The Institute for Critical Theory, housed in the Program for Literature and directed by Fredric Jameson and Nima Bassiri, encourages and supports the study of the theoretical connections between historical-cultural, aesthetic, and social research. The Institute sponsors and supports programs, conferences, and visiting scholars who further this mission.


Gregor Moder – Marx in Yugoslavia: Alienation or Ideology

Bara Kolenc – The Spectacle of Instanternity: How Computer Screens Usurped the Function of a Mirror


Gregor Moder is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of English in Princeton University (Spring 2024). His is the author of Hegel and Spinoza: Substance and Negativity (Northwestern UP, 2017), Antigone. An Essay on Hegel’s Political Philosophy (in Slovenian, FDV 2023, forthcoming in German with Turia+Kant), an edited volume on The Object of Comedy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), and is co-editing a volume on The Ethics of Ernst Lubitsch (forthcoming with Rowman & Littlefield in 2024).

Bara Kolenc is a Research Associate at the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, and a current president of the International Hegelian Association Aufhebung. She is the author of Repetition and Enactment: Kierkegaard, Psychoanalysis, Theater (DTP Analecta, 2014, in Slovenian), and Repetition and Subjectivity: Kierkegaard, Freud, Lacan (under review at the Northwestern UP). She’s currently at work on her new book Voyeurism and Exhibitionism on the Internet: The Libidinal Economy of the Spectacle of Instanternity. She is also an artist in the field of performing arts, and a recipient of Germany’s highest theatre award Theatertreffen Stückemarkt Commission of Work in 2016 and of The Highest Artistic Title of the University of Ljubljana in 2018.

Fredric Jameson, Knut Schmidt Nielsen Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of Institute for Critical Theory

Rey Chow, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor in the Humanities


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