This is the website of the AHRC Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (CentreCATH), based at the University of Leeds. The Centre "aims to incite a creative rethink of the conflict between disciplinary and interdisciplinary models for historical research in, and cultural analysis of the arts (visual, cinematic, acoustic) and of material culture." It examines the areas of fine art and studio practice; cultural studies; feminist studies in the visual arts and culture; Jewish studies; and architecture, museum studies and material culture. It organises conferences, seminars, lecture series and research salons. The website provides details of the international conference CongressCATH, the Centre's publications, the CentreCATH newsletter (in PDF format), and its archives. The Centre is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council within the Research Centre Awards scheme.
The Catalan journal 'Ars Brevis' is dedicated to philosophical, anthropological and ethical studies from an interdisciplinary approach. The resource will be of interest to all those who approach philosophy and critical theory from a social and historical standpoint, yet the user should note most articles are published in Catalan. However, although the main language of the journal is Catalan, there are also a few articles in English and Spanish. The digital repository of Open-Access Catalan Journals (RACO) has made available the digital version of the journal, which was first published in 1995. At the time of review, all full-text articles can be accessed here up until 2007. Some topics covered by the journal have been: authority with ambiguity in Kierkegaard and Unamuno's authorship; a phenomenology of 'social facts'; philosophy and religion in German idealism; and African critical philosophy.
Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life is an ejournal published by a collective dedicated to applying academic analysis to contemporary political questions, topical issues, and popular culture. The site consists of articles, editorials, reviews of books and films, news about events for the Bad Subjects collective, and a list of published books and papers by Bad Subjects authors and editors. Drawing upon a variety of discourses - such as feminist theory, Critical Theory, post-modern thought etc. - Bad Subjects tries to bring the real world into the academy and vice versa. Rather than an attempt to make academic writing 'relevent', Bad subjects instead wishes to raise the level of debate by introducing grounded argument into discussions often motivated by postition-taking and misplaced loyalty. All previous issues, dating back the the ejournal's origins in 1992, are available on the site. A search facility, by author or editor, is provided, as is a set of links to related resources. Bad Subjects is a left-leaning, intelligently diverting resource for those working in the areas of politcal theory or cultural studies.
Bad Subjects: Political Education for Everyday Life is an ejournal published by a collective dedicated to applying academic analysis to contemporary political questions, topical issues, and popular culture. The site consists of articles, editorials, reviews of books and films, news about events for the Bad Subjects collective, and a list of published books and papers by Bad Subjects authors and editors. Drawing upon a variety of discourses - such as feminist theory, Critical Theory, post-modern thought etc. - Bad Subjects tries to bring the real world into the academy and vice versa. Rather than an attempt to make academic writing relevant, Bad Subjects instead wishes to raise the level of debate by introducing grounded argument into discussions often motivated by position-taking and misplaced loyalty. All previous issues, dating back to 1993, are available on the site.
'Budhi: a journal of ideas and culture' is a cross-disciplinary refereed ejournal. At February 2009 there is one full-text issue online, although this is "Vol.9, No.1", from 2005. The journal aims to... "define and further develop the practices of thought in the fields of philosophy, theology, literature, culture, the social sciences, and the arts", and is published in English from Manila University in the Philippines. Articles are offered in PDF format. Example titles from the first issue are: 'Continental Philosophy: Towards the future'; 'Reimagining the Intervention Narrative: Complicity, Globalization, and Humanitarian Discourse'; and 'Notes on American Cultural Imperialism', among others. The journal also publishes poetry. There are details of the editor, Editorial Board, open access policy, and submissions procedure. Since no additional issues have been added since 2005, yet the stated frequency is "three times a year", it is possible the journal has effectively ceased publication online.
This is the website of the Bureau of Public Secrets - a site largely devoted to Guy Debord and the Situationist International movement. Debord's most famous text is The Society of the Spectacle - an influential and still timely critique of culture, capitalism and consumerism. His work had a major impact on the uprising in Paris in May 1968. The site contains an anthology of Situationist International writings, including articles, film scripts and internal documents by Debord and other important Situationists. The creator of the site is Ken Knabb, and a free version of his translation of The Society of the Spectacle, along with some of his own writings, are made available. Situationist texts in a wide variety of other languages are also included on the site.
El Catoblepas (ISSN 1579-3974) is a peer reviewed monthly electronic journal that is concerned with contemporary cultural and area studies in general, but with particular emphasis on issues within the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world. The journal's scope is broad, publishing articles on philosophy (the journal's main focus); literary and film criticism; politics; language; and television and the media. Users will find articles on, for example, the Spanish language in the US; social interpretations of Don Quixote; liberalism, war and terrorism in Colombia; and foreign intervention in the Spanish Civil War. Additionally, the journal publishes articles from broader, more comparative perspectives, with particular interest in materialist philosophical approaches to culture and politics. Free subscription is available. The site makes use of frames.
This web resource is intended to provide resources and links for researchers and students in the various areas of continental philosophy. It contains an extensive range of links to sites covering all aspects of continental philosophy and most canonical figures in its history (for example, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, and Richard Rorty). In addition, there are sections covering deconstruction, critical theory, existentialism, and feminist theory and gender studies. The site is well-organised and easily navigable, featuring three independent drop down menus which allow users to select from a large range of fields of study, types of resources, or authors. Some topics and authors are very well represented with a great deal of bibliographical, biographical, and philosophical information available. Unfortunately, the quantity of resources offered on certain non-mainstream areas of continental thought is not so impressive. In addition to the above features, users can access general pages dedicated to a variety of aspects of continental philosophy, as well as the home pages of journals, societies, and centres. At the time this record was reviewed, a small number of the links were not in operation.
