ProfessorGender, Sexuality and Women's Studies & Philosophy
MA, PhD (York)
Office: Lawson Hall 3237
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext 84548
My research is primarily in feminist phenomenology though my background, my teaching and writing are interdisciplinary in scope. I often write on artworks in order to think about certain questions from an embodied perspective. Thematically, I explore questions about the intersections of technology, art, perception, embodiment, and subjectivity.
Works in Progress
I'm currently completing a book tentatively entitled Cultivating Perception which crosses phenomenology, feminist theory, and art. The project draws on the philosophers, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger and Irigaray, and considers themes of embodiment, perception and space.
- Helen A. Fielding, “The Habit Body”, in 50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology, Gail Weiss, Ann V. Murphy and Gayle Salamon (eds.), Northwestern University Press. Press. 2019, pp. 155-160.
- Helen A. Fielding and Dorothea E. Olkowski (eds.), Feminist Phenomenology Futures, Indiana University Press, October 2017.
- “Open Future, Regaining Possibility,” in Feminist Phenomenology Futures, H. Fielding and D. Olkowski, eds. Indiana University Press, 2017, pp. 91-109.
- “Feminist Phenomenology Manifesto,” in Feminist Phenomenology Futures, H. Fielding and D. Olkowski, eds. Indiana University Press, 2017, pp. vii-xxii.
- “Dwelling and Public Art: Serra and Bourgeois”, in Rachel McCann and Patricia Locke (eds.), Merleau-Ponty: Space, Place, Architecture, 2016. Ohio University Press, 258-281.
- Helen Fielding, "Filming Dance: Embodied Syntax in Sasha Waltz's 'S',Paragraph (Special issue on 'Screening Embodiment') 38.1 (2015): 69-85.
- Helen A Fielding, “Cultivating Perception: Phenomenological Encounters with Artworks”, Signs2 (Winter 2015): 280-289.
- “The Poetry of Habit”, in Silvia Stoller (ed.) Simone de Beauvoir’s Philosophy of Age: Gender, Ethics, De Gruyter Publishers. 2014, pp. 69-81.
- Christina Schues, Dorothea Olkowski and Helen Fielding (eds.), Time in Feminist Phenomenology, Indiana University Press, 2011.
- "Intermittent Relations: Questioning 'Homeland' Through Yael Bartana's Wild Seeds", in Christina Schues, Dorothea Olkowski and Helen Fielding (eds.), Time in Feminist Phenomenology, Indiana University Press, 2011, pp. 149-170.
- Helen Fielding, Gabrielle Hiltmann, Dorothea Olkowski and Anne Reichhold (eds.), The Other: Feminist reflections in Ethics, Palgrave Publishers, 2007.
- Maura Carbone and Helen Fielding (eds.), Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies Concerning Merleau-Ponty's Thought. Volume title: Vie et Individuation, vol. 7 (2005).
"Merleau-Ponty", Film, Theory and Philosophy, Felicity Colman, ed. Durham, England, Acumen Publishing, Sept. 2009, pp. 81-90.
"Touching Hands, Cultivating Dwelling", Luce Irigaray and Mary Green, eds. Luce Irigaray: Teaching, London: Continuum, 2008, pp. 69-79.
"Dwelling with Language: Irigaray Responds", David Pettigrew and Francois Raffouel eds., French Interpretations of Martin Heidegger: An Exceptional Reception, State University of New York Press, 2008, pp. 215-230. "White Logic and the Constancy of Color", Feminist Interpretations of Merleau-Ponty, Eds. Dorothea Olkowski and Gail Weiss, State Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006: 71-89.
"Reflections on Corporeal Existence: A Phenomenological Alternative to Mind/Body dualism", In Feministische Phanomenologie und Hermeneutik, Eds. Silvia Stoller, Veronica Vasterling, and Linda Fisher. Wurzburg: Konigshausen & Neumann, 2005: 96-112. "To Paint the Invisible", Luce Irigaray. Translated with Interview. Continental Philosophy Review 37.4: 2004: 389-405.
"Questioning Nature: Irigaray, Heidegger and the Potentiality of Matter", Continental Philosophy Review, 36.1: 2003: 1-26.
"Language of Exile: proximity, movement and experience in M. NourbeSe Philip and Merleau-Ponty", at Merleau-Ponty ou la philosophie a l'epreuve de l'ecriture (II), a l'ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France, May 5, 2012.
"Une approche phenomenologique de l'habiter et de l'art public: Serra et Bourgeois", Actualite de la Recherche, Universite de Geneve, Oct. 31, 2011.