Courses

Courses at the Centre are taught by both Core and Non-core faculty at Western, as well emeritus faculty and visiting lecturers. With some exceptions, courses are limited to no more than 15 students. Master's students are required to fulfill a “breadth requirement” by taking at least one half course from each of groups A & B:

Group A: aesthetics, philosophy, psychoanalysis, language theory
Group B: social, cultural and political theory
Group C: topical focus covering a variety of theorists from the above areas, as well as 19th-century, modern, and contemporary theory

More information about course requirements can be found here.
Required course forms can be found here

*2018-2019 COURSE TIMETABLE*

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Fall 2018

Catalog Number Title Instructor Day & Time Category
9152 From Dada to Dank Memes: Revolt, Revulsion, and Discontent Andrew Wenaus Tuesday
9:30am - 12:30pm
[C]
9245 Zones of Entanglement: Philosophy, the Life Sciences and Medicine 1785-2012 Tilottama Rajan Tuesday
1:30-4:30pm
[A]
9436 The Subject of the Object Peter Schwenger Wednesday
1:30-4:30pm
[C]
9328

Reconciliation and its Discontents: Theory, Art, Critique

cross-listed w/ English 9168 (University College Rm. 4415)

Pauline Wakeham Thursday
9:30am - 12:30pm
UC 4415
[A]
CL 9612

Metamorphoses of the Letter

pre-approved external course

Laurence de Looze Thursday
1:30-4:30pm
UC 3320
[C]
9500 Mimesis in Modernity John Vanderheide Friday
10:30am-1:30pm
[A]

 * all courses take place in Stevenson-Lawson Hall Rm. 3165 unless otherwise noted

Winter 2019

Title Instructor Day & Time Category
9202 Bergson: Cine-Perception Janelle Blankenship Monday
10:30am-1:30pm
[C]
9228 Keywords for the 21st Century Regna Darnell Monday
2:30-5:30pm
[B]
9449

Post-work Imaginaries

cross-listed w/ Sociology 9151B 

Michael Gardiner Tuesday
1:30-4:30pm
SSC 5230
[B]
WS 9572

Queer Temporalities

pre-approved external course

Chris Roulston Wednesday
10:30am-1:30pm
StvH 3166
[C]
9559 Under Elding Towers, Among Dimming Stars: The Spaces and Politics of Modernity Allan Pero Wednesday
2:00-5:00pm
[A]
9347 French Enlightenment Thought and the Rise of Materialism Edward Matthews Thursday
1:30-4:30pm
[A]

 

Historical course offerings:

2017-18

9205A A Design for Life: Aesthetico-Politics in Semio-Capitalism - Aarnoud Rommens [A]

9424B Marx from Beginning to End: The 1844 Manuscripts Today - Nick Dyer Witheford [B]

9432B Contemporary theories of Fascism and Counter-Fascism - Mireya Folch Serra [B]

9440A Of the Mycelium and its Gravity: Late Lacan, Sexuation, Sinthome, and the Baroque - Allan Pero [C]

9458B Critical Race and Feminist Studies - Erica Lawson [C]

9503A Political Responses to Crisis and Collapse: Hannah Arendt, Edith Stein, Rosa Luxemburg, and Simone Weil - Antonio Calcagno [B]

9565B Imagining Community - Jan Plug [A]

9617A Indigenous Critical Theory: Key Concepts and Debates - Pauline Wakeham [B]

9637A Questioning Aesthetics - Julian J. Haladyn [A]

9640B Existential Risk - Joshua Schuster [A]

9538B Feminist Phenomenology - Helen Fielding [C]

2016-17

9539A Derrida - Jan Plug [C]

9578B Utopia - Michael Gardiner [B]

9586A Queer and Transgender Studies - Wayne Martino [C]

9636A The Aesthetic Idea - John Vanderheide [A]

9642A Information Overload, Stress Culture, and the Contemplative Turn - Ajit Pyati [C]

9643B The Politics of Agonism, From Agamemnon to Agamben - Charles Stocking [B]

9651B Words and Things - Kevin Mooney [C]

9652A Philosophy and Theory from the Late 18th Century to the Late 20th Century - Tilottama Rajan [A]

9653B Queer Temporalities - Christine Roulston [C]

9654A Envisioning and Creating Resistant Ways of Being: The New Wave of Italian Theory - Antonio Calcagno [C]

2015-16

9502B Boredom - Michael Gardiner [C]

9513A Heidegger - Steve Lofts [C]

9630A Theories of Mind and Soul: Plato to Hume - Mary Helen McMurran [A]

9639B Psychos and Schizos: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis - John Vanderheide [C]

9644A The Pharmakon of Nature: Philosophy, Speculation and the Life Sciences - Tilottama Rajan [A]

9657A On Exile - Sharon Sliwinski [C]

9660B A Useless Exile: The Promise of Aesthetics - Allan Pero [C]

9673B Autonomism, Communisation, Accelerationism - Nick Dyer Witheford [B]

2014-15

9227B Franz Boas and his World - Regna Darnell [B]

9533A Levinas - Steve Lofts [C]

9622B Hauntings: Matter and Spirit in Contemporary Critical Theory - Christopher Keep [A]

9624A The Social, the Ethical, and the Global - Scott Schaffer [B]

9626A Dreaming and Thinking - Sharon Sliwinski [A]

9637A Questioning Aesthetics - Julian J. Haladyn [A]

9638B Philosophies of Nature - Joshua Schuster [A]

9648A Langue, out on parole - Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu [A]

9649B What is Enlightenment? - Kevin Mooney [A]

9650A On the Contemporary Possibility of Political Interiority - Antonio Calcagno [B]

9658B Metamorphoses of the Letter - Laurence de Looze [C]

2013-14

9226A Beyond Incommensurability across Cultures and Languages - Regna Darnell [B]

9504A Anxiety - Jan Plug [A]

9507B "Charged by an Asymptomatic Curve": The Spaces of Love and the Event - Allan Pero [A]

9513A Heidegger - Stephen G. Lofts [C]

9578A the Concept of Utopia - Michael Gardiner [B]

9609B War on Terror - Nandita Biswas Mellamphy [B]

9625A Eighteenth-Century Philosophy and Literature - Mary Helen McMurran [C]

9627B Adorno and Critical Theory - Kevin Mooney [C]

9634A Sovereign Laws of Movement, Politics, Life - Mark Franke [B]

9635B Letter, Trace, Archive: Freud, Lacan, and Derrida on the Signifier in Psychoanalysis - Matthew Rowlinson [C]

9636B The Aesthetic Idea - John Vanderheide [A]