Kritik

A public forum on theory, culture, and politics hosted by the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

02/24/2021
"Tiny Homes in a Room of One's Own" By Dr. Nikki Usher (College of Media, Communications/Political Science) For the holidays, I bought my wife a tiny tiny house kit.   It sits, a promise of leisure time, a promise of personal space in a...
12/14/2020
"Some Reflections on the Webinar Explosion in South Asia in the Time of Covid" Anustup Basu (English) At this point we are well aware of the extent to which the ongoing pandemic has unsettled intellectual lives and disrupted academic relationships and rhythms. It has closed off spaces, isolated bodies, and scattered established institutional and collaborative arrangements. These latter have...
12/10/2020
"We All Get Sick and Die" Written by Dr. Catherine Prendergast (UIUC, English) “We all Get Sick and Die.” That used to be the subtitle of my courses in disability studies. It announced that disability studies demands a shift in our frame of reference with regard to bodies, away from a presumption of their invulnerability. I promised students that when they left the class, they would either identify as disabled (...
11/23/2020
[On Tuesday, November 10, Dr. Sean Metzger (Theater, Film & Television, UCLA) presented a lecture on Queer Theory as part of the Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series. Below is a response by Joe Coyle (Anthropology, UIUC) Thinking Queer Theory Transnationally and Geopolitically Joe Coyle (Anthropology, UIUC) Sean Metzger’s Modern Critical...
11/06/2020
[On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, Dr. Jenny Sharpe presented a lecture on Postcolonial Theory as part of the Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series. Below is a response by Ji Hyea Hwang (Comparative & World Literature, UIUC).] Postcolonial Theory and Western Humanism Ji Hyea Hwang (Comparative & World Literature, UIUC...
10/14/2020
[On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, Dr. Alexander G. Weheliye presented a lecture on Biopolitics as part of the Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series. Below is a response by Austin Hoffman (Anthropology, UIUC)] Black Feminism and the (Re)Making of Biopolitics Written by Austin Hoffman “Traveling theories, particularly those supposedly transparent and universal soldiers in Man’s philosophical army, should be exposed...
09/22/2020
[On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Dr. Jeffrey T. Martin presented a lecture on Structuralism as part of the Modern and Critical Theory Lecture Series. Below is a response by Sabrina Yun-Che Lee (English, UIUC)] Structuralism's Promise and Peril Written by Sabrina Yun-Che Lee In the half-century-long wake of poststructuralism, structuralism often seems merely a necessary foundation...
09/14/2020
[On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Dr. Timothy Brennan presented a talk on Marx and Marxism as part of the Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series. Below is a response by Aidan Watson-Morris (English).] Timothy Brennan’s New Marxist Materialism, Same as the Old Written by Aidan Watson-Morris Karl Marx’s claim that our thinking is historical, that ideas emerge or gain...
09/03/2020
[On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, Dr. Lucy Allais presented a talk on German Idealism as part of the Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series. Below is a response by Dr. Michael Uhall (Political Science).] Occupy Kant: Remarks on Racism and Liberalism Written by Dr. Michael Uhall...
03/27/2020
[On Thursday, February 27, 2020, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory hosted a Nicholson Distinguished Scholar Lecture "The Idea of a Moral and Reparatory History of New World Slavery" by Professor David Scott (Anthropology, Columbia). Below is a response by Grazzia Grimaldi (Anthropology).] Written by Grazzia Grimaldi What is the conceptual story of the past of New World slavery that ought to come into the present? What story should the present demand of the past? Opening with these questions, David Scott proposed a reorientation towards a moral and reparatory history of the past...