- Paul Alberts
- Charles Barbour
- Diego Bubbio
- Chris Fleming
- John Hadley
- Mark Kelly
- Alex Ling
- Sally Macarthur
- Christopher Peterson
- Lorraine Sim
- Michael Symonds
- Anthony Uhlmann
- Dimitris Vardoulakis
- Jessica Whyte
(Literature and philosophy, trauma theory, Deleuze) Dr Sabrina Achilles is a lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. Her field is in contemporary Continental philosophy, with an expertise in Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. Her research interests include theories and philosophies of writing, postmodern literature, Ethics and trauma in literature, and adoption and literature. Her key publications consider the literary in terms of an ethics for a concern for the self, these include Waste (a novel, 1996), and Literature, Ethics and Aesthetics: Applied Deleuze and Guattari (Palgrave, 2012).
(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 UWS, 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. Along with two monographs in Italian and 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, 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). 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 the University of Western Sydney. 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.
Mark Kelly was appointed Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Western Sydney 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. He previously taught at the University of Melbourne. His principal research interests are in film theory and the intersections between cinema (and visual art more broadly) and contemporary European philosophy and critical theory, (in particular the work of Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière and Gilles Deleuze) and the role of art and mathematics in philosophy. He is the author of Badiou and Cinema (opens in a new window) (Edinburgh University Press, 2011), and Badiou Reframed: Reading Key Thinkers for the Arts (forthcoming from I.B Tauris), and the editor and translator (with A.J. Bartlett) of Alain Badiou's Mathematics of the Transcendental (forthcoming from Continuum).
(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.
(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.
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.
(Adorno, Weber, Aesthetics) Dr Michael Symonds' research uses social theory and philosophy to understand areas of Australian society. As part of an ARC funded research project he used Adorno and Hegel to theorise the idea of home, and the status and identity of Sydney's western suburbs. This resulted in several articles and the co-authored book: Home/World: Space, Community and Marginality in Sydney's West (1997, Sydney: Pluto Press). He is currently engaged in the reinterpretation of the work of Max Weber in terms of the meaning of death and the ethics of suffering. This research has so far yielded three articles.
(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)
(Sovereignty, Walter Benjamin, Spinoza) Dr Dimitris Vardoulakis is lecturer at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. His books include The Doppelgänger: Literature's Philosophy (opens in a new window) (Fordham UP, 2010); as an editor Spinoza Now (U of Minnesota P, 2010) ; and as a co-editor After Blanchot (opens in a new window)(2005), The Political Animal (special issue of Substance, 2008) and The Politics of Place (special issue of Angelaki, 2004). He is currently writing a book on sovereignty (forthcoming by Fordham UP in 2012).
(Sovereignty, Human Rights, Political Philosophy, Foucault, Agamben) Jessica Whyte is a lecturer in Cultural and Social Analysis at the University of Western Sydney. 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.