political problematic for political and social theorists. Its practitioners interrogate how social formations fail to live up to their own normative ideals. They disclose social pathologies, diagnose the sources of oppression, and point the way towards more emancipatory futures. 

The seminar is an interdisciplinary space open to students of all levels and scholars from across a diverse range of disciplines. All are welcome. For more information or to join the Critical Theory mailing list, please contact me

The Critical Theory seminar will be held in Hilary 2022 after a one-year hiatus. At the moment, we are planning to hold the series in a hybrid in-person/online format, but that may very well change with the COVID situation. Past years' seminar schedules are available here (2018), here (2019) and here (2020).

Thursdays*, Weeks 2 - 8 

5:15 to 6:45 pm

Wharton Room, All Souls College


*There will be an additional Tuesday session in Week 7.*

Week 2 — Jan. 27 

Jeannie Morefield (Oxford)

Week 3 — Feb. 3

Lois McNay (Oxford)

Book discussion: The Gender of Critical Theory

Respondent: Liz Frazer (Oxford)

Week 4 — Feb. 10

Amy Allen (Penn State)

Week 5 — Feb. 17

Jean Khalfa (Cambridge)

"Fanon on alienation and identity"

Week 6 — Feb. 24

Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt)

Week 7 — Tues., March 1*

Nikolas Rose (ANU/UCL)

"Against mental health: speaking of suffering in the time of COVID"

*Note the extra Tuesday session this week. Same time, same place.*

Week 7 — March 3

Koshka Duff (Nottingham)

Week 8 — March 10  

Amelia Horgan (Essex)