Critical Life engages with what it means to live and read critically in the present. In our manifesto, we set out our commitment to examining the conditions under which life, both human and non-human, can be lived, renewed and revitalised.

Through this website and our events, we hope to open spaces for diverse engagements with, and conceptualisations of, critical issues today, as well as reflecting on the new modes of critique that the contemporary moment may generate and demand.

This website was conceived and developed through a collaboration between Maya Caspari and members of the Critical Life research grouping based in the School of English at the University of Leeds. The site is kindly supported by funding from the School of English. Our contributors have expertise in a broad range of areas, including postcolonial literature, life writing, animism, psychoanalysis and memory studies. If you would like to get in touch, please contact the relevant contributor or, for general queries, you can email Dr. Matthew Boswell at m.boswell@leeds.ac.uk.