Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

Core Faculty

Members of the Centre’s Core Faculty are appointed from their respective academic units within Western and Affiliated University Colleges...

...including Anthropology, Comparative Literature, English, Film Studies, French, Information & Media Studies, Modern Languages and Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Women's Studies, Philosophy & Religion at Kings' University College, and Global Studies at Huron University College.

The following themes are indicative of the teaching interests and strengths of the Centre: 

Deconstruction
Social and Political Thought
Contintental Philosophy
Psychoanalysis
Visual Culture
Marxist Theory
Post-Humanist Theory
Linguistics and Rhetorical Theory
18th & 19th Century Philosophy and History of Thought

Additional research areas include Biopolitics and Governmentality; Feminist Theory; Historiography; Post-Colonial Theory; Disciplines Y (Inter)disciplinarity; Aesthetics; Media Theory; Cultural Studies; Queer Theory; Critical Race Theory; Gender Studies; Disability Studies; and Organizations of Knowledge.

This list is by no means exhaustive, and reflects the teaching/research strengths and interests of our present faculty.  Core faculty move in and out of certain areas of theory, and courses offered at the Centre reflect faculty research interests and their intersections with various areas of theory.

There are currently 29 core faculty members at the Centre. Select a name below or scroll down the page to learn more about their research areas and contact information.

Nandita Biswas Mellamphy

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Doctoral membership

Email: nbiswasm[at]uwo.ca

Website: http://uwo.academia.edu/biswasmellamphy

Department

Political Science

Research Areas

  • Political Thought (Antiquity to Contemporaneity)
  • Post-Humanism & Neuro-Cognition
  • Network-Centric War & Media
  • War on Terror and the Politics of Fear
  • Nietzsche & Contemporary Theory

Selected Publications

Biswas Mellamphy, N.   The Three Stigmata of Friedrich Nietzsche: Political Physiology in the Age of Nihilism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan: 2011.  


Biswas Mellamphy, N. “From Terra- to Terror-Ecology: Secrets from the Arrakeen Underground”. In Design Ecologies 3.1: chthonic deluge, forthcoming 2013.

Biswas Mellamphy, N. “Nietzsche’s Pharaonic Thought: Hieroglyphic Transduction.” In Ozone: Journal of Object-Oriented Studies. Eileen Joy and Levi Bryant (eds.). New York: Punctum Books, forthcoming 2013.

Biswas Mellamphy, N. “Nietzsche and the Engine of Politics.” In Nietzsche and Political Thought. Keith Ansell-Pearson (ed.). London: Continuum, forthcoming 2013.

Dan Mellamphy and Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, "From the Digital to the Tentacular, or From iPods to Cephalopods: Apps, Traps, and Entrées-without-Exit". In  The Imaginary App, eds. Svitlana Matviyenko and Paul Miller (Boston: MIT Press), forthcoming 2014.

Biswas Mellamphy, N. “Nietzsche’s Political Materialism: Diagram for a Nietzschean Politics.” In Nietzsche and Political Theory, Barry Stocker and Manuel Knoll (eds.). Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014.

Biswas Mellamphy, N.  “Nietzsche’s Experimental Ontology”. In Nietzsche’s Therapeutic Teaching: For Individuals and Culture. Horst Hutter and Eli Friedland (eds.). London: Continuum Press, 2013. 

Biswas Mellamphy, N. and Dan Mellamphy. “On the Alchemy of War.” In Cyclonopedia:  Leper Creativity, eds. Ed Keller, Nicola Masciandaro and Eugene Thacker. New York City: Punctum Books, 2012: 192-212.

Biswas Mellamphy, N.  and Dan Mellamphy. “Ec(h)ologies of the Désêtre.” In  Collapse: The Journal of Philosophical Research and Development: Volume 7. 2011, 413-435. 

Biswas Mellamphy, N. “Corporealizing Thought: Translating the Eternal Return Back into Politics.” In Nietzsche, Power and Politics. Herman Siemens and Vasti Roodt (eds). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2008: 740-764.

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Karen McEwen: Extra-Capitalist Thought, MA thesis, 2013
  • Laura Rooney: Contemplating Suicide, MA thesis 2011

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Tim Blackmore

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Master's membership

Email: tblackmo@uwo.ca

Department

Infomation and Media Studies

Research Areas

  • war and technology, the body, self, popular culture, art
  • trauma and crisis in narrative structures and memory
  • graphic novels, comics of all kinds
  • theorizing technology
  • science fiction and the machinic imagination

Selected Publications

War X: Human Extensions in Battlespace (Toronto: U of T Press, 2005).

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • John Reed: Postmodern Frontier Anxiety: Utopia, State, and the Dynamics of Power at Waco and Ruby Ridge, MA thesis, 2003

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Janelle Blankenship

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Master's membership

Email: jblanke2@uwo.ca

Department

Film Studies

Research Areas

  • Frankfurt School
  • literary/critical theory
  • media history and film; phenomenology of perception
  • theories of temporality, nature and utopia
  • 19th-20th century German literature

Selected Publications

Edited volume: Holes, Burrows, Lines of Flight: Media and Spatiality in Deleuze and Guattari (Polygraph 2003).

Translations, reviews and articles on Georg Lukács, literary modernism, film theory and early cinema published in Cinema & Cie, KINtop, Modernist Cultures, New FormationsNew German CritiquePolygraph.

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Jonathan Boulter 

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Master's membership

Email: jboulte@uwo.ca

Department

English

Research Areas

  • psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, literary theory, Beckett, digital culture, gaming

Selected Publications

Samuel Beckett: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: Continuum, 2008.

Interpreting Narrative in the Novels of Samuel Beckett. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001.

Cultural SubjectsA Popular Culture Reader. Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2005. Co-Edited with Allan Gedalof, Joel Faflak, and Cameron McFarlane.

Articles/chapters: “Posthuman Melancholy: Digital Games and Cyberpunk.” In Beyond Cyberpunk: New Critical Perspectives. Eds. Sherryl Vint and Graham Murphy. New York: Routledge, 2010. 135-54.