Contretemps is an electronic journal of philosophy (ISSN: 1443-7619) supported by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. Tending towards the post-Heideggerian tradition that has dominated recent European philosophy and theory, Contretemps can boast work by some of the biggest names in contemporary thought. Giles Deleuze is a contributor, as are Andrew Benjamin and Ernesto Laclau. Contretemps thus comfortably switches from writing on the German poet Paul Celan to pieces on globalisation and capitalism. Individuals who are featured include: Derrida; Simon Critchley; Max Horkheimer; Kant; Pier Paolo Pasolini; Bataille; Luce Irigaray; Heidegger; Aristotle; and Levinas. With its impressive stable of writers, Contretemps will be of interest to anyone working in literature, theory or philosophy. At the time this record was reviewed, the site does not, however, seem to have been updated since 2006.
Cosmos and History (ISSN 1832-9101) is a recent peer-reviewed, open-access journal of natural and social philosophy. Its focus is on what it perceives as the otherwise marginalised discussion of humankind's place as social, political and cultural entities within the cosmos. The range of topics thus covered is broad, from archaeology and economics, through to ethics, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. Thinkers discussed include: Georg Hegel (1770-1831); Martin Heidegger (1889-1976); and Alain Badiou (1937-), to whom an entire issue is devoted. The journal is open to the work of philosophically-inclined writers from all disciplines, although potential contributors should look in the 'About' section under Policies to check for subject-specific special issues that may be coming up. Full-text articles for all extant issues are available in PDF format, and a search facility is provided. The Register section gives the opportunity receive email alerts of new issues, or to participate in the peer-review process.
This is the website for the critical theory archive at the University of California, Irvine. Material held at the archive includes the manuscripts and other personal papers of theorists Jacques Derrida, Paul de Man, Stanley Fish, Ihab Hassan, Wolfgang Iser, Murray Krieger, J. Hillis Miller, René Wellek, and others. The archive also has a collection of published works (including monographs) by or about key critical theorists. Online materials include links to the Wellek Library Bibliographies, the University of California Humanities Research Institute Bibliographies, as well as links to the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, Chadwyck-Healey's Literary Theory, and the Critical Theory subject page of the University of California, Irvine.
Ctheory is low-tech interdisciplinary journal aimed at the analysis and critique of culture, technology, art, film and capitalism. Published irregularly and with an editorial board comprising such well-known names as Paul Virilio and Bruce Sterling, (with Jean Baudrillard and Kathy Acker as previous editors), Ctheory carries writing at the sharp end of current critical thinking. In fact, the irregular nature of the journal and polemical tone of many of the articles makes the experience of reading Ctheory akin to listening to the birth of ideas. Much of the content of the journal concerns the Internet and its management, thereby making the site an interestingly self-conscious concern. The website also includes links to: Ctheory Live, which shows live QuickTime videos of lectures about the "future of technoculture"; Ctheory Multimedia, which is a collaboration of artists, programmers, and theorists to produce digital art; a Ctheory booklist; a Ctheory digital library; the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture (PACTAC); and 'The Will to Technology and the Culture of Nihilism', an online digital arts project by Arthur Kroker. Anyone concerned with postmodernism, the Internet, theory and the future of interdisciplinary work will enjoy this easy to navigate magazine.
Cultronix is an ejournal dedicated to cultural discourse in the age of global communication, and full access to past issues is available on this site. Inspired by the reach of the new media, Cultronix is an attempt to negotiate the possibilities for academic discussion at a time when the audience for such debate can, because of the Internet, be almost infinite. The result is not a journal that has 'dumbed down' to be more accessible to a larger audience, but a magazine that questions the artificial boundaries between disciplines and audiences that are erected in the academy. Cultronix, then, is particularly interested in the relationship between language and institutions. The journal will be of interest to those working in critical theory and literature. Note that most of the back issues are undated, and at the time of writing, links to calls for papers and submission guidelines were not functioning; it is therefore unclear as to whether or not this journal is continuing publication, and it may be at risk of losing topicality.
Culture Machine is an initiative which seeks to advance research and scholarship in culture and theory. For this, they provide an open access international peer-reviewed electronic journal dedicated to cultural studies (ISSN: 1465-4121). It publishes articles and reviews relating to British, Australian and American work in culture and theory that extends the boundaries of its field (but it also welcomes submissions outside these areas). The ejournal is published annually, whilst reviews are published on an on-going basis. All contents are freely available from this website. A section called 'InterZone' is a supplement to the electronic journal, publishing new and experimental research all year round. Each Culture Machine ejournal has a theme. Recent themes have included: Biopolitics; Community; the e-Issue (future of electronic literature; e-archive project; art history; literary ghosts); the Ethico-Political Issue (politics, ethics, radical democracy, aesthetics); Virologies: Culture and Contamination (poesis, atopoesis, autopoethics; nanotechnology; science fiction; artificial life); the University Culture Machine (Jacques Derrida; literature and philosophy; deconstruction; hypertext; future of humanities; academic publishing). A further supplement is a cultural studies electronic archive (CSeARCH) which provides visitors with access to other resources in this area. The website also includes detailed information about the editorial board and the submission process.
Cyberspace, Hypertext and Critical Theory web is an online collection of interlinked materials across many academic disciplines, which consider the implications of digital technology. The range of these implications is thought-provoking and covers: physical; psychological; philosophical; and moral consequences. Cyberspace deals primarily with the virtual interactions made possible by networked computer systems, while critical theory analyses how these interactions effect: communication; discourse; and the development of ideas. The introductory tour helps to explain these concepts to the newcomer and is a valuable part of the site. Once it is understood that cyberspace acts as a medium, while critical theory evaluates its role, other areas of this site become accessible. The site may be explored via anchors under headings including: Cyberspace; Hypertext; Critical Theory; Infotech; Politics; Economics; Visual Art and Cyborgs. As well as discussion of the technical aspects of cyberspace, balanced against its role as a Utopian/Dystopian resource, there are also a large number of articles considering the use of these concepts by fiction writers and artists. These are discussed under: Body and Self; Anime; and Cyberpunk Scifi. At first glance, this site is highly complex and perhaps intimidating to those unfamiliar with the broad spectrum of its concepts; the resource provides the user with a introduction to the website and a tour as well as with a search facility (unfortunately at the time of writing - June 2009 - the link is not working). However, its helpful navigation tools and clear presentation are user friendly and make it an excellent introduction for the beginner, as well as a useful resource for the more advanced researcher.
