Theory Reading Group

From 2014 to 2019, Nasrin ran the Theory Reading Group at Cornell. This reading group brings together graduate students and faculty from the departments of English, German studies, comparative literature, political science, and romance studies who are dedicated to the transdisciplinary discussion of current theoretical debates in the humanities, including recent scholarship in literary theory, political theory, and continental philosophy. The Theory Reading Group has organized conferences around contemporary issues in philosophy, aesthetics, literary theory, and political thought.

Selected Events

A Series of Conversations on the Philosophy of Spinoza, 2016

cropped-screen-shot-2016-12-23-at-7-05-14-pm.png(A graduate seminar with Prof. Rosi Braidotti entitled “Affirmative Politics” on February 20, 2016, at Columbia University, focused on Gilles Deleuze’s Spinoza: Practical Philosophy.)

Listening to Trauma Conference, 2017


Opening Round Table

(Theory Reading Group’s “Opening Roundtable: Unclaimed Experience 20 Years On,” 2017).

A Conversation Series, 2015–2016


Articles on Theory Reading Group Events


For Cornell graduate students who wish to take over this reading group, please contact Nasrin at