“Archives of the End: Embodied History in Beckett’s Plays.” In Samuel Beckett: History Memory Archive. Eds. Sean Kennedy and Katherine Weis. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 129-49.

“Borges and the Trauma of Posthuman History.”  In Cy-Borges: Memories of the Posthumanism in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges. Ed. Ivan Callus and  Stefan Herbrechter. New York: Bucknell UP, 2009. 179-215.

“Writing Guilt: Haruki Murakami and the Archives of National Mourning.” English Studies in Canada. 32.1: (2006): 125-45. 

“The Melancholy Archive: Jose Saramago’s All the Names.” Genre. 36 3-4 (2005): 115-43.

“Virtual Bodies; or, Cyborgs are People Too.” In Digital Gameplay: Essays on the Nexus of Game and Gamer. Ed. Nathan C. Garrelts. Jefferson: McFarland, 2005. 52-68.

“After…Armageddon”: Trauma and History in Ford Madox Ford’s No Enemy.” International Ford Madox Ford Studies: History & Representation in Ford Madox Ford's Writings. 3 (2004): 77-90. 

“Does Mourning Require a Subject? Samuel Beckett’s Texts for Nothing.”  Modern Fiction Studies. 50 (Summer 2004): 332-50.

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Steven Bruhm 

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Master's membership

Email: sbruhm2@uwo.ca

Department

English

Research Areas

  • I research things that go bump in the night: ghosts, gay men, sexual children, and gothic dancers.
  • I currently divide my time between two projects: “Only the Dead Can Dance: Choreographies of Mortality,” which considers the role of the danse macabre in gothic choreographic production; and “The Counterfeit Child,” which investigates the hordes of creepy beings who pretend to be children but aren’t, or the hordes of creepy children who pretend to be something other than what they are.
  • Finally, I am the managing editor Horror Studies, an interdisciplinary, international journal dedicated to the study of horror in any media, and am always on the look out for fresh critical blood.

Selected Publications

Curiouser: On the Queerness of Children (co‐edited with Natasha Hurley) (University of Minnesota Press, 2004)

Reflecting Narcissus: A Queer Aesthetic (University of Minnesota Press, 2000)

Gothic Bodies: The Politics of Pain in Romantic Fiction (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994)

“Still Here: Choreography, Temporality, AIDS,” Queer Times, Queer Becomings, eds. E.L. McCallum and Mikko Tukhanen, Albany, NY (2011): SUNY Press: 317‐34

“Gothic Oklahoma!: The Dream Ballet,” ELN: English Language Notes Special Issue on Affect and Genre, ed. Kelly Hurley, 48:1 (2010): 101‐12

“Cell Phones from Hell,” South Atlantic Quarterly, Special Issue on “Digital Desire,” ed. Ellis Hanson, 110:3 (2011): 601‐20

“The Unbearable Sex of Henry VIII”, Shakesqueer, ed. Madhavi Menon. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2011, 28‐38

“Michael Jackson: Queer Funk,” Queering the Gothic, eds. Andrew Smith and William Hughes. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2009, 158‐76

“Byron and the Choreography of Queer Desire,” Palgrave Advances in Byron Studies, ed. Jane Stabler. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave, 2007, 16‐33

“Nightmare on Sesame Street; or The Self‐Possessed Child,” Gothic Studies 8.2 (2006): 98‐113

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Antonio Calcagno 

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Doctoral membership

Email: acalcagn@uwo.ca

Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies, King's University College

Research Areas

  • 19-21st century social and political philosophy
  • Renaissance philosophy, Continental philosophy
  • aesthetics
  • contemporary theory, subjectivity and intersubjectivity, community, statehood

Selected Publications

Intensities and Lines of Flight: Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari and the Arts, co-edited with Jim Vernon and Steve Lofts (London: Rowman and Littlefield), forthcoming 2014

“Edith Stein’s Reworked Liberalism and the State” in Edith Stein: Intersubjectivity, Humanity, Being (eds.) M. Lebech and H. Gurmin, (Nordhausen: Traugott Bautz), forthcoming

“Reclaiming the Possibility of an Interior Human Culture? Michel Henry and La Barbarie”, in the The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, vol. 44, n. 3, October 2013, 251–264


“The Desire and Pleasure of Evil: The Augustinian Limitations of Arendtian Mind” in The Heythrop Journal, Volume LIV, no. 1, January 2013, 89–100

“The Role of Forgetting in Our Experience of Time: Augustine of Hippo and Hannah Arendt” in Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy, Volume 13, 2011, 14–27

“Edith Stein’s Philosophy of Community in her Early Work and in her Later Finite and Eternal Being: Martin Heidegger’s Impact” in Philosophy and Theology, vol. 23, n. 2, 2011, 231–255

Antonio Calcagno and Alain Beaulieu (eds.) Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, edited special volume on Alain Badiou, vol. 12, no. 2, Fall 2008

Antonio Calcagno and Diane Enns (eds.), Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, edited special volume on Jacques Derrida, vol. 11, no. 1, Spring 2007

Antonio Calcagno, Badiou and Derrida: Politics, Events and Their Time (New York/London: Continuum, 2007), viii + 136 pp

Antonio Calcagno, The Philosophy of Edith Stein (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2007), xv + 151 pp

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Nathaniel Coward: Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Hannah Arendt: The Intersection of Institution, Natality, and Birth, MA thesis, 2013
  • Sarah Brumwell: Temporality, Imagination, and the Right to Have Rights, MA thesis, 2012
  • Hart Walker: Perceiving Cosmopolitanism, MA thesis, 2011
  • Owen Glyn-Williams: The Politics of Kants' Aesthetics, MA thesis, 2010

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Tom Carmichael 

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Doctoral membership

Email: tomc@uwo.ca

Department

English; Information and Media Studies

* On leave July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 *

Research Areas

  • Literary theory, cultural theory, narrative and the political unconscious, postmodernism, American studies

Selected Publications

Co-editor, Constructive Criticism: The Human Sciences in the Age of Theory (Toronto, 1995)

Postmodern Times: A Critical Guide to the Contemporary (Northern Illinois, 2000).