The 'Derrida: Online' website provides an introduction to the ideas of the French philosopher, Jacques Derrida. It contains a comprehensive list of articles published by Derrida, as well as bibliographies of books and articles about Derrida or deconstruction, and links to other bibliographies and online Derridean resources. Also available are excerpts from Derridean texts, including: selections of his writings on the rules of language; linguistics; and meaning; and translations of recent essays. There are also lists of video and audio appearances given by Derrida. All these would be of use to a researcher interested in Derrida and deconstruction. The site, which is user-friendly and regularly updated, has received several awards. Created by Peter Krapp, it forms part of the Hydra collection; a series of Web pages on some key 20th century media theorists, psychoanalysts, and philosophers, including Lacan, Artaud, and Foucault.
Dogma is an electronic journal that publishes articles and reviews in the areas of philosophy, psychoanalysis, critical theory, political theory, aesthetics, and sociology. Most of the articles appear here in French, but there is also some material in English and German. All articles are fully downloadable and freely available. In addition to the papers, there is a broad selection of reviews of recent publications in the aforementioned fields. There is also an extensive bibliography of a selection of contemporary authors, as well as a sophisticated search facility. In sum, this is a very well-designed, user-friendly Web resource that offers a substantial range of high quality material.
This is the website of a critical theory course previously taught by Dr Mary Klages at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The course is very conventional, but useful for that reason. The lecture notes begin with structuralism and then work through deconstruction, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, queer theory, ideology and discourse, race, and postmodernism. Of great interest to university teachers and students are the explications of classic theoretical texts that Klages makes available. There is a very useful discussion of Michelle Foucault and Mikhail Bakhtin on the author function; an excellent summary and reading of Jacques Derrida's 'Structure, Sign and Play'; and some interesting thoughts on Helene Cixous. Klages writes with great expertise and intelligence.
The site of the Phenomenological Society of Ljubljana is a fascinating gateway to Eastern European work on the post-Husserlian and post-Heideggerian philosophical tradition. The main aim of the society is to promote phenomenological and hermeneutic discussions on culture and science, and to this end the society, aided by its website, has been publishing its own book collection and journal entitled Phainomena (ISSN 1318-3362). The journal was the first specialised publication on phenomenological and hermeneutic philosophy in Middle and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It acts as a forum for phenomenologists in the region, and facilitates collaboration with philosophers from North and South America, Japan, China and Africa. The website provides administrative information about the Society and its journal, and also a list of contents and abstracts of past issues. The site can be viewed in both Slovenian and English. This site will be of interest to scholars of Continental philosophy who wish to open up global perspectives on this world-orientated thought.
This is the website for the online journal 'Film Philosophy' (ISSN 1466-4615) and its JISCmail discussion list, firstname.lastname@example.org, both of which promote "a philosophical view of cinema and film studies" and combine "original review-articles with immediate email response and argument". A substantial resource for both students and researchers interested in Film Studies, philosophical aesthetics and world cinema, 'Film Philosophy' offers scholarly articles, a discussion forum and a gateway to the best of the Web for Film and Cultural Studies in general. The scope of the site is vast. Topics for discussion within the site's journal and email list have included the work of individual filmmakers and critics such as: Jean Baudrillard; Jacques Derrida; Laura Mulvey; Slavoj Zizek; Gilles Deleuze; David Lynch; Lars von Trier; Wim Wenders; Ken Loach; as well as broader consideration of French cinema; German cinema; postmodern cinema; horror; the avant-garde; documentary, and so on. Post-modernist and post-structuralist thinking and references abound, but there are also nods to Plato (428-347 BCE), Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), Marxism, and psychoanalysis, to name but a few. The site consists of three main sections: a journal with film and book reviews, and articles; a 'salon' or email list (which also includes the journal texts and responses to them); and a portal containing news of events and publications, and extensive links to other philosophy and cinema-related sites. The complete archive contents of the journal and the salon are freely and openly available. Instructions for joining the discussion list or receiving the digest version, and for contributing book reviews and articles, are given. This site would be of interest to students and researchers in aesthetics, cultural studies, or film theory, or to the philosophically-minded film-buff in search of an intellectual perspective on the medium.
Foreign Body is an online ejournal devoted to the thought and legacy of French Philosopher, Jacques Derrida. Contributors include Geoffrey Bennington, translator of many of Derrida's works, and Peter Krapp, the well-known literary theorist and editor of the site. In keeping with deconstruction's interrogation of the boundaries between genres, Foreign Body is not simply comprised of theoretical essays: there are also meditations on the deconstructive potential of new media. There is a piece by Alan Sondeim, 'LOL: Being Online', for example, that reflects on the implication for subjectivity of email and electronic communication in general. This journal will be of interest to anyone working in literature, theory or philosophy.
'Foucault Studies' is a peer reviewed electronic journal devoted to the work of French thinker, Michel Foucault. This bi-annual online publication aims to be a discussion forum that explores the impact of Foucault's work (such as the less well-known 1994 publication in French of a four-volume collection of shorter writings and the publications of lectures). The journal invites contributions from across the disciplines to reflect the range of Foucault's impact and applicability. As well as articles, the journal aims to publish translations of some of Foucault's shorter essays, together with book reviews and conference reports. The inaugural issue of the journal features articles on: Foucault and Left Conservatism, and Foucault as a virtue ethicist, as well as a translation of the essay Crisis of Medicine, or Anti-Medicine, reviews and an introduction to two extensive bibliographical resources on the Michel Foucault: Resources website. Abstracts for articles are provided, and all contributions to the journal are available as PDFs. Full submission details are available; all submissions must be in English.
frAme is an international online journal devoted primarily to Web/computer art, theory and writing. Access to past issues is fully and freely available. The journal is an important part of Nottingham Trent University's commitment to contemporary art and poetics - a commitment directed by the University's trAce online writing centre. The journal features work by young artists and writers from Britain, America and Australia, providing them a with space in which to publish finished pieces, works in progress, biographical information, and works on aesthetics. There are also critical writings and more sustained scholarly meditations on the theory and practice of art. The site requires a fast computer and a number of plug-ins.
This Web page is part of the Introduction to Postcolonial Studies website hosted by the English Department at Emory University, and provides introductory information relating to the postcolonial critic Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. It includes a brief biography, a link to a glossary of key terms used in her work, and a list of her major works. Born to middle-class parents in Calcutta in 1942, Spivak studied English literature at the University of Calcutta and went on to train in comparative literature in the United States. Spivak has described herself as a "para-disciplinary ethical philosopher" and also as a Marxist, deconstructionist and feminist. A translator of Jacques Derrida's Of Grammatology, she has also translated the stories of the Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi.
This online bibliography of the published works of postcolonial critic Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1942- ), compiled by Eddie Yeghiayan, comprises a fairly exhaustive year-by-year listing (albeit only up to 2000 at the time of reviewing). Spivak, who has described herself as a Marxist, deconstructionist and feminist, made her reputation with a translation of, and preface to, Jacques Derrida's Of Grammatology. Her famous essay, "Can the subaltern speak?" (1988) is an example of her self-reflexive interrogation of the ethics of postcolonial critique. Hosted by the Critical Theory Institute at University of California, Irvine, the resource was established to complement Spivak's lectures for the Wellek library lecture series in 2000. Yeghiayan's bibliography also lists reviews of Spivak's books, as well as critical references to Spivak and her work.
The Habermas Forum was started in 2001 by a group of professors from Denmark and Norway interested in sharing ideas and resources about the work of philosopher and critical theorist, Jürgen Habermas. The website aims to bring those interested in Habermas together to gather information about books, reviews and events. There are bibliographies of Habermas' writings, and links are provided to several online texts, mostly articles written by Habermas or interviews he has given. These are generally hosted on external sites and are written in various languages. Several have been translated into English. A search engine is available. The resource, which is edited by Kristian Hansen and Thomas Gregersen, is updated on a weekly basis.
Hermenaut is an irregularly published print and online journal devoted to the application of high theory to 'low culture'. Taking its cues from writers such as: Baudrillard; Benjamin; Adorno; and Artaud, the journal seeks to break down the division between academic writing and journalism. The result is hit and miss - some of the pieces are simply stilted journalism manque. However, many of the articles are excellent - marrying critical thinking with fine writing. Articles included in the online version explore themes such as: Disneyfication; irony and its uses; Evel Knievel; anorexia; and television. This would be of interest to students and scholars working in: English; film; and philosophy.
Teun A. van Dijk was Professor of Discourse Studies at the University of Amsterdam until 2004 and is a visiting professor of the Department of Translation and Philology at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. His area of research can be broadly described as Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), which incorporates a vast range of multidisciplinary interests, including recent work on political discourse, ideology and racism. The site is a rich and varied compilation of resources and information for discourse students and researchers: it provides a list of publications by van Dijk; some articles; current projects; information on recent books and two journals edited by him (Discourse and Society and Discourse Studies); a list of courses taught at the University of Amsterdam; and further resources for discourse analysis. The resource section itself refers to a multitude of other extremely useful sites: societies and organisations for the study of discourse; journals; university programs; research institutes; upcoming conferences and other events; and also personal web-sites of other discourse analysts.
The Hydra website (or more accurately collection of sites) provides information on some of the key exponents of postmodernism. Those covered include: Jacques Derrida; Michel Foucault; Jacques Lacan; Samuel L. Weber; Laurence Rickels; and Friedrich Kittler. Presentation and content vary significantly between individual Web pages, but typically materials include a bibliography, excerpts from primary works, and some secondary commentary. Many pages also contain images, and audio or video recordings. The website is composed in a mixture of English, French and German, and, as befits a site on postmodernism, seems to be wilfully confusing. Deconstructionists should enjoy it greatly.
'InterAlia: a journal of queer studies' is a full-text ejournal published in English and Polish. The editors describe it as... "a peer-edited scholarly journal for queer theory". At January 2009 there are two issues online, with most articles and reviews presented in English. Articles are usually available in both HTML and PDF format. Example article titles include: 'Americans Don't Want Cowboys to Be Gay: Brokeback Mountain and the Oscars'; 'Who's Renting These Boys? Wiktor Grodecki's Czech Hustler Documentaries'; and 'Post-colonial historiography, queer historiography: the political spaces of history writing', among others. The website has details of the editors, editorial advisory board, and guidelines for contributors.
This is the home page of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature (IAPL), an organisation established in the mid-1970s to bring together scholars from around the world who are interested in the intersection between philosophy and literature. This site informs visitors of works published by the Association, and of previous and forthcoming conferences organised by them. The site includes a directory of graduate programmes in the relevant fields. Also provided are: a photo gallery and membership information. The association is directed by Hugh Silverman, a professor of philosophy at Stony Brook University.
