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Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts and Languages (CIDRAL)

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Postgraduates are warmly encouraged to attend and participate in all of CIDRAL's events.

All welcome and no booking required (unless otherwise noted in the event publicity.

Theory Intensives

CIDRAL Theory Intensives are seminars dedicated to the work of major figures in the humanities.

1 November 2017
Theory Intensive: Charles Forsdick: 'Exoticism now: historical precedents, contemporary perspectives'.
Room 6.210, University Place

Readings are available on the event page.

29 November 2017
Theory Intensive: Tristan Burke: 'Jacques Rancière: Aesthetics and Politics'.
Room 6.210, University Place

Readings are available on the event page.

6 March 2018
Theory Intensive: Alexia Yates: 'Polanyi: On Markets and their Limits'.
Room 1.001, Roscoe Building

Readings are available on the event page.

25 April 2018
Theory Intensive: Sarah Roddy: 'Money and Religion: Revisiting the Protestant Ethic'.
Room A202, Samuel Alexander Building

Readings are available on the event page.


In addition to our open lectures, roundtables, screenings and conversations, CIDRAL also provide masterclass seminars taught by visiting scholars.

Postgraduate reading groups

CIDRAL supports a number of reading groups in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures which bring together postgraduate students from across the school to discuss important thinkers from a cross-disciplinary perspective.

Manchester Phenomenology Reading Group

Heidegger’s philosophy after Sein und Zeit: Manchester Phenomenology Reading Group, 2017–18


Programme of reading: Letter on Humanism, What is Called Thinking, The Principle of Reason

Venue and Time: First meeting (please read the whole of the Letter on Humanism) on 27 September at 5 pm in Seminar Room 1 (CG 59) of the Graduate School in the Ellen Wilkinson Building. Meetings thereafter fortnightly.

Contact: Alex Samely

Theory Since 2000 Reading Group

The Theory Since 2000 reading group meets fortnightly to discuss books and essays that represent new developments in the evolution of critical theory. We read a different thinker every session, though certain themes have been particularly prominent in our discussions, including critical animal studies, biopolitics, post-colonial theories and feminist theory.

The group is informal, friendly, and requires no specialist knowledge.

For more information, please contact Laura Swift for further information.