The Certificate Program in Critical Theory + Creative Research
The Certificate Program in Critical Theory + Creative Research at the Oregon Institute for Creative Research: E4 (Ethics, Æsthetics, Ecology, Education) is an intensive course of study (30 credit hours) that unites the long and rigorous tradition of critical theory and its emancipatory objectives, the exacting practice of critique, and the emerging domain of creative research in the context of big data; artificial intelligence; continuous surveillance; ecological damage and catastrophe; and the disappearance of politics as a system of challenge, contest, and negotiation. Besides pursuing their own research, students can become team leaders and stakeholders in one of the Institute's collective projects and initiatives. Although the program can be completed within a single academic year, especially by those already conversant with critical theory and philosophical thought, many students, depending on whether they work as well as the size and scope of their projects, choose to enroll in the program for two-three years, graduating with a major body of research. Final work takes the form of a research thesis or a book in the style of, say, Adorno’s Minima Moralia: Reflections on Damaged Life; however, students sometimes utilize their research in a number of different genres and mediums as well, whether artist book, journal essay, data-visualization project, op-ed piece, painting, intermedia, performance, film, documentary, or other.