Critical & Cultural Theory Summer School - Debate Chamber

Critical & Cultural Theory Summer School

The philosopher and theorist Max Horkheimer defined critical theory as those ideas which seek to ‘liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them’. Weaving together philosophy, sociology, economics, literary theory and politics, critical theorists have striven to create a radical emancipatory form of engagement which aims to reveal and then to transform the power structures underlying everyday reality.

Over the course of the Summer School we will be unpacking and analysing core concepts like gender, sexuality, race, class, aesthetic experience and political engagement. We will be exploring the ideas of important thinkers including Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Luce Irigaray, Pierre Bourdieu, Theodor Adorno, Slavoj Zizek and Lee Edelman, but students will also be encouraged to critically engage and to work out their own responses.

A schedule for this course can be seen here.

This Summer School will include some fascinating but difficult academic material, and participants should expect a serious (although very rewarding) intellectual challenge. The School will be most relevant for students considering Philosophy or Politics at university, but the skills developed are also useful for many other disciplines from English Literature to Anthropology.

Please note that this event will include explicit discussion of adult topics, including those related to sexuality and gender.

‘The Critical Theory Summer School was an extremely enlightening and enjoyable week. Although many of the ideas discussed and taught were quite complex and rigorous, they were all taught in a very engaging and thought-provoking way. A great range of philosophical and sociological concepts were touched upon, and I feel very lucky to have attended.’

‘Challenging topics with plenty of interesting discussions. The people were lovely and the teachers were inspiring.’

‘This course was fun, the ideas really interesting, and my classmates supportive and challenging. I enjoyed the work especially because the tutors made the ideas come alive so we could play with them and make them our own. Thank you’

‘The Summer School was very insightful and addressed topics that are not typical of an A level curriculum, which was especially good for expanding my knowledge. The teachers are helpful and engaging, and being in a class with people who have a genuine interest in the subject made the course more welcoming and enjoyable.’

Practical Details

The Critical & Cultural Theory Summer School is open to students aged 15 – 18. This course is complete for 2018 – dates for Summer 2019 will be available soon.

The venue for this course is the University of London, Bloomsbury Campus, Central London – you can see more venue and travel details here.

The cost of the five day Critical & Cultural Theory Summer School is £495 per student. Please note that accommodation is not included, and must be arranged independently if required. Bookings for any event may be made by individual students or parents or through the school.

Partial fees bursaries are available for students who would otherwise face financial barriers to attending the course – please see here for details.

To book a place or places at the Critical & Cultural Theory Summer School, or if you have any further questions, simply call on 0800 8101058, email, or use the form below.

Booking Form

Debate Chamber offers a limited number of full and partial bursaries to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you are applying for a bursary please do not complete this form, but instead complete the ‘Bursary Application Form’ here.

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