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 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



2016-17 Timetable

Fall 2016

Catalog Number Title Instructor Day & Time Category
9586 Queer and Transgender Studies Wayne Martino Monday
LWH 2205
9539 Derrida Jan Plug Monday
9642 Information Overload, Stress Culture, and the Contemplative Turn
Ajit Pyati Tuesday
9652 What is Philosophy?: Philosophy and Theory from the Late Eighteenth Century to the Late Twentieth Century Tilottama Rajan Tuesday
9636 The Aesthetic Idea
John Vanderheide Thursday
9654 Envisioning and Creating Resistant Ways of Being: The New Wave of Italian Theory Antonio Calcagno Friday 

Winter 2017

Title Instructor Day & Time Category
9643 The Politics of Agonism, From Agamemnon to Agamben Charles Stocking Tuesday
9651 Words and Things Kevin Mooney Wednesday
9653 Queer Temporalities Christine Roulston Thursday
9578 Utopia Michael Gardiner Thursday

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

Historical course offerings:


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]


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