Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

Reading Groups

Reading groups are an important part of the research-friendly environment fostered by the Theory Centre. Often founded by graduate students, reading groups are one of the means by which Masters and Doctoral students are fully integrated into the research culture of the program. Reading groups focus on the dissemination of new research through meetings and discussion groups, and include:

Creative Writing Workshop

The Graduate Creative Writing Workshop group is currently run as a joint effort of students from English and the Centre for Theory and Criticism, but graduate students from any discipline are welcome. The group's goal is to give students otherwise embroiled in academic coursework a chance to write creatively and have their work read and discussed by some of their colleagues. So far in the 2013-2014 academic year we have workshopped everything from lyric poetry to experimental forms to short fiction. Contact John Nyman at jnyman3@uwo.ca. The group has also produced a limited-run chapbook showcasing work from the 2013-2014 year; free copies are available from Melanie Caldwell at the Centre for Theory and Criticism for anyone interested.


The objective of this group is to create a para-academic space for the consideration of complex ideas, particularly those emerging from whole texts. To this end, we will start with Gilles Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition and meet in the Theory Lounge (SH 2331A) once a week, on Saturday evenings (4pm), and will potentially follow this up with drinks at the Grad Club. We welcome those interested as much from the Theory Centre as from the other Faculties, including undergraduate students and those from outside the academia, as long as the environment we create is a safe one (engagement with the text instead of potentially offensive debates) and (academic) jargon is avoided (we prefer examples that clarify the text instead). If all goes well, we will put the next text to be “studied” up for a vote at the end of February. Finally, the ethics of the group are based on a (re)opening of the public sphere so firmly closed by “the system” (whether outside or within the academia), that is: on constructing a space for the discussion of ideas that is un-accountable to the dynamics of capital (and the sovereignty that it traces and of which it is a trace), and which instead (ever-)creates its own (new?) dynamics.