The Critical Studies program is the central piece of the academic program. Each semester, a visiting Critical Studies Fellow is invited to be in residence at the Academy. Selected for their perspectives on contemporary theory and culture studies, the visiting Fellows present public lectures, conduct student discussion groups, and serve as an active presence in studio critiques and reviews. The visiting fellows are chosen each year to reflect the most current intellectual discourse within contemporary architecture, art, and design.
For the 2020-21 Critical Studies program, we will be inviting four scholars over the course of the year, each to deliver a lecture and coordinate a related seminar. The content of these talks will address issues of justice across a spectrum of contexts, including, for example, Critical Race Theory, Post-Colonialism/Ex-Colonialism, Intersectional Feminism, The Anthropocene/Environmental Justice, Queer Theory, and Critiques of Capitalism. Scholars and lecture dates will be announced soon.