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 12 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


Fall 2019*

Catalog Number Title Instructor Day & Time Category
9423 The Performance of Race Nigel Joseph Monday
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM



Mary Helen McMurran Wednesday
10:30 AM-1:30 PM
9327 Techniques of the Body in Greece, Rome, and the Modern Era Charles Stocking Thursday
9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Own Your Future

School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Thursday
12:30 PM- 2:30 PM
FNB WALS 2210 and 2220

Writing Aloud: Theories of Sound and Silence

Christof Migone Friday
9:30 AM-12:30 PM
9656 Social Theory in the Age of Austerity Matt Stahl Friday
12:30 PM-3:30 PM

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

Winter 2020*

Title Instructor Day & Time Category
9153 The Avant-gardes as Anti-Culture: A History of “Radicalism” and “Excess” Cristina Ionica Monday
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
9201 Cyberwar Theory Nick Dyer Witheford Tuesday
9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Why (and how) are things similar?: Analogy, Example, Metaphor, Taxonomy
cross-listed w/ Comp Lit 9609B


Laurence de Looze Tuesday
1:30 PM-4:30 PM

Postwork Imaginaries
cross-listed w/ Sociology 9151B


Michael Gardiner

9:30 AM-12:30 PM
SSC 5427

9640 Existential Risk Joshua Schuster Wednesday
1:30 PM- 4:30 PM

Own Your Future

School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Thursday
12:30 PM-2:30 PM
FNB WALS 2210 and UCC WALS 66
9224 The New Marx Reading Atle Kjøsen Thursday
1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Critical Phenomenology

Helen Fielding Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Historical course offerings:


9152A From Dada to Dank Memes: Revolt, Revulsion, and Discontent - Andrew Wenaus [C]

9210B Hantology, or Reading Byung-Chul Han - Julian Jason Haladyn [B]

9228B Keywords for the 21st Century - Regna Darnell [B]

9245A Zones of Entanglement: Philosophy, the Life Sciences and Medicine 1785-2012 - Tilottama Rajan [A]

9328A Reconciliation and its Discontents: Theory, Art, Critique - Pauline Wakeham [A]

9347B French Enlightenment Thought and the Rise of Materialism - Ed Matthews [A]

9436A The Subject of the Object - Peter Schwenger [C]

9449B Post-work Imaginaries - Michael Gardiner [B]

9500A Mimesis in Modernity - John Vanderheide [A]

9559B Under Elding Towers, Among Dimming Stars: The Spaces and Politics of Modernity - Allan Pero [A]



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]


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]


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]


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]