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Develops new critical theory teaching curriculum reflective of critical theory’s global reach in conjunction with an associated program of international graduate student exchange. The project offers a platform for exploring in a teaching context the global dialogues stimulated by the International Consortium for Critical Theory Programs.
Critical Theory in the Global South is a new curriculum initiative which aims to impact critical theory training, bringing a more diverse understanding of critical theory — with an initial focus on Latin America — to the European traditions largely dominating its self-descriptions and core curriculum in the United States as well as Europe. The result will be a more globally expansive understanding of critical theory impacting undergraduate and graduate teaching of this field. The project is innovative in that the new teaching materials will be produced through collaboration between faculty with shared research foci in different regions, and the participation of visiting international graduate students fellows specializing in these same research areas. The formats for intensive discussion will enable participating faculty and students to debate commonalities and differences in their critical theory teaching approaches, aims, context, background, presuppositions and methodologies. Workshops for participants at different universities will play an important role in these reflections, leading to further collaborations. The resulting curriculum materials will enhance to the Consortium’s web resources for critical theory programs and so its capacity to make tangible contribution to critical theory graduate training and undergraduate education, and to its teaching cultures. As publicly accessible resources, these will also contribute to the Consortium’s fostering of global perspectives on critical theory. Long term impact will be seen in the contribution to graduate training, the establishment of a number of new inter-university cooperations, and the impact on curriculum project particularly in the generation of open access teaching resources. Impact on participating institutions is anticipated with each project’s having made provisions for a multi-year period commitment to the new teaching areas so as to give them the opportunity to become established.