Theory Lab is a cross-departmental initiative that draws on energies and talents available at University of Michigan to provide a space for and organize events around critical theory. Housed in the Departments of Comparative Literature and English Language and Literature and supported by the Institute for the Humanities, this initiative aligns itself with the university’s investments in international and interdisciplinary scholarship to provide opportunities for interested graduate students and faculty to work together around a series of timely critical concerns. Theory Lab conceives of theory in its broadest and most inclusive sense. It encompasses theoretical frameworks that range from critical race studies to queer and feminist theories, environmental studies to digital studies, postcolonialism to posthumanism, to name only a few.

In its pilot form, the cornerstone of Theory Lab will be a research and teaching partnership with the Department of English at King’s College, London, culminating at the end of each academic year in a graduate workshop co-organized and facilitated by one faculty from each university--Professor Antoine Traisnel (UM) and Professor Seb Franklin (King’s). This year’s seminar, on the focal theme “Capture, Captivity, Captivation,” will take place in London from July 10th to 12th.