The Critical Theory Workshop / Atelier de Théorie Critique is a non-profit educational institution that seeks to bring affordable education with real use-value to a broad public. Originally founded in 2008 by Gabriel Rockhill as a dual-language intensive summer research program in Paris, the Workshop has grown over the years. In addition to our in-person summer school, it offers an online summer program, seminars and symposiums in Philadelphia, as well as online courses and lectures. We have had the good fortune of working with a long list of prestigious invited speakers over the years, including figures like Domenico Losurdo, Radhika Desai, Geneviève Fraisse, Pierre Macherey, Jacques Rancière, Seloua Luste Boulbina, and Amy Allen (see the complete list here). We have made our discussions with many of them available in our video archive as a free educational resource.


Founder and Executive Director
Gabriel Rockhill

Associate Director
Jennifer Ponce de León

Associate Director in Paris
Pierre-Antoine Chardel

Program Administrator and Primary Contact
Rosa Dolet: <criticaltheoryworkshop@protonmail.com>

International Advisory Board
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Amy Allen
Seloua Luste Boulbina

Pierre-Antoine Chardel

Geneviève Fraisse
John Harfouch
Massimiliano Tomba
Patrick Vauday

Partner Institution in Paris
Institut interdisciplinaire d’anthropologie du contemporain (CNRS / EHESS)

International Sponsors & Collaborations
The International Herbert Marcuse Society provided, in 2022, generous support that allowed us to bring scholars from the Americas and the broader Global South to our summer program in Paris, France. This initiative was part of their special programs worldwide. We hereby express our deep gratitude for this much-needed support!

The School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine supported one student for the 2022 summer program.


As a 501(c)3 educational non-profit, the Critical Theory Workshop depends on public support for our programming. Please consider reaching out to us to make a donation. All contributions are tax-deductible, and we use the support to:
–       Offer scholarships to lower-income students and participants from the global South in order to reduce or eliminate program fees
–       Develop alternative course offerings that better serve the needs of the people than the widely available forms of debt-driven corporate education
–       Provide dynamic online seminars that connect under-served communities around the world, using the powers of contemporary technology to foster international, radical education
–       Offer symposiums on real-world issues that are free and open to the public
–       Make, edit and upload video recordings of major presentations and discussions, which are made available on our YouTube channel as a free educational resource

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