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Joshua Synenko: Uncommon Singularities: Event, Politics & Representation, MA thesis, 2007
  • Jonathan Singer: Sign(all)ing the Subject: A Critique of the Baudrillardean Subject, MA thesis, 1996
  • Timothy Wood: The eleventh thesis: strategico-theoretical interrogations of Jean Baudrillard & the Situationist International, MA thesis, 1996
  • Catherine Hobbs: Postmodern Feminist Parody: An Alternative Cultural Mode for Postmodern Feminism, MA thesis, 1994

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Regna Darnell 

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Doctoral membership

Email: rdarnell@uwo.ca

Department

Anthropology

Research Areas

  • history of anthropology
  • epistemology and politics of First Nations languages and cultures
  • ethnographic theory, especially narrative and poetic genres

Selected Publications

Edward Sapir: Linguist, Anthropologist, Humanist (Nebraska 2010, original California, 1990)

Daniel Garrison Brinton: The “Fearless Critic” of Philadelphia (U. of Penn. Museum, 1988)

co-editor: Celebrating a Century of the American Anthropological Association (Nebraska, 2002)

American Anthropology 1971-90: Selected Papers from American Anthropology (Nebraska, 2002)

Invisible Genealogies: Americanist Persistences in Contemporary Anthropology (Nebraska, 2001)

Culture, Society and the Individual Vol. 3 (Mouton de Gruyter, 1999)

Theorizing the Americanist Tradition (Toronto, 1999)

And Along Came Boas: Continuity and Revolution in Americanist Anthropology (John Benjamins, 1998)

Ed. with Julia Harrison, Historicizing Canadian Anthropology, UBC Press (2006)

General Editor of The Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition, a joint publication series of 25 volumes in partnership with the American Philosophical Society and the University of Nebraska Press.

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Gerald McKinley:Tease of the New Earthdivers: Following Native Narrative in Search of New Identities, MA thesis, 2008
  • Shannon Foskett: Speculative Science: Gilles Deleuze, Chaos & the Quantum, MA thesis, 2007
  • Dolleen Manning: Anishinabemowin: Language that Gives to the Eternal Impasse, MA thesis, 2005
  • Margaret Macpherson: The Politics of Thereism, MA thesis, 2002
  • Elizabeth Guerrier: The Promise of Justice: Interpreting Mi'kmaw Treaties in an Ever-Changing World, MA thesis, 2001
  • Julie Petruzzellis: Anti-Optant: First Nations Rights, Citizenship, and Radical Democracy, MA thesis, 2000
  • Terry Hoople: The SM Ascetic Practice of Resistance: A Critical Ethnography, MA thesis, 1994

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Laurence de Looze

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Doctoral membership

Email: ldelooze@uwo.ca

Department

Modern Languages, Comparative Literature

Research Areas

  • medieval and Renaissance culture/literature, theories of autobiography and textuality, film, role of the poet, gender issues, metaphor and analogy

Selected Publications

The Pseudo-Autobiography of the Fourteenth Century (1997)

editor and trans., Jean Froissart, La prison amoureuse (1994)

articles on autobiography and subjectivity, film, Gustav Mahler, medieval literature and medievalism, Racine, Wallace Stevens

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Brendon Langer: Literature and its Dimensions, MA thesis, 2010

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Nick Dyer-Witheford

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Doctoral membership

Email: ncdyerwi@uwo.ca

Department

Information and Media Studies

Research Areas

  • autonomist counter-power, hydra-headed resistance, general intellect, species being, and exterminism

Selected Publications

Cyber-Marx: Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High Technology Capitalism (University of Illinois, 1999)

in progress, co-author, Sim Capital: On the Inter-Play of Technology, Markets and Culture in the Making of the Video Game

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Robbie Cormier: Basic Cable: Notes Toward Digital Ontology, MA thesis, 2013
  • Emanuele Leonardi: Biopolitics of Climate Change: Carbon Commodities, Environmental Profanations, and the Lost Innocence of Use-Value, PhD thesis, 2012
  • Bernard Lesawich: Towards a Politics of the Posthuman, MA thesis, 2002

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Joel Faflak

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Doctoral membership

Email: jfaflak@uwo.ca

Department

English

Research Areas

  • psychoanalysis, cultural theory, critical theory, 18th- and 19th-century philosophy

Selected Publications

(author) Romantic Psychoanalysis: The Burden of the Mystery (SUNY, 2007; softcover 2009)

(co-author) Revelation and Knowledge: Romanticism and Religious Faith (U of Toronto Press, 2011)

(co-editor) Romanticism and the Emotions (Cambridge, 2014)

(co-editor) The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope (U of Toronto Press, 2013)

(co-editor) Nervous Reactions: Victorian Recollections of Romanticism (SUNY, 2004; softcover 2009)

(co-editor) Cultural Subjects: A Popular Culture Reader (Thomson-Nelson, 2005)

(editor) Sanity, Madness, Transformation: The Psyche in Romanticism (U of Toronto Press, 2005; softcover 2009)

(editor) Confessions of An English Opium- Eater, by Thomas De Quincey (Broadview, 2009)

(co-editor) The Romanticism Handbook (Continuum 2011)

(co-editor) The Handbook to Romanticism Studies (Blackwell 2011)

"Romantic Psyche and Psychoanalysis" (Praxis 2009)

"Romanticism and History" (European Romantic Review 2003)

"Deviance and Defiance" (European Romantic Review 2006)

"Guilt" (English Studies in Canada 2006)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Sarah Thorne: The Cleaving of House and Home: A Lacanian Analysis of Architectural Aesthetics, MA thesis, 2012
  • Jennifer Gartner: From Terminology to Ontology, MA thesis, 2011
  • Sheena McKay: Taboo, Laughter, Shame in Psychoanalysis, MA thesis, 2008

