An Online Summer Seminar

Critical Theory Workshop & University of the Commons

Dates: July 1 – July 18, 2019

Organizers: Gabriel Rockhill, Jennifer Ponce de León, Emre Çetin Gürer

Primary Facilitator: Emre Çetin Gürer

Confirmed Speakers: Paola Bacchetta, Patricia Gherovici, John Harfouch, Jennifer Ponce de León, Jacques Rancière, Gabriel Rockhill

Contact: &

Language: English

Eligibility: Open to anyone with the requisite background, including advanced undergraduates, graduate students, autodidacts, faculty, writers and artists.

Application: Download the short application form as a Word document here, or as a pdf here, and send it to both &

Deadline: Application deadline is June 30, 2019

Program Fees:

  • $200 (tenure-track/tenured faculty or salaried worker)
  • $100 (anyone who is not tenure-track/tenured faculty or salaried worker)
  • $50 (reduced tuition in cases of clear economic need)
  • $0 (free for anyone with clear economic need living in the “global South” or its northern equivalents, as well as for political exiles)
Nota bene: proceeds from this course will contribute directly to supporting the work of radical scholars around the world who are suffering from direct repression and/or political exile

The Critical Theory Workshop, in collaboration with the University of the Commons, is proposing an online seminar that will run in parallel to the July workshop in Paris, extending its work into a global virtual network of scholars while facilitating the participation of those who cannot afford to travel. By combining live streams and recordings of select events in Paris with a series of participatory symposia run by the facilitator, the course seeks to put global communications technology in the service of an ecological and widely accessible format for international education.

Participants in the program will meet with the facilitator and organizers in online virtual symposia, contribute to discussion boards to generate questions for the invited speakers, watch live streams and/or recordings of the discussions in Paris focused on international critical theory (which will include the contribution of the questions generated in the discussion boards), present their own research projects if they wish to, and receive peer feedback on their work. In addition to participating in the discussion boards, the program will include approximately 5 live streamed and/or recorded sessions, 3 optional research workshops, and 3 virtual discussion sessions (see below for the full schedule). Rather than doing required assignments, participants are encouraged to work on their own research projects, developing them in a context within which they are engaging with the work of leading critical theorists and a vibrant international community of scholars. Upon successful completion of the program, all of the participants will receive a certificate from the Critical Theory Workshop & the University of the Commons.


Control room of Project Cybersyn (Proyecto Synco), cybernetic infrastructure for networked, real-time economic planning, developed by the socialist government of Salvador Allende, 1971-1973


Nota bene: All of the times that are listed are for Paris, France (CET/GMT+2:00). If participants are not able to live stream the events (or if there are any technological problems with the live stream), video recordings will be made available in the University of the Commons’ course module within approximately 24 hours of the event. The virtual symposia times are flexible and will depend on the availability of the participants. Recordings will always be made available to those who cannot directly participate in the symposia due to timing conflicts or a lack of availability (which means that individuals can easily take the course even if they are not available at the precise times listed below).  The program is subject to change.


1-3 p.m.
Virtual Symposium (Session 1)
Course Introduction and Discussion with Emre Çetin Gürer

3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Livestream (Session 2)
Gabriel Rockhill and Jennifer Ponce de León , “International Critical Theory”
Material: William I. Robinson, “Critical Globalization Studies
Optional Material: Sevgi Doğan, “An Overview of Academic Freedom in Turkey: Re-Thinking Theory and Praxis


Livestream (Session 3)
5-7 p.m.
Jacques Rancière
Material: “Aesthetics and Politics Revisited: An Interview with Jacques Rancière


5-7 p.m.
Livestream (Session 4)
Paola Bacchetta
Material: Paola Bacchetta, Sunaina Maira & Howard Winant, “Global Raciality: Empire, PostColoniality, DeColoniality” (the introduction to Global Raciality)
Optional Material: Paola Bacchetta, “Décoloniser le féminisme: intersectionnalités, assemblages, co-formations, co-productions


Virtual Symposium (Session 5)
Preliminary research presentations by each of the participants


5-7 p.m.
Livestream (Session 6)
John Harfouch, “Decolonial Middle Eastern Thought”
Material: Frantz Fanon, excerpt from “On Violence” in The Wretched of the Earth (the full text is available here in English, and here in French)
Hizbullah, “The Political Manifesto


Virtual Symposium (Session 7)
Working group presentations by the participants


Virtual Symposium (Session 8)
Discussion with Emre Çetin Gürer
Material: Sevgi Doğan, “An Overview of Academic Freedom in Turkey: Re-Thinking Theory and Praxis


2-4 p.m.
Virtual Symposium (Session 9)
General discussion with Emre Çetin Gürer, Jennifer Ponce de León, Gabriel Rockhill


5-7 p.m.
Livestream (Session 10)
Patricia Gherovici
Material: “The Unconscious Is the Latest Activist: Cassandra B. Seltman Interviews Patricia Gherovici ” and “The Argentinian Exception Proves the Rule


Virtual Symposium (Session 11)
3-7 p.m.