Zotero Bibliographic Databases


Zotero is an open source digital tool for creating and augmenting bibliographies. Library discovery tools only provide access to catalogued content, and the subject headings assigned to a publication appearing in a library catalog or electronic database do not always correspond to the categories that a scholar uses to describes a research topic or area of interest. Zotero works to address these issues. First, it lets librarians capture a theorist’s scholarly output across a variety of formats. Second, it allows users to describe bibliographic entries with a variety of tags, making the entry and other entries described like it more easily discoverable.


In 1985, the UC Irvine Libraries began the tradition of compiling bibliographies, detailing each Wellek lecturer’s scholarship. This collection preserves and makes available the Wellek Lectures that have, over time, represented changes in the field. The Wellek Lectures Library series as a whole represents the transformation of critical theory scholarship over the course of the past 30 years. Each Wellek lecturer’s bibliography has been reviewed and enhanced to reflect scholarship currently associated with each lecturer.


This collection builds on the ICCTP-sponsored initiative Critical Theory in the Global South, which ran from 2016 to June 2020 at Northwestern University. This collaborative project sought to develop curricular tools for the teaching of critical theory, with the aim of highlighting engagements with critical theory in the Global South. The project convened several groups of scholars, forming inter-regional, inter-university teaching cooperations whose work on key questions and themes led to the compilation of the bibliographies that we feature here.  

These bibliographies are works in progress. They are not meant to be comprehensive but rather to offer a sense of the reach and the dynamism of critical theory today across languages and regions. We are actively working to expand these bibliographies, both to make the collection more regionally diverse and to ensure that it remains responsive to debates in critical theory and new forms of critical theory as they develop across world regions. If you would like to propose a bibliography, please write to us with a brief proposal. Scholars associated with the ICCTP can also contribute by adding bibliographic information about their own work.