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Helen Fielding 

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Doctoral membership

Email: hfieldin@uwo.ca

Department

Philosophy; Women's Studies and Feminist Research

Research Areas

  • phenomenology, feminist philosophy, embodiment, technology and art
  • philosophers include Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, Irigaray, Nancy

Selected Publications

Book in progress: The Cultivation of Perception. Co-editor of Time in Feminist Phenomenology (Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2011)

of The Other: Feminist reflections in Ethics (Palgrave, 2007) and of vol. 7 (2006) Chiasmi International

translation of Irigaray's "To Paint the Invisible"

articles on Nancy, art and sexual difference, Heidegger and nature, Merleau-Ponty and Feminist Theory

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Catherene Ngoh: Memory and Truth, MA thesis, 2009
  • Laura Krahn: Eat Your Words: The Incorporation of Language and Body, MA thesis, 2009
  • Adrian Sinclair: Thinking the Digital Corporeally, MA thesis, 2008
  • Maureen Melnyk: Monstrous Expressions: On the "Style" of Tattooed Women, MA thesis, 2004
  • Cynthia Leighton: Mechanics of Thought and Its Relation to the Concept of Life, MA thesis, 2002
  • Ursula Misztal: The Elemental Coding of Sexual Difference, MA thesis, 2002

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Mark F. N. Franke 

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Doctoral membership

Email: mfranke@huron.uwo.ca

Department

Centre for Global Studies, Huron University College

Research Areas

  • Political Ontology
  • Human Rights Theory and Politics
  • Territoriality, Space, Time, Movement, and Change
  • Political, Geopolitical, and International Relations Theory
  • Postcolonial Studies 
  • Refugee Studies
  • Gender Studies

Selected Publications

"Return to Kant as a Critique of International Relations:  A Copernican Re–revolution for IR Theory," in Barry Hindess and R. B. J. Walker, eds., The Cost of Kant (New York:  Routledge, forthcoming)

"A Critique of the Universalisability of Critical Human Rights Theory:  The Displacement of Immanuel Kant," Human Rights Review (forthcoming 2013)

"The Unbearable Rightfulness of Being Human: Citizenship, Displacement, and the Right to Not Have Rights," Citizenship Studies, Vol. 15, No. 1 (February 2011), pp. 39–56

"Epistemic Virtue in the Assessment of Claims to Refugee Status," with Jill Rusin, The Global Studies Journal Vol. 3, No. 2 (Fall 2010), pp. 185–194

"Self-Understanding and the Refugee Claimant," with Jill Rusin, International Journal of the Humanities Vol. 8, No. 3 (Fall 2010), pp. 187–198

"Responsible Politics of the Neutral: Rethinking International Humanitarianism in the Red Cross Movement via the Philosophy of Roland Barthes," Journal of International Political Theory, Vol. 6, No. 2 (October 2010), pp. 142–160

"The Political Stakes of Indigenous Diplomacies: Questions of Difference," in J. Marshall Beier ed., Indigenous Diplomacies (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 47–60

"Political Exclusion of Refugees in the Ethics of International Relations" in Patrick Hayden, ed., Ashgate Research Companion to Ethics and International Relations (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, September 2009), pp. 309–327

"Refugee Registration as Foreclosure of the Freedom to Move: the Virtualisation of Refugees' Rights in Maps of International Protection," Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol. 27, No. 2 (April 2009), pp. 352–369

"The Displacement of the Rights of Displaced Persons: An Irreconciliation of Human Rights Between Place and Movement," Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 7, No. 3 (July–September 2008), pp. 262–281

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Inna Viriasova: Life Beyond Politics: Toward the Notion of the Unpolitical, PhD thesis, 2013
  • Dock Currie: Composing the Cities of Flow: Unitary Urbanism and the Ontology of Water Infrastructure, MA thesis, 2012
  • David Janzen: The Right to Politics, MA thesis, 2011
  • Corey Katz: The Territorialisation of Responsibility: International Relations, Kant, and the Failure of the Levinasian Turn, MA thesis, 2007

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Michael Gardiner 

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Doctoral membership

Email: mgardin@uwo.ca

Department

Sociology

* On sabbatical January - December, 2014 *

Research Areas

  • Bakhtin and dialogical theory; European social theory and social philosophy including poststructuralism, phenomenology, hermeneutics and critical theory
  • history of social thought
  • cultural studies, especially the culture of cities
  • utopianism in theory and practice
  • social ecology
  • sociology of the body
  • ethics
  • theories of everyday life

Selected Publications

Critiques of Everyday Life (Routledge, 2000)

The Dialogics of Critique: M.M. Bakhtin and the Theory of Ideology (Routledge, 1992)

editor, Mikhail Bakhtin, Masters of Modern Social Thought series, four vols. (Sage, 2003)

Bakhtin and the Human Sciences: No Last Words (Sage, 1998)

co-editor, Rethinking Everyday Life: And Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out, special double issue of Cultural Studies, 18, 2/3 (Routledge, 2004)

coeditor, Rethinking Everyday Life: And Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out, special double issue of Cultural Studies, 18 (2-3), March-May, 2004, 139-159.

