Thoughts without content are empty,
intuitions without concepts are blind.

Originally conceived as a university-wide reading group for faculty and graduate students interested in contemporary critical theory, GSLL’s theory group has narrowed its focus in recent semesters and queried not only place of German and Slavic conceptual thought in contemporary theory, but also the recent revival of older German and Slavic theories for research in the humanities today. The group is open to all advanced students and faculty interested in exploring theoretical texts within a relaxed collegial setting. The reading group is open to all members of Carolina’s Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages & Literatures, its partners in the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies and the larger UNC-Chapel Hill community. The reading group convenes in GSLL’s Reading Room (Dey Hall 413) on the last Tuesday fo the month from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

Fall 2019 Meetings:

  • September 24th: Spinoza’s Ethics, Parts I & II
  • October 29th: Spinoza’s Ethics, Parts III & IV
  • November 26th: Spinoza’s Ethics, Part V

For more information about the theory group and access to the readings, write to:

  • Aleksandra Prica (
  • Gabriel Trop (
  • Richard Langston (





Fall 2013: Bernard Stiegler

Fall 2013: Bernard Stiegler

Spring 2014: Luhmann & Lotman

Spring 2014: Luhmann & Lotman

Fall 2014: The Early Lukács

Fall 2014: The Early Lukács

Spring 2015: Bakhtin

Rancière & Badiou

Spring 2016: Rancière & Badiou


Fall 2016: Blumenberg


Spring 2017: Arendt

Fall 2017: Agamben

Spring 2018: Diederichsen

Fall 2018: Simmel

Spring 2019: Ahmed

Fall 2019: Spinoza