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Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine
Title: University of California, Irvine. Critical Theory Institute records
University of California, Irvine. Critical Theory
Identifier/Call Number: MS.C.010
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.
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.
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.
Critical Theory Institute audio and video recordings, University of California, Irvine.
MS-C010. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date
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.
Transferred periodically by the Critical Theory Institute.
Accruals are expected.
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
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 of Themes for the Research Projects and Irvine Lectures in Critical
||The Aims of Representation
||The States of "Theory"
||Politics, Theory, and Contemporary Culture
||"Culture" and the Problem of the Disciplines
||Forces of Globalization
||Futures of Property and Personhood
Chronology of Wellek Library Lectures
||Bloom, Harold. "The Breaking of the Vessels: In Defense of Antithetical
||Anderson, Perry. "In the Tracks of Historical Materialism"
||Kermode, Frank. "Forms of Attention"
||Derrida, Jacques. "Mémoires: Three Lectures for Paul de Man"
||Miller, J. Hillis. "The Ethics of Reading"
||Lyotard, Jean-François. "The Law, the Form, the Event"
||Marin, Louis. "Pascalian Propositions for Today"
||Krieger, Murray. "A Reopening of Closure: Organicism Against Itself"
||Said, Edward. "Musical Elaborations"
||Cixous, Hélène. "Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing"
||Jameson, Fredric. "The Constraints of the Postmodern"
||Hartman, Geoffrey. "Three on 'Culture'"
||Keller, Evelyn Fox. "Metaphors of Twentieth-Century Biology"
||Iser, Wolfgang. "Variables of Interpretation: Iterations of
||Krauss, Rosalind. "Formless: A Feat"
||Balibar, Etienne. "On Politics and History: Presence, Cruelty and the
||Harootunian, Harry. "History's Disquiet: Modernity and Everyday Life"
||Butler, Judith. "Antigone's Claim: Kinship, Aberration and
||Baudrillard, Jean. "The Vital Illusion"
||Spivak, Gayatri. "The New Comparative Literature"
||Bhabha, Homi. "Scrambled Eggs and a Dish of Rice"
||Gilroy, Paul. "Elements of Post-colonial Melancholia"
||Davis, Angela. "Lectures on Abolition"
||Mbembe, Achille. "The Political Life of Sovereignty"
||Harveym, David. "Geographical Knowledges / Political Powers"
||Asad, Talal. "Thinking about Suicide Bombing"
||Grosz, Elizabeth. "Chaos, Territory, Art"
||Scoot, Joan W. "Politics and Academic Freedom"
||Deutsche, Rosalyn. "Hiroshima after Iraq: Three Studies in Art and War"
||Thiongʾo, Ngũgĩ wa. "The Hegelian Lord and Colonial Bondsman: Literature and
the Politics of Knowing"
||Haraway, Donna. "Playing Cat's Cradle with Companion Species"
||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
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,
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Wellek Library lecture series at the University of California, Irvine
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 --