The Theory Centre is currently home to over 60 full-time
Kamran AhmedDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My doctoral work explores the relationship between Ancient Philosophical Skepticism and its role in Quranic Philosophy. My Master's thesis engaged with the philosophy of Rene Descartes and the pedagogical use of doubt in the "Meditations on First Philosophy".
M. Curtis AllenDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: M. Curtis Allen is currently pursuing doctoral research focused on the concept of 'sense' in Wittgenstein and Deleuze as it comes into contact with problems in the philosophy of language and logic, semiotics, metaphysics, and aesthetics. He is also interested in contemporary forms of rationalism and their relation to art and politics. His most recent publication is 'The Metaphysical Subject and Logical Space: Solipsism and Singularity in the Tractatus'.
Jeremy ArnottDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Jeremy Arnott is a PhD. Candidate at the Centre for Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario. His research examines the “Frankfurt School” as both an intellectual category and as a constellation of thinkers (with specific focus on Benjamin and Adorno). More broadly, he is interested in the various “post-histories” of German Idealism in the 20th century (Canadian Idealism, The Frankfurt School).
Deanna AubertMaster's candidate
Jake BelloneDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Interested in Badiou, communist theory, Marxist Humanism and Raya Dunayevskaya, the anti-underconsumptionist argument, and how the formal matrix of Christianity provides an insight into the formation of a contemporary communist discipline
Nicholas BirminghamMaster's candidate
Michael BodkinDoctoral candidate
Kathryn CarneyMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Interests include theory-based iconology (critical, psychoanalytic, semiotic); early twentieth-century art history and its visual rhetorics; representations of physical violence; „other“ bodies (e.g. queer, disfigured, disabled) in avant-gardist art, notably Weimar
Shubhayan ChakrabartiDoctoral candidate
Austin ChisholmMaster's candidate
Colby ChubbsMaster's candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: German Idealism (especially the shift from Kant to Hegel and its social/political consequences); Psychoanalysis; Kleist and Kafka; transmissibility, language, and Event(s)
Christina BurkeDoctoral candidate
Eva CupchikDoctoral candidate
Grant DempseyDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Deleuze's concept of fabulation; theories of myth, storytelling and worldbuilding; intersections of art, aesthetics, and anthropology; ontological pluralism and cosmopolitics; ancient Indian literature and philosophy, and the Sanskrit language; contemporary speculative fiction; game studies.
Jon DoeringDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My research looks at rhetoric versus philosophy, and rhetoric joining philosophy, in late 20th century thought. I am also interested in the powerful rhetoric -- and near absence of philosophy -- directing modern financial markets.
Thomas DoerksenDoctoral candidate
Jessica EllisMaster's candidate
Andrew EvansDoctoral candidate
Julian EvansDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: I am interested in how the existential phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty can be brought into productive conversation with the decolonial philosophies of land articulated by Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. My work attempts to further this dialogue by rethinking the philosophies of nature which shape our everyday relationships to the non-human world, particularly in the lived experience of our encounters with animals, plants and natural objects.
Yuri Forbes-PetrovichDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My doctoral research is examining the role of contingency in the constitution of Christian faith and Truth. This work critiques contemporary phenomenology, deconstruction and materialism through an emphasis on the historical-hermeneutic and alethurgic elements of Kierkegaardian existentialism, Foucault's ethical discourse analysis and Badiouian mathematical ontology for Christian thought.
David GoldmanDoctoral candidate
Katie GrantDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: For my doctoral research I am thinking about the weather as a conduit between bodies and language, particularly as one compatible with both the everyday and the extraordinary. My masters thesis, “Bodies: Punk, Love and Marxism,” further demonstrates my reliance on trios, but other interests are always on the periphery—including music; literature; feminist, queer, and Marxist theory; fashion; and spitting on Hegel. An omnivorous reader, but partial to Roland Barthes and Agnes Heller.
Can GuvenDoctoral candidate
Robert HalperinMaster's candidate
Matthew HarkerDoctoral candidate
Camilo Andrés HoyosMaster's candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Critical Psychology, mysticism, subjectivization, subjectivity and its dissolution. My actual research focuses on the notion of the non-self and critiques psychology’s ideology and ontological supposition of the self as an absolute reality.
Yiling HuMaster's candidate
Alexandra HudeckiMaster's candidate
Dylan HughesMaster's candidate
Maxwell HyettDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My research wanders, though I orbit concerns and conflations of the virtual and the real: contemporary art, post-truth, social media, data v. knowledge, memory, aesthetics, accelerationism, play, possibility and potentiality, digitalism, and the work of Byung-Chul Han and the so-called 'Berlin School'.
Won JeonMaster's candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Gregory Bateson’s research in mental process, communication and epistemology, particularly in theories of perception that account for matters previously excluded from Newtonian and Darwinist sciences (i.e. dreams, myth, religion, love, art); Ancient Greek myth, poetry, and philosophy as systemic models for discerning modern/contemporary aesthetic and ethical experience; aesthetics of the ineffable/unsayable; metaphor as ecological logic; relationship between contexts of learning and content of thought; ‘experimental’ music and film.
Jennifer KomorowskiDoctoral candidate
Alexandra LepineDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Marxism, Maoism, Cultural production of revolutionary movements, Indigenous resurgence, theories of ideology and subjectivity, and Canadian literature. My doctoral project examines proletarian culture as a means of contextualising the cultural mass work of the Canadian communists, starting with the CPC up to the Anti-Revisionist parties of the 1980’s.
