Helen Fielding

fielding MA, PhD. (York)

Associate Professor - WSFR and Philosophy

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, embodiment, dwelling, sexuality 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.

Recent Publications

  • 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”, Signs 4.2 (Winter 2015):  280-289.

  • 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.

  • "Feminism", Routledge Companion to Phenomenology, Sebastian Luft and Soren Overgaard, eds. New York: Routledge. Invited and refereed, pp. 518-527.

  • "Multiple moving perceptions of the real: Arendt, Merleau-Ponty and Truitt"; Hypatia (special issue on embodiment and ethics). 26.3 (2011): 518-534. 

Selected Publications

Books Edited

  • 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.

Recent Presentations

  • "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.