The Yale Workshop for Con­tem­porary Critical Thought gathers graduate stu­dents, faculty, and guests from the CT and NY area to discuss some central work on Con­tem­porary Critical Thought and Theory.


Porno­graphic Sensibilities

Published on April 13, 2021
Nicholas R Jones & Chad Leahy ¶ Porno­graphic Sen­si­bil­ities: Imag­ining Sex and the Vis­ceral in Pre­modern and Early Modern Spanish Cul­tural Pro­duction stages a critical con­ver­sation between two fields—Medieval/Early Modern His­panic Studies and Porn Studies—that tra­di­tionally have had little to say to each other.

Fred Moten and Stefano Harney

Published on March 17, 2021
Pre­sen­tation by Minor Com­po­si­tions: “In this series of essays Fred Moten and Stefano Harney draw on the theory and practice of the black radical tra­dition as it sup­ports, inspires, and extends con­tem­porary social and political thought and aes­thetic critique.

The Invisible Committee

Published on March 3, 2021
Pre­sen­tation by MIT Press A call to arms by a group of French intel­lec­tuals that rejects leftist reform and aligns itself with younger, wilder forms of resistance.

Jack Hal­berstam

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Published on February 22, 2021
Pub­lisher’s Pre­sen­tation: In Wild Things Jack Hal­berstam offers an alter­native history of sex­u­ality by tracing the ways in which wildness has been asso­ciated with queerness and queer bodies throughout the twen­tieth century.

Yuri Herrera

Published on February 8, 2021
Nils Longueira Bor­rego’s com­ments on Yuri Her­rera’s Tra­bajos del reino Yuri Her­rera’s first novel, Tra­bajos del reino (trans­lated into English as Kingdom Cons), per­tains to that cat­egory of lit­erary works that are almost inex­tin­guishable, the ones that, after turning the last page, demand yet another reading.

Gilles Deleuze

Published on November 30, 2020
Luna Nájera’s com­ments on Gille Deleuze’s “Coldness and Cruelty”  For Gilles Deleuze, the Marquis de Sade (1740–1814) and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836–1895) were clin­i­cians of civilization.

Angela Davis

Published on November 16, 2020
Pub­lisher’s Intro­duction With her char­ac­ter­istic bril­liance, grace, and radical audacity, Angela Y.

Gloria Anzaldúa

Published on October 31, 2020
Intro­duction by Esteban Crespo Jaramillo Gloria Anzaldua (1942–2004) describes her seminal Borderlands/La Frontera with poignant honesty.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Published on October 17, 2020
Ta-Nehisi Coates and a Gen­er­ation Waking Up By Brit Bennett “The book, written as a letter to Coates’s teen-age son, begins as Coates struggles with how to help his child after Michael Brown’s killer is not indicted.