Kritik Lab with NDT Champion Eli Smith (2021)

Dates: June 27 - July 10

Price: $1,500

Dates: June 27 - July 17

Price: $1,800



Goals of the Kritik Lab with NDT Champion Eli Smith

The goal of this lab is two-fold: A) to prepare students to debate the camp topic if it is chosen during the year, and B) To prepare students to take a Kritikal approach to all topics for the rest of their debate careers.

Literature for the Kritik Lab

In order to address most of the critical scholarship that students will face on the national debate circuit, the following categories of literature will be discussed over the Kritik Lab in 2 - 3 sessions (depending on the practice round schedule set up with other labs): Queerness (Deluezian and 3rd Wave Feminists i.e: Halberstam, Stryker, etc.), Anti-Blackness (Wilderson, Sexton, Warren, etc.), Feminism (Irigiray, Spillers, etc.), and Performativity (Warren and Fasset, Johnson, Butler, etc.).

Reading List for the Kritik Lab

Power and Privilege

Delgado Richard (1992). Shadowboxing: An Essay on Power, 77 Cornell L. Rev. 813

McIntosh, Peggy. (No Date) White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Ferguson, Sian (2014). Privilege 101: A Quick and Dirty Guide. Everyday Feminism

The power of privilege: Tiffany Jana at TEDxRVAWomen.Youtube


Performance studies

Conquergood, D. (2013) Cultural Struggles: Performance, Ethnography. Praxis. Edited by E. Patrick Johnson. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Conquergood, D. (1985). Performing as a moral act: Ethical dimensions of the ethnography of performance. Literature in Performance, 2(5), 1-13.

Warren, J. T. & Fassett, D. L. (2004). Subverting Whiteness: Pedagogy at the Crossroads of Performance, Culture, and Politics. Theatre Topics 14(2), 411-430.

Butler, J. (2003). Violence, Mourning, Politics. Studies in Gender and Sexuality
Vol. 4, Iss. 1.


White Supremacy

Curry, T. [Draft] In the Fiat of Dreams: The Delusional Allure of Hope, the Reality of Anti-Black Violence and the Demands of the Anti-Ethical.

Nakayama, T. and Krizek, R. (1995). Whiteness: A strategic rhetoric. Quarterly Journal of Speech.

Martinot, S. and Sexton, J. (2003). The Avant-garde of White Supremacy. Social Identities 9(2), June 2003)

Rodriguez, Dylan (2008). American Globality and the U. S. Prison Regime: State violence and white supremacy from Abu Ghraib to Stockton to Bagong Diwa.

Ross, M. (2000). Commentary: Pleasuring Identity, or the Delicious Politics of Belonging. New Literary History, 31(4), 827-850.

Lee, D. (2014). Transformed Into White Gods: What Happens in America Without Love. Gawker.



Sexton, J. (2011). "The Social Life of Social Death: On Afro-Pessimism and Black Optimism." InTensions 5.0

Sexton, J (2010).People-of-Color-Blindness: Notes on the Afterlife of Slavery." Social Text 28:103

Spillers, H. (1987).Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: An American Grammar Book Source: Diacritics, Vol. 17, No. 2), pp. 65-81

Wilderson, F. (2003). Gramsci's Black Marx: Whither the Slave in Civil Society?. Social Identities 9(2):225-240 ·

McKittrick, K., & Woods, C. A. (2007). Black geographies and the politics of place. Between the Lines.

Powers, A. (Tragedy Made Flesh: Constitutional Lawlessness in Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Volume 34, Number 1, 2014, pp. 106-125.


Queer theory

Butler, J (1993) 'Gender is Burning: Questions of Appropriation and Subversion', in Thornham, S (Ed) (1999) Feminist Film Theory, a Reader

Edelman, L. (2004). No future: Queer theory and the death drive. Durham: Duke University Press.

Mun?oz, J. E. (2009). Cruising utopia: The then and there of queer futurity. New York: New York University Press

Puar, J. K. (2007). Terrorist assemblages: Homonationalism in queer times. Durham: Duke University Press.


Black Queer Theory/Queer of Color Critique

Dagupta, K.(2012). The Queer Rhetoric of Bollywood: a case of mistaken identity. InterAlia: A Journal of Queer Studies

Johnson, E. P. bruary 01, 2000). from Black Quare Studies or Almost Everything I know about Queer Studies I learned from My Grandmother. Callaloo, 23, 1, 120- 121.Lorde, A. (1982). Zami, a new spelling of my name. Trumansburg, N.Y: Crossing Press.

Mun?oz, J. E. (1999). Disidentifications: Queers of color and the performance of politics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Stockton, K. B. (2006). Beautiful bottom, beautiful shame: Where "Black" meets "queer". Durham: Duke University Press.

Walcott, R. (2006)"Outside in Black Studies: Reading from a Queer Place in Diaspora". In P. Johnson and M. Henderson (eds). Black Queer Studies in the New Millennium. Duke University Press.


Gender Studies

Frederick, T. (2009). Feminizing the Pulpit: Feminine Style and the Religious Rhetoric of Joyce Meyer. Doctoral Thesis Presented to the Faculty Regent University School of Communication and the Arts

K.K. Campbell (1989) “Man Cannot Speak for Her” Centennial Review

Stryker, S. (January 01, 2011). My words to Victor Frankenstein above the village of Chamounix: Performing transgender rage. Kvinder, Køn Og Forskning, 83-96.

Escalante, A. (2015) Gender nihilism: an anti-manifesto. Libcom

Grosz, E. (1993). A thousand tiny sexes: Feminism and rhizomatics. Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 167-179

Foster, T. A.(2011). The Sexual Abuse of Black Men under American Slavery. Journal of the History of Sexuality 20(3), 445-464. University of Texas Press.





Principles of the Kritik Lab

The following three principles, which are not mutually exclusive from basic expectations of respect or appropriateness, will determine the direction of the lab.

  1. We will READ – reading book and article excerpts will be the basis of the knowledge for the lab.
  2. We will ARGUE - students in the Kritik lab will be expected to execute an argument the same day that they learn about it. Most other Kritik labs spend a long time explaining and talking about arguments before students can utilize them in practice debates, giving them less time to explore the concepts first-hand in a debate round. Engaging in a mini-debate between Delueze and Wilderson the same afternoon you read an excerpt from A Thousand Plateaus is arguably a better way to have students internalize larger theoretical concepts rather than trying to re-hash notes and backfiles a week before a tournament.
  3. We will Prep like the TOC is Tomorrow - at the Kritik Lab we will create a comprehensive set of blocks to all generic framework arguments as well as the most popular arguments popular on the circuit. We will also prepare responses to generic K rebuttals and we will produce a basic set of case arguments.