‘The Summer School has been one of the best academic experiences I have ever had’ – 2017 participant

Run by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, the internationally renowned London Critical Theory Summer School enables graduate students and academics to engage in a two-week course of day-time study with acclaimed critical thinkers.

Applications for the 2019 Summer School are now open – visit our website for details on how to apply.

2019 Participating Academics

The School combines critical theoretical thought, at the most advanced level, with a sense of the political urgency of the times, an urgency that has so dramatically increased in this past year with the advent of Brexit and Trump, the massive global inequality to which they both attest and will exacerbate, the increasingly licensed ethno-nationalism, racism and misogyny which they sanction, the forms of historical forgetting which they appear to demand.

‘The transdisciplinary approach of the Summer School was really impressive’ – 2017 participant

The key to our Summer School is that theory is engaged theory, that is, it pursues, elucidates and complicates its own genealogy and intellectual elaboration at the same time as attempting to show how theory, and the necessity of sustained reflection which it demands and enacts, can contribute to progressive, dissident thought and being in the modern world.

More details and what to expect


If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities