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
Continental 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. Courses offered at the Centre reflect faculty research interests and their intersections with various areas of theory.

Select the name of a core faculty member below or scroll down the page to learn more about their research areas and contact information.

Faculty can view a copy of the Theory Centre Constitution here.

Imants Baruss

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Master's membership

Email: baruss@uwo.ca
Website:  http://baruss.ca

Department

Professor, Psychology, King’s University College

On sabbatical 

Research Areas

  • Consciousness Studies
  • Postmaterialism
  • Mathematical Modelling

Selected Publications

Barušs, I. (2021). Radical Transformation: The Unexpected Interplay of Consciousness and Reality. Imprint Academic.


Collesso, T., Forrester, M., & Barušs, I. (2021).The effects of meditation and visualization on the direct mental influence of random event generators. Journal of Scientific Exploration 35(2), 313–346.

Barušs, I. (2020). Alterations of Consciousness: An Empirical Analysis for Social Scientists, Second Edition. American Psychological Association.

Lai, K. S. P., Watt, C., Ionson, E., Barušs, I., Forchuk, C., Sukhera, J., Burhan, A. M., & Vasudev, A. (2020). Breath Regulation and yogic Exercise An online Therapy for calm and Happiness (BREATH) for frontline hospital and long-term care home staff managing the COVID-19 pandemic: A structured summary of a study protocol for a feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 21(17), 648. doi.org/10.1186/s13063-020-04583-w

Barušs, I. (2019). Categorical modelling of conscious states. Consciousness: Ideas and Research for the Twenty-First Century, 7(7), 1–10.

Peckham, S. B., Ionson, E., Nassim, M., Ojha, K., Palaniyappan, L., Gati, J., Thebérge, J., Lazosky, A., Speechley, M., Barušs, I., Rej, S., & Vasudev, A. (2019). Sahaj Samadhi meditation vs a Health Enhancement Program in improving late-life depression severity and executive function: Study protocol for a two-site, randomized controlled trial. Trials, 20(1), 605. doi:10.1186/s13063-019-3682-z 

Barušs, I. (2018). Meaning fields: Meaning beyond the human as a resolution of boundary problems introduced by nonlocality. EdgeScience, 35, 8–11.

Barušs, I. & Mossbridge, J. (2017). Transcendent mind: Rethinking the science of consciousness. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Barušs, I. (2017). Consciousness: Where we are at. Consciousness: Ideas and Research for the Twenty First Century, 2(5), 1–7.†

Thomas, K., & Barušs, I.(in press). Psychological characteristics and state integration of a persistent altered state of consciousness following an eighteen week self-development course. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.

Kadler, G., Vasudev, A., Ionson, E., & Barušs, I. (in press). Unintended deviations of a random event generator by patients with late life depression and anxiety during a direct mental influence task. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.


Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

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Nandita Biswas Mellamphy

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Doctoral membership

Email: nbiswasm[at] uwo.ca
Website:  http://uwo.academia.edu/biswasmellamphy

Department

Associate Professor, 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. “L’informe Cybernétique: Concepts of Information and the Contemporary Sciences”. In Philosophy and Technology, Volume 20, Issue 2, June 2015, DOI 10.1007/s13347-015-0205-z. 


Biswas Mellamphy, N. and Dan Mellamphy, “The Critique of Transcendental Miserablism”. Parrhesia: The Journal of Critical Philosophy, number 22, 2015, 131-143.

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

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Jacob Vangeest,  Nietzschean Problematics, MA 2020
  • Michelle Liu:  com-posing abolitionist≠posthumanism: notes on incommensurability, incomputability and incognita syn-aesthetics, MA 2020
  • Michael Saunders: Without Religion: Non-Philosophy and Messianism, MA 2014
  • Karen McEwen:  Extra-Capitalist Thought, MA 2013
  • Laura Rooney:  Contemplating Suicide, MA 2011

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Tim Blackmore

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Master's membership

Email: tblackmo@uwo.ca

Department

Professor, Information 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

  • Daniel McFadden, Viral Possibilities: Media, the Body, and the Phenomenon of Infection, MA thesis, 2015
  • Sarah Warren, For the Good of the Thing, MA thesis, 2015
  • 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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Doctoral membership

Email: jblanke2@uwo.ca

Department

Associate Professor, English and Writing 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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Doctoral membership

Email: jboulte@uwo.ca

Department

Professor, 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. 

