Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory

A partnership between Duke University, the Department of History and Cultures at the University of Bologna, and the University of Virginia, the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory (AGHCT) is conceived as an intellectual space for scholars coming from different research fields and geographical regions to work together on the redefinition of the humanities in a global age.

The Academy is predicated on the assumption that the humanities and the interpretative social sciences need a global perspective in order to break down the “methodological nationalism” that has dominated them in the past and to envisage new interpretative categories. Such an approach to the humanities and interpretative social sciences also implies a radical intermingling of different disciplines, traditions, and fields of critical thought, from critical Marxism to postcolonial studies, cultural studies and feminism, among others. In this view, a global perspective and critical theory are reciprocal: critical theory requires a global perspective, while the study of the global world implies the development of new theoretical frameworks and categories.

The Academy is transnational in focus, facilitating the network and circulation of people and activities in different spaces. The Academy is based at the University of Bologna, but it serve as a hub for the creation and the clustering of transnational networks of scholars from different institutions.

The AGHCT grew out of the Summer School on Global Studies and Critical Theory, which began in 2014 as a partnership between Bologna and Duke. The FHI, along with the Department of Romance Studies and the Program in Literature, has supported the Summer School from its inception through travel grants for Duke graduate students. In its current expanded year-round form, the Academy also sponsors inter-institutional research groups, short-term faculty residencies, conferences and symposia, publications, and more. Duke faculty and graduate students should check the AGHCT for available opportunities.