LAboratoire Sens et COmpréhension du monde contemporain – LASCO Idea Lab de l'IMT

Graduate Summer Program

Program director: Gabriel Rockhill, Associate Professor at Villanova University, Philadelphia

Primary institution: Villanova University, Department of Philosophy, with the generous support of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Partner institutions: IIAC/LACI (UMR 8177, CNRS / EHESS) ; Faculté des SHS Sorbonne ; LASCO IdeaLab de l’IMT / Institut Mines-Télécom Business School.

International Advisory Board :

13775771_642926412532210_4002178529612465513_nMaría del Rosario Acosta
Amy Allen
Seloua Luste Boulbina
Esteban Buch
Pierre-Antoine Chardel

Geneviève Fraisse
Bruno Karsenti

Jan Spurk
Patrick Vauday


The Critical Theory Workshop / Atelier de Théorie Critique is an intensive graduate-level program, which takes place every summer in Paris, France. Founded by Gabriel Rockhill in 2008, the primary objective of the Workshop is to provide an international forum for interdisciplinary and comparative research in critical theory, broadly construed. Participants are exposed to the work of contemporary thinkers and engage with current debates in the Francophone world.

The Workshop is comprised of a research seminar at the Université Paris-Sorbonne as well as a series of public debates and discussions with leading intellectuals (past guests have included Jacques Rancière, Nathalie Heinich and Olivier Voirol).

The primary language of instruction is English. However, it is highly recommended that applicants have some knowledge of the French language, which will be important for working with original texts in the research seminar and preparing for the debates with contemporary intellectuals.