Susan Buck-Morss earned her Artium Baccalaureatus (A.B.) (the same as a Bachelor’s in Arts B.A.) from Vassar College, a Masters from Yale and a PhD from Georgetown University. Currently she is Professor in Political Science Department at City University of New York, Graduate Center.
Her work transcends academic boundaries ranging from political theory to the history of art and visual culture. She continues to make important theoretical and philosophical contributions on many subjects such as politics, Islam and universal history. Check out her website for lectures, position papers and her complete CV. Her position papers and her lectures will get your theoretical juices flowing.
One of her profound statements that rings true today is from her 2006 essay “Theorizing Today: The Post-Soviet Condition,” in which she states that “Attempts to describe the present transformation are bound to be inadequate because the terms of description are themselves undergoing a transformation. It is necessary that this process not be merely be allowed, but encouraged. Rigidity of the discourse of critical theory must be avoided at all costs. Nor can any mode of comprehension be excluded out of hand, be it scientific, humanist, aesthetic, ethical, or (importantly) religious. Our era demands a radical creativity of thinking in all of these forms.”
- For a lengthy and informative interview about her career and theoretical formation see this video interview by Peter Shea from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Please do take the time to see this video interview, it is quite exquisite. For more interviews by Peter Shea, see his archive of the interviews by The Bat of Minerva, a regional interview show produced out of the University of Minnesota.
- In a recent interview by Joanna Kusiak published in Kultura Liberalna, Buck-Morss explained her opinions on the current political moment as well as some thoughts on the Occupy movement.