Experimental Critical Theory (ECT) Program

The UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory is meant to galvanize, coordinate, and expand research and teaching in critical theory across departments and disciplines at UCLA. The Program offers the Graduate Certificate in Experimental Critical Theory, which is open to graduate students enrolled in a Ph.D. or MFA program in any participating department at UCLA. The Program also sponsors the annual ECT Colloquium, which meets twice a quarter, and various lectures and conferences.

Website: http://ect.humnet.ucla.edu/


The UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory is now accepting applications for its two quarter core seminar and the graduate certificate program.  The topic of the 2017-18 seminar is Marx, Capitalism, Communism. 

The ECT seminar will meet on Thursdays 5:00 – 8:00PM winter and spring 2018, with additional sessions on occasional Tuesday evenings.  The seminar will be led by William Marotti (History; winter only) and Kenneth Reinhard (Comparative Literature; winter and spring).  In the winter quarter on “Marx and Capitalism,” we will focus on Marx’s writings, including Capital and other political and economic texts.  The topic of spring quarter will shift to “Marx and Communism,” focusing on the movement of Marx’s ideas into new theoretical and practical formations, especially those of Lenin, Mao, and Althusser.  Each quarter will include guest seminar leaders and lecturers, including Andrew Satori, John McCumber, Judith Butler, Jacques Lezra, Sigrid Weigel, Jason Smith, Fabio Lanza, Nick Nesbitt, Etienne Balibar, Jodi Dean, Bruno Bosteels, and Harry Harootunian. 

To apply please send a one page statement describing your previous experience with critical theory and your current theoretical interests, especially as they involve the topic of this year’s ECT seminar, along with your name, department, year in program, and email address to Jessika Herrera, Student Affairs Officer for the Department of Comparative Literature: jherrera@humnet.ucla.edu.  Students in Ph.D. and MFA programs in any department at UCLA are eligible for the seminar and the ECT graduate certificate.  Applications are due by Friday, December 8, 2017.