Paris Program


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Founder and DirectorIMG_2630
Gabriel Rockhill

Sorbonne/EHESS in Paris, France

Every year in June

Primary Institution
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Partner Institutions
Université Paris-Sorbonne

Université Paris Descartes and Institut Mines-Télécom, Laboratoire mixte de recherche “Sens et compréhension du monde contemporain”
Collège International de Philosophie

The Critical Theory Workshop / Atelier de Théorie Critique is an intensive research program that takes place every July in Paris, France.  Founded in 2008, the primary objective of the Workshop is to provide an international forum for interdisciplinary and comparative work in critical theory, in the broadest sense of the term. Participants are exposed to the work of contemporary thinkers and engage with current debates in the Francophone world.

The Workshop, which takes place at the EHESS in central Paris, does not follow the traditional structure of a course or a conference. Instead, it functions as a collaborative platform for the sharing and perfecting of autonomous research projects. It is comprised of three interlocking components:

  • Débats: invited speakers debate with the director on a common theme or question related to their research.
  • Rencontres: intellectuals are invited to participate in public interviews regarding their work to date and their current projects.
  • Groupes de travail: the participants workshop their own research projects in consultation with other participants and in preparation for a final conference.

The overall objective is to bring together a diverse panoply of thinkers from different horizons in order to cultivate productive debates around specific themes and issues.

Although these activities are oriented toward a graduate level of education, anyone with the requisite background is welcome to apply. One of the goals is to create a relatively egalitarian space of collaboration that cuts across the standard academic distinctions between professors and students. Participants often include, therefore, very advanced undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, autodidacts, artists, writers and independent researchers.

The language of instruction is English, but some of the activities take place in French with English summary translations. Therefore, it is recommended, but not required, that applicants have a working knowledge of the French language.