Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

2016-17 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:


September 2016

Peter Fenves

Joan and Sarepta Harrison Professor of Literature, is professor of German, Comparative Literary Studies, and Jewish Studies, Northwestern


November 2016

Lewis Gordon

Professor of Philosophy, Africana Studies, and Judaic Studies, University of Connecticut


February 2017

Eric Santner

Philip and Ida Romberg Professor in Modern Germanic Studies, and Chair, Department of Germanic Studies, University of Chicago


March 2017

Rey Chow

Director of the Literature Program, Duke University


Past Speakers include:

Maurizio Lazzarato
Financialization and War: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality and Subjectivity
April 27, 2016

Jane Gallop
The Phallus and its Temporalities: Sexuality, Disability, and Aging
April 8, 2016

Reingard Nethersole
Königswege and Holzwege: High Roads and Byroads taken in Literary Theory
April 5, 2016

Michael Anderson
What mindedness is: Evolution, embodiment, and the nature of human thought
March 18, 2016

Catherine Malabou
Passionate Disattachments: The Work of Catherine Malabou
February 5 & 6, 2016

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