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 of groups A & B:

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

More information about course requirements can be found here.
Required course forms can be found here



Fall 2017

Catalog Number Title Instructor Day & Time Category
9205A A Design for Life: Aesthetico-Politics in Semio-Capitalism Aarnoud Rommens Monday
9440A Of the Mycelium and its Gravity: Late Lacan, Sexuation, Sinthome, and the Baroque Allan Pero Wednesday
9617A Indigenous Critical Theory: Key Concepts and Debates
shared with English
Pauline Wakeham Thursday
9503A Political Responses to Crisis and Collapse: Hannah Arendt, Edith Stein, Rosa Luxemburg, and Simone Weil Antonio Calcagno Thursday

Questioning Aesthetics

Julian Haladyn

*All classes take place in Somerville House Rm. 2348 unless otherwise 

Winter 2018

Title Instructor Day & Time Category
9432 Contemporary theories of Fascism and Counter-Fascism Mireya Folch Serra Tuesday
9458 Critical Race and Feminist Studies Erica Lawson Wednesday
Weldon Library Rm. 259
9565 Imagining Community Jan Plug Wednesday
9640 Existential Risk Joshua Schuster Wednesday
9424 Marx from Beginning to End: The 1844 Manuscripts Today Nick Dyer Witheford Thursday
9538 Feminist Phenomenology Helen Fielding Friday

*All classes take place in Somerville House Rm. 2348 unless otherwise noted 

Historical course offerings:


9539A Derrida - Jan Plug [C]

9578B Utopia - Michael Gardiner [B]

9586A Queer and Transgender Studies - Wayne Martino [C]

9636A The Aesthetic Idea - John Vanderheide [A]

9642A Information Overload, Stress Culture, and the Contemplative Turn - Ajit Pyati [C]

9643B The Politics of Agonism, From Agamemnon to Agamben - Charles Stocking [B]

9651B Words and Things - Kevin Mooney [C]

9652A Philosophy and Theory from the Late 18th Century to the Late 20th Century - Tilottama Rajan [A]

9653B Queer Temporalities - Christine Roulston [C]

9654A Envisioning and Creating Resistant Ways of Being: The New Wave of Italian Theory - Antonio Calcagno [C]


9502B Boredom - Michael Gardiner [C]

9513A Heidegger - Steve Lofts [C]

9630A Theories of Mind and Soul: Plato to Hume - Mary Helen McMurran [A]

9639B Psychos and Schizos: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis - John Vanderheide [C]

9644A The Pharmakon of Nature: Philosophy, Speculation and the Life Sciences - Tilottama Rajan [A]

9657A On Exile - Sharon Sliwinski [C]

9660B A Useless Exile: The Promise of Aesthetics - Allan Pero [C]

9673B Autonomism, Communisation, Accelerationism - Nick Dyer Witheford [B]


9227B Franz Boas and his World - Regna Darnell [B]

9533A Levinas - Steve Lofts [C]

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

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

9626A Dreaming and Thinking - Sharon Sliwinski [A]

9637A Questioning Aesthetics - Julian J. Haladyn [A]

9638B Philosophies of Nature - Joshua Schuster [A]

9648A Langue, out on parole - Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu [A]

9649B What is Enlightenment? - Kevin Mooney [A]

9650A On the Contemporary Possibility of Political Interiority - Antonio Calcagno [B]

9658B Metamorphoses of the Letter - Laurence de Looze [C]


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]