“Critical Theory Under Pressure: Building Networks for Transnational Dialogue” (CritUP) aims at developing a sustainable transnational network and platform for the exchange between forms of critical theory articulated in different regions of the world.

While models of critical theory developed in the Global North have been the subject of a vivid reception in the Global South, there has been little reciprocity. As a result, innovative contributions to a critical understanding of the present generated in the Global South have been largely ignored. This is especially problematic since South America has become a socio-economic and political “laboratory” in which tendencies are manifest that now increasingly affect the Global North as well, such as current threats to academic freedom.