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • James Hall: In the Fullness of Time: M. M. Bakhtin, In Discourse and in Life, MA thesis, 2012
  • Julian Haladyn: The Will to Boredom, PhD thesis, 2012
  • Jessica Reilly: Beyond the Spectacle:  Rethinking Debord, MA thesis, 2009
  • Timothy August: The Edible Plebiscite, MA thesis, 2006
  • Petra Hroch: Puppet Masters: Aesthetics and Politics of the Marionnette, MA thesis, 2006
  • Carolyn Veldstra: Subversive Postmodern Humour in the Era of Its Impossibility, MA thesis, 2005

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Christopher Keep 

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Doctoral membership

Email: ckeep@uwo.ca

Department

English

Research Areas

  • The relationship of technology to cultural practice
  • the discursive construction of gender, race, and sexual orientation, especially in the nineteenth century
  • hypertext, virtual reality and theories of electronic textuality

Selected Publications

Editor, special issue of The Victorian Review (1998)

Articles on postmodern apocalypticism, theories of the body in hypertext fiction, imperialism and addiction, and the gendering of information technologies in the nineteenth century

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Cristian Melchiorre: The Downward Path, PhD thesis, 2011
  • Mary Bunch: Outlawry and the Experience of the (Im)possible: Deconstructing Biopolitics, PhD thesis, 2010
  • Kathryn Simpson: Minerva's Owl, MA thesis, 2005
  • Heather Egger: A Glittering Set of Things: Performing Postmodern Subjectivities, MA thesis, 2003
  • Tara Mimnagh: Living Dead Girl: Death, Representation and Repetition, MA thesis, 2003

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Stephen G. Lofts 

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Doctoral membership

Email: slofts@uwo.ca

Department

Philosophy, King's University College

Research Areas

  • German and French continental philosophy and theories of subjectivity and culture

Selected Publications

Cassirer: A "Repetition" of Modernity (SUNY, 2000)

La vie de l'esprit (Peeters Vrin, Leuven/Paris, 1997)

co-editor, La pensée de Jacques Lacan (1994)

trans., Ernst Cassirer, The Logic of the Cultural Sciences (Yale, 2001)

in progress, Le style c'est l'homme même. Essay on Individual Identity and Cultural Praxis

trans. in progress, Language, Art and Science: Essays by Ernst Cassirer (Yale, forthcoming)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Michael Bennett: Sociality and Infinity, MA thesis, 2009
  • Brock Baines: The Practice of Freedom: Kant and Levinas in Proximity, MA thesis, 2009

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Mary Helen McMurran

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Master's membership

Email: mmcmurr2@uwo.ca

Department

English

Research Areas

  • Enlightenment philosophy, Eighteenth-Century literature and culture
  • Ancient philosophy
  • History and Theory of Religion

Selected Publications

The Spread of Novels: Translation and Prose Fiction in the Eighteenth Century(Princeton 2009)

Articles in Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, The Translator, Novel: A Forum on Fiction

book chapter in The Literary Channel (Princeton 2001)

Current project: Paganism and Sacralization in the Enlightenment 

Articles in Eighteenth-Century Studies

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Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu

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Doctoral membership

Email: cmihails@uwo.ca

Department

Modern Languages, Comparative Literature

Research Areas

  • Philosophy (17th-century philosophy and theology, French thought (17th-20th centuries), German thought (18th-20th centuries), postmodernism. Publications in English, French, Romanian, and Spanish on Pascal, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa, Plato, Aristotle, Baltasar Gracián, Shakespeare, Montaigne, Cervantes, Kant, Kafka, Benjamin, Borges, Heidegger, Adorno, Huxley, T. Mann, Deleuze, García Márquez, Nancy
  • Renaissance, Mannerist and Baroque literature and philosophy, utopian discourses, semiotics of folklore and myth, taste and kitsch, exile, prosthetic thought, drugs and experience, surrealism, economic aspects of narrative, the posthuman, Central and Eastern European cultural and political issues, creative writing

Selected Publications

(ed.) Fiction Updated: Theories of Fictionality in Contemporary Criticism (Toronto, 1996)

(ed.) Ars Rhetorica (Ottawa, 1996)

(ed.) This Craft of Verse, by J.L. Borges (Harvard, 2000)

16~17. Renastere, manierism, baroc (16~17. Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque; Bucharest, 2002; 2nd ed. 2005)

Tara europsita (A Europressed country; Bucharest, 2002)

(in collab.) Calendarul după Caragiale (The calendar according to Caragiale; Bucharest, 2002

(in collab.) Don Global suit pe cal (The coming of Don Global; Bucharest, 2003)

Antropomorfina (Anthropomorphine; Bucharest, 2005)

(ed.) Cum era? Cam aşa... Amintiri din anii comunismului [românesc] (What was it like? Something like that… Memories from the years of (Romanian) communism; Bucharest, 2006)

Happy New Fear! (Bucharest, 2011)

Poezoo – poems for (old) children (Bucharest, 2011)

Editor-in-Chief, Literary Research/Recherche littéraire (1997-2005)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Nicholas Fagundo: The Violence of Aesthetics: Benjamin, Kane, Bolaño, MA thesis, 2013
  • Andrew Grant: Securing Populations: Foucault and the Cartography of Natural Bodies, MA thesis, 2012
  • Kristen Shaw: Ruining Representation in the Novels of China Miéville: A Deleuzian Analysis of Assemblages in Railsea, The Scar, and Embassytown, MA thesis, 2012
  • Galen Crout: Expanding the Bounds of Critique:  Kant and Benjamin, MA thesis 2011
  • Jason Dockstader: Spinoza's Divine Wisdom, PhD thesis 2009
  • Alastair McMillan: Mechanism, Dynamism and Subjectivity, MA thesis, 2009
  • Kane Faucher: Oncontology: Plateau 1001, PhD thesis 2009
  • Ariel Fuenzalida: Pharmakontologies, PhD thesis 2009
  • Kevin Spencer: Swearing: Force and Language, MA thesis, 2008
  • Darren MacDonald: (En)counter Dialogues, MA thesis, 2006
  • Dustin Atlas: Kierkegaard's Grotesque, MA thesis, 2005
  • Jason Dockstader: Gigantomachia: Spinoza vs. Heidegger, MA thesis, 2005
  • Cristian Melchiorre: Affect and Transference in Theoretical Discourse, MA thesis, 2003
  • Andrew Pendakis: Confessions of a Well-Lit Corridor, MA thesis, 2003
  • Jakub Zdebik: A Diagram of Allegory: Benjamin, Deleuze and the Space of Language, MA thesis, 2002
  • David Patrick: Chemistry at Work: Drugs, Mysticism, Theory, MA thesis, 2001
  • Kim Olynyk: Suffering, MA thesis, 1999
  • Colin MacPherson: The Spirit, Grace, and the Soul of Science, MA thesis, 1998
  • Laura Penny: Spent, MA thesis, 1998
  • Scott Bakker: Supernaut: An Assay into the Temporalities of Performance and Representation, MA thesis, 1997
  • Nandita Biswas: The Anxiety of Conscience: On the Non-Concept of Community, MA thesis, 1996
  • Gordon Hughes: Scare Marks: Towards an Ontology of Anti-Semitism, MA thesis, 1996
  • Robert Diab: The ‘Crisis of Philosophy’ in the Work of Edmund Husserl, MA thesis, 1995

