Gauss Seminars in Criticism

Named in honor of Dean Christian Gauss, the Gauss Seminars in Criticism were instituted in 1949 to provide a focus for discussion, study, and the exchange of ideas in the humanities.

Several seminars are held annually. The seminars may take different forms, but traditionally they have been conducted by guests invited to present material upon which they are working. Past seminar leaders have included Erich Auerbach, Hannah Arendt, W. H. Auden, Noam Chomsky, Roman Jakobson, Elaine Scarry, Joan Scott, and Raymond Bellour. Faculty and graduate students from Princeton University, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the community at large participate in each seminar.

If you would like to receive news and announcements about the Gauss Seminars in Criticism, please email Jeannine Pitarresi, Program Manager.

Upcoming Seminars

February 27-28, 2018:  Fred Moten, Professor of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

Past Seminars


Neoliberalism’s Frankenstein: Wendy Brown, Professor of Political Science at University of California–Berkeley


Epigenetic Philosophy: Catherine Malabou, Professor of Philosophy at Kingston University, and Professor in Comparative Literature and European Languages and Studies at the University of California—Irvine

A Symposium on Hegel and Humanities


Misanthropology–Varieties and Variations: Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Professor of Anthropology, National Museum of the Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (via Skype)


Michael Lesy, Professor of Literary Journalism, Hampshire College

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