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Call for Applications: Critical Theory Workshop 2022 Summer Program in Paris and Online

The 14th annual summer program of the Critical Theory Workshop / Atelier de Théorie Critique will take place in Paris, as well as online, from July 4 to July 22, 2022.


The content will be more or less identical, and invited speakers include Radhika Desai*, Georges Gastaud*, Jacques Pauwels*, Jennifer Ponce de León*, Mary Louise Pratt*, Gabriel Rockhill*, and others TBA (* confirmed). Click here for general information about the program, here for details regarding the Paris program, and here for info about the online program.


Course on “Why Marx Matters”

See below for information on an upcoming course, which will be both online from 11/22-11/24 ( and in-person on 11/23 if you are in Philadelphia (

This seminar will elucidate the fundamental tenets of Marx’s philosophy, as well as their importance for understanding and transforming the contemporary world order. It will begin by explaining key concepts like historical materialism, class struggle, alienation, the labor theory of value, ideology and revolution. It will then briefly discuss a few of the important debates in the deep and broad history of Marxism in order to explore some of the ways that Marx’s work has been interpreted and transformed by subsequent generations. Finally, the course will focus in on what Marxist analysis has to contribute to contemporary debates and struggles by demonstrating how it can help us understand phenomena such as the environmental catastrophe, the increasing social inequality of globalization, the carceral state and its relationship to electoral democracy, the military-industrial-academic complex, institutional racism and gender inequality. Although the course will be directed at a lay audience, it will pedagogically build up its analysis in such a way that it will also serve the interests of those with a working knowledge of Marx and Marxism.

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Online Summer Seminar: University of the Commons

Check out the University of the Commons‘ online summer seminar on “International Critical Theory,” which will run in parallel to the Critical Theory Workshop‘s summer program in Paris. If you’re interested in the topic, click here for all of the details.


Online Seminar on “International Critical Theory”

I’m excited to collaborate with Emre Çetin Gürer and the University of the Commons to launch an online seminar in July on “International Critical Theory,” which will run in parallel to the Critical Theory Workshop‘s summer program in Paris. If you’re interested in the topic, click here for all of the details.

The Critical Theory Workshop, in collaboration with the University of the Commons, is proposing an online seminar that will run in parallel to the July workshop in Paris, extending its work into a global virtual network of scholars while facilitating the participation of those who cannot afford to travel. By combining live streams and recordings of select events in Paris with a series of participatory symposia run by the facilitator, the course seeks to put global communications technology in the service of an ecological and widely accessible format for international education. Continue reading

Seminar on Aesthetics in Philadelphia

I will be giving the seminar below on March 23rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Incite Seminars in downtown Philadelphia, in collaboration with the Critical Theory Workshop.


 This seminar will explore some of the most vexing questions in the history of aesthetics: What is art? How does it relate to the ‘real’ world of politics and society? How has it developed and changed over time? It will examine some of the responses given to these questions by major thinkers like Georg Lukács, Herbert Marcuse, Jean-Paul Sartre, Susan Sontag and Jacques Rancière. This will lead to a broader interrogation into the very presuppositions that structure these types of questions, as well as their answers, thereby opening space for a tectonic shift in our understanding of aesthetics, its social roles, and its history.


In its broadest sense, this shift will lead from an understanding of aesthetics as having a more or less fixed nature to one in which it is radically historicized by being recognized as a dynamic social product of certain cultures. Examining the networks of production, circulation and reception operative in what is called art in the modern ‘Western’ world, with an eye to its variations across time, space and social strata, this course inspects how the European world has developed—and then attempted to universalize—a very unique concept and practice of aesthetics, which is bound up in various ways with colonial expansion and the capitalist exhibition of symbolic goods.

Reading: Gabriel Rockhill, Radical History & the Politics of Art
Recommended Film:  Chris Marker and Alain Resnais, Statues also Die

Date: Saturday, March 23, 10am-2pm
Registration: Click here

Conférence et lancement du séminaire sur la socio-philosophie

Pour lancer notre séminaire à l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (voir les détails ci-dessous ou cliquer ici), je fais une intervention aujourd’hui le 17 novembre intitulée “Socio-philosophie et contre-histoire du temps présent”.

