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Critical Theory Institute (University of California, Irvine) records
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Processing History
  • Historical Background
  • Chronology
  • Chronology
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Bibliography

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Title: University of California, Irvine. Critical Theory Institute records
    Creator: University of California, Irvine. Critical Theory Institute
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.C.010
    Physical Description: 2.6 Linear Feet (10 boxes) and 14.3 unprocessed linear feet.
    Date (inclusive): 1980-2014
    Abstract: This collection documents events, people, projects, and administration of the UC Irvine Critical Theory Institute (CTI). It comprises audio and video recordings of selected events including the Irvine Lectures in Critical Theory and the Wellek Library Lectures, as well as other lectures, conferences, and discussion sessions organized by CTI. The collection also contains several lectures given off campus by UCI faculty associated with CTI. An unprocessed addition this collection contains mostly paper files documenting the lectures, events, scholars, and administration of the CTI. There is information on budget matters, review and planning, Wellek Lecture Series, workshops, and more. It also includes audio and video recordings.

    Access

    Processed components of the collection are open for research. Unprocessed additions may contain restricted materials. Please contact the Department of Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access. Access to original tapes and digital media is restricted; researchers may request use copies.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Copyrights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Critical Theory Institute audio and video recordings, University of California, Irvine. MS-C010. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Transferred periodically by the Critical Theory Institute.

    Accruals

    Accruals are expected.

    Processing History

    Processed by Ernesto Bassi and Cyndi Shein in 2008. Additions made by Joanna Lamb in 2009 and 2010; additions made by Audra Eagle Yun, 2012; additions made by Alexandra Bisio 2014.

    Historical Background

    The Critical Theory Institute (CTI) is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research group at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), comprising 15 to 20 active members from various UCI departments in the humanities and social sciences. CTI began in the early 1980s as an informal reading group and since 1987 has operated as an organized research unit. CTI is closely allied with UCI's curricular program in critical theory.
    Every three to four years, CTI organizes research projects focusing on a particular theme. Around this theme, CTI organizes several presentations and discussions of work of both CTI members and invited guests in its Irvine Lectures in Critical Theory series. Past themes have included "Politics, Theory, and Contemporary Culture" and "Forces of Globalization." Books are compiled after the research projects are complete and have included many of the Irvine Lectures in Critical Theory.
    Since 1981 CTI has sponsored the Wellek Library Lectures, an annual lecture series named in honor of Professor Emeritus René Wellek (Yale University), whose papers and library of works in critical theory are housed at UCI's Special Collections and Archives. Each year CTI invites internationally distinguished critical theorist to deliver a series of three lectures at UCI in which he or she develops a critical position and relates it to the contemporary theoretical scene.

    Chronology

    Chronology of Themes for the Research Projects and Irvine Lectures in Critical Theory

    1982-1985 The Aims of Representation
    1985-1988 The States of "Theory"
    1988-1991 Politics, Theory, and Contemporary Culture
    1991-1995 "Culture" and the Problem of the Disciplines
    1995-1999 Forces of Globalization
    1999-2003 Futures of Property and Personhood
    2003-2008 In Security
    2008-2012 Poor Theory

    Chronology

    Chronology of Wellek Library Lectures

    1981 Bloom, Harold. "The Breaking of the Vessels: In Defense of Antithetical Criticism"
    1982 Anderson, Perry. "In the Tracks of Historical Materialism"
    1983 Kermode, Frank. "Forms of Attention"
    1984 Derrida, Jacques. "Mémoires: Three Lectures for Paul de Man"
    1985 Miller, J. Hillis. "The Ethics of Reading"
    1986 Lyotard, Jean-François. "The Law, the Form, the Event"
    1987 Marin, Louis. "Pascalian Propositions for Today"
    1988 Krieger, Murray. "A Reopening of Closure: Organicism Against Itself"
    1989 Said, Edward. "Musical Elaborations"
    1990 Cixous, Hélène. "Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing"
    1991 Jameson, Fredric. "The Constraints of the Postmodern"
    1992 Hartman, Geoffrey. "Three on 'Culture'"
    1993 Keller, Evelyn Fox. "Metaphors of Twentieth-Century Biology"
    1994 Iser, Wolfgang. "Variables of Interpretation: Iterations of Translatability"
    1995 Krauss, Rosalind. "Formless: A Feat"
    1996 Balibar, Etienne. "On Politics and History: Presence, Cruelty and the Universals"
    1997 Harootunian, Harry. "History's Disquiet: Modernity and Everyday Life"
    1998 Butler, Judith. "Antigone's Claim: Kinship, Aberration and Psychoanalysis"
    1999 Baudrillard, Jean. "The Vital Illusion"
    2000 Spivak, Gayatri. "The New Comparative Literature"
    2001 Bhabha, Homi. "Scrambled Eggs and a Dish of Rice"
    2002 Gilroy, Paul. "Elements of Post-colonial Melancholia"
    2003 Davis, Angela. "Lectures on Abolition"
    2004 Mbembe, Achille. "The Political Life of Sovereignty"
    2005 Harveym, David. "Geographical Knowledges / Political Powers"
    2006 Asad, Talal. "Thinking about Suicide Bombing"
    2007 Grosz, Elizabeth. "Chaos, Territory, Art"
    2008 Scoot, Joan W. "Politics and Academic Freedom"
    2009 Deutsche, Rosalyn. "Hiroshima after Iraq: Three Studies in Art and War"
    2010 Thiongʾo, Ngũgĩ wa. "The Hegelian Lord and Colonial Bondsman: Literature and the Politics of Knowing"
    2011 Haraway, Donna. "Playing Cat's Cradle with Companion Species"
    2012 Latour, Bruno.
    2013 Sloterdijk, Peter.
    2014 Morton, Timothy. "Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Ecognosis"

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection documents events, people, projects, and administration of the UC Irvine Critical Theory Institute (CTI). It comprises audio and video recordings of selected events including the Irvine Lectures in Critical Theory and the Wellek Library Lectures, as well as other lectures, conferences, and discussion sessions organized by CTI. The collection also contains several lectures given off campus by UCI faculty associated with CTI. An unprocessed addition this collection contains mostly paper files documenting the lectures, events, scholars, and administration of the CTI. There is information on budget matters, review and planning, Wellek Lecture Series, workshops, and more. It also includes audio and video recordings.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in three series:
    • Series 1. Irvine Lectures in Critical Theory, 2002-2008
    • Series 2. Wellek Library Lectures, 1987-2007
    • Series 3. Other Conferences and Lectures, 1988-2004
    The collection also contains one unprocessed addition: Accession 2016.020. Critical Theory Institute unprocessed additional records, 1980-2011. 14.2 linear feet
    Critical Theory Institute, University of California, Irvine. "CTI Home Page." UC Regents: 2002-2007. http://www.humanities.uci.edu/critical/index.html (accessed June 16, 2008).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Wellek Library lecture series at the University of California, Irvine -- Archives.
    Critical theory -- Archives.
    Video recordings -- 20th century.
    DVDs -- 21st century.
    Lectures -- 20th century.
    Lectures -- 21st century.
    Critical theory -- Audio-visual aids.
    Video recordings -- 21st century
    Audiocassettes -- 20th century.
    University of California, Irvine. Critical Theory Institute
    University of California, Irvine. Critical Theory Institute -- Archives