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Allan Pero

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Doctoral membership

Email: apero@uwo.ca

Department

English

Research Areas

  • Modernism, critical theory, psychoanalysis, aesthetics, spatial theory, film, drama, visual art, Wyndham Lewis

Selected Publications

Introduction: Wyndham Lewis’ Self Condemned Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2010

““Look for one thing and you find another”: The Voice and Deduction in Muriel Spark’s Memento Mori,” in Muriel Spark: Twenty-First-Century Perspectives, Ed. David Herman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010

Guest Editor: “Listening Rooms: A Special Issue of Modern Drama on Voice and Performance” Modern Drama, 52.4 (Winter 2009)

“The Barest Fraction of Real Life”: Henry Arthur Jones, Anti-Realism, and the Scene of Truth, in Origins of English Dramatic Modernism: 1870-1914 Eds. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe and Gregory F. Tague. London, Dublin: Academica Press, 2010

“The Chiasm of Revolution: Badiou, Lacan, and Lefebvre,” The Symptom 10 (2009)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Mark Jull: City Limits: A Psychoanalysis of Urbanism and Everyday Life, PhD thesis, 2012
  • Aarnoud Rommens: Antropofagia and Constructive Universalism: A Diptych, PhD thesis, 2012
  • Brendan Bruce: The Subject and the Ghost of Immanence, MA thesis, 2011
  • Ian McCausland: Thinking Where I am (k)not, MA thesis, 2011
  • Jessica Sherman: Israel and Its Discontents, MA thesis, 2009
  • Kieran Aarons: Transcendental Genesis and the Material Event, MA thesis, 2007
  • Matthew Austin: Critical Studies on the Subject, the Genius Figure and Faust, MA thesis, 2006
  • Averil Farrar: Toward a Critical 'Ontology of the Present', MA thesis, 2006
  • Martin McCallum: Trauma and Metaphor: Lacan, Lacapra, and the 'Poetic Spark', MA thesis, 2006
  • Christopher Bundock: Ethics and Writing, MA thesis, 2005
  • Tara Kachroo: Under the Sign of Transparency, MA thesis, 2005
  • Timothy De Vries: Passage Atlas: Benjamin and the Arcades, MA thesis, 2004

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Jan Plug

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Doctoral membership

Email: jplug@uwo.ca

Department

English

Research Areas

  • Enlightenment and Idealist philosophy, Romanticism, aesthetics, contemporary theory, including deconstruction and theory of community

Selected Publications

Borders of a Lip: Romanticism, Language, History, Politics (SUNY, 2003)

trans. Jacques Derrida, Eyes of the University: Right to Philosophy 2 (Stanford, 2004)

trans., Jacques Derrida, Who's Afraid of Philosophy?: Right to Philosophy 1 (Stanford, 2002)

trans. Marc Froment-Meurice, That is to Say: Heidegger's Poetics (Stanford, 1998)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Kamran Ahmed: Descartes’ Askesis, MA thesis, 2012
  • Tyler Miller: Comparing Arche-Writing, MA thesis, 2012
  • David Collins: Physical and Artistic Taste in Hegel, Nietzsche and Huysmans, MA thesis, 2006

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Anthony Purdy

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Doctoral membership

Email: apurdy@uwo.ca

Department

French

Research Areas

  • Collecting
  • cultural memory
  • heterotopia
  • museums, archives, interarts
  • migration of concepts across disciplines

Selected Publications

A Certain Difficulty of Being: Essays on the Quebec Novel (McGill-Queen's, 1990)

co-author, Peter Greenaway: Architecture and Allegory (Academy, 1997)

editor, Literature and Science (Rodopi, 1994)

Literature and Money (Rodopi, 1993)

Literature and the Body (Rodopi, 1992)

Prefaces and Literary Manifestoes (Alberta, 1990)

Writing Quebec (Alberta, 1988)

Problems of Literary Reception (Alberta, 1988)

In progress, In Praise of Dirt: Michel Tournier and the Critique of Modernity

In progress, Time's Shipwreck: Negotiating Material Memory

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Christopher Shaw: The Mouse That Roared: Information Theory and the Clinamen, MA thesis, 2008
  • Dana Broadbent: Outside of All Places?, MA thesis, 2004
  • Fiona Coll: Writing Without Authority in the Practice of Everyday Life, MA thesis, 2004

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Tilottama Rajan

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Doctoral membership

Email: trajan@uwo.ca

Website: http://publish.uwo.ca/~trajan/
C.V.

