Critical Theory Reading Group

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Mission

The Critical Theory Reading Group was founded last semester by students from different disciplines here at the institute. Gathering students from every programme, its aim is to create a space for the exchange of ideas and experiences across disciplines and backgrounds, which can be used to tackle contemporary issues and questions. In other words, our goal is to support critical perspectives on knowledge as well as to foment the foundations needed for engaged academic and practical work. The CTRG meets weekly or biweekly, depending on schedule. Students gather to tackle a variety of authors and topics of their choosing, from Frantz Fanon to Cuban cinema and from German expressionism to post-hermeneutics.

Events

We set up individual and collective sessions where students can present topics, authors, themes of their choosing. Besides confronting theory on paper, we also organize film screening and sessions dedicated to art as social commentary. Moreover, we should be able to invite contemporary scholars whose work we think is crucial for our understanding of the present.

The schedule is very flexible and empty spots are always available for those who would like to present something – be it theory, poetry, or cinema – so please do not hesitate to tell us by sending us an e-mail at gisa.ctrg@graduateinstitute.ch or contacting us via Whatsapp by joining the Groupchat at https://chat.whatsapp.com/KYw3eCvn8LI9vnzGtjf3JQ

Targeted public

Students at different academic levels (MA and PhD) and from different institutions (IHEID, UNIGE, etc.), as well as non-academia affiliated people who are in any kind of way interested in social theory in all its forms.

1st Meeting


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