The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University - 2016 Summer Session: June 19 - July 29

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Summer Program
January 1, 2016 to February 1, 2016
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Social Sciences, Literature, Law and Legal History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

The Program

In an intensive six-week course of study, faculty members and graduate students from around the world, in the humanities and social sciences, explore recent developments in critical theory. The 2016 Session is scheduled for June 19 – July 29.

Participants work with the SCT’s core faculty of distinguished scholars and theorists in one of four six-week seminars. Each faculty member offers, in addition, a public lecture and a colloquium (based on an original paper) which are attended by the entire group.

The program also includes mini-seminars taught by scholars who visit for shorter periods. Finally, throughout the six weeks, distinguished theorists visit the SCT as lecturers.


The 2016 Faculty

Six-Week Seminars

Branka Arsić – “Material Life: Vitalism From Spinoza to Deleuze”
Warren Breckman – “The Machiavellian Moment of Radical Democracy”
W. J. T. Mitchell – “Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture”
Renata Salecl – “The Right to Ignorance: Psychoanalysis and Secrets in Times of Surveillance”


Sandra L. Bermann – “Comparative Literature Meets Translation Theory”
Sharon Cameron – “Tolstoy, Bresson, and the Ground of the Ethical”
Matthew Engelke – “Africa and the Secular”
Diana Sorensen – “Geographic Imaginaries for the 21st Century: Mobility, Materiality, and the Production of Knowledge”

Visiting Guest Lecturers

Homi Bhabha – “The Quest for Security and Questions of Cultural Form”
Marjorie Levinson – “Parsing the Frost: Growth of a Poet’s Sentence in ‘Frost at Midnight’”
Timothy Murray – “Aesthetic Remix: Medial Architectonics, East and West”


Admission and Costs

The application deadline is Febrary 1, 2016, and admissions decisions are announced in March.  All applications must be submitted online.  The online application may be accessed at beginning on December 1, 2015.

Tuition for the 2016 session is $3,000.  Applicants may compete for partial tuition scholarships and are encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions.  On-campus housing is available for an additional charge.


Contact Info: 

School of Criticism and Theory
Cornell University
A.D. White House
27 East Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14853
607-255-9276 (phone)
607-255-1422 (fax)