Courses

Courses at the Centre are taught by both Core and Non-core faculty at Western, as well emeritus faculty and visiting lecturers. 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 on Course Requirements can be found here.
Required Course Forms can be found here

NEW 2021-2022 COURSES

Fall 2021*

Method of Delivery Title Instructor Day & Time Category
In Person

9202 Cine-Perception

Janelle Blankenship Monday
12:30-3:30
[A]
In Person 9222 Anti-Psychoanalyses: A (Short and Incomplete) History of Confluences and Conflicts Cristina Ionica Monday
4:00-7:00
[A]
In Person 9637 Questioning Aesthetics Julian J. Haladyn Tuesday
1:00-4:00
[A]
In Person 9150 Disability, Ability and the Idea of Self Jeremy Colangelo Wednesday
1:00-4:00
[B]
In Person 9656 Social Theory in the Age of Austerity Matt Stahl Thursday
3:30-6:30
[B]

 * all Theory & Criticism courses take place in Stevenson Hall Rm. 3165

Winter 2022*

Method of Delivery Title Instructor Day & Time Category
In Person 9206 Instrumentality Jonathan De Souza Tuesday
9:30 - 12:30
[C]
In Person

9326 Ways of Seeing, Ways of Listening

Sharon Sliwinski Tuesday
1:00 - 4:00
[A]
In Person

9229 Biopolitics and the Unconscious

Matthew Rowlinson

Wednesday
12:30 - 3:30

[B]
In Person

9244 Postcolonial Theory at the Limits of the Animal

Jason Sandhar Thursday
9:30 -12:30
[B]
In Person

9538 Critical Phenomenology

Helen Fielding Friday
10:00-1:00
[C]

  * all Theory & Criticism courses take place in Stevenson Hall Rm. 3165

Historical course offerings:

2020-21

9154A The Philosophy of Hannah Arendt: Rethinking the Social and the Political - Antonio Calcagno [B]

9203B Land, Language, Locatives - Regna Darnell [B]

9223B Climate Change - Michael Gardiner [B]

9246A Schoenberg/Wittgenstein - Kevin Mooney [C]

9329B Teasing the dainty rods of vision: Imaginary/Imagination/Semblance - Allan Pero [A]

9422Y Translating Theory - Jan Plug [C]

9460B The Arts and Politics of the Situationist International (1957-1972) - Ed Matthews [A]

9614Y Idealism and the Margins of Philosophy: (Inter)Disciplinarity in Kant, Hegel, Schelling - Tilottama Rajan [A]

9655A Theorizing Environmental Subjectivity - David Janzen [C] 

 

2019-20

9153B The Avant-gardes as Anti-Culture: A History of “Radicalism” and “Excess” - Cristina Ionica [A]

9201B Cyberwar Theory - Nick Dyer Witheford [B]

9204A Immaterial - Mary Helen McMurran [B]

9327A Techniques of the Body in Greece, Rome, and the Modern Era - Charles Stocking [B]

9423A The Performance of Race - Nigel Joseph [C]

9449B Postwork Imaginaries - Michael Gardiner [B]

9501A Writing Aloud: Theories of Sound and Silence - Christof Migone [A]

9538B Critical Phenomenology - Helen Fielding [C]

9579B Why (and how) are things similar?: Analogy, Example, Metaphor, Taxonomy - Laurence de Looze [A]

9640B Existential Risk - Joshua Schuster [A]

9656A Social Theory in the Age of Austerity - Matt Stahl [B]

 

2018-19

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]

 

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]