Past Events


April 10-11, 2015: “Paralysis of Criticism” conference.

Fall 2015: Nicholas Xenos offers inaugural Critical Theory seminar (POLISCI 793X, “Critical Theory”)

October 19, 2015: Workshop, Adam Sitze presents “Paralysis of Criticism”

November 2, 2015: Workshop,  Sarah Johnson presents “Marx’s Modes of Production and the Ends of Historical Periodization”

November 30, 2015: Workshop, Sharif Youssef presents “Necessary Decisions” based on his paper “We Can Neither Go Away nor Stay’: Refugees and Emergency in the Puritan Experience of Dying”


February 10, 2016: Workshop, Undergraduate Fellows Jane Berrill, Andrew Lindsay, Athri Ranganathan, Sam Rosenblum, Arthur Roski, Ben Walker, Tiffany Wong and David Zhang reflect upon their collective writings on Amherst Uprising.

March 2, 2016: Workshop, Graduate Program Fellow Ben Nolan presents “The Denial of Dignity”

March 9, 2016: Workshop, Graduate Program Fellow Sid Issar presents “Decolonizing Liberal Metaphysics”

March 21, 2016: Lecture by Robyn Marasco titled “The Birth of Homo Ludens: Politics, Anthropology, and Play,” followed by a workshop featuring a chapter from her book The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel and a recorded interview with Adam Sitze.

April 7, 2016: Lecture by William Connolly titled “The Politics of the Anthropocene: Catastrophic Climate Events”

April 20, 2016: Workshop, Undergraduate Fellow Charlie Driker-Ohren, “The Subject of Value: Reading Marx Through Lacan”

April 28, 2016: Lecture by Stephen Johnston titled “American Dionysia: Violence, Tragedy, and Democratic Politics” followed by a dinner and recorded interview with Tom Dumm

Fall 2016: Professors Dumm and Sitze offer second Critical Theory seminar (LJST/POLI SCI 355, “Animals”).

September 14, 2016: Mike Stein leads workshop on Authoritarianism.

September 21, 2016: Discussion with Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo, author of Political Responsibility: Responding to Predicaments of Power (Columbia University Press, 2016).

October 12, 2016: Nicholas Xenos leads workshop on Populism, Populist Negations, and the New Oligarchy.

October 26, 2016: Andrew Poe leads workshop on Authoritarian Personality and Cathexis.

November 12-13, 2016: “The Authoritarian Personality Revisited” Conference, a conference co-sponsored by Hunter College and the Amherst Program in Critical Theory.  Papers from conference are commissioned as a Special Issue of South Atlantic Quarterly.


February 13, 2017: Discussion and workshop with Stewart Motha of Birkbeck College, University of London, on his forthcoming book Archiving Sovereignty.   Recorded interview with Stewart Motha by Leila Kawar.

March 22, 2017: Workshop, Graduate Fellow David W. Pritchard presents “A Place for Polemic: Audacity, Implosion, and the Politics of Transition.”