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Elizabeth Song,  Spirals: Spacing, Trauma, Becoming, and Autoimmunity with Caruth, Derrida, Freud, Itō, and Miyazaki, MA thesis, 2019
  • Joseph Leivdal,  Subjectivity, Passion, and Mystical Intuition: Nietzsche's Early Writing, MA thesis, 2018
  • Andrew Evans,  An Esoteric Doctrine: Nietzsche's Politics and Way of Life, MA thesis, 2015
  • Christopher Langlois, Literature in the Archive of Terror: Badiou, Blanchot, Beckett, PhD thesis, 2014

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Antonio Calcagno 

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Doctoral membership

Email: acalcagn@uwo.ca

Department

Professor, Chair of Philosophy at King's University College

Research Areas

  • 19-21 st century social and political philosophy
  • Renaissance philosophy, Continental philosophy
  • Aesthetics
  • Phenomenology
  • Contemporary theory, subjectivity and intersubjectivity, community, statehood

Selected Publications

Lived Experience from the Inside Out: Social and Political Philosophy in Edith Stein , (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press: 2014), xvi + 231pp. Winner of the Edward Goodwin Ballard Book Prize in Phenomenology for best book in Phenomenology 2014.

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

The Philosophy of Edith Stein (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2007), xv + 151 pp. Selected by Choice for public libraries.


2019– Continental Philosophy and the History of Thought Series, Lexington Books at Rowman and Littlefield. Series edited with Christian Lotz.

Edith Stein’s Investigation Concerning the State: Sociality, Nationhood, Ethics, eds. Eva Reyes-Gacitúa and Antonio Calcagno, in series Contributions to Phenomenology (Dordrecht: Springer, forthcoming)

Gerda Walther’s Phenomenology of Sociality, Psychology, and Religion, ed. Antonio Calcagno, in series History of Women Philosophers and Scientists (Dordrecht: Springer, 2018). DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97592-4.

Roberto Esposito: Biopolitics and Philosophy, eds. Inna Viriasova and Antonio Calcagno (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2018).

Breached Horizons: The Philosophy of Jean-Luc Marion, eds. Rachel Bath, Kathryn Lawson, Stephen G. Lofts, Antonio Calcagno (London: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2018).

Silvia Benso and Antonio Calcagno (eds), Trópos: Rivista di Ermeneutica e Critica Filosofica, special volume on Italian Philosophy, forthcoming 2020.

“The Challenges Posed by the Community of Law-Givers and Law-Followers in Edith Stein’s Idea of the State”, in Edith Stein’s Investigation Concerning the State: Sociality, Nationhood, Ethics, eds. Eva Reyes-Gacitúa and Antonio Calcagno, in series Contributions to Phenomenology (Dordrecht: Springer, forthcoming).

“Toward a Minor Ethics of the Impersonal Life: Gilles Deleuze and Roberto Esposito”, in Gilles Deleuze: Toward a Minor Ethics (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press), forthcoming.

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Monika Mandoki, Are Near-Death Experiences Veridical? A Philosophical Inquiry, PhD thesis 2021 (co-supervised with Imants Baruss)
  • Elden Yungblut, Between Worlds, Between Times: Thinking with Trans Narratives at the Limits of Ontology and Temporality, MA thesis 2020
  • Camilo Hoyos,  An Ontological Critique of the Self: The Daoist ‘Non-self’ at the Heart of Jung’s Analytical Theory, MA thesis 2020
  • Maxwell Hyett, Han and Dada: Early Expressions of New Affliction, MA thesis 2019
  • Vladimir Cristache,  Bastard Reasoning: A "Preposterous" History of Walter Benjamin's Ideas, PhD thesis 2018 (jointly supervised with Dr. Kevin Mooney)
  • Adam Rejak, The Event of Blues Music and the Effects of Technology on the Artistic Event, PhD thesis 2018
  • Dolleen Manning,  Mnidoo-Worlding: Merleau-Ponty and Anishinaabe Philosophical Translations, PhD thesis 2017 ( joint supervised with Dr. Helen Fielding)
  • Kathryn M. Lawson, The Tapestry of Memory, MA thesis 2017
  • Thomas M. Szwedska, Autos, Allos, and World: Life and Identity in the Situation of Contemporary Global Modernity, MA thesis 2017
  • Lawrence Liang, On That Heart-Knotting Feeling: An Outline, MA thesis 2017
  • Eric Guzzi,  Historiography in French Theory, MA thesis 2015
  • Vincent Marzano-Poitras,  De Heidegger à Henry, critique de la transcendance et phénoménologie du corps vivant , MA thesis 2015
  • William E. Rankin IV, Experiencing Nothing: Anxiety and the Philosophy of Alain Badiou, MA thesis, 2014
  • 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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Laurence de Looze

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Doctoral membership

Email: ldelooze@uwo.ca

Department

Professor, Modern Languages and 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

