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CPCT Research Seminar 2021-22: What is Global Critical Theory?
The history of critical theory is one of migration and displacement of ideas – of travelling and exiled theory – but to date it has all too often been written as a story of the afterlife of the European Enlightenment. This seminar seeks to begin to pose the problem of a ‘global critical theory’ by undertaking a series of soundings of conceptual debates emerging in different locales and conjunctures that foreground the non-Western genesis of crucial problems of contemporary critical theory, as well as the situated problematisation of the forms of historical difference and unevenness that mark the travels of critical theory. The seminar will touch, inter alia, on Caribbean and Latin American debates on the short-circuits, ‘misencounters’ (desencuentros) and misplacements between critical concepts in Europe and the Americas, and their aesthetic figurations in the periodisation of the Baroque and the conceptual persona that is Caliban; explore the uptake by Levantine Marxist intellectuals of Said’s Orientalism; investigate the oft-overlooked contributions of Vietnamese philosophers Trần Đức Thảo to postwar phenomenology and deconstruction, and Nguyễn Khắc Viện to global Marxism; and inquire into the critical theories of fascism originating in interwar Japan.

For further information on each session's readings, please visit https://cpct.uk/2021-2022/.

13 October — Bolívar Echeverría, Severo Sarduy
27 October — José Arico
10 November — Beatriz González Stephan, Roberto Schwarz
24 November — Roberto Fernandez Retamar, Aimé Césaire
8 December — Sylvia Wynter
26 January — Mahdi Amel, Sadik Jalal al-’Azm
9 February — Trần Đức Thảo
23 February — Trần Đức Thảo (cont'd)
9 March — Nguyễn Khắc Viện
23 March — [guest speaker TBA]
27 April — Wambia dia Wamba
11 May — [guest speaker TBA]
25 May — Tosaka Jun
8 June — Kojin Karatani
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