Michelle LiuMaster's candidate
Monika MandokiDoctoral candidate
Benjamin MaynardDoctoral candidate
Taylor McGoeyMaster's candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My research interests include spectorial pleasure and shock, Hollywood films, cinematic images, Deleuze, masochism, Benjamin, feminist film theory, psychoanalytic film theory, Mulvey, movement and time images.
Alexander McintoshMaster's candidate
Ilya MerlinDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: I am interested in intellectual counter-history from medieval metaphysics to current psychoanalytic studies, hip-hop scholarship, and questions of enfleshed ontology. Sigmund Freud's Castilian Academy and Georges Bataille's College de Sociologie largely inform my guiding questions, technique, heimlich pranks, and political horizons.
Anna MirzayanDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: I am interested in the intersection of post-human aesthetics and semiocapital through the lens of feminist phenomenology/psychoanalysis, literature and new media. I study the cyborg, the alien and the monstrous feminine.
Adam MohamedMaster's candidate
Emily MonaghanMaster's candidate
Liam MorantzMaster's candidate
Alexander MorganMaster's candidate
Judith MusterDoctoral candidate
Tyler NashDoctoral candidate
Christine NegusDoctoral candidate
Douglas OrdDoctoral candidate
Vikram PanchmatiaDoctoral candidate
Justas PatkauskasDoctoral candidate
Wil PatrickMaster's candidate
Joseph PawluikMaster's candidate
Anda PleniceanuDoctoral candidate
Annaliese PopeDoctoral candidate
Matthew ProkopiwDoctoral candidate
Mina RosefieldDoctoral candidate
Eric ShepperdMaster's candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Interested in the influence of drugs (particularly psychedelics) on the origins and history of civilization, and the psychedelic experience as a vehicle for ontological and epistemic change. Working toward a model for social transformation in view of climate crisis based on mystical phenomenology.
Megan SherrittDoctoral candidate
Kayleigh ShieldMasters candidate
Ryan ShuveraDoctoral candidate
Jeremy SmithDoctoral candidate
Kyle StewartMaster's candidate
Nicholas TostowarykMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Spontaneity and historical materialism; Surrealism, literary and cultural theory, and twentieth century literatures; Romantic Marxism and Benjamin, Luxemburg, and Lukacs
Natalie TrevinoDoctoral candidate
Jacob VangeestMaster's candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Working broadly at the intersection of political theory and continental philosophy, my research investigates the possibility of socio-political change at the axis of positivity and negativity by drawing upon the lineages of Spinoza, Nietzsche, and (to a lesser degree) Schmitt in the disciplines of political theology, Deleuze studies, and non-philosophy.
Dylan VaughanDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My doctoral research attempts a re-reading of Jean-François Lyotard, a neglected figure within 20th century French philosophy. In particular, I am interested in emphasizing the speculative strands of Lyotard’s thinking, which have withered due to an over-emphasis on his critical and political texts by secondary literature.
Nick WeesDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My research focusses on urban space and everyday experience—specifically: conflicting understandings of, and claims to, public and semi-public spaces, and the possibilities of street arts and ‘street culture’ as counter-hegemonic spatial practices. More generally, I am interested in creativity and the creative act; subjectivity, sense perception, and embodiment; marginality and marginal spaces; and, the city and the improvisations of daily life. I also have enduring interests in music, sound art, and food practices.
Al WhitneyDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My research interests include Heidegger, phenomenology, radical phenomenology, post-Heideggerian philosophy, and death and dying.
Andrew WoodsDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Simone Weil, post-autonomism (specifically, Franco "Bifo" Berardi, Paolo Virno, Maurizio Lazzarato, and Silvia Federici), futurability and futurology, Ivan Illich, sensibility, contemporary forms of fascism, immaterial labour and Semiocapitalism, aesthetics, conspiracy theories, Paul Virilio, accelerationism, history of ideas, and love.
Thomas WormaldDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My primary focus is on the thought of Catherine Malabou, with my doctoral project being a historical and philosophical exploration of antecedents to Malabou’s articulation of plasticity, tracking how it peregrinates from British seventeenth-century philosophy, specifically the marginalized current of Cambridge Platonism, through Shaftesbury to Herder and German Romanticism, to, finally, German Idealism. I explore how this genealogy complements and deepens Malabou’s ongoing thinking of plasticity, as well as yields potential imaginative and philosophical resources that offer different ways of conceptualizing our being-with and relating to the world than those provided by the dominant onto-epistemic and socio-politic logics (such as those emerging from the thought of Hobbes, Locke, Kant) that largely structure the modern Western imaginary. My research interests include plasticity, continental philosophy, German Romanticism and Idealism, and contemporary theory (decolonial studies, black studies and critical race theory, feminist and gender studies). I am the co-editor of the collection Thinking Catherine Malabou: Passionate Detachments (Rowman and Littlefield, April 2018).
Elden YungblutMaster's candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: I aim to deconstruct and unsettle dominant epistemological and sociocultural understandings of sex, gender, and sexuality. My research centers on the various points of connection among such disparate domains as 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, queer theory, transgender studies, critical posthumanism, and new materialism.