Professor, 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

  • Svitlana Matviyenko: Lacan's Cybernetics, PhD thesis, 2015
  • 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

Professor, 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)

(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)

"Deviance and Defiance" ( European Romantic Review 2006)

"Guilt" ( English Studies in Canada 2006)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Austin Chisholm,  Foucault, Affect, History: On the Art of Feeling, MA thesis, 2020
  • Maryam Golafshani,  Critical Interventions in the Medical Humanities , MA thesis, 2019
  • Sheena L. Yates, Agoraphobia And Emptiness: Theoretical Considerations From A Psychoanalytic Perspective, PhD 2015
  • 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

Professor, GSWS and Philosophy

https://works.bepress.com/helen_fielding/

Research Areas

• phenomenology, feminist phenomenology, perception, embodiment, technology and art, feminist philosophy, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, Irigaray

Selected Publications

Cultivating Perception Through Artworks: Phenomenological Enactments of Ethics, Politics and Culture. Indiana University Press, 2021.


“The Habit Body”, in 50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology, Gail Weiss, Ann V. Murphy and Gayle Salamon (eds.), Northwestern University Press, In Press. 2019, pp. 155-160. 

Helen A. Fielding and Dorothea E. Olkowski (eds.), Feminist Phenomenology Futures, Indiana University Press, 2017.

Christina Schües, Dorothea Olkowski and Helen Fielding (eds.), Time in Feminist Phenomenology, Indiana University Press, 2011.

“Feminist Phenomenology Manifesto,” in Feminist Phenomenology Futures, H. Fielding and D. Olkowski, eds. Indiana University Press, 2017.

“Open Future, Regaining Possibility,” in Feminist Phenomenology Futures, H. Fielding and D. Olkowski, eds. Indiana University Press, 2017.

“Dwelling and Public Art: Serra and Bourgeois”, in Rachel McCann and Patricia Locke (eds.), Merleau-Ponty: Space, Place, Architecture, Ohio University Press, 2016.

"Cultivating Perception: Phenomenological Encounters with Artworks”, Signs: Journal on Women in Culture and Society. Symposium on "Politics of the Sensing Subject: Gender, Perception, Art," Anne Keefe (ed). 40.2 (2015): 280-289.

“Filming Dance: Embodied Syntax in Sasha Waltz’s ‘S’, Paragraph (Special Issue on ‘Screening Embodiment”) 38.1 (2015): 69-85.

“The Poetry of Habit”, in Silvia Stoller (ed.) Simone de Beauvoir’s Philosophy of Age: Gender, Ethics, De Gruyter Publishers. 2014.

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Deanna Aubert,  The Habits of Settlement: A Critical Phenomenology of Settlerness, MA thesis, 2020 (jointly supervised with Dr. Joshua Schuster)
  • Jessica N. Ellis, The Psyche and Gender as a Multiplicity, MA thesis, 2020
  • Joshua Livingstone,  Preparing to Receive: On the Revolutionary Questioning of Being and Time, MA thesis, 2018
  • Dolleen Manning:  Mnidoo-Worlding: Merleau-Ponty and Anishinaabe Philosophical Translations, PhD thesis 2017 (jointly supervised with Dr. Antonio Calcagno)
  • Rachel Bath: In-Between What Once Was and What is Yet to Come: On the Phenomena of Bereavement and Grieving, MA thesis, 2016
  • Mary McLevey:  Living Perception in Maurice Merleau-Ponty, MA thesis, 2016
  • Jonathan R. Fardy: A Photographer Develops: Reading Robinson, Rejlander, and Cameron, PhD thesis, 2014
  • 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
  • Mary Bunch:  Mapping the Secrets of Life, MA thesis, 2002
  • 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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Michael Gardiner 

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Doctoral membership

Email: megardin@uwo.ca

Department

Professor, Sociology

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)

Gündelik Hayatın Eleştirisi (Turkish translation of Critiques of Everyday Life), Ankara: Heretik Basın Yayın Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited, 2016.


Weak Messianism: Essays on Utopia and Everyday Life. Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2013.


Bakhtin in the Fullness of Time: Bakhtinian Theory and the Process of Social Education, Craig Brandist, Michael E. Gardiner, E Jayne White, and Carl Mika (eds.), London and New York: Routledge, 2020.

Boredom Studies Reader: Frameworks and Perspectives, Michael E. Gardiner and Julian Jason Haladyn (eds.), London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

‘A Tale of Two ‘68s: The “Politics of Boredom” in France and Italy’, Cultural Politics, 15(3), 2019, 289-302 (special issue on May ’68, Morgan Adamson and Sarah Hamblin, eds.).

