(Environmental philosophy, ethics, French Post-structuralism, critical theory) Dr Paul Alberts trained in philosophy, literature, and the social sciences, completing a PhD in philosophy at the University of Sydney. He currently teaches Ethics, history of philosophy, theories of conflict, and contemporary philosophy. His research interests include applying continental philosophy to ethical issues of climate change and environmental crises, and the emerging field of eco-criticism.
(Aesthetics, sovereignty, Marx, Carl Schmitt) Dr Charles Barbour teaches in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. His research interests include politics and aesthetics, with a particular interest in contemporary political theory. Along with a number of chapters in books, he has articles published in journals such as Law, Culture and Humanities, Educational Philosophy and Theory, and Philosophy and Social Criticism. He has also co-edited, with George Pavlich, the collection After Sovereignty: On the Question of Political Beginnings (opens in a new window) (Routledge-Cavendish, 2009).
(19th century European philosophy, Philosophy of religion, Existentialism and hermeneutics, Girard's mimetic theory) Dr Diego Bubbio has a PhD from the University of Turin (Italy). Before coming to Western Sydney University, Dr Bubbio was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Philosophy at The University of Sydney, where he co-directed (with Paul Redding) the Religion and Post-Kantian Philosophy Research Cluster. He also taught Kant and Modern philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. He currently is an ARC Future Fellow in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. Dr Bubbio's research is mainly in the area of post-Kantian philosophy. In particular he is interested in the relationship of the post-Kantian tradition (from Kant to Nietzsche) to the later movements of European philosophy, such as existentialism and hermeneutics, and in issues in philosophy of religion. His key publications consider the notion of sacrifice. He is the author of Sacrifice in the Post-Kantian Tradition. Perspectivism, Intersubjectivity, and Recognition (opens in a new window) (SUNY Press 2014), of two other monographs in Italian. Along with a number of chapters in books, he has articles published in academic journals such as The British Journal for the History of Philosophy, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, and Heythrop Journal. He has edited, with Philip Quadrio, the collection The Relationship of Philosophy to Religion Today (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2011) and, with Paul Redding, Religion After Kant: God and Culture in the Idealist Era (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2012). He is also the editor of Luigi Pareyson's Existence, Interpretation, Freedom. Selected Writings (The Davies Group Publishers 2009), and the editor of the Book series "New Studies in Idealism (opens in a new window)" published by Davies Group. His current ARC-funded project is an analysis of the notion of the 'I' in Hegel and Heidegger.
(Mimetic theory, deconstruction, philosophy of science, Girard) Dr Chris Fleming is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and a Member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. He has written in the areas of phenomenology, philosophical anthropology, deconstruction, and the philosophy of science. His work has appeared in journals such as Parallax, Anthropological Quarterly, Public Understanding of Science, and Body & Society. His book, René Girard: Violence and Mimesis (opens in a new window), was published by Polity Press in 2004.
John Hadley is Research Lecturer in Philosophy in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. He was formerly a lecturer in philosophy in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Lecturer in Communication Ethics in the School of Communication, Charles Sturt University. During his PhD candidature at the University of Sydney, John lectured in the philosophy department and was a guest lecturer for USYD Laboratory Animal Services. He has published on a wide range of topics in animal and environmental ethics, including recent papers on assisting wild animals in need, animal rights extremism, the reporting of animal research in the media, and the ethical limits of veterinary expenditure. He has refereed for journals such as Journal of Applied Philosophy, Journal of Value Inquiry, Social Theory and Practice, Political Studies, Environmental Values, and Environmental Philosophy.
M ark Kelly was appointed Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and ARC Future Fellow at the Western Sydney University in 2014. His ARC project, 'The invention of norms: how ethics, law, and the life sciences shape our social selves' aims to show how the concept of the norm has shaped our understanding of the world, changed our society, and become part of our personal lives. He has authored three books on the thought of Michel Foucault – The Political Philosophy of Michel Foucault (Routledge, 2009), Foucault's History of Sexuality Vol. I (Edinburgh, 2013), and Foucault and Politics (Edinburgh, 2014) – and published on topics in political philosophy, including a forthcoming book, Biopolitical Imperialism (Zero).
Dr Alex Ling is Research Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. Alex received his doctorate from the University of Melbourne, where he was awarded the Chancellor's Award for the Best PhD Thesis. He has published two single-author monographs, Badiou and Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2011) and Badiou Reframed (I.B. Tauris, 2016), and is the editor and translator (with A.J. Bartlett) of Mathematics of the Transcendental (Bloomsbury, 2014). His principal research interests are in film and critical theory and the intersections between art, science and philosophy, with especial focus on the work of Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Rancière and Gilles Deleuze. His current research is on the art of scandal and the phenomenon of controversy in the 21st century.
(Critical theory, feminism, Deleuze, 20th century music) Sally Macarthur is a Senior Lecturer in Musicology in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. Her specialist research interests are in twentieth century music, with a focus on women's music. Her work explores the intersections of music with philosophy and draws, in particular, on the work Deleuze and Guattari in order to shift the emphasis from the meaning of the musical work to the connections it makes. Her recent book, Towards a Twenty-First-Century Feminist Politics of Music (opens in a new window) (Ashgate, 2010), is a feminist-Deleuzian analysis of new music for the concert hall.
