Interdisciplinary Working Group in Critical Theory
The Interdisciplinary Working Group in Critical Theory brings together faculty and graduate students from across the humanities and qualitative social sciences to address current theoretical debates by reading and discussing texts that both define and disrupt disciplinary thinking. With the goal of facilitating ongoing interdisciplinary inquiry, we have chosen four thematic foci that tie together the disciplinary concerns and latent research agendas of workshop participants: affect, materialisms, speculation, and transitions. By providing a sustained platform for cross-disciplinary dialogue, the workshop aims to provoke discussions that would be difficult to replicate in a one-quarter graduate course, allowing participants to test disciplinary assumptions within a sympathetic yet serious scholarly environment. The workshop is sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center with additional support from the Program in Modern Thought and Literature.