‘Henri Lefebvre e la sociologia della noia’, Sociologia Urbana e Rurale, special Issue on Henri Lefebvre’s Le droit à la ville, Guido Borelli (ed.), 118, 2019, 63-85.

‘An Autonomist Marcuse?’, Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society, 30 (2), 2018, 232-255.

Craig Brandist, Michael E. Gardiner, Jayne White and Carl Mika, ‘Bakhtin in the fullness of time: Bakhtinian Theory and the Process of Social Education’, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49, 2017, 849-853.

Bakhtin and the “General Intellect”’, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49, 2017, 893-908.

‘Bakhtin, Boredom and the “Democratization of Skepticism”’, The European Legacy: The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms, 22 (1-2), 2017, 163–184.

‘Critique of Accelerationism’, Theory, Culture and Society, 34(1), 2017, 29–52.

‘The Situationists’ Revolution in Everyday Life’, The Situationist International: A Handbook, Alastair Hemmens and Gabriel Zacarias (eds.), London: Pluto Press, 2020, 236-251

‘Bakhtin and the “General Intellect”’, Bakhtin in the Fullness of Time: Bakhtinian Theory and the Process of Social Education, Craig Brandist, Michael E. Gardiner, E Jayne White, Carl Mika (eds.), London and New York: Routledge, 2020, 45-60.

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Alexander McIntosh, Towards A Poetics of Representation in 'London, Ontario': or, Local and Universal Passages, MA thesis, 2021 (co-supervised with Janelle Blankenship)
  • Matthew Prokopiw, Religion in Modern Sports Fanaticism: From Classical Antiquity to Online Sports Forums, PhD thesis, 2020
  • Dillon Douglas,  A Geology of the General Intellect , MA thesis, 2019
  • 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

Associate Professor, English; Program Director of Film Studies; Former Director of Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

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

  • Christopher Coughlin: Tracing the Interstice: Godard, Deleuze, and The Future of Cinema, MA thesis, 2017
  • Katie Grant:  Bodies: Punk, Love and Marxism, MA thesis, 2016
  • Christopher M. Bomba: Crossing the Law: Trans Activism, Aleatory Materialism, and the Analyst's Discourse, MA thesis, 2014
  • Thomas Wormald: Sculpted Selves, Sculpted Worlds: Plasticity and Habit in the Thought of Catherine Malabou, MA thesis 2014
  • 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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Mary Helen McMurran

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Master's membership

Email: mmcmurr2@uwo.ca

Department

Associate Professor; Vice-Chair, English

On sabbatical until December 31st, 2021

Research Areas

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

Selected Publications

Mind, Body, Motion, Matter, edited by Mary Helen McMurran and Alison Conway (University of Toronto, 2016)

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

Articles in ELH, Cambridge Critical Concepts, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Novel: A Forum on Fiction and The Translator.

book chapter in The Literary Channel (Princeton 2001)

Current project: Embodied Soul in Lyric and Philosophy 1650-1730

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Kevin Mooney 

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Master's membership

Email: kmooney@uwo.ca

Department

Associate Professor; Chair of Music Research and Composition, Music

Research Areas

  • Adorno, modernist aesthetics, works and fragments, authorship, archaeologies of knowledge, Weimar culture, Mahler

Selected Publications

Articles in Journal of Music Theory, In Theory Only, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

Book in progress, Adorno and the Modern Musical Work

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Alexander Harasymiw, Hallucinating the Ukrainian Cityscape: A Reevaluation of Walter Benjamin’s Urban Experience for a Postsocialist Context, MA thesis 2019 (jointly supervised with Dr. Jan Plug)
  • Vladimir Cristache, Bastard Reasoning: A "Preposterous" History of Walter Benjamin's Ideas, PhD thesis 2018 (jointly supervised with Dr. Antonio Calcagno)
  • Alexander Walker, Monuments of the Present: The Document and Monument in Michel Foucault's Archaeology, MA thesis, 2018 (co-supervisor with Jan Plug).

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Tobias Nagl 

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Master's membership

Email: tnagl@uwo.ca

Department

Associate Professor, Department of English and Writing Studies

Research Areas

  • Film history and theory
  • the Frankfurt School
  • African American studies
  • silent film
  • political modernism and the historical avant-garde
  • popular music
  • experimental cinema
  • visual arts
  • Holocaust representation
  • postcolonial studies and European colonialism

Selected Publications

“Afrolisation (Blueberry Hill Dub)”, in: Daniel Kojo Schrade, Philip Metz (ed.), AfroSat-1 (Berlin: Revolver, 2012)

“March 6, 1920: Chinese Students in Berlin raise charges of racism against Joe May’s Die Herrin der Welt,”in: Jennifer M. Kapczynski and Michael Richardson (ed.), A New History of German Cinema (Rocherster: Camden House, 2012)

