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The Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory—known as 3CT—is a space for the critical discussion and reimagination of social, political, and cultural processes in the world today.

The shared query that drives the center is: How do we theorize the present? 3CT supports work that interrogates systems of power and value, that proposes methods and frameworks for making sense of recent events and ongoing transformations, and that demands that theory be relevant to the world we live in. In doing so, we foster an interdisciplinary community of scholars, students, and practitioners who produce new forms of theory that help to illuminate both what is and what could be.

Founded in 2004 by seven faculty members from the Divisions of the Social Sciences and the Humanities, our collective has grown to include eighteen fellows, enabling imaginative collaborations across the disciplines. Our intellectual activities include ongoing projects, lectures, teach-ins, book salons, conferences, publications, and teaching.


exterior of Foster Hall

exterior of Foster Hall

Support 3CT

Your gift ensures the continued success and impact of 3CT’s programming here at the University of Chicago and around the world.

Make a donation through the University of Chicago’s secure online payment system via the link below, or contact Anna Searle Jones, 3CT’s associate director, to discuss other ways of contributing to the center.

Give to 3CT

We gratefully acknowledge the ongoing support of the University of Chicago’s Division of the Social Sciences and the generosity of individual members of the 3CT community.

Location and Contact

Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory
at the University of Chicago

773 834 8733

Foster Hall, Rooms 105-108
1130 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Mailing address:
1126 E 59th St, Room 001, Chicago, IL 60637

This website was launched in September 2020. For access to archival material, please contact us or visit the Wayback Machine.