Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

Recent Publications

The Theory Centre is home to some of the most vital and innovative research in the Arts and Humanities, Social Science, and Information and Media studies. Its core faculty, associate faculty, and graduate students have published monographs with major academic presses and articles in top-tier academic journals. In addition to these publications, the Centre also hosts its graduate-student-run journal, Chiasma: A Cite for Thought. Explore the links below to see what we’ve published recently!


Chiasma: A Site for Thought was established in September 2013 as an annual, double-blind, peer-reviewed journal for the generation and dispersion of theory. While recognizing ‘theory’ as a pursuit born of the crossing of continental philosophy, social and political theory, literary criticism, media studies, and cultural studies, Chiasma: A Site for Thought places emphasis on those genetic moments that displace theory from its history, without abandoning it to an auxiliary position between disciplines. The journal therefore aims at the affirmation of theory’s own powers to recombine and mutate the societal, historical, and academic coordinates from which it comes.

Faculty Bookshelf

re(imagining) Regionalism

(Re)Imagining Regionalism edited by Joel Faflak and Sky Glabush.

(Re)imaging Regionalism seeks to examine the Regionalist movement in London during the 1960s – which was predominantly characterized by Greg Curnoe and Jack Chambers – in a new light. As a major event in London’s cultural history, Regionalism is often celebrated as a galvanizing force for the city’s creative sector. It focused attention on what it means to make art in a specific time and place.

At the borders of sleep

Peter Schwenger. At the Borders of Sleep: On Liminal Literature. University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

At the Borders of Sleep is a unique exploration of the connections between literature and the liminal states between waking and sleeping. Ultimately arguing that both the reading and writing of literature are liminal experiences, taking place on the edges of consciousness, Peter Schwenger suggests new ways to think about the nature of literature and consciousness.



Tilottama Rajan and Sean J. McGrath have edited "Schelling After Theory," a special issue of Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, 19:1 (2015) :1-197. The issue includes selected, revised papers from the conference "Futures of Schelling," organized by Tilottama Rajan at the Centre in August 2013. Contributions by Western faculty members and present or former students are:

Tilottama Rajan and Sean J. McGrath, "Introduction: Schelling After Theory," 1-12

John Vanderheide, "A Standstill in Desire:Schelling,Nietzsche, Deleuze, and the Idea of Eternal Recurrence," 13-23

Gord Barentsen, "Silent Partnerships: Schelling, Jung, and the Romantic Metasubject," 67-79

Jared McGeough, "Schelling 'After' Bakunin: Idealism, Anarchism, Post-Anarchism," 80-93.

Tilottama Rajan, "Evolution and its Resistances: Transferences Between Disciplines in Hegel's and Schelling's Systems," 153-175.


Biswas Mellamphy, Nandita. “From Terra- to Terror-Ecology: Secrets from the Arrakeen Underground”. In Design Ecologies, Volume 3, Number 1, 2014, 66-91.

Biswas Mellamphy, Nandita. “Nietzsche’s Political Materialism: Diagram for a Nietzschean Politics.” In Nietzsche as Political Philosopher, Barry Stocker and Manuel Knoll (eds.). Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014, 77-92.

Biswas Mellamphy, Nandita. "From the Digital to the Tentacular, or From iPods to Cephalopods: Apps, Traps, and Entrées-without-Exit" (co-authored with Dr. D Mellamphy). In The Imaginary App, eds. Svitlana Matviyenko and Paul Miller (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014), 231-249.

Rajan, Tilottama. "The Abyss of Emotion: Mary Shelley, Godwin, and Romanticism." Romanticism and the Emotions. Ed. Richard Sha and Joel Faflak. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 147-68.

Rajan, Tilottama. "Between Individual and General History: Godwin’s Seventeenth-Century Texts." Special issue on Godwin, ed. Rowland Weston. Nineteenth-Century Prose 41:2/3 (Spring/Fall, 2014): 111-60.

Rajan, Tilottama. "The Life of the ‘Idea’: Hegel, Schelling and Schopenhauer." Special issue on "Schelling: Powers of the Idea." Pli: Warwick Journal of Philosophy 26 (Fall 2014): 27-48.


Biswas Mellamphy, Nandita. “Nietzsche and the Engine of Politics.” In Nietzsche and Political Thought. Keith Ansell-Pearson (ed.). London: Bloomsbury Press, 2013, 141-160.

Biswas Mellamphy, Nandita. “Nietzsche’s Experimental Ontology.” In Nietzsche’s Therapeutic Teaching: For Individuals and Culture. Horst Hutter and Eli Friedland (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Press, 2013. 205-216.

Calcagno, Antonio. “Reclaiming the Possibility of an Interior Human Culture? Michel Henry and La Barbarie”, in the The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, vol. 44, n. 3, October 2013, 251–264.

Calcagno, Antonio. “Empathy”, entry for New Catholic Encyclopaedia, Supplement 2012–2013, eds. R. Fastiggi and J. Koterski , Volume 2 (Detroit: Gale Publishing, 2013), 446–448.

Calcagno, Antonio.  “The Desire and Pleasure of Evil: The Augustinian Limitations of Arendtian Mind” in The Heythrop Journal, Volume LIV, no. 1, January 2013, 89–100.

Rajan, Tilottama. "The Work of the Negative: Symbolic, Gothic, and Romantic in Shelley and Hegel." Studies in Romanticism, 52:1 (2013): 3-32.


Calcagno, Antonio.  “The Problem of the Relation Between the State and the Community in Edith Stein’s Political Theory” in Quaestiones Disputatae (special issue on Early Phenomenology), Volume 3, No. 1, Fall 2012, 187–200.

Calcagno, Antonio. “Gerda Walther: On the Possibility of a Passive Sense of Community and the Inner Time Consciousness of a Community”, in special volume dedicated to early phenomenology, eds. Jeff Mitscherling and Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray, Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy / Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale, Volume 16, n.2, Fall 2012, 89-105.

Calcagno, Antonio. “Giorgio Agamben. Modern Sovereignty and the Camps: A Challenge for Canada”, in Beyond Barbed Wire: Essays on the Internment of Italian-Canadians, eds. Licia Canton, Domenic Cusmano, Michael Mirolla, Jim Zucchero (Montreal: Guernica Editions, 2012), 31–40.