The International Journal of Žižek Studies is a new electronic publication devoted to the exploration of the work and influence of cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek (1949- ). Issues are fully and freely available online, with articles presented for the most part in PDF format. Although the journal currently publishes in English only, translations into a variety of non-European languages are planned. Information on the journal's editorial board, along with instructions to contributors, and details of future issues, can all be found on the site. The Information page contains links to other relevant websites of interest, and a select few links can also be found on the Contents page. Although in the early stages, this resource will prove of interest to advanced students and researchers of Žižek in particular, and contemporary cultural theory and criticism in general.
Invisible Culture: an electronic journal of visual studies is dedicated to the academic discussion of film, art, video and photography. Highly theoretical in approach, French theorists such as Jacques Derrida, Roland Barthes and Giles Deleuze are frequently cited in the essays featured in the journal. Thus, questions of absence in photography sit alongside articles on iconophilia in Andy Warhol's work. But a special issue on subcultures has very little in the way of art analysis. The journal, then, is willing to extend its definition of invisible culture to those cultures outside mainstream representation. Invisible Culture will be of interest to those working on culture, visual art or politics.
The online Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory (ISSN: 1530-5228) is concerned with intersections between secular culture and religion, utilising the latest methodologies in theory and theology. With the recent coincidence between Continental philosophy and theology - particularly in the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin - the field of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory is at the centre of current debates surrounding ethics, responsibility, subjectivity and indeterminacy. Phenomenology and deconstruction, then, are frequently the basis of discussion in the journal. There are even interviews with major post-modern thinkers who tarry with theology, such as Derrida, Mark C. Taylor and Jean-Luc Marion. The journal will be of interest to anyone working in theology, literature or theory.
This is the website of the print Journal of European Psychoanalysis (JEP), for which part of the content is available online. The journal publishes essays primarily in English, though also in French and Italian, on psychoanalysis, and on the interaction between psychoanalysis and other disciplines (particularly philosophy). Its dedication to interdisciplinary study, therefore, makes the journal of interest to critics, theorists, sociologists and philosophers, as well as those working in the fields of psychology and psychoanalysis. Contributors have included Jacques Derrida, Jean-Francois Lyotard, André Green and other notable European intellectuals. Many of the articles in the journal are concerned with Jacques Lacan and his legacy, particularly the politics of his psychoanalysis. The tables of content for each issue dating back to the first one in 1995 can be viewed online, and the full text of a number of articles, along with some abstracts of others, are made available for each issue. Subscription information for the print version of the journal is provided, as are links to other sites of interest.
This online bibliography for the critical theorist Judith Butler (1956-) was compiled by Eddie Yeghiayan to accompany Butler's Wellek Library lecture series at the Critical Theory Institute, the University of California in 1998. Best known for her interrogation of cultural constructions of gender, and for developing a theory of performativity, Butler is one of the leading theorists in gender studies and post-structuralism. Presenting a comprehensive list of texts by Butler published between 1982 and 2002, the bibliography also lists reviews of Butler's work, as well as references to Butler and her work. A search facility is available.
The K.I.S.S. of the Panopticon website is a cultural theory and media literacy website maintained by Douglas Bicket. The website will be useful to English studies students specialising in media, modern fiction, feminist studies, theory of literature and narrative, postmodernism, marxism or experimental and Internet fiction. This site offers an introduction and in-depth information on theorists related to any of the above fields. Some of the well-known writers include: Barthes, Baudrillard, Chomsky, Derrida, Deleuze, Eagleton, Fiske, Foucault, Gibson, Gramsci, Landow, Lyotard, Plato and Turkle to name but a few. This website also provides links to assorted background information ranging in topics from artificial intelligence, Blade Runner, the work of Judith Butler, cyberculture, cyborgs, discourse analysis, existentialism, Fordism, feminist theory, hyperreality and much much more. There is also a section on the 'Core Concepts' which include subjects like: truth and reality, identity, modernism and virtual reality. A section entitled 'Special Topics' leads to information on the self, new media, national identity, technology in the classroom and more. This website really does offer an amazing array of scholarly and well documented information.
Labyrinth is an international ejournal of feminist thinking in philosophy, the arts and culture. Primarily in English, French and German, the journal consists of special issues devoted to one topic, such as the work of Simone de Beauvoir, or the relationship between philosophy and theology. As such, Labyrinth is able to publish writing on topics as diverse as the politics of biography and the feminist readings of the work of Paul Ricoeurs. Beautifully produced, Labyrinth offers an interchange of feminist thinking in a variety of disciplines. It will be of interest to anyone working in literature or philosophy. Unfortunately the site has not been updated in recent years and the volume on Simone de Beauvoir is no longer available, although there is a promise to reinstate it elsewhere. The remaining two volumes, however, are still of value to users.
This is the website Lacan dot com. The site is devoted to the life and work of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. Lacan influenced psychoanalysis through a rereading of Freud in the light of structural linguistics and the philosophy of Hegel, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty. His work impacted on French intellectual life from the 1950s onwards, and has subsequently been influential in many other areas. The site contains links to two associated journals, Lacanian Ink and The Symptom, a biography of Lacan, an itinery of conferences and events, information about publications in the field, and a discussion forum. Of most interest, however, is the collection of articles by, and interviews with, internationally renowned Lacanians, such as Jacques-Alain Miller, Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek.
This is the website of Lacan.org, an umbrella organisation representing the The Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis and the San Francisco Society for Lacanian Studies. The site has a number of interesting aspects, including information about the School and Society (with details of members, publications, seminars, courses etc.). There is also an ask an analyst feature, which allows users to put questions on Lacanian theory and/or practice to a qualified analyst. Perhaps the most interesting element of the site for scholars, however, is the collection of articles written by Lacan.org associates. These include Lacanian excursions into film studies, postmodernism, spirtuality and philosophy.
