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Dr Julia Ng
Dr Julia Ng is a Reader in Critical Theory and founding Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought. She specialises in the links between modern mathematics, political thought, and theories of history and language in the 20th century, particularly in the work of Walter Benjamin.
Vikki Bell is the author of four monographs, including Culture and Performance (Bloomsbury, 2007). Widely published in peer-reviewed journals, she has addressed questions of ethics, aesthetics, subjectivity and politics across the social sciences and theoretical humanities.
Recently her work has explored cultural-aesthetic aspects of transitional justice in Argentina, where the research has been funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and, in 2015-7, by the Economic & Social Research Council, a project which extended her empirical work to include Chile.
Alberto Toscano is Reader in Critical Theory and Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Theory. He studied philosophy at the New School for Social Research, University College Dublin and the University of Warwick, from which he received his PhD in 2003.
Dr Jacob McGuinn
Jacob McGuinn is a Lecturer in the department of English and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths.
His work focuses on issues of philosophy and literature, with a special interest in philosophical poetics and aesthetics from Kant to the contemporary.
His forthcoming monograph, Reading at the Limits of Poetic Form – Adorno, Blanchot, Celan, considers these topics in the context of a late-modern Kantianism.
Svenja Bromberg is a social theorist with expertise in Marxism and in French and German social theory from the 19th to the 21st century.
Her research focuses on different conceptions of the relationship between the social and the political and the way this relationship impacts social and theoretical conceptions of democracy, human rights, freedom and emancipation.
Relatedly, she researches the ‘materiality of politics’ working with different connotations of ‘materialism’ from diverse theoretical traditions such as feminism, Marxism and more recent object-oriented and realist philosophies.
Professor Will Davies
Professor Will Davies is a sociologist and political economist, working on diverse topics, including neoliberalism, happiness science, environmental politics and anti-expert politics.
What links this work is an interest in the interface of knowledge and power, drawing on the work of Michel Foucault, Luc Boltanski and Max Weber.
Dr Jenny Doussan
Dr Jenny Doussan is interested in the convergence of language and image in art and media, and the political experience of such material encounters.
Sara R Farris
Sara Farris worked at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, University of Amsterdam and King’s College, and held Fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2012-13), Institute for Advanced Studies in Konstanz (2011) and Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (2009-2010) before joining Goldsmiths in 2013.
Sara's work to date has focused on the orientalist underpinnings of sociological theory, which Sara explored in my first monograph on Max Weber’s sociology of religion, and on theories of gender, race and social reproduction, particularly as they apply to the analysis of migrant women in Western Europe.
Monica Greco works at the intersections of social science, history, and philosophy of medicine and psychiatry. The focus of her research is on psychosomatic medicine, and on modes of thought and practice that seek to address the consequences of epistemic dualism in medical education, clinical practice, and beyond.
She is currently conducting participant observation as part of a clinical research team investigating novel interventions for patients with 'medically unexplained symptoms' in primary care.
Dr Jean-Paul Martinon
Dr. Jean-Paul Martinon mainly teaches courses at postgraduate level in curatorial theory and continental philosophy. He co-founded the PhD Curatorial / Knowledge Programme with Irit Rogoff.
Professor Michael Newman
Michael began working at Goldsmiths in 2008 as Professor of Art Writing while simultaneously serving as a visiting tutor for Lesley University's MFA programme and a tenured associate professor at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.
Dr Stefan Nowotny
Dr Stefan Nowotny was trained as a philosopher. His research focuses mainly on questions of political theory, the complