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Winter Theory Institute

The Society for Critical Exchange will be hosting its twelfth Winter Theory Institute June 21-24, 2021 at Stockholm University in Stockholm, Sweden

The topic of this year's WTI will be

The Politics of Paranoia

The “paranoid style in American politics,” as Richard Hofstader famously outlined it in the 1960s, is one in which threats, hostilities, and treacheries are seen as directed not toward an individual so much as “against a nation, a culture, a way of life.” Hofstadter wrote in and about a Cold War scenario. Today, as we witness a resurgence of xenophobia, nationalism, and fascism, of conservative and aggressive masculinity, of mistrust of “elites,” and a distrust of news, information, and facts, we may want to inquire into the nature of a more contemporary paranoid style; a paranoid style under neoliberalism. Taking both paranoia and style seriously, what cultural, theoretical, and political formations can be seen to express, resist, or otherwise configure the paranoid style of the 21st century?

Eleventh SCE Winter Theory Institute: World Global Planetary March 26-29, 2020

Tenth SCE Winter Theory Institute: Control February 7-10, 2019

Ninth SCE Winter Theory Institute: Biotheory February 8-11, 2018

Eighth SCE Winter Theory Institute: Antitheory February 9-12, 2017

Seventh SCE Winter Theory Institute: American World Literature February 4-7, 2016

Sixth SCE Winter Theory Institute: Debt February 5-8, 2015

Fifth SCE Winter Theory Institute: Dead Theory February 6-9, 2014

Fourth SCE Winter Theory Institute: The New Public Intellectual February 7-10, 2013

Third SCE Winter Theory Institute: Criticism after Critique February 9-12, 2012 abstracts, agenda

Second SCE Winter Theory Institute: Neoliberalism's Cultural Work February 2011 abstracts, agenda

First SCE Winter Theory Institute: terror.edu February 2010 (abstracts)

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