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New Critical Humanities
What is the role of the humanities as critical disciplines in contemporary society? What are the distinctive methodologies that define humanities research today? How can we evaluate the limitations of the classical framework of critique (ideology critique, universal validity)? How can we engage in critique as embedded practice, with a comparative focus on European, East-Asian, American, and other world traditions that surpass the wish for a Eurocentric universalism?

This series has a two-fold aim: to apply the best humanities methodologies in the study of a wide range of issues that are of global, trans-national significance; and, at the same time, to develop a self-reflective critique and transformation of those methodologies themselves. The books in this series will contribute to a re-imagination of critique itself; its powers, its strengths, and its possible effects. Grounded in the core humanities disciplines (including philosophy, literature and cultural studies), the series will refound and sharpen critique, thus situating the critical humanities at the centre of our collective response to the fundamental demands of the twenty-first century.

The series is linked to the international research network Terra Critica: Interdisciplinary Network for the Critical Humanities, which the editors Birgit M. Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele founded and have coordinated since 2012 (, and of which Timothy O’Leary is a member.

To propose titles or inquire about projects, please contact the series editors: Birgit M. Kaiser (, Timothy O’Leary ( or Kathrin Thiele (

Editor(s): Birgit Kaiser, Timothy O’Leary and Kathrin Thiele
Advisory Board: Derek Attridge, University of York, UK; Réda Bensmaïa, Brown University, USA; Mercedes Bunz, University of Westminster, UK; Rey Chow, Duke University, USA; Odile Ferly, Clark University, USA; Andrew Goffey, University of Nottingham, UK; Ranjan Ghosh, University of North Bengal, India; Fiona Jenkins, Australian National University, Australia; Vicki Kirby, University of New South Wales, Australia; Leonard Lawlor, Pennsylvania State University, USA; Jacques Lezra, New York University, USA; Takahiro Nakajima, University of Tokyo, Japan; Ato Quayson, University of Toronto, Canada; Melanie Sehgal, Viadrina University, Germany; Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, Pennsylvania State University, USA; Xudong Zhang, New York University, USA/ Peking University
Staff editorial contact: Frankie Mace (
The Ends of Critique: Terra Critica and Decolonial Critical Humanities
Rowman & Littlefield International • May 2021 • Monograph
Diffractive Reading: New Materialism, Theory and Critique
Rowman & Littlefield International • April 2021 • Monograph
Revolts in Cultural Critique
Rowman & Littlefield International • December 2020 • Monograph
Urban Arabesques: Philosophy, Hong Kong, Transversality
Rowman & Littlefield International • February 2020 • Monograph
Untranslating Machines: A Genealogy for the Ends of Global Thought
Rowman & Littlefield International • April 2019 • Monograph
Naturally Late: Synchronization in Socially Constructed Times
Rowman & Littlefield International • April 2019 • Monograph