Theoretical Explorations courses address foundational questions in philosophy and critical theory in relation to contemporary art and politics, with an emphasis on German idealist and continental psychoanalytic thought.
Praxis is taught by art practitioners (dancers, musicians, artists, curators…) who locate theoretical and creative gaps in our existing worldviews, producing from these voids artistic, political, and social transformations.
Interpretive Methods take contemporary concerns seriously to build upon influential research paradigms in the humanities and social sciences - inter alia, structuralism, post-structuralism, semiotics, ethnography, ordinary language analysis, discourse analysis, Hegelian dialectics, Marxian critique, psychoanalysis.
The Art and Architecture of Language program runs through all of our courses, which refuse distinction between theory, methods, and praxis by honing the formal techniques of writing with style, argument, and logic. BICAR remains committed to teaching the Modern Standard Arabic language to beginners, intermediates, and experts of all ages.
Continental Psychoanalysis consists of three core modules – Self, Culture, and Society – which give students a foundational understanding of Freud’s theory through Jacques Lacan’s radical return to the father of psychoanalysis. The track also includes electives on psychoanalytic approaches to contemporary politics, ethics, and aesthetics.