The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities | London Critical Theory Summer School
Document Actions

London Critical Theory Summer School

This school created a space to negotiate ideas, experiences and the historical formation of theories, while provoking me to consider the present-past and engage different ways of being or becoming and unbecoming - 2018 International Bursary Student

Run by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, the internationally renowned London Critical Theory Summer School enables graduate students and academics to engage in a two-week course of day-time study with acclaimed critical thinkers.

Participating Academics 2019

  • Drucilla Cornell (Rutgers University, New Jersey)
  • Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck College, London)
  • Stephen Frosh (Birkbeck College, London)
  • Esther Leslie ((Birkbeck College, London)
  • Kobena Mercer (Yale University, New Haven)
  • Jacqueline Rose (Birkbeck College, London)
  • Eyal Weizman + Forensic Architecture (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • Slavoj Žižek (Birkbeck College, London)

About Us

The School combines critical theoretical thought, at the most advanced level, with a sense of the political urgency of the times, an urgency that has so dramatically increased in this past year with the advent of Brexit and Trump, the massive global inequality to which they both attest and will exacerbate, the increasingly licensed ethno-nationalism, racism and misogyny which they sanction, the forms of historical forgetting which they appear to demand.

‘The transdisciplinary approach of the Summer School was really impressive’ - 2017 Participant

The key to our Summer School is that theory is engaged theory, that is, it pursues, elucidates and complicates its own genealogy and intellectual elaboration at the same time as attempting to show how theory, and the necessity of sustained reflection which it demands and enacts, can contribute to progressive, dissident thought and being in the modern world.

An egalitarian space to learn in a challenging and supportive critical, social context… fueled by enquiry, curiosity, aspiration and a desire not just to know and to question, but to experience the world and human production in all its social, cultural, economic manifestations - 2018 Birkbeck Bursary Student

If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities