The Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT) was created in 2004 by a group of seven faculty members from Anthropology, English, History, and Political Science. In our eighth year, we continue to promote sustained comparative, interdisciplinary discussion of social processes and political practices in the contemporary world. We have now entered an exciting new phase of intellectual activity by enriching our core agenda with a new initiative, Theorizing the Present. Drawing inspiration from our successful eponymous lecture series, this new initiative comprises a set of focused modules motivated by cutting edge research goals and experimental pedagogies addressing such pressing questions as:
- How can we best understand the interrelations between global processes and the local contexts of political action?
- To what extent do established notions of globalization, empire, nationalism, and democratization help us conceptualize newly emergent political forms (such as E-movements and so-called Tea Parties) and ones continuous with the past (such as left- and right-wing populisms and youth mobilizations)?
- Why have new political forms emerged when and where they have, and what explains the marked variation to be found among contemporary movements?
- How can we account for the failure of the left in most parts of the world and its arguable revitalization in Latin America?
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