“‘So Much Tenderness’: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Günther Kaufmann, and the Ambivalences of Interracial Desire” (co-authored with Janelle Blankenship), in: Brigitte Peucker (ed.), A Companion to Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2012)

“‘Sonst wären wir den Weg gegangen wie alle anderen’: Afro-deutsche Komparsen, Zeugenschaft und das Archiv der deutschen Filmgeschichte” [‘Or we would have gone the way of the all the others’: Afro-German bit players, testimony and the archive of German film history] in: Claudia Bruns, Arsal Dardan and Anette Dietrich (ed.), “Welchen der Steine du best”: Filmische Erinnerungen an den Holocaust [‘Whichever Stone You Lift’: Filmic Remembrance of the Holocaust] (Berlin: Bertz+Fischer, 2011)

“Projecting Desire, Rewriting Cinematic Memory: Gender and German Reconstruction in Fraulein, ein Deutsches Melodram,” in: Roy Grundmann (ed.), A Companion to Michael Haneke, (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2010)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

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Allan Pero

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Doctoral membership

Email: apero@uwo.ca

Department

Associate Professor, English
Director, Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

On sabbatical until July 2022

Research Areas

  • Modernism, Psychoanalysis, Frankfurt School, Critical Theory, Spatial Theory
  • Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Henri Lefebvre, Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Rancière, Gaston Bachelard

Selected Publications

“A Pinch of Inquisitive Pleasure”: Wyndham Lewis, the Great War, and Military Surveillance in Aviation in the Literature and Culture of Interwar Britain; Palgrave Macmillan;  2020: 25-41. Editors: Michael McCluskey and Luke Seaber (6083 words)


“Monster Cupid”: Brophy, Camp, and The Snow Ball in Brigid Brophy: Avant-garde Writer, Critic, Activist. Edinburgh University Press; 2020: 193-209. Editors: Gerri Kimber and Richard Canning (6828 words)


“Paris hints of sacrifice”: Necropolitan Aesthetics in Tarr in The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies 9 (2018): 1-23. (9137 words)


"Appalling Tabernacle of Self and Unbelief": Wyndham Lewis’s Enemy of the Stars in Closet Drama: History, Theory, Genre; New York and London: Routledge; 2018: 83-94. Editor: Catherine Burroughs (6125 words)

“The Call of the Anterior”: Blanchot, Lacan, and the Death Drive in Understanding Blanchot, Understanding Modernism. New York and London: Bloomsbury Press; 2018: 247-262. Editor: Christopher Langlois (7388 words)

“A Corporal Radioscopy”: Lacan, the Baroque, and the Posthuman in Lacan and the Posthuman, Palgrave; 2018: 47-65. Co-Editors: Judith Roof and Svitlana Matviyenko (6786 words)


 “Like Chasing a Scrap of Paper: Hysterical Detection in The Good Soldier” International Ford Madox Ford Studies, 2017: 175–191. Editor: Rossitsa Terzieva-Artemis Amsterdam: Brill Rodopi (7478 words)


The Many Façades of Edith Sitwell. Co-Editors: Allan Pero and Gyllian Phillips. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2017 (71,000 words)


“Sunshades will usurp their space”: Edith Sitwell, Sacheverell Sitwell, and the Dreaming Clowns of Melancholy in The Many Façades of Edith Sitwell. Co-Editors: Allan Pero and Gyllian Phillips. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2017: 75-93. (8174 words)


“Jigging away in nothingness”: Knowledge, Language, and Feminine Jouissance in “Bliss” and “Psychology,” Katherine Mansfield and Psychology, Eds. Clare Hanson, Gerri Kimber, W. Todd Martin. Edinburgh: Edinburgh U P (September 2016): 100-112. (5929 words)


“Sunshades will usurp their space”: Edith Sitwell, Sacheverell Sitwell, and the Dreaming Clowns of Melancholy in The Many Façades of Edith Sitwell. Co-Editors: Allan Pero and Gyllian Phillips. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2017: 75-93. (8174 words)


“Dispersed Are We: Voice as Technology in Between the Acts,” Virginia Woolf Miscellany, 85.1 (Spring 2016): 23-25. (3007 words)


“A Fugue on Camp,” Modernism/modernity, 23.1 (January 2016): 28-36. (2097 words)


“‘A Box and Cox Melodrama’: Love, Politics, and Truth in The Revenge for Love,” The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies 5 (2014): 95-111. (6726 words)


“A Voice in the Alethosphere: Analysis and the Discourse of Economics,” Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture Anthology I (online) (5028 words)


