Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism


Courses at the Centre are taught by both Core and Non-core faculty at Western, as well emeritus faculty and visiting lecturers.  With some exceptions, courses are limited to no more than 12 students. Master's students are required to fulfill a “breadth requirement” by taking at least one half course from each group:

Group A: aesthetics, philosophy, psychoanalysis, language theory
Group B: social, cultural and political theory
Group C: topical focus covering a variety of theorists from the above areas, as well as 19th-century, modern, and contemporary theory

*NEW* 2014-15 Course Offerings

Fall 2014

Course Title Time & Location Instructor Group
9637 Questioning Aesthetics

SH 2348

Julian J. Haladyn
9626 Dreaming and Thinking Tuesday
SH 2348
Sharon Sliwinski
9648 Langue, out on parole Tuesday
Calin Mihailescu
9650 On the Contemporary Possibility of Political Interiority Thursday
SH 2348
Antonio Calcagno
9624 The Social, the Ethical, and the Global Thursday
(cross-listed w/ Sociology)
Scott Schaffer

Winter 2015

Course Title Time & Location Instructor Group
tba Franz Boas and his World Tuesday
(cross-listed w/ Anthropology)
Regna Darnell
9638 Philosophies of Nature Wednesday
SH 2348
Joshua Schuster
9622 Hauntings: Matter and Spirit in Contemporary Critical Theory Wednesday
SH 2348
Christopher Keep
9649 What is Enlightenment?
SH 2348
Kevin Mooney
9658 Metamorphoses of the Letter Thursday
(cross-listed with Comp Lit)
SH 2348
Laurence de Looze

Historical course offerings:


9226A Beyond Incommensurability across Cultures and Languages - Regna Darnell [B]

9504A Anxiety - Jan Plug [A]

9507B "Charged by an Asymptomatic Curve": The Spaces of Love and the Event - Allan Pero [A]

9513A Heidegger - Stephen G. Lofts [C]

9578A the Concept of Utopia - Michael Gardiner [B]

9609B War on Terror - Nandita Biswas Mellamphy [B]

9625A Eighteenth-Century Philosophy and Literature - Mary Helen McMurran [C]

9627B Adorno and Critical Theory - Kevin Mooney [C]

9634A Sovereign Laws of Movement, Politics, Life - Mark Franke [B]

9635B Letter, Trace, Archive: Freud, Lacan, and Derrida on the Signifier in Psychoanalysis - Matthew Rowlinson [C]

9636B The Aesthetic Idea - John Vanderheide [A]


9503Y The Unfinished Project of Deconstruction - Tilottama Rajan [A]

9607A Brecht in World Cinema - Tobias Nagl [C]

9225A From Standpoint to Community - Regna Darnell [B]

9619A Chiaroscuro: the lights of theory - Calin Mihailescu [A]

9621A Gilles Deleuze - Joshua Schuster [C]

9623A Bodies, Power, Sex and Species - Matthew Rowlinson [C]

9626B Dreaming and Thinking - Sharon Sliwinski [B]

9630B Enlightenment Theories of Mind, Soul, Spirit - Mary Helen McMurran [B]

9624B The Social, The Ethical, and the Global - Scott Schaffer [B]

9503Y The Unfinished Project of Deconstruction - Tilottama Rajan [A]

9622B Hauntings: Spirit and Matter in Contemporary Critical Theory - Christopher Keep [A]

9633B Communist Hypotheses for the 21st Century - Mireya Folch Serra [B]


9513 - Heidegger: From Being and Time to poetically dwelling in the fourfold, Prof. Stephen Lofts

9613 - Death and Desire in Western Philosophy, Prof. Leonard Stan

9614 - Idealism and the Margins of Philosophy: (Inter)Disciplinarity in Kant, Hegel, Schelling, Prof. Tilottama Rajan

9615 - Right to Be Political in Motion, Prof. Mark Franke

9616 - Information Societies and Their Promises of ‘Development’, Prof. Ajit Pyati

9617 - Theorizing Indigeneity / Indigenizing Theory, Prof. Pauline Wakeham

9593 - Enlightenment and Contemporary Cosmopolitanisms, Prof. Mary Helen McMurran

9605 - Redemption Has No Inside: Aesthetics, Politics and The Real, Prof. Allan Pero

9614 - Idealism and the Margins of Philosophy: (Inter)Disciplinarity in Kant, Hegel, Schelling, Prof. Tilottama Rajan

9618 - Advanced Theory: Face-to-Facedness and the Construction of Community, Prof. Regna Darnell

9620 - Bakhtin and Social Thought, Prof. Michael Gardiner


9202 - A Discourse of Violence, Narratives of Trauma, Prof. Regna Darnell

9597 - Theories of Spatial and Dialogical Memory, Prof. Mireya Folch Serra

9606 - Archive, Prof. Tony Purdy

9607 - Brecht in World Cinema, Prof. Tobias Nagl

9608 - Posthuman, all too post, Prof. Calin Mihailescu

9609 - The Globalization of Terror: Life as Insecurity, Prof. Nandita Biswas Mellamphy

9610 - Queer Theory and its Aftermaths, Prof. Wendy Pearson

9611 - Representing the Human, Prof. Sharon Sliwinski

9612 - Theatres of Operation: Conflagrations of Contemporary Theory and Criticism, Dan Mellamphy

9628 - Allegory, Prof. Elias Polizoes

9675 - The Psychoanalysis of Philosophy, Prof. Joel Faflak


9684 - Scandals of Temporality, Prof. Calin Mihailescu

9543 - The Art of Being Political in Theory, Prof. Mark Franke

9552 - Psychoanalysis and the Image, Prof. Sharon Sliwinski 

9599 - Queer and Feminist Pedagogies, Prof. Christine Roulston

9600 - Deconstructions, Prof. Jan Plug

9601 - After Biopolitics, Prof. Joshua Schuster

9602 - Classical Sociological Theory, Prof. Scott Schaffer 

9603 - Modernity and the Work of Art, Prof. Elias Polizoes 

9604 - The Imaginary and its Use, Prof. Daniel Vaillancourt

9605 - The Byzantine Omelette:  Aesthetics, Politics, and the Real, Prof. Allan Pero