Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

Theory Sessions

The Theory Sessions, a student initiative, serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas to promote interdisciplinary research in theory at the Centre and across campus. Students and faculty present their papers and engage in spirited discussions, with contributions from interested Centre scholars as well as faculty and students from other fields and disciplines at Western. Topics have included cannibalism, camp, vaginas, anarchism, bioeconomics, and photography.

“… the metamorphic aspect is most interesting. But pictorial metamorphosis of one item into the next is only one part of these compositions. … Such images portray the effects of the perceptual action that is necessary for things to be viewed in terms of progress. The most basic and important capacity of the latter is the projection of multiple disjunct themes into a single image. … The form of intelligibility conferred by such plastic designations … is a methodological guide: it leads from one development or happening to the next. … The above forms … one of the particular aesthetic experiences of the historian.”

 Consider volunteering to be a respondent for any Theory Session that interests you.  To respond to a paper it’s not necessary to write a paper of your own; nor do you have to be an expert in the field. All that is asked is that you be willing to raise a problem or offer a comment based on the paper that’s just been given. The speaker will provide you with a copy of the paper a week in advance. To volunteer, e‐mail Grant Dempsey or Katie Grant.