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The 2022 London Critical Theory Summer School will take place from 27 June to 8 July. It will build directly on the highly successful online school in 2021 that was attended by students from 25 countries. For the 2022 Summer School we will once again run this on Birkbeck’s campus in central London, but may revert to either a hybrid model or a full-scale online programme if the ongoing pandemic and the travel-related restrictions globally require us to do so.
We are delighted to confirm that our truly exceptional list of tutors has stayed the same as for the 2021 online programme. Attendees will be offered a substantial programme of debates, breakout groups, discussions, live and pre-recorded talks, as well as access to archival resources.
Each Summer School explores the genealogy and reach of critical theory, whilst encouraging intellectual elaboration and reflection. Our aim is to stimulate progressive, dissident being and thinking.
The need for such thinking has dramatically increased in the past few years which witnessed the advent of leaders across the world – Trump, Bolsonaro, Johnson, Modi, Erdoğan, Orbàn – and the massive global inequality to which they attest and have exacerbated, the inhumane asylum policies and increasingly licensed ethno-nationalism, racism and misogyny which they sanction, the forms of historical forgetting which they appear to demand. All this now aggravated by a global pandemic which presents new challenges to our ability to live and our capacity for critical thought, as we reflect on the meanings, and possibility, of justice and equality in our pandemic-driven world.
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We invite students to immerse themselves in two weeks of discussion and debate in the company of our leading tutors. In 2022, we are delighted to welcome new speakers who joined the online programme last year to our in person programme, Jodi Dean, Achille Mbembe, and Sarah Nuttall, alongside our returning speakers, Etienne Balibar, Costas Douzinas, Stephen Frosh, Esther Leslie, Jacqueline Rose and Slavoj Žižek. We are also welcoming a new scholar, Sisonke Msimang, as part of our strengthening connections to the WISER institute at the University of Witswaterand in Johannesberg.
Confirmed Speakers For 2022
- Etienne Balibar, Emeritus Professor at Paris X Nanterre and Anniversary Chair of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London
- Jodi Dean, Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York
- Costas Douzinas
- Stephen Frosh
- Esther Leslie
- Achille Mbembe, Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economy Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
- Sarah Nuttall, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and Director of the Wits Institute for Social and Economy Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
- Jacqueline Rose
- Slavoj Žižek
- Sisonke Msimang, author of Always Another Country: A memoir of exile and home (2017) and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela (2018). Currently a fellow at the WISER Institute, at the University of the Witswatersrand
Speakers and Topics In 2021
- Etienne Balibar, ‘The Human Species: a Mutant Concept and a New Political Subject’
- Jodi Dean, ‘Communism or Neofeudalism’
- Costas Douzinas, ‘Biopolitics, Law and Politics in an Age of Pandemic’
- Stephen Frosh, ‘Shadows of Suffering’
- Esther Leslie, ‘Political Aesthetics of the Present’
- Achille Mbembe, ‘On Planetary Habitability’
- Sarah Nuttalland Ranjana Khanna (Director of the John Hope Franklin Institute and Professor of English, Literature, and Women’s Studies at Duke University), ‘Psychoanalysis and the Non-Human?’
- Jacqueline Rose, ‘Thinking with Psychoanalysis in a Time of Pandemic’
- Slavoj Žižek, ‘Humanity, Anti-Humanism, Post-Humanity’
Please note, we are monitoring the situation with the global pandemic carefully. If the situation deteriorates we will revert to either a hybrid Summer School or an online Summer School for 2022 with a reduced fee. We hope to be able to make a decision about this at the time of the selection panel meeting in late March which will be communicated to you if your application is successful. However, we reserve the right to make further changes after this date if required.
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2022 LCTSS Virtual Programme
What is the LCTSS Virtual Programme?
The 2022 LCTSS virtual programme is intended as an educational experience for those of you not sure whether you are ready for the full in person course, if you have concerns about travel or are on a reduced budget.
What to Expect
The virtual programme comprises two hours of teaching in each day of the Summer School, where you get to meet and discuss with the faculty and to take time to talk around the subjects with your peers, in a way that comes as close as possible to the full in-person School. There will also be some time for social interactions as well as preferential access to the two weekly public facing sessions of the full Summer School.
This programme will run whether or not the in-person programme needs to revert to either a hybrid or fully online model.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Open Society Foundation, we are able to offer 20 bursaries for students from educational institutions who are part of the Open Society University Network to attend this version of the programme.
The application process for the 2022 LCTSS virtual programme is now open and the deadline for applying is 18 March 2022.
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