This seminar is designed for graduate students who are interested in exploring critical literacies as sociocultural and sociopolitical practices across languages, literacies, and contexts, as well as considering the implications of critical literacies theories and pedagogies for teaching and research. We will examine the "critical" in critical literacies through historicizing and defining these practices in schools, communities, and societies. We will juxtapose critical literacies with multiliteracies and multimodalities to understand how these pedagogies converge and diverge. Community making will be a product of our efforts as we develop critical stances, engage in critical inquiry and analysis, and rewrite our social worlds through rethinking how we communicate, interact, participate, and create.