About SCE The Society for Critical Exchange is North America’s oldest scholarly organization devoted to theory. Our various interdisciplinary projects, conferences, and symposia serve to advance the role of theory in academic and intellectual arenas. Our projects encompass a broad spectrum of disciplines, most prominently literary and cultural studies, legal studies and practices, economics, philosophy, and pedagogy.
The 2020 Institute The Society for Critical Exchange (SCE), this year co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Houston-Victoria, is pleased to announce the topic of the eleventh annual SCE Theory Institute: World Global Planetary.
In fields across the humanities and sciences, the certainty about what the word “world” means has fallen away. In some places it has been replaced by terms such “multi-national” or “trans-national”; in others, by “global,” “global cosmopolitan,” “planetary” or even just “big.” In some places, “world” has even been restored to new meanings. In all cases there is a struggle to understand the shifting relationships between epistemology and scale and between human, species, and things. This event aims to bring together a range of intellectuals from various disciplines who work on this topic. The purpose is not to resolve tensions, but to better understand the historical, theoretical and projective issues that swirl around them.