The purpose of this topic is for participants to increase their understanding of the origins, development and cutting-edge thinking in critical theory. The primary focus is the way theory has been used in past research in the humanities and social sciences, and how it might be used in the 21st century to explain the past and the present, theoretically. Participants will engage with enduring theories of gender, class and race as well as newer strands of theory, including biopolitics, embodiment theory, queer theory, Orientalism, post-colonialism and decoloniality, post-anthropocentrism, poststructuralism, and posthumanism, going straight to the original sources. Discussions will focus on analysing the theories and assessing how they might be engaged by the student.
This topic aims to:
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