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Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory

Welcome to the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory

Chair and Director of Postgraduate Research:
Dr Laurent Milesi

Honorary Chair: Professor Chris Weedon

Situated in the Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy and with strong links to Humanities Connect, the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory (CCCT) is embedded within a rich and vibrant research environment. The School is ranked 10th in the UK in the latest UK research excellence exercise REF 2014. It offers excellent opportunities for both discipline-based and interdisciplinary research in cultural and media studies, critical theory, philosophy, and literary studies. Many members of the Centre are also members of the English Literature Research Group, and there is regular dialogue with the School’s Philosophy Group, particularly those working in the area of Continental Philosophy.

The Centre has a long and distinguished history as a field-leader. It was established in 1989 to create an institutional space for teaching and research in the (then) new field of theory. The first of its kind in the UK, and indeed one of the first anywhere in the world, the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory quickly built a strong international reputation for pioneering research into the work of Louis Althusser, Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze, among many other key names. The centre’s founding members wrote pioneering works – e.g. Catherine Belsey (1980) Critical Practice, Terence Hawkes (1977) Structuralism and Semiotics, Christopher Norris (1982) Deconstruction: Theory and Practice and Chris Weedon (1987) Feminist Practice and Poststructuralist Theory – that contributed significantly to the establishment of the field of theory as an area of teaching and research in the contemporary university and still today function as standard points of reference for scholars and students.

The range of Current and Recent PhD Topics gives an indication of the lively and international research environment we seek to foster and displays the diversity of interests among our postgraduate students. In addition to our workshops, evening research seminar programme and reading groups we aim to host or co-host at least one major international conference per year.

The Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory’s main fields of research include:

Continental Thought:
poststructuralism; Deleuze studies; deconstruction; postmodernity; theories of the literary; German aesthetics; Frankfurt School; Critical Marxism

History, Culture, Place:
postcolonialism; gender, sexuality and race; local/ national/global; cultural history;  trauma and memory studies

The Contemporary World:
posthumanism; digital theory and culture; game studies; eco-humanities; faith and the secular; anti-Semitism

In addition, individual projects exist in law and literature and music and culture.

Members of CCCT are involved in interdisciplinary networks on ‘Crime Narratives in Context’ and ‘Wales-Ireland’. They also participate in activities in the School’s Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research.

Members of the Centre edit a number of journals and book series:

Centre Book Series

Postgraduate Research Students and Visiting Scholars

The School offers two Postgraduate courses in this field:

We very much welcomes applicants from students from outside the United Kingdom. More information is provided on the School’s international page.

The Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory has a number of Erasmus exchange programs in place supporting both staff and students.



International Students

We very much welcome applications from students from outside the UK, whether you wish to study on a full-time basis, or spend a year-abroad with us.

Forthcoming Research Events

Further Information:

Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74722


Previous Events Hosted by the Centre

Alternative Modernisms Conference

Schizoanalysis & Visual Culture Conference

Zoontotechnics (Animality/Technicity) Conference

Theory Faith and Culture Conference

Shakespeare and Derrida Conference