Department

English

* On sabbatical until September 2014 *

Research Areas

  • German Idealism (Kant, Hegel, Schelling, Schopenhauer), Organizations of Knowledge, (Inter)Disciplinarity, Intellectual History
  • Deconstruction (early Foucault, Derrida, de Man,Blanchot), Post-Structuralism, Phenomenology
  • Romantic literature, philosophy and science

Selected Publications

Romantic Narrative: Shelley, Hays, Godwin, Wollstonecraft. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. Pp. 324. 
Deconstruction and the Remainders of Phenomenology: Sartre, Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002 (cloth and paper). Pp. Xxi + 363.
The Supplement of Reading: Figures of Understanding in Romantic Theory and Practice. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990 (cloth and paper). Pp. xii + 361.
Dark Interpreter: The Discourse of Romanticism. Ithaca: Cornell University  Press, 1980 (paperback edition, 1986).  Pp.281.

editor, Mary Shelley, Valperga: or, The Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca (Broadview, 1998)
Nietzsche and Romanticism (special issue of Studies in Romanticism, 1990)
co-editor, Idealism Without Absolutes: Philosophy and Romantic Culture (SUNY, 2004)
Imagining History Before 1900 (Special issue of PMLA, 2003)
After Poststructuralism: Writing the Intellectual History of Theory (Toronto, 2002)
Romanticism, History, and the Possibilities of Genre (Cambridge, 1998)
Intersections: Nineteenth Century Philosophy and Contemporary Theory (SUNY, 1995)
In progress, Reading Hegel Reading Schelling; Encyclopedic Thinking From Idealism to Deconstruction

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Andrew Kingston: Hegel's Unconscious: Analyzing Matter in the Philosophy of Nature, MA thesis, 2013
  • Marc Mazur: The Cruelty of Reading: Reading and Writing in the Works of Friedrich Schelling, MA thesis, 2012
  • Malcolm McPherson: Dissident Spaces, MA thesis, 2012
  • Jared McGeough: Romantic Anarche: The Philosophical and Literary Anarchism of William Godwin, PhD thesis, 2011
  • John Vanderheide: Allegory and Apocatastasis, PhD thesis, 2010
  • Mark Asberg: Go On, Give Up: Cynical Aporias, PhD thesis, 2008
  • Shea Coulson: Adorno's Aesthetics of Critique, MA thesis, 2005
  • Andrea Dumbrell: A History of Care in the Work of Michel Foucault, MA thesis, 2005
  • Joshua Lambier: Justice, Community and the Romantic Political Unconscious, MA thesis, 2005
  • Christopher Morrison: Post-Heideggereanism and the Co-Ontological Horizon, MA thesis, 2005
  • Jonathan Murphy: Onto-Epistemology after Metaphysics, MA thesis, 2004
  • Jeremy Proulx: Non-Contemplative Idealism, MA thesis, 2004
  • Elana Commisso, Simulate This! Figurations of Simulacra: The Truth(s) That Belie Representation, MA thesis, January 2003
  • Surti Singh: Negativity in Hegel, MA thesis, 2002
  • John Vanderheide: On Ideology and the Ideological Ritual of Allegory, MA thesis, 2002
  • Heather Snell: Spacing the Event: The Theoretical Performance of Jean Baudrillard, MA thesis, 2000
  • Mark Asberg: Towards a Kantian Ethics of (In)decisive Obligation, MA thesis, 1999
  • Brett Buchanan: Who is Nietzche's Philosophy?: Psychological Remainders of Post-Kantian Anthropology, MA thesis, 1999
  • Neil Gohill: "Spirit" in Schelling's Freedom Essay, MA thesis, 1998
  • John D. Sawicki: Towards a Politics of Apathy: Baudrillard, Bartleby and Adorno, MA thesis, 1997
  • Mark Rozahegy: Levinas and the Architecture of Alterity, MA thesis, 1995
  • William McConnell: Figuring Paul de Man: (Literary) History and the Indeterminacy of the Reading/Writing Subject(s), MA thesis, 1993

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Christine Roulston

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Doctoral membership

Email: croulsto@uwo.ca

Department

French; Women's Studies and Feminist Research

Research Areas

  • Feminist Theory
  • Queer Theory
  • Deconstruction
  • Eighteenth-Century Women Writers
  • The Epistolary Novel
  • Eighteenth-Century French and British Novel
  • Eighteenth-Century Constructions of Women's Friendship and Sexuality
  • Discourses on marriage
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Selected Publications

Virtue, Gender and the Authentic Self in Eighteenth- Century Fiction(Florida, 1998)
translations of Derrida's work, "Mallarmé," and "Before the Law," (Routledge, 1992)
Articles published on Rousseau, Mme de Graffigny, Mme de Lafayette, Jane Austen, Charlotte Lennox, Female Friendship, Marriage
Narrating Marriage in Eighteenth Century England and France(Ashgate Press, 2010)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Marshall Smith: Touch My Desire, MA thesis, 2011
  • Sara Rodrigues: Vaginal Biopolitics, MA thesis, 2011
  • LindaBeth Nichols: Engendering Heteronormativity: A Critical Analysis of Marriage in the United States as a Discursive Site of Cross-Institutional Practices, MA thesis, 2008
  • Sarah Trimble: Monstrous: Action, Life and Citizenship in Science Fiction, MA thesis, 2007
  • Zahra McDoom: Unsettled Identity: Rhizomes, Home and Diaspora in the West Indies, MA thesis, 2000

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Matthew Rowlinson

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Doctoral membership

Email: mrowlins@uwo.ca

Department

English

Research Areas

  • Psychoanalysis, material culture, symbolic and economic exchange, rhetoric, nineteenth century poetry and poetics

Selected Publications

Tennyson's Fixations: Psychoanalysis and the Topics of the Early Poetry (Virginia: 1994)

"‘The Scotch Hate Gold’: Nation, Identity, and Paper Money," in Nation-States and Money: The Past, Present and Future of National Currencies, (Routledge, London: 1999)

"The Thing in the Poem: Maud’s Hymen," differences: a journal of feminist cultural criticism 12 (2001)

"The Victorian Lyric," in The Blackwell Companion to Victorian Poetry, (Blackwell, Oxford: 2002)

Real Money and Romanticism (Cambridge: 2010)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Elise Thorburn: The Crude and the Abject: A Psychoanalysis of the Oil Economy, MA thesis, 2007

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Scott Schaffer

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Doctoral membership

Email: sschaff2@uwo.ca

Department

Sociology

Research Areas

  • Contemporary French social theory
  • post-colonial and non-western social theory
  • social ethics
  • resistance and revolution
  • globalization and development
  • key thinkers include Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Bourdieu, Fanon, Mbembe