“The Feast of Nemesis Media: Jean Cocteau’s The Eiffel Tower Wedding Party,” Modern Drama, 52.2 (6987 words)


“The Chiasm of Revolution: Badiou, Lacan, Lefebvre,” The Symptom 10, (2009) (online) (6867 words)


Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Robert Halperin, Is Another World Possible?: Herbert Marcuse and Possibilities for 'Real' Change, MA thesis, 2021
  • Dylan J. Hughes,  Language After God: Nietzsche, Lacan, and the Sinthome of Tragic Wisdom, MA thesis, 2020
  • Dru Farro,  There is a Secret Heart, PhD thesis, 2019
  • John Nyman,  Double/Cross: Erasure in Theory and Poetry, PhD thesis, 2018 (co-supervisor with Jan Plug).
  • Tyler Nash,  Can the Undead Speak?: Language Death as a Matter of (Not) Knowing, MA thesis, 2018
  • Jennifer Komorowski, The Voice as an Object of Desire in the Work of Ann Quin, MA thesis, 2017
  • Rebecca Bernstein:  Very Pressing Television and Other Imaginary Things, MA thesis, 2016
  • Svitlana Matviyenko: Lacan's Cybernetics, PhD thesis, 2015
  • Mazen Saleh:  Jouissance and Being in Lacanian Discourse, MA thesis, 2015
  • Jason D'Aoust: The Orpheus Figure: The Voice in Writing, Music and Media, PhD thesis, 2013
  • 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

Professor, English
Former Director of the Centre for Theory and Criticism

Research Areas

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

Selected Publications

Editor, On The Brink (? Press, 2021)

They Have All Been Healed: Reading Robert Walker (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2016)

Of Stigmatology

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

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

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Jonathan Doering,  The Weak Survival of French Rhetoric, PhD thesis, 2019 (co-supervisor with Tilottama Rajan).
  • Shannon Lodoen,  The Myths That Make Us: An Examination of Canadian National Identity, MA thesis, 2019
  • Alexander Harasymiw,  Hallucinating the Ukrainian Cityscape: A Reevaluation of Walter Benjamin’s Urban Experience for a Postsocialist Context, MA thesis, 2019 (jointly supervised with Dr. Kevin Mooney)
  • Alexander Walker,  Monuments of the Present: The Document and Monument in Michel Foucault's Archaeology, MA thesis, 2018 (co-supervisor with Kevin Mooney).
  • John Nyman,  Double/Cross: Erasure in Theory and Poetry, PhD thesis, 2018 (co-supervisor with Allan Pero).
  • Dylan Vaughan: Praesentia Sublimis: Studies in the Differend , MA thesis, 2015
  • Derek Liu: The Almost Nothing of the Unpresentable": the Experience of "My Death" in the thought of Jacques Derrida, MA thesis, 2014
  • 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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Tilottama Rajan

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Doctoral membership

Email:  trajan@uwo.ca

Website:  http://publish.uwo.ca/~trajan/
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Department

Professor, English
Canada Research Chair
Former Director of the Centre for Theory and Criticism
Distinguished University Professor
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

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)

In progress,  Reading Hegel Reading Schelling; Encyclopedic Thinking From Idealism to Deconstruction

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Justas Patkauskas, An Archaeology of Contemporary Speculative Knowledge, PhD thesis 2020 (co-supervised with John Vanderheide)
  • Jonathan Doering,  The Weak Survival of French Rhetoric, PhD thesis, 2019 (co-supervised with Jan Plug)
  • Colby Chubbs,  Hegel avec Kleist: On Marriage, MA thesis 2019
  • Domenic Hutchins,  The Passing Away Of Nature: Two Essays On Natural History, MA thesis 2018
  • Benjamin Woodard, Schelling's Naturalism: Motion, Space, and the Volition of Thought, PhD thesis 2015
  • 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

Professor, French; Women's Studies and Feminist Research

Research Areas

  • Feminist Theory
  • Queer Theory
  • Poststructuralism
  • Eighteenth-Century women's writing
  • Mme de Graffigny
  • Anne Lister
  • Narratives on marriage

Selected Publications

Current Project (SSHRC funded, 2020-2023): School Daze: Queer Nostalgia in British Girls’ Boarding School Narratives.


Decoding Anne Lister: New Critical Readings. Co-edited with Caroline Gonda. Under Review with Cambridge University Press.


"Graffigny, Zilia, et la question du mariage au XVIIIe siècle." Ed. Charlotte Simonin. Françoise de Graffigny (1695-1758), femme de lettres des Lumières. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2020. 271-288.

"Representations of Marriage." A Cultural History of Marriage: Volume 4 The Age of Enlightenment (1650-1800). Ed. Edward J. Behrend-Martinez. London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2020. 115-132.

