Groningen, Netherlands

Critical Theory in Philosophy

when 16 August 2021 - 21 August 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 170

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

Critical theory, in the tradition of the Frankfurt School, aims to develop a philosophical understanding and evaluation of social conflicts in contemporary societies. It engages not only with classic philosophy but also with the social sciences, psychoanalysis and aesthetics. From its start almost a century ago, it has supplied deep insights into the links between knowledge, culture and economy, as well as a distinctive philosophical method. In this summer school we will examine classic questions and contemporary debates in critical theory and their relevance for understanding crisis in present-day societies.

The summer school will feature lectures by distinguished researchers in contemporary critical theory, discussing their ongoing research projects, and roundtable workshops on selected classic texts as well as discussions of student papers. You will get acquainted with the social- philosophical methodology of critical theory and its approaches to politics and culture, specifically its contributions to the study of political and social crisis, power, ideology, mass culture, and aesthetics. Our discussions aim at inspiring new insights with societal relevance. Critical theory’s interdisciplinary engagement with philosophy will allow you to develop new perspectives for your own research.

Course leader

Dr. Titus Stahl, Faculty of Philosophy
Dr. Judith Vega, Faculty of Philosophy

Target group

This summer school is designed for advanced bachelor students, (research) master students with basic as well as advanced knowledge of Critical Theory, and for PhD students who work in related areas. Advanced bachelor students are especially encouraged to attend and actively participate in the summer school. Priority will be given to participants who can show previous education in Critical Theory. Participants will be admitted according to motivation, English writing skills, and study results.

Course aim

After this course you will have

- a wide-ranging insight into the themes of Critical Theory
- the ability to relate its key questions to your own research
- enriched your methodological philosophical competence
- be able to use methods and theories from Critical Theory to apply to current debates

Credits info

3 EC
Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 85 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 170: BA/MA students
incl. study materials, coffee/tea, 5 lunches, 2 dinners, 1 excursion
EUR 220: PhD students