Global Theories of Critique
University of Michigan
The Global Theories of Critique initiative seeks to bring together a community of thinkers, readers, and practitioners of theoretical, literary, and visual works at the University of Michigan to advance conversations between critical and postcolonial theories. These different schools of critique have emerged since the early twentieth century. Critical theory began in Europe just as anticolonial and decolonial theories and literary works emerged in colonial centers and peripheries. Such schools of critique took shape and grew in the wake of fascism in Europe, anticolonial movements around the world, the civil rights movement in the United States, feminist movements, and liberation theologies. Thus many critics of fascism, colonialism, and settler colonialism, as well as race, gender and sexuality, and class-based discrimination, and other inequalities all continue to intersect in geography, ideas, and causes. The Global Theories of Critique initiative is a space for re-establishing the connections between these “overlapping territories and intertwined histories,” as well as mapping contemporary and emerging ones through our Criticism and Solidarity Workshop.