The Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory was founded by the University of California Humanities Research Institute in 2004 as a laboratory for experimenting with key contemporary themes in critical theory, in collaboration with global interlocutors. The JWTC was founded in 2008 as an independent platform for experimenting with theory in the global South. Since 2012, it has been relocated within the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER). For both groups, the goal is to open up questions that are fundamental to contemporary aesthetic, philosophical, political, cultural, literary, ethnographic and ethical inquiry – questions that potentially point to new paths for critical theory at the interface of local, regional and global circuits.
Joint Session of Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory IX / The Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism took place across South Africa, starting in Johannesburg and ending in Cape Town (South Africa) from June 29 through July 11, 2014. The Archives of the Non-Racial Workshop assessed the possibilities and limits of the “nonracial” in terms of the politics of the modern world and its core values: democracy, freedom, dignity, equality, the human, universality, justice.
UCHRI has now released a website with information about the 2014 JWTC and UCHRI session, Archives of the Non-Racial.
Here you will find videos of talks by Angela Davis, Ruha Benjamin, Achille Mbembe, Gassan Hage, Xolela Mangcu and many more.