This resource, which has been on the internet since 1998, is dedicated to the works of the French philosopher Michel Foucault (1926-1984). The site offers a bibliography, in PDF format, of all known publications of Foucault from 1954 to 1984, including: interviews, conversations and discussions with him; and details of lectures presented by him. Also available are the texts of some of his written work and lectures, as well as background information about him. There are details of Foucault-L, an e-mail discussion list, which has a freely accessible archive of over ten thousand posts. The site provides a search engine.
Militant Esthetix is the website of Esther Leslie (lecturer in English at Birkbeck College) and Ben Watson (music critic and poet Out to Lunch). The site contains writing and artwork by Leslie and Watson. The essays are divided into sections that focus on, for example, Frank Zappa (1940-1993), Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), Theodor Adorno (1903-1969), the Situationist International movement, and contemporary art writing. Militant Esthetix is motivated by a commitment to the marriage of aesthetics and radical politics, and so features polemical writing and art on issues such as money and the 'war on terrorism'. There is also a section on the music and poetry evenings organised at the Royal College of Art called Esemplastic.
The Open Humanities Press (OHP) is the website of an open access publishing group offering independent journals in critical and cultural theory. OHP journals are freely available online, peer-reviewed, and supervised by an Editorial Advisory Board. The website has full details of the OHP project, and the names of Board members. At the time of reviewing, there were ten journals available via the website: Cosmos and History; Culture Machine; Fast Capitalism; Fibreculture; Film-Philosophy; International Journal of Zizek Studies; Image & Narrative; Parrhesia; Postcolonial Text; and Vectors. Vectors requires the use of Flash to view.
'Razón Vital' is a Spanish website dedicated to the Spanish philosopher and essayist José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1956), founder of the 'Revista de Occidente', and author of 'La Rebelión de las Masas' or 'The Revolt of the Masses' (1929). On the site, users will find a fairly up-to-date full, searchable bibliography of publications in Spanish on the life and works of Ortega; studies on Ortega's ideas on psychology; and Spanish doctoral theses on Ortega, as well as a complete bibliography of the philosopher's works. The site offers a good introduction to and overview of Ortega's thought, and a collection of full-text articles on, and reviews of, his work and international secondary criticism. Also featured on the site is an image gallery of photographs and sketches of the philosopher; his genealogy; a small collection of recordings of Ortega reading from his work, together with transcriptions; and related news such as new editions of Revista de Estudios Ortequianos and forthcoming conferences. All in all, this is an excellent online resource for students beginning work on Ortega, or for researchers as a reference tool and means of keeping up-to-date with scholarship in the field.
Parallel is an Australian interdisciplinary electronic journal dedicated to post-structuralist discourse and post-modern artistic practice. There are two issues, and this is the website of the first, Parallel one. A link to Parallel two is given on the home page. The journal does not appear to have gone beyond these two issues, both published in 1995. Parallel comprises two parts: a gallery of work by artists such as Michael Grimm and Lynne Sanderson; and a written section featuring articles, fiction and poetry. There are also links to related websites but many of these are no longer functioning at the time this record was reviewed. Articles cover such topics as the relationship between Jacques Lacan and Zen Buddhism, and discussions of post-structuralism as a resource for creative work. The artistic contributions are in a number of media, particularly video and photography. Parallel may be of interest to those working in art, theory or cultural studies.
'Philosophy and Literature' (ISSN: 1086-329X) is a publication which focuses on the dialogue between literary and philosophical studies. The journal, which is also available in print, is provided by the Johns Hopkins University Press to subscribing institutions as part of Project MUSE. Although the journal has been in existence for more than twenty years, only full content published since 1995 is available in electronic format. As there is no search engine for the site, the reader must either browse for relevant articles volume by volume, or have already identified useful material via other sources. For each issue featured, the full-text of the print edition is available online to subscribers. A free sample issue is nevertheless available from here. The journal prides itself on not belonging to any particular school of criticism, and on publishing unpretentious, jargon-free prose.
Popcultures is a cultural studies blog, managed by Sarah Zupko. It posts information about cultural studies resources relevant to cultural studies, sociology and communication studies. Users will find information on journals and archives; conferences and calls for papers; publishers, academic programs, bibliographies and reading lists; as well as newsgroups and listservs. There are links to full-text articles and papers. Topics include advertising, American studies, consumerism, cyberspace, cultural identity, technology, ethnicity, gender, postcolonial studies, postmodernism, film, music, television, visual arts and mass media.
Popcultures is a cultural studies website, assembled by Sarah Zupko. It contains a comprehensive collection of resources relevant to cultural studies, sociology and communication studies. Users will find sections on journals and archives; conferences and calls for papers; publishers, academic programs, bibliographies and reading lists; as well as newsgroups and listservs. There are a wealth of links to full-text articles and papers, organised by subjects covering advertising, American studies, consumerism, cyberspace, cultural identity, technology, ethnicity, gender, postcolonial studies, postmodernism, film, music, television, visual arts and mass media. A section on theorists and critics provides access to primary and secondary source material for a number of important figures. In addition, there are annotated links pages organised into seven subjects: cyberculture, education, film, history, international, mass media/communication and television. The site also links to its sister site, Pop Matters, a magazine of global culture.
This is the electronic version of the peer reviewed journal, Post Identity, concerned with the analysis of individual, social and cultural identity construction; the relationship between this and texts; and strategies to challenge identity formation. Available on this site is the full-text of articles from the first issue published in 1997 onwards. The articles address diverse themes including: postcolonial narrative; ethnicity (with particular reference to chicano identity, English Quebecois identity, and the novels of Kazuo Ichiguro); diaspora (from Puerto Rico, for example); narratives of violence; cinema (for example, Golden Age Mexican cinema and modernity was the focus of one article); and, most recently, new media's challenge to cultural understandings of identity and authorship. Searches across the issues may be conducted. A diverse and interesting publication that should appeal to researchers across the humanities disciplines.
