December 2016 Newsletter

News and Events


01) Spring 2017 Lectures and Events
02) Critical Theory Designated Emphasis: Open House, Application, Fellowship
03) Critical Theory Recordings on SoundCloud
04) Donate to The Program in Critical Theory

01) Spring 2017 Lectures and Events

The Program in Critical Theory will engage with contemporary concerns in the spring semester. Anthropologist Naveeda Khan (Johns Hopkins) will explore climate change’s impact on river life in Bangladesh; literary and media scholar Seb Franklin (King’s College, London) will discuss digitality and value; Rainer Forst will share his recent work on the underpinnings of justice. The Critical Theory working group will focus on Critical Theory in Times of Crisis. Information on these and additional events will be regularly updated here throughout the semester.

All events are free and open to the public.  Please join Critical Theory’s mailing list to receive announcements about upcoming activities.

02) Critical Theory Designated Emphasis: Open House, Application, Dissertation Fellowship

Our annual Designated Emphasis Open House and Information Session will take place February 9. The Open House will provide prospective applications to the DE the opportunity to speak with Critical Theory faculty, staff, and current students. Those interested in applying should do so by March 14. To learn more about the application process and access application forms, please visit our Academics page. Advanced DE students are encouraged to apply for the Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowship; the applications for this competitive grant are due April 6.

03) Critical Theory Recordings on SoundCloud

The Program in Critical Theory has recorded most recent events. These recordings have been archived and are available through SoundCloud. We are also integrating these recordings into the relevant events pages of our website.

04) Donate to Critical Theory

We appreciate support from faculty, students, staff, alumni, and institutional supporters. We thank you in advance for your consideration, and wish you a happy holiday season.

The Program in Critical Theory offers a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory to UC Berkeley doctoral students doing innovative theoretical work in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. In addition to offering coursework on nineteenth-century social theory and philosophy, Frankfurt School and related twentieth-century currents in theory and criticism, and contemporary engagements with critical theory traditions, the Program sponsors graduate fellowships, hosts visiting scholars, and presents lectures, seminars, and symposia for the Berkeley campus and Bay Area community.

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