Theory Colloquium

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Theory Colloquium

The Theory Colloquium is an organization of graduate students that supports the discussion of cultural criticism, theories of literature and language, and critical traditions across disciplines. We invite scholars, writers, and teachers of literary theory and language to present the English Department with recent work; we also sponsor panels and the informal study of texts central to the field. In the past our programs have included talks on Jean-Claude Milner, Gilles Deleuze, and Paul de Man, as well as reading groups on Marx’s Capital and Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason. The Theory Colloquium aspires to strengthen methodological commitments across the English Department and other disciplines. As part of our effort to serve the entire community, we are keen to coordinate with other colloquia, and we welcome the participation of all students and faculty, regardless of specialty. For a list of events from 2018-2019, please see below; to get involved, please contact Jessica Terekhov, Ali Mctar, or Russ Leo

Past Events

2018 - 2019

Dec 05
Una Stojnić, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 12: 00 PM

Meaning in Context

Nov 29
Adam Oberlin, Department of German, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 12: 00 PM

Applied Historical and Corpus Linguistics

Oct 15
Christiane Fellbaum, Department of Computer Science, Program in Linguistics, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 12: 00 PM

Meaning in Language:  A Computer's Perspective

Sep 25
David Bellos, Department of Comparative Literature; Emmanuel Bourbouhakis, Department of Classics; Jeff Dolven, Department of English; Christiane Fellbaum, Department of Computer Science; Una Stonjić, Visiting Assistant Professor (FA18), Department of Philosophy--Princeton University
010 East Pyne 4: 30 PM

Disciplines of Language

Co-sponsored by the Theory Colloquium and the Princeton University Graduate School.



Dec 07
Ayesha Ramachandran, Department of Comparative Literature, Yale University
40 McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

Lyric Thinking: Humanism, Poetry, Modernity

Please review introduction prior to talk.  Introduction available from Mary Prokop (

Reception in Thorp Library following talk.


May 05
Christopher Wood, Professor of German at New York University
4: 30 PM 4: 30 PM

Migrants and Truth Production, 1400-1700

A daylong conference on the significance of migration to the literary, cultural, and intellectual history of the early modern period, featuring a keynote from Christopher Wood, Professor of German at New York University.

Apr 24
Paul North, Yale University
4: 30 PM 4: 30 PM

A conversation with Paul North, Professor of German at Yale, about his 2015 study of Franz Kafkaâ's ZÃrau Aphorisms.

Oct 25
Ian Balfour, Department of English, York University, Toronto, Canada
East Pyne, Room 205 5: 00 PM

This event was a collaboration between our colloquium and Comparative Literature, German, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and the Theory Colloquium. Professor Balfour gave a lively presentation on the aesthetics of the sublime and inversion.