The Critical Theory Reading Group was founded during the 2019 Spring Semester by students from different disciplines, here at the institute. Gathering students from every program, 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.
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 screenings, sessions dedicated to art as social commentary, and research & writing workshops where anyone can present their current investigations. Moreover, we also organize conferences, and have invited contemporary scholars whose work we think is crucial for our understanding of the present. In November 2019, for example, we were able to bring Dr. Tommy J. Curry from the University of Edinburgh for a conference on Black Male Studies and a workshop on Africana Philosophy.
Our schedule is very flexible and empty spots are always available for those who would like to present something – be it theory, poetry, cinema, or their own research – so please do not hesitate to tell us by sending us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, contacting us via WhatsApp by joining the Group chat at https://chat.whatsapp.com/HffPtgh58u05AmXMKse2eY, or via Facebook at @criticaltheoryiheid.
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 of its forms & expressions.
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