The Critical Theory Workshop / Atelier de Théorie Critique is an intensive research program that takes place every summer in Paris, France.  Founded by Gabriel Rockhill in 2008, the primary objective of the Workshop is to provide an international forum for trans-disciplinary and comparative work in critical theory in the least sectarian 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 structurally suppressed in the academy, including Marxism, anarchism, the black radical tradition, anticolonial theory, anti-capitalist feminism and radical ecological thought.

IMG_2630The Workshop, which takes place at the EHESS in central Paris and does not follow the
traditional structure of a course, is currently comprised of three interlocking components:

  • Débats: invited speakers debate a common theme or current research projects.
  • Rencontres: intellectuals are invited to participate in public interviews regarding their work to date and their current projects.
  • Groupes de travail: the participants present their own research projects and workshop them with other participants.

The overall objective is to bring together a diverse panoply of thinkers from different horizons in order to cultivate productive debates around specific themes and issues, with a particular emphasis on contemporary debates and current events.

IMG_2562Although these activities are oriented toward a graduate level of education, anyone with the requisite background is welcome to apply. Participants thus often include very advanced undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, autodidacts, artists, writers and independent researchers.

The primary language of instruction is English, but some of the activities take place in French with English summary translations. Therefore, it is recommended, although not required, that applicants have a working knowledge of the French language.

Founder and Executive Director
Gabriel Rockhill

Assistant Director
Jennifer Ponce de León

Program Coordinator
Rosa Dolet

Videographer and Media Manager
Hank Hurst

International Advisory Board
María del Rosario Acosta13775771_642926412532210_4002178529612465513_n
Amy Allen
Seloua Luste Boulbina
Esteban Buch
Pierre-Antoine Chardel

Geneviève Fraisse
Bruno Karsenti
Jennifer Ponce de León
Jan Spurk
Patrick Vauday

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

Partner Institutions
LASCO IdeaLab de l’IMT
Faculté des SHS Sorbonne
Balkan Society for Theory and Practice
AVANT. Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies
JournalConference Host

Andrew Baird

Partner Journal
ASAP/Journal: the official journal of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present

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

Participants are welcome to make their own arrangements or reserve a room at the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris (approximately $900). In the past, most participants have succeeded in finding reasonably priced apartments via Airbnb.

First 3 weeks of July (precise dates vary year to year)


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