Professor Timothy Morton will deliver this year’s Wellek lectures at UC Irvine in May. Congratulations to Dr. Morton, who will join the likes of Jacques Derrida, Gayatri Spivak, Judith Butler, Peter Sloterdijk, Edward Said, and Donna Haraway in a striking list of speakers. Morton is a member of CENHS and the Rice English faculty.
Since 1981, the Critical Theory Institute has sponsored an annual lecture series, named in honor of René Wellek (Yale University), whose library of works in critical theory is housed in Langson Library at the University of California, Irvine.
Each year, they have invited an internationally distinguished critical theorist to visit the campus to deliver a series of three lectures in which he or she develops his or her critical position and relates it to the contemporary theoretical scene. Each set of lectures is published in their Wellek Library Lecture Series.
Professor Morton studied English literature at Oxford (BA and D.Phil.), and then did postdoctoral work at Princeton. He has worked at NYU, CU Boulder and UC Davis. Morton is currently writing Dark Ecology and Buddhaphobia, two studies of philosophy and culture in the global nineteenth century. He is the author of Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities Press, 2013), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (U of Minessota P, 2013), The Ecological Thought (Harvard UP, 2010), and Ecology without Nature (Harvard UP, 2007). He has published seven other books, all of which are about issues and authors in the Romantic period (Frankenstein, Percy Shelley, Romantic-period food and eating, radicalism). Professor Morton is the author of over eighty essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, food and music. He gives lectures around the world on literature, ecology, philosophy, and culture.