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London Critical Theory Summer School

‘A feeling of reinvigoration and dynamism…permeates the whole atmosphere’ 2015 Participant

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

Each year the teaching staff consists of world-class academics from Birkbeck and specially invited international scholars.

‘Excellent calibre of speaker and I really appreciated their level of engagement with students’ 2016 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. In short, at a time when the idea of resistance has become more pressing, the role of critical theory in elaborating a more just future has never felt more necessary.

We are proud of the Summer School to date, believing it offers a unique opportunity for sustained and engaged reflection over its intense two weeks.  Central to its success is the presence of the participants who we are always delighted to welcome from around the world: Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Mexico, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, the United States, the UK. Always it is your disparate experiences, intellectual and political, which provide the real energy of the course.

Full details of the 2018 Summer School will be released in November 2017.

If you would like to be notified when applications open, email