"Marriage and Its Queer Identifications in the Anne Lister Diaries." After Marriage in the Long Eighteenth Century: Literature, Law and Society. Eds. Karl Leydecker and Jenny DiPlacidi. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. 181-203.

"Interpreting the Thin Archive: Anne Lister, Eliza Raine and Telling School Tales." Eighteenth-Century Studies, in press.


Entry on Choderlos de Laclos, Dangerous Connections (1784), Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, forthcoming 2022.


"Queer Parenting and the Challenge to Queer Theory." Special Issue of Studies in Canadian Literature: Queer Bodies/Corps Queer (SCL) 46.1 (2021): 1-28.


"Sexuality in Translation: Anne Lister and the Ancients." Journal of the History of Sexuality (JHS) 30.1 (January 2021): 112-135.


"Translating Desire: Queer Affect, Autobiography and Involuntary Love in Dorothy Strachey's Olivia (1949)." Modernism/Modernity 5.2 (July 30, 2020).


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

Professor, English

Research Areas

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

Selected Publications

“Onomatopoeia, Interiority, and Incorporation.” Studies in Romanticism 57 (2018): 429-51.

“Darwin’s Ideas.” Forthcoming, Marking Time: Evolution and Romanticism, ed. Joel Faflak, (Toronto, 2017). Pp. 68-91.

“History, Materiality and Type in Tennyson's In Memoriam.” In Darwin, Tennyson, and their Readers: Explorations in Victorian Literature and Science, ed. Valerie Purton. (Anthem, 2013). Pp. 35-48.

“Allegory and Exchange in the Waverley Novels.” In Romantic Frictions, ed. Theresa Kelley, (2011). Online in the Romantic Circles Praxis Series. http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/ 10,652 words

“Foreign Bodies: How Did Darwin Invent the Symptom.” Victorian Studies, 52.4 (2010): 535-59

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

Real Money and Romanticism (Cambridge: 2010)

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

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

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

Associate Professor, 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,” in Journal of Mundane Behavior 3.3 (2002)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Natalie Trevino, The Cosmos is Not Finished, PhD thesis, 2020
  • Jonathan Nash, The Politics of Wounds, MA thesis, 2018
  • David Miller, Guilty Subjects: The Biopolitical Function of Guilt in Neoliberal States , MA thesis, 2015
  • William Samson: Rights As Praxis, MA thesis, 2011

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Joshua Schuster

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Doctoral membership

Email: jschust@uwo.ca

Department

Associate Professor, English

On sabbatical until December 31st, 2021

Research Areas

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

Selected Publications

Calamity Theory: Three Critiques of Existential Risk. University of Minnesota Press, 2021. 

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. (In Progress)

“Modernist Planets and Planetary Modernism,” Modernism and the Anthropocene. Eds. Jon Hegglund and John McIntyre. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2021.

“After Deconstruction? The Challenge of Malabou’s Plastic Biohistory, ” Thinking Catherine Malabou: Passionate Detachments. Eds. Thomas Wormald and Isabell Dahms. 143-160. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.
“Coral Cultures in the Anthropocene,” Cultural Review Studies 25, no. 1 (September 2019): 85-102.

“Broken Singularities (Derrida and Celan),” After Derrida. Ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté. 111-125. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
“Towards a Conceptual Ecopoetics,” Ecopoetics: Essays in the Field. Eds. Angela Hume and Gillian Osborne. 208-227. University of Iowa Press, 2018.

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Deanna Aubert,  The Habits of Settlement: A Critical Phenomenology of Settlerness, MA thesis, 2020 (jointly supervised with Dr. Helen Fielding)
  • Nicholas A. J. Birmingham,  Cognition without Construction: Kant, Maimon, and the Transcendental Philosophy of Mathematics, MA thesis, 2020
  • Andrew Case,  An Ecology Not Taking-Place: Analysing Ecocriticism's Move from Place and Space to Spacing and Displacement through Derrida, Morton, and Haraway, MA thesis, 2018
  • Marshall Hill, The Revolution Will Be Social and Poetic: The Insurgent Poetics of Decolonial Thought, MA thesis, 2017

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Sharon Sliwinski

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Doctoral membership

Email: ssliwins@uwo.ca

Department

Professor, Information and Media Studies

On sabbatical until December 31st, 2021

Research Areas

  • psychoanalytic theory, aesthetics, political theory, visual culture studies, human rights & humanitarianism

Selected Publications

Dreaming in Dark Times: Six Exercises in Political Thought (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017)

Photography and the Optical Unconscious, Eds. Shawn Michelle Smith and Sharon Sliwinski (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017)

