Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

2015-16 Speaker Series

Each year The Speaker Series brings in several visiting guest lecturers. Speakers over the years have included Jean Baudrillard, Lauren Berlant, Peter Brooks, Norman Bryson, David Carroll, Anthony Cascardi, Wlad Godzich, Jean-Joseph Goux, Elizabeth Grosz, N. Katherine Hayles, Linda Hutcheon, Martin Jay, Michael Hardt, Agnes Heller, Barbara Johnson, David Farrell Krell, Murray Krieger, Arthur Kroker, Dominick LaCapra, Jerome McGann, J. Hillis Miller, Chantal Mouffe, Christopher Norris, Mark Poster, Richard Rorty, Charles Scott, Thomas Sebeok, Kaja Silverman, Gayatri Spivak, Bernard Stiegler, Samuel Weber, Hayden White, Slavoj Žižek, and many others.

Watch some of our previous talks on youtube!

Upcoming speakers:


Jane Gallop

Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

The Phallus and its Temporalities: Sexuality, Disability, and Aging

April 8, 2016

Past Speakers include:

Todd May
Nonviolence, Disidentification, and Equality
January 29, 2016

Michael Clune
on GAMELIFE, and "How Poems Know What it Means to Die"
November 9 & 10, 2015

Robert Mitchell
Enlightenment Biopolitics: Population and the Growth of Genius
November 6, 2015

Richard Halpern
Arendt on Political Action
October 15, 2015

Adrian Johnston
Absolutely Contingent: Slavoj Žižek and the Hegelian Contingency of Necessity
October 2, 2015

Saree Makdisi
Palestine and the Politics of Difference
May 21, 2015

David L. Clark
Goya’s Scarcity
April 29, 2015

Richard Doyle
By The Way, Which One's Pink? On the Minimal Conditions for a Transmission of Philip K. Dick's Valis Event(s)
April 8, 2015

Cary Wolfe
Autoimmunity, Social Theory, and 'The Political’
April 2, 2015

Gary Genosko
Discourse Is (Not) the Enemy: Félix Guattari and Pathic Understanding
March 19, 2015

David Ferris
Politics of the Useless: The Question of Art in Benjamin and Heidegger
March 5, 2015

Norman Franke
Chronotopoi of the Good Life: Bakhtin and Bloch on Goethe’s Bildungsroman and the Carnivalesque
March 3, 2015

Rosi Braidotti
Four Theses on Posthuman Feminism
February 6, 2015

Sean McGrath
Principles of Schellingian Analysis
February 5, 2015