Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory is a peer-reviewed, open access online journal published by the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs with the aim of foregrounding contemporary critical theory operating within a global frame. The journal will publish its first issue in October 2017 and invites submissions for its first year of publication.
The journal seeks to reflect upon and enact forms of transnational solidarity that draw upon critical theory and political practice from various world regions, calling into question hemispheric epistemologies in order to revitalize left critical thought for these times. Critical Times publishes essays, interviews, dialogues, dispatches, visual art, and various platforms for critical reflection. It occasionally reprints classical key critical texts from various world regions, re-envisioning the foundations of critical theory and mapping its future possibilities.
Critical Times fosters transnational encounters between critical theory and related traditions of intellectual critique from various world regions. It hopes to redress missed opportunities for critical dialogue between the Global South and Global North and to generate contacts across the current divisions of knowledge and languages in the South. This includes translated works from authors working in languages other than English who may not circulate widely in the Western academy. We encourage various formats of articles and essays, belonging in different regional and intellectual traditions.
Critical Times seeks to publish perspectives that shed light on contemporary practices of authoritarian and neo-fascist politics, nativist and atavistic cultural formations and forms of economic exclusion, as well as spaces and forms of life where different, emancipatory social worlds might be imagined and articulated. Hence, we aim at publishing essays that analyze emerging forms of authoritarianism and fascism; occupation and dispossession; race and racism; war and apartheid; neo-liberal legal and economic formations; sovereignty and post-national power; articulations of law and violence; technology; nature/climate change/environmental justice; biopolitics/necropolitics; religion; intellectual work in and of social movements; as well as socialism, ideals of transformation, equality, resistance, transnational solidarity, radical democracy and revolution.
For inquiries and submissions, please contact CriticalTimes@berkeley.edu.
More information, including editorial policies, author guidelines, and deadlines for submissions, is available at http://criticaltheoryconsortium.org/critical-times/
International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs Principal Investigator
Judith Butler, UC Berkeley
Juan Obarrio, Johns Hopkins University
Executive Editorial Board
Sara Ahmed, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Abdul-Rahim Al-Shaikh, Birzeit University, Palestine
Étienne Balibar, Kingston University London, UK
Enrique Dussel, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Veronica Gago, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Zeynep Gambetti, Boğaziçi University, Turkey
Paul Gilroy, King’s College London, UK
Axel Honneth, Columbia University; Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Wang Hui, Tsinghua University, China
Hung-chuung Li, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Achille Mbembe, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Nivedita Menon, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Pablo Oyarzún, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile
Joan Wallach Scott, Princeton University, USA
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University, USA
Enzo Traverso, Cornell University, USA
The International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs is housed at the University of California, Berkeley and Northwestern University and is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The task of this international consortium is to document, connect, and support the various programs and projects that now represent critical theory across the globe. Through its work, the Consortium aims to document the global contours of critical theory today, supporting critical thought both inside and outside the university in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and science and technology studies, and seeking collaborative ways to become critically responsive to pressing global challenges.