Selected Publications

Resisting Ethics (2004, Palgrave Macmillan)

“The engagement of social theory: The relationship between critical social theory and everyday life,” forthcoming (2008) in American Behavioral Scientist

“In-Between Days: Intellectual Work and Intelligent Life at the Crossroads,” in Joel Schalit and Megan Shaw Prelinger (eds.), Collective Action: Bad Subjects 1997-2003 (2004, Pluto Books)

“From Bunny Rabbits to Barricades: Strategies of Anti-Capitalist Resistance,” in Joel Schalit (ed.), The Anti-Capitalism Reader: Imagining a Geography of Opposition(2002, Akashic Books)

“Ordinary Atrocities: Toward a Politics of Outrage,” inJournal of Mundane Behavior 3.3 (2002)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Laura Rooney: Contemplating Suicide, MA thesis 2011

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Verónica Schild

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Doctoral membership

Email: vschild@uwo.ca

Department

Political Science

Research Areas

  • contemporary critical theories on topics like citizenship, social movements, and culture and state formation with a geographical focus on Chile and the Southern Cone of Latin America

Selected Publications

Die Freiheit der Frauen und gesellschaftlicher Fortschritt.  Feministinen, der Staat und die Armen bei der Schaffung neoliberaler Gouvernementalität. In Olaf Kaltmeir, Jens Kastner, Elisabeth Tuider, eds. Neoliberalismus, Autonomie, Widerstand: Soziale Bewegungen in Lateinamerika.  Münster: Verlag Westfälisches Dampfboot, 2004

Empowering Consumer Citizens or Governing Poor Female Subjects?  The Institutionalization of “Self-Development” in the Chilean Social Policy Field.  Journal of Consumer Culture 7, 2 (2007)

in progress, Contradictions of Emancipation: The Women's Movement, Culture, and the State in Contemporary Chile (Duke University Press, forthcoming)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Andrew Robb: Hegemony and Governmentality, MA thesis, 2006

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Joshua Schuster

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Master's membership

Email: jschust@uwo.ca

Department

English

Research Areas

  • Modern American Poetry, American Literature, Environmental Theory, Poetics, American Studies, Critical Theory, Animal Studies, Modernism and Modernity

Selected Publications

The Ecology of Modernism: American Environments and the Avant-Garde (forthcoming, University of Alabama Press, 2015)

What Is Extinction? A Cultural and Natural History of Last Animals. Current project on the biological, philosophical, cultural, and psychological meanings of extinction

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Sharon Sliwinski

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Doctoral membership

Email: ssliwins@uwo.ca

Department

Infomation and Media Studies

* On leave July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014 *

Research Areas

  • the intersection of politics and aesthetics
  • the genealogy of key concepts in human rights discourse
  • theoretical investigations in psychoanalysis and the terrain of the imaginary
  • photography; photographers, subjects, and images, also the medium itself as a means through which humanity can become a community of witnesses to world events

Selected Publications

Human Rights In Camera (University of Chicago Press, 2011) 
"Air War and Dream" in American Imago (2011)
"The Gaze Called Animal" in The New Centennial Review (2011)
“Icarus Returned: The Falling Man and the Survival of Antiquity” In Contemporary Art/Classical Myth, Eds. Isabele Loring Wallace and Jennifer Hersh (Surrey: Ashgate) forthcoming
“On Photographic Violence” Photography and Culture (2009)
“The Aesthetics of Human Rights,” Culture, Culture, Theory & Critique, (2009)
New York Transfixed: Notes on the Expression of Fear,” Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, (2008)
“The Childhood of Human Rights: The Kodak on the Congo,” Journal of Visual Culture (2006)
“Camera War, Again,” Journal of Visual Culture (2006)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Claudie Massicotte: Talking Nonsense: Spiritual Mediums and Female Subjectivity in Victorian and Edwardian Canada, PhD thesis, 2013
  • Noel Glover: Shame and the Sharing of Existence, MA thesis, 2012

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Daniel Vaillancourt

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Doctoral membership

Email: vaillan@uwo.ca

Department

French

Research Areas

  • Theories of reading, mystical writings, travel narratives, birth of urbanism and urbanity in 17th century France, philosophy and aesthetics of Deleuze, semiotics

Selected Publications

co-author, Le Roi dans la ville; Anthologie des entrées royales [The King in the City, Anthology of Relations of Royal Entrées (1615-1660)] (Paris, 2001)
guest editor of journal: (in coll. With M.F. Wagner) "Les entrées royales: urbanité et société au XVIIe siècle"[Royal Entries: urbanirty and society in Eaqrly Modern France],XVIIe siècle, Vol.53 , No 3, Aut. 2001
(in coll with M. Randall) "Généalogie de de la figure du Patriote, 1837-1838" [Genealogy of the figura of the Patrriot; 1837-1838],Voix et Images, No 78, Printemps 2001
(in coll. With C. Lavoie) "Sport et Sémiotique" [Sports and Semiotics], Recherches sémiotiques|Semiotic Inquiries, Vol 22, Nos 1-2-3, 2002 in progress, L'Invention d'une capitale: urbanite parisienne et société au XVIIe siècle [The Invention of a Capital: Parisian urbanity an society in Early Modern France]
as an editor, La cérémonie: entre le protocolaire et lIntime

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Stephen Gray: Austerity in America, PhD thesis, 2011
  • Jakub Zdebik: The Extraordinary Contraction, PhD thesis, 2007
  • Timothy De Vries: Passage Atlas: Benjamin and the Arcades, MA thesis, 2004
  • Darryl Biedron: Towards a Theory of Tectonic Morphogenesis, MA thesis, 2003
  • Christopher Bradd: On the Fields of Emergence: Towards a Politics of Time, MA thesis, 2001
  • Keith Bresnahan: Nothing, Really: Absence, Negativity, and the Last Word (On Theological Remainders in Post-Heideggerian Thought), MA thesis, 2000

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