Jennifer Mensch was appointed Senior lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and member of the Philosophy Research Initiative. Dr Mensch specialises in the intersection of philosophy, science, and literature during the long eighteenth century. Her recent book, Kant's Organicism. Epigenesis and the Development of Critical Philosophy (University of Chicago Press, 2013) traces the decisive role played by life science theories of biological generation for Kant's account of mental cognition. Before coming to Western Sydney University, Dr Mensch spent twelve years at the Penn State University where she taught philosophy and the history of science and medicine.
(Derrida, animality, race, sexuality) Dr Chris Peterson's research focuses on the intersection of literature and philosophy, with a particular emphasis on Derrida, American literature, race, and sexuality. He is the author of Kindred Specters: Death, Mourning, and American Affinity (opens in a new window) (Minnesota, 2007), and has published articles in a number of academic journals, including Modern Fiction Studies, The New Centennial Review, New Literary History, Angelaki, and Paragraph. His book Bestial Traces, which explores the relationship between animality, race, and sexuality, will be published by Fordham University Press in 2012.
(Ancient Philosophy, Post-Kantian Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics, Literary Criticism) Professor Dennis Schmidt, formerly Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and German at Penn State University, was appointed Professor of Philosophy in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. He is the author of several books, including Between Word and Image: Heidegger, Gadamer, and Klee (Indiana University Press, forthcoming), Idiome der Wahrheit (Klostermann Verlag, 2012), Lyrical and Ethical Subjects (SUNY Press, 2005), On Germans and Other Greeks (Indiana University Press, 2001), Hermeneutische Wege (co-edited with Günter Figal, Mohr-Siebeck Verlag, 2000), and The Ubiquity of the Finite (MIT Press, 1988).
Dr Lorraine Sim is a Lecturer in Modern English Literature in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. Her academic background is in literature and philosophy. She is the author of Virginia Woolf: the Patterns of Ordinary Experience (opens in a new window) and has published articles in academic journals including Journal of Modern Literature, Modernist Cultures, and Women's Studies. Dr Sim's research focuses on the areas of modernism and modernity, theories of the everyday, and the intersections between literature and philosophy. She is currently working on a book which examines representations of the everyday in women's modernism and proposes that the ordinary offers a new paradigm for modernist ethics.
(Literary theory, Spinoza, Deleuze, Beckett) Prof Anthony Uhlmann is the author of Beckett and Poststructuralism (opens in a new window) (Cambridge UP, 1999) and Samuel Beckett and the Philosophical Image (opens in a new window) (Cambridge UP, 2006) and co-editer of The Ethics of Arnold Geulincx (opens in a new window). His main research interests concern the interrelation of literature and philosophy, and the nature of literary form. He is just completing a project examining Modernist Aesthetics, focusing on the work of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and Vladimir Nabokov. He is President of the Australasian Association for Literature and the Chief Editor of The Journal of Beckett Studies (opens in a new window)
Dimitris Vardoulakis is Associate Professor at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. His books include The Doppelgänger: Literature's Philosophy(opens in a new window) (Fordham UP, 2010); Sovereignty and its Other: Toward the Dejustification of Violence (opens in a new window) (Fordham UP, 2013); Freedom from the Free Will: On Kafka's Laughter (opens in a new window) (SUNY, 2016); and The Ruse of Sovereignty: Democracy and Stasis (Fordham UP, 2017). As an editor Spinoza Now (opens in a new window) (U of Minnesota P, 2010) ; and as a co-editor After Blanchot (opens in a new window) (2005); Freedom and Confinement in Modernity: Kafka's Cages (opens in a new window) (Palgrave, 2011); and Sparks will Fly: Benjamin and Heidegger (opens in a new window) (SUNY, 2015). He is the director of Thinking Out Loud: The Sydney Lectures in Philosophy and Society (opens in a new window) and the co-editor with Peg Birmingham of the book series Incitements (opens in a new window) for Edinburgh University Press.
(Sovereignty, Human Rights, Political Philosophy, Foucault, Agamben) Jessica Whyte is a lecturer in Cultural and Social Analysis at the Western Sydney University. She has published widely on contemporary continental philosophy (Agamben, Foucault, Rancière), theories of sovereignty and biopolitics, critical legal theory and critiques of human rights. She is a co-editor of the Theory and Event Symposium "Form of Life: Giorgio Agamben, Ontology, Politics" (2010), of the Australian Feminist Law Journal special edition "Law, Crisis, Revolution" (2010) and of The Agamben Dictionary(opens in a new window) (Edinburgh University Press, 2011.) She is currently finalising a book on the political thought of Giorgio Agamben. Her current research is on the emergence of the "right to intervene" in the practices of the new activist humanitarian NGOs of the 1970s, and its transformation into a legitimising discourse for state militarism.
A. Kiarina Kordela is Professor of German and Director of the Critical Theory Program at Macalester College. She is a visiting professor at the University of Western Sydney, Australia and the author of $urplus: Spinoza, Lacan (SUNY Press, 2007), Being, Time, Bios: Capitalism and Ontology (SUNY Press, forthcoming 2013), and co-editor, with Dimitris Vardoulakis of Freedom and Confinement in Modernity: Kafka's Cages (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011). She has published on a wide range of topics in several collections and journals including Angelaki, Cultural Critique, Political Theory, Parallax, Rethinking Marxism and Umbr(a). Her "Biopolitics: Transhistorically and Historically" is forthcoming in Differences.