Summer 2019


Location: École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, 105 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris, France

Partner Institution
: Centre Edgar Morin / Institut interdisciplinaire d’anthropologie du contemporain (CNRS/EHESS)

Dates: July 1-19IMG_3020

Contact: Founding Director, Gabriel Rockhill <>

Languages: English and French (with summary English translations so knowledge of French is not a requirement)

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

Program Fees:
$950 (tenure-track/tenured faculty or salaried worker)
$750 (anyone who is not tenure-track/tenured faculty or salaried worker)
$500 (reduced tuition in cases of clear economic need)

Invited Guests: Paola Bacchetta, Eric Hazan, Antonio Negri, Jennifer Ponce de León, Jacques Ranciere

The Critical Theory Workshop / Atelier de Théorie Critique summer school is an intensive research program whose primary objective is to provide an international forum for trans-disciplinary and comparative work in critical social theory, in the most expansive sense of the term. Participants are exposed to the work of contemporary thinkers and engage with current debates in the Francophone world and beyond. Special attention is paid to traditions of thought that have been excluded from the academy, including Marxism, anarchism, the black radical tradition, anticolonial theory, anti-capitalist feminism and radical ecological thought.

The Workshop, which takes place at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in central Paris, does not follow the traditional structure of a course. It is comprised of three interlocking components:

  • Débats: invited speakers participate in a debate with the director on a common theme or current research.
  • Rencontres: intellectuals are invited to participate in public interviews on their work.
  • Groupes de travail: the participants present and workshop their own research, which leads up to a final conference.

The overall objective is to bring together a diverse panoply of thinkers in order to cultivate productive debates on topical and pressing issues.

There is a rolling admissions policy and early applications are welcome. The final deadline is March 15, 2019. Click here to apply.