Prepared by students in the Anthropology department at the University of Alabama under the guidance of Professor Michael D. Murphy, 'Postmodernism and its Critics' is a straightforward introduction to the basic concepts and figures of postmodernist and related theories, including poststructuralism; deconstruction; and postcolonialism. While there is a slight emphasis on the anthropological aspects and applications of postmodern theory, for the most part the information on the site ranges across disciplines. It includes a brief discussion of the basic premises, ideas, and leading thinkers of postmodernism, plus a list of key works and sources. There are also some links to other relevant sites of interest, including the ever-entertaining Postmodernism Generator which, with its ability to automatically generate essays riddled with postmodernist jargon, serves as a warning to the enthusiast. 'Postmodernism and its Critics' is by no means a complete or thorough reference guide to the theory, but it would serve as a useful starting point for the novice in this field, especially undergraduates baffled by the wealth of conflicting and opaque notions that surround postmodern theory.
Psikeba is a freely available, peer-reviewed electronic journal from Argentina which focuses on psychoanalysis and cultural studies with emphasis on its anthropological and artistic aspects, and sections dedicated to the cultural critic, contemporary psychology, psychiatry, philosophy and debates around psychoanalysis. Articles are grouped under headings such as: art, cinema and literature, and postmodernity and cultural criticism. The work of leading figures such as Jacques Lacan, Claude Lévi Strauss, Julia Kristeva and Michel Foucault is prevalent in the journal's articles, as is, of course, Freud. Interviews with various thinkers are available on the site, as are complementary resources such as overviews of the work of major writers whose work appeals to psychoanalysis, online art exhibitions and the psychoanalytical study of art, and a glossary of references in the work of Lacan. Together with a useful links page to related resources, Psikeba is much more than simply an e-journal of research and while its remit may be considered a little too broad, this website will certainly be of interest to anyone working within psychoanalysis and cultural studies. Users should note that the site is available in Spanish only.
Initially crreated as a research tool for an honours course at Villanova University, queertheory.com is a huge bibliographic database dedicated to providing a comprehensive gateway to online resources in gender studies, queer theory, and related topics. With indexes for books, authors, scholars, schools, and arts, the site is easily navigable and contains references to many thousands of textual and online resources. Resources on the following topics are available: academics; arts; bodies; cultures; futures; histories; identities; politics; relations; theories; and things. Much of the information included on the site is useful and up-to-date and the site is well-presented.
This website concentrates on works by and on the renowned philosopher Roberto Mangabeira Unger. These include: excerpts from and reviews of his books; the full-text of articles by and on Unger; his writings on themes like world politics, architecture and city planning; and a bibliography of his books written in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The site also contains biographical articles; links to relevant websites; and a guestbook. This resource is maintained by James DeRossitt of the University of Texas at Austin.
The website, SaussureScape, which is part of SWIRL, an interdisciplinary project at Southern Oregon University, acts as a rather useful reference resource and glossary for the fields of linguistics and postmodern cultural studies. Users will find summaries of key areas, together with links to related online resources and lists of suggested reading material. Areas of concern include: ethnicity; culture; gender; postcolonialism; and performance. Similar profiles and links are provided for a range of influential linguists and critical theorists including: Jacques Derrida; Michel Foucault; Jean Baudrillard; Judith Butler; Julia Kristeva; Donna Haraway; Fredric Jameson; and Ferdinand de Saussure. Broad theoretical paradigms are also defined and explored on the site, and a useful glossary of postmodern and poststructural terminology is provided. Links to websites for relevant projects both within Southern Oregon University and elsewhere are also provided. At the time this record was reviewed, the site does not seem to have been updated for a significant period of time and certain areas of the site are less well-developed than others. However, as a guide to postmodern thinking, and critical theory, this is a useful resource.
Established by a group of eminent literary scholars in 1976, the School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) has been held at Cornell University since 1997. (Previously it was hosted by the University of California, Irvine; Northwestern University; and Dartmouth College). The School offers a number of seminars and lectures over a six-week period in June/July of each year. Senior academics as well as postdoctoral and advanced graduate students of literature, the arts, the humanities, and related social sciences are invited to apply. The SCT website contains links to pdf-files with information about next years summer school and a welcome from the director.
The Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), founded in 1962 by John Wild, is an organisation dedicated to fostering philosophical scholarship inspired by Continental philosophical traditions. Such traditions include, for example: critical theory; existentialism; German Idealism; phenomenology; hermeneutics, and post-structuralism. The Society holds an annual conference and periodically publishes the papers delivered at conferences in its series entitled, 'Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy'. Past titles of the series include: 'Phenomenology, Interpretation, and Community'; 'Conflicts and Convergences'; and 'Extending the Horizon of Continental Philosophy'. Information for those wishing to order past publications and/or become members of the Society is readily available, as are calls for papers, links to sites of related interest, and a listing of graduate programs in Continental philosophy. The site is extremely well presented and highly accessible.
This is the website of the Susan Sontag Foundation. Susan Sontag (1933-2004) was a writer of criticism and fiction and as a public intellectual, she was trained in literature and philosophy. Her first novel, The Benefactor, was published in 1963, and her ground-breaking works of criticism include Against Interpretation (1966); the award-winning On Photography (1977); Illness as Metaphor (1978); Aids and its Metaphors (1989); In America (2000); Where the Stress Falls (2001); and Regarding the Pain of Others (2003). The site features a brief biography, reviews of, and information on, Sontag's books, and a press room, which provides online access to video interviews and lectures, obituaries, and some of her more recently published articles and interviews.
This is the website of The Symptom, and American journal devoted to the work of Jacques Lacan. Lacan influenced psychoanalysis through a body of work that reread Freud in the light of stucturalist linguistics and the philosophy of Hegel, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty. He is an important psychoanalyst, and his influence extends to other areas of the human sciences. The journal feature articles by many well-known and distinguished Lacanians, such as Zizek, Jacques Alain-Miller and Alan Badiou. Fields such as literature, philosophy, politics and psychoanalysis are addressed. Articles are available in full-text and in English.
