The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell, Summer Applications Close on March 1

  • 2017-02-21
  • Chin-Wen Huang
The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University
2017 Summer Session: June 18 - July 27

The School

The School of Criticism and Theory was founded in 1976 by a group of leading scholars and critical theorists in the conviction that an understanding of theory is fundamental to humanistic studies. Today, in an unparalleled summer campus experience, the SCT offers p ofessors and advanced graduate students of literature and related social sciences a chance to work with preeminent figu es in critical thought—exploring the relationships among literature, history, art, anthropology and the law; examining the role of ideological and cultural movements; and reassessing theoretical approaches that have emerged over the last fifty years. Cornell also offers participants the esources of one of the great research libraries in the United States.

The 2017 Faculty


Emily Apter
Professor of French and Comparative Literature; Chair, Department of Comparative Literature, New York University

Thinking in Untranslatables: Revisiting the Gender/Genre Problem

Faisal Devji
Reader in History and Fellow of St. Antony's College, University of Oxford


Michael Puett
Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, Department of Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University

Rethinking Religion: Cosmopolitan and Comparative Perspectives

Carolyn Rouse
Professor and Chair of Anthropology and Director of the Program in African Studies, Princeton University

The Case Against Reparations: A Radical Rethinking of Social Justice in the 21st Century


Philippe Descola
Chair, Anthropology of Nature, Collège de France; Director of Studies, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Ontological Pluralism as Anthropological Critique

Shoshana Felman
Robert Woodruff Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and French, Emory University; Thomas E. Donnelly Professor Emerita of French and Comparative Literature, Yale University

Literature and Vulnerability

Avishai Margalit
Schulman Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; former George F. Kennan Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University

Just and Unjust Wars

Anthony Vidler
Professor of Architecture, Cooper Union; Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History, Yale University

The Smooth and the Rough: Surfaces Psychological and Architectural from Adrian Stokes to Rem Koolhaas

The Program

In an intensive six-week course of study, faculty members and graduate students from around the world, in the humanities and social sciences, explore recent developments in critical theory.

Participants work with the SCT's core faculty of distinguished scholars and theorists in one of four
six-week seminars. Each faculty member offers, in addition, a public lecture and a colloquium (based on an original paper) which are attended by the entire group.

The program also includes mini-seminars taught by scholars who visit for shorter periods. Finally, throughout the six weeks, distinguished theorists visit the SCT as lecturers.

Admission and Costs

The application deadline has been extended to March 1, and admissions decisions are announced in April. All applications must be submitted online. The online application may be accessed at the site listed below beginning on December 1, 2016.

Tuition for the 2017 session is $3,000. Applicants may compete for partial tuition scholarships and are encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions. On-campus housing is available for an additional charge.

To apply online, visit:

For program information, visit:

e-mail: sctcornell-mailbox@cornell.edu
phone: 607-255-9276

The School of Criticism and Theory
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Ithaca, NY 14853