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 is on hiatus for the Hilary 2021 term. Past years' seminar schedules are available here (2018), here (2019) and here (2020).

Thursdays, Weeks 1 - 8 

5 to 6:30 pm

Old Library, All Souls College

Week 1 — Tues, Jan. 21* 

Professor Duncan Bell (Cambridge)

The Politics of the Visionary Present: J.G. Ballard's Surrealist Liberalism

*Note changed date.

Week 2 — Jan. 30

Professor Linda Martín Alcoff (CUNY)

Sexual subjectivity

Week 3 — Feb. 6

Dr. Dorothy Kwek (Cardiff)

Earthly Arts: Decolonising ecology, tracing affect

Week 4 — Feb. 13

Dr. Martina Tazzioli (Goldsmiths)

The Making of Migration: Undoing the migrant activist/victim quandary 

Week 5 — Feb. 20

Professor Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt)

**Professor Jaeggi has postponed her talk until Trinity term. More details to come.**

Week 6 — Feb. 27

Dr. Madeleine Fagan (Warwick)

On the Dangers of an Anthropocene Epoch: Geological time and post-human politics

Week 7 — **March 6 - 10 am in the Old Library, All Souls College**

Professor Robin Celikates (Freie Universitat Berlin)

Slow Learners? On moral progress, social struggle, and Whig history

**Note changed date and time.**

Week 8 — March 12 — **Cancelled in solidarity with the UCU strike action**

Dr. Alexandros Kioupkiolis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)

The Commons and counterhegemonic politics in our times

**Note: Dr. Kioupkiolis will instead be leading a teach-out on social movements and the new municipalism on Thursday, March 12 at 11:30 am.**