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I missed this notice concerning an online/on site course, offered by the Global Center for Advanced Studies located in Michigan, USA.

They also have a facebook page

Intro to Critical Theory: Frankfurt to Foucault

Jason Adams and Creston Davis

Dorothea Olkowski, Eleanor Kaufman, Azfar Hussain (tentative)

Feb 2/3 and 9/10 2014


COURSE DESCRIPTION: According to Max Horkheimer, theory is critical insofar as it seeks “to liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them.” With students having attained a grasp on both the merits and demerits of 18-19th century critical theory in CTPE 701a, this seminar will closely examine the birth of the Frankfurt School, as well as seminal theorists over the course of the 20th century, including Benjamin, Adorno, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Fanon, Césaire, Deleuze and Foucault, as well as the foremost secondary readers of these figures. The student will engage the primary texts (provided digitally by the instructors) as well as secondary texts and the course will be appended by guest speakers, likely including Dorothea Olkowski, Slavoj Zizek, Eleanor Kaufman, Azfar Hussain, as well as instructors and student generated discussions, as we evaluate the radical turn that 20th century critical theory provides in philosophy & social theory, as well as its limitations.

PLEASE NOTE: This mini-course can be taken in parts a, b and c to form the three-module course that is a required prerequisite for all certificate and diploma-seeking GCAS students, who will then attend in-residence Summer Institutes in their field of interest (CTPE 601abc and CTPE 701abc are both required). It is also available as a standalone course for junior faculty members seeking professional development opportunities, as well as the general public or non-credit seeking students, without any additional requirements.

With thanks to Janet Abbey for this information

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