The Museum of Dreams (digital project): www.museumofdreams.org

Sexuality in the Time of War, or, How rape became a The Flood of Rights, Eds. Thomas Keenan, Suhail Malik, Tirdad Zolghadr, (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2017), Pp. 119-142

Evocative Objects: A Sexual Violence Primer (with a photo essay by Nina Berman) Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, Vol. 7 no. 3 (2016): 477-80

Before the Law, In Activestills: Photography as Protest in Palestine and Israel, Eds. Vered Maimon and Shiraz Grinbaum (London: Pluto Press, 2016), Pp. 206-213

That Incorrigible Disturber of the Peace, In Entry Points. The Vera List Center Field Guide on Art and Social Justice, No. 1, Ed. Carin Kuoni, (New York: Vera List Center for Art and Politics & Duke University Press, 2015), Pp. 14-22

Inventing Human Dignity, In The Routledge Companion to Human Rights and Literature, Eds. Alexandra Moore and Sophie McClennan (London: Routledge, 2015), Pp. 174-184

Human Rights In Camera, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Ryan Shuvera,  Sounding Unsettlement: Rethinking Settler States of Mind and Re(-)cognition through Scenes of Cross-Cultural Listening, PhD thesis 2020 
  • Jonathan R. Fardy: A Photographer Develops: Reading Robinson, Rejlander, and Cameron, PhD thesis, 2014
  • 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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Charles Stocking

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Master's membership

Email: cstockin@uwo.ca

Department

Associate Professor, Classical Studies

Research Areas

  • Intersection of Classical Philology and Continental Philosophy
  • Political Thought, Ancient and Modern
  • History and Theory of the Body
  • History of Anthropology
  • Aesthetics
  • Structuralism and "Post-Structuralism"
  • History of Religions

Selected Publications

The Politics of Sacrifice in Early Greek Myth and Poetry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.


"Hesiod in Paris: Justice, Truth, and Power between Past and Present." Arethusa Fall 2017 (Forthcoming)

"The Allure and Ethics of Ancient Aesthetics: Hellenism in the Modern Olympic Movement." Sport: Allure and Ethics. Ed. John Zilcoski. University of Toronto Press (Forthcoming)

“Greek Ideal as Hyperreal: Greco-Roman Sculpture and the Athletic Male Body.” Arion 21.3 (2014): 45-74.

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Joseph Leivdal,  Subjectivity, Passion, and Mystical Intuition: Nietzsche's Early Writing, MA thesis, 2018

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Daniel Vaillancourt

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Doctoral membership

Email: vaillan@uwo.ca

Department

Associate Professor, 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

  • Matthew Prokopiw:  Addiction: the colonization of rituals, MA thesis, 2015
  • Brett Mommersteeg: Space, Territory, Occupy: Towards a Non-Phenomenological Dwelling, MA thesis, 2014
  • M. Curtis Allen: Deleuze Through Wittgenstein: Essays in Transcendental Empiricism, MA thesis, 2014
  • 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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John Vanderheide

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Doctoral membership

Email: jvande29@uwo.ca

Department

Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies at Huron University College

Research Areas

  • Literary and interpretive allegory; Comedy; Transatlantic Modernism and Postwar Literature; Adaptation theory; Deleuze studies

Selected Publications

A Standstill in Desire: Schelling, Nietzsche, Deleuze and the Idea of Eternal Recurrence" Symposium (publication details forthcoming)

Carrying the Fire: Cormac McCarthy's The Road and the Apocalyptic Tradition (Chapter - publication details forthcoming)

Theory and Criticism Theses Supervised

  • Alexandra M. Hudecki, "Second Sight": Acknowledging W.E.B. Du Bois's "Double Consciousness" as a Step Towards Dissolution, MA thesis, 2020
  • Justas Patkauskas, An Archaeology of Contemporary Speculative Knowledge, PhD thesis, 2020 (co-supervised with Tilottama Rajan)
  • Taylor McGoey, Toward a Fluid Cinematic Spectatorship and Desire: Revisiting Laura Mulvey’s Psychoanalytic Film Theories , MA thesis, 2020 (co-supervised with Janelle Blankenship)
  • Adam Mohamed,  A Deleuzean Poststructural Deconstruction , MA thesis, 2019
  • Richard Dew, Pheneticsim As A Cultural And Literary Critique Of Human Interaction , MA thesis, 2018
  • Jacob Norris,  1981: One or Several Aesthetics?, MA thesis, 2018
  • Jeffrey M. Ray,  The Ontological-Ontic Character of Mythology , MA thesis, 2017
  • Evan Pebesma, Laughing Doubles: The Duality of Humour , MA thesis, 2017

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