2014-2015 Designated Emphasis (DE) Applications Due March 20

The Program in Critical Theory Critical Theory is accepting applications for its Designated Emphasis (DE) program. Critical Theory is often associated with the Frankfurt School, a group of intellectuals who developed a critique of German fascism in the 1940s and 50s, and who established a form of social theory distinct from established forms of philosophy. But the concept of critique emerges in various forms in the 18th and 19th centuries in the work of Immanuel Kant, G.W.F. Hegel, and Karl Marx and has assumed distinct forms in recent years. The Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory offers courses on the 19th century notion of critique, the Frankfurt school, and other modern and contemporary forms of critical theory, including critical race theory and feminist critique. Applications are due Thursday March 20, at 4pm.

The DE in Critical Theory now serves over 70 graduate students from the humanities and social sciences at UC Berkeley. All students enrolled in PhD programs at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply. Students must apply before advancing to candidacy, preferably in the first or second year of graduate study.

The DE in Critical Theory consists of a multi-course track including 3 core courses and 2 elective courses that culminates in a degree certificate in Critical Theory in addition to the PhD. The aims of this curriculum are to establish an historical and normative framework for understanding critical theory in its current breadth.

Application Requirements:
• A signed and completed application form.
• A statement of intent describing past and present work in critical theory, a brief account of your likely dissertation research, and a general description of the role that critique plays in your work. (Approximately 1000 words)
• An academic CV.
• One letter of recommendation from a faculty member in your home department.

Submission Deadline:
Thursday, March 20, 2014 by 4 pm.

You will be notified of the status of your application by the end of the spring term.

Please send completed applications to the Program in Critical Theory, 4327 Dwinelle Hall, MC 2510, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 or electronically to critical_theory@berkeley.edu.