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).

Key Ideas seminars

CIDRAL Key Ideas seminars are dedicated to the work of major figures and concepts in the humanities.

See our event page for full listings.


In addition to our open lectures, roundtables, screenings and conversations, CIDRAL also provides 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


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.