The Spanish journal 'Thémata' is an academic publication dedicated to philosophical discussions from an interdisciplinary standpoint. No particular school of thought is given prominence, and it includes book reviews, research notes, and articles by scholars from universities across the world. Although the main language of the journal is Spanish, topics of Spanish intellectual history and universal critical thought feature in equal measure. Published twice a year since 1984 by the universities of Murcia, Málaga, and Sevilla, the site offers the lists of contents for issues published until 2005. For issues published after this date, open full-text content can also be accessed. Besides articles and reviews, recent volumes tend to feature dedicated sections for the discussion of specific topics. These have included: nature and freedom; anthropological questions in debates within social and natural sciences; and human identity and corporeality.
The Trumpeter (ISSN: 1705-9429) is a peer-reviewed environmental journal dedicated to the pursuit of understanding and wisdom as it attempts to aid in the development of an ecosophy, or wisdom born of ecological understanding and insight. Drawing upon fields such as science, philosophy, history, politics, theory, culture and art, with special attention to the Deep Ecology movement, The Trumpeter is a truly interdisciplinary journal concerned with a subject that affects all others. It features not just articles but stories and poetry. This website provides full access to current and past issues dating back to the journal's inception in 1983. Content is in PDF. A search facility and full submission details are provided. Although the range of the journal's interests may make it seem 'New Age' in orientation, The Trumpeter is, in fact, as sophisticated as any magazine focused on Critical Theory or semiotics. The site is elegantly designed and simple to use.
The UC Irvine Critical Theory Resource is an online bibliographical resource which was compiled by Dr Eddie Yeghiayan, a former Critical Theory and Philosophy Bibliographer at the University of California, Irvine, in the years 1986-2002. The resource is sponsored by the Department of Special Collections and Archives. The site features three major sections. The first one consists of scholarly bibliographies relating to the Annual Wellek Library Lecture series, which was inaugurated in 1981 by the Critical Theory Institute. The section dedicated to the activities of the University of California Humanities Research Institute includes bibliographies for many of the conferences organised by the Institute in the years 1987-1990. Topics covered at these conferences included Historicism, Postmodernism, and Cultural Criticism. The page 'Philosophy Bibliographies' lists bibliographies on philosophers at Irvine, and those prepared for the Philosophy Colloquia on the UC Irvine campus. Altogether, the site provides bibliographical information relating to almost every significant critical theorist of the late twentieth century, including Jacques Derrida, Fredric Jameson and Edward Said. Information on the site is clearly structured, but unfortunately the search engine does not seem to be working.
This is the website of Umbra - a journal devoted to the work of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. The journal is available by subscription and boasts contributions by a number of leading Lacanians, such as Joan Copjec, Slacoj Zizek and Alain Badiou. Editions have featured the themes of aesthetics and sublimation, identity and identification, the drive, and the thought of Alain Badiou. The site also includes details of courses and events run at the University at Buffalo. These often feature Lacan-inflected film studies seminars, but there are also some on literature and psychoanalytic theory.
The Miniature Library of Philosophy website provides a large collection of primary source readings which together trace the history of the modern intellectual climate, beginning with Galilei Galileo (1564-1642) and ending with contemporary post-modern theory. While ostensibly the history of modern western philosophy is the main linking theme between the texts chosen, there is a strong bias towards Marxism and socialism, which is not surprising given that this collection is part of the vast Marxist Internet Archive. Other topics covered include the philosophy of mathematics, psychology, science, epistemology, social science, existentialism, and phenomenology, and post-structuralism. The readings are indexed by theme, and alphabetically by author, and a site search facility can be found at the bottom of the home page. A broad spread of philosophical topics is addressed, and there are links to biographical information on some of the philosophers, along with analysis and a glossary. Also available is a set of links to other pages of interest, including resources on ethics, politics, feminism, Marxism, and Hegel. While the site uses frames, a no-frames version is provided. This site was compiled by Andy Blunden, an independent scholar from Australia. It would be of use to students and researchers looking for key texts in the history of western philosophy.
The Welleck Library Lecture Series website makes available exhaustive bibliographies for the work of a range of notable critical theorists. The Wellek Library Lecture Series was inaugurated at the University of California, Irvine by the Critical Theory Institute, and features renowned critics delivering series of lectures defending their thought. The bibliographies comprise both the works of each critic and a substantial amount of secondary study as well. The compiler aims to make updates when necessary. Some of the critics featured in the bibliographies are: Jacques Derrida; J. Hillis Miller; Jean-François Lyotard; Louis Marin; Murray Krieger; Edward Said; Hélčne Cixous; Fredric Jameson; Geoffrey Hartman; Evelyn Fox Keller; Wolfgang Iser; Rosalind Krauss; Etienne Balibar; Harry D. Harootunian; Judith Butler; and Jean Baudrillard. An excellent resource for students and researchers of critical theory.
Women's Studies in Communication is the full-text online archive of an academic journal, offering issues dating from 1977 to 1991 alongside subscription information for current print issues. The journal is edited from Colorado State University, and is published by the U.S. Organization for Research on Women and Communication. At June 2009 some links on the back-issues index have been poorly typed and are broken, but most will work. Visitors are offered only the surname of the author as a link, and cannot know the topic or title of the article. Articles may be freely downloaded in PDF format. Example article titles include: 'What aught to distinguish feminist scholarship in communication studies?'; 'On being sufficiently radical in gender research: some lessons from critical theory'; and 'The impact of communication and persuader gender on persuasive message selection', among others. This may be an interesting archive for historians examining U.S. feminist concerns in academic research during late second-wave feminism.