Socio-philosophie du temps présent. Enjeux épistémologiques, méthodologiques et critiques

  • Pierre-Antoine Chardel, professeur à l’Institut Mines-Télécom (TH) ( IIAC-CEM )Cet enseignant est référent pour cette UE
  • Valérie Charolles, conseillère référendaire à la Cour des comptes ( IIAC-CEM )
  • Gabriel Rockhill, professeur à l’Université Villanova (USA) ( Hors EHESS )

Ce séminaire a pour vocation de réfléchir aux conditions de possibilité de l’émergence d’une socio-philosophie du temps présent. Il prendra la démocratie et la technologie comme premiers champs de questionnement pour justifier cette articulation entre philosophie et sociologie. La conviction qui anime cette ambition de délimiter un tel geste, à la fois pratique et théorique, renvoie d’une part au fait que les complexités du monde actuel nous incitent à interroger la manière dont nous pouvons philosophiquement nous en saisir tout en échappant aux tentations de leur mise en système. D’autre part, la plupart des crises auxquelles nous nous heurtons (sur le plan économique, politique ou écologique) nous imposent de réfléchir aux enjeux épistémologiques, éthiques et méthodologiques de nos pratiques théoriques en vue de questionner leurs fondements, leurs présupposés, mais également leur ethnocentrisme sous-jacent.

Nous assumerons dans cette perspective le fait que la philosophie doit, plus que jamais, se pratiquer en se tenant au plus près des affaires humaines, en tissant de la sorte un dialogue aussi riche que possible avec les sciences sociales (la socio-anthropologie, la socio-histoire et la socio-économie plus particulièrement). Il s’agira enfin, dans le cours de nos séances, de nous pencher sur certaines grandes catégories de pensée dont nous avons principalement héritées d’une philosophie dite « gréco-occidentale », en essayant de les analyser à nouveaux frais en vue d’assumer une pratique théorique immanente et plurielle qui puisse s’attacher à forger des cartographies alternatives dans notre compréhension du monde au travers de ses dimensions sociales, technologiques, matérielles et symboliques. Car il y a toujours plusieurs forces à l’oeuvre dans ce que l’on désigne par les termes de « société du spectacle », « économie néolibérale », « société de l’information », ou de démocratie dite « représentative ». Compte-tenu de la pluralité des facteurs qui interviennent dans la construction de nos univers intimes, économiques, sociaux, culturels et symboliques, force est de reconnaître que « le monde contemporain » est constitutivement multidimensionnel, porté par des régimes d’énonciation hétérogènes : il appelle l’élaboration d’une pensée critique du temps présent, qui se confronte au plan épistémologique, méthodologique et éthique à ces différences.

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Program for the CTW/ATC 2017 in Paris



The provisory program for the Critical Theory Workshop / Atelier de Théorie Critique, which is an intensive research collaborative that I run in Paris over the summer, has been set. Click here to read in full. The list of invited guests includes Marielle MacéPatrice ManiglierPeter Skafish, Philippe CorcuffSophie WahnichAlice Canabate, Marie Goupy, Jennifer Ponce de LeónJean-François BayartAndrew FeenbergBernard Stiegler and Özgür Gürsoy. Participants in this year’s workshop come from approximately 12 different disciplines and 15 cultural backgrounds. Click here to read their profiles.

A Different Kind of Introduction to Philosophy

Here is a copy of my syllabus for Introduction to Philosophy, whose goals are outlined in the overview below. Comments are welcome:


Drawing on an array of texts that surpass the standard ‘Western’ canon, this course will grapple with some of the most expansive and intimidating philosophic questions: What is the meaning of life? What is the nature of reality? Who are we? What—if anything—can we know? What is philosophy itself, and how might it help to elucidate some of these questions? In each case, we will approach these issues from multiple and diverse perspectives, often reframing or displacing them in order to reveal hidden philosophic assumptions.

Rather than seeking to find definitive closure or unanimous consensus, this seminar will cultivate a process of open-ended collective inquiry in which students will be encouraged to think autonomously and challenge facile solutions. The material covered will include ancient, Christian, modern and contemporary sources, as well as texts from beyond the canonized—and largely white, male, middle-class, European—history of philosophy. This will allow us to critically reflect on the deep-seated presuppositions of particular cultural traditions, while engaging with radically different practices of philosophic interrogation. Students should come away from the course with an expanded sense of theoretical possibilities, as well as an arsenal of critical tools for developing creative and rigorous thinking.