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Art, Revolution, and Exile

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Melancholy Acts

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Tropical Marxism: Rethinking Marxism in the Shadow of Empire

March 1-2. This conference explores global attempts to rethink Marxism that respond to the specificities of a society.

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Conspiracy/Theory Volume Now Available

Interpretive Methods in the Social Sciences

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Fellows in the News: Summer 2023

Paris: Social Sciences—Critical Theory

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Cannibal Capitalism

Theories of Temporality

Postcolonial and Decolonial History and Theory

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Reimagining Cosmopolitanism

What does it mean to be a citizen of the world today? This project aims to creatively and critically theorize new forms, sites, and manifestations of cosmopolitanism and to develop a new set of conceptual tools and categories.

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Global Authoritarianisms

June 23-24. This conference explores the new forms of authoritarianism emerging worldwide.

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Fellows in the News: Spring 2022

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Justice Is an Option

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What Does Lauren Berlant Teach Us About X?

Art Cinema and India’s Forgotten Futures

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The Climate of History in a Planetary Age

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3CT Fellows in the News

Interpretive Methods in the Social Sciences

On Violence

Contemporary Ethnographies of the Middle East

Video: Syria Ten Years On

Video: Provincializing Europe, 2000-2020

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All of the Lights

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Ten Years On: Reflections on Mass Protests and Uprisings in the Arab World

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Syria Ten Years On: Art, Journalism, and the Struggle over Narrative

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New Paris Study Abroad Program in Critical Theory

Paris: Social Sciences—Critical Theory

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Provincializing Europe: A Book’s Postcolonial Itineraries (2000-2020)

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3CT Fellows in the News

Global Crisis: Rethinking Economy and Society

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3CT Fellows in the News

3CT Inaugural Symposium: Theorizing the Present

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Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen

The Arab Uprisings: Politics and Ethics in the Present

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2020 Kirschner Lecture – From D.C. to Damascus: The Architecture of Modern-Day Authoritarianism

Digital Peripheries: Internet Activism and Surveillance in the Mediterranean

On Humanitarian Violence

Neoliberal Autocracy and its Undoing in Syria: 2000 to the Present

Reflections on the Contemporary Middle East

Conspiracy/Theory Conference


Authoritarian Apprehensions

10 Years of Theory

Generational Change

This module investigates the relationships among generation as an organizing principle for political action, the ongoing effects of contemporary market reforms, the persistence of class as an analytic category and a source of political identification, new ethical and political forms of comportment, and the relevance of consumption to understandings of selfhood.

Neoliberalism + Empire

Placing issues of economy, race, gender, and counterinsurgency at the center of the inquiry, the Neoliberalism + Empire project is attuned to the ways in which policies of exclusion and calls for freedom have operated historically and continue to work in tandem.

New Global Authoritarianisms

This project facilitates ongoing conversations on the fate of liberal democracy, attending to the role that new authoritarianisms are playing in reversing the global trend towards inclusive and democratic forms of government.

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Lisa Wedeen


Understanding the elective affinities between conspiracy and theory while appreciating the seductions of each, this project grapples with the ways in which suspicion, opacity, networks, uncertainty, and mass mediation function today.

Topics in Critical Theory: Repurposing “Ideology” for the Present

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Authoritarian Apprehensions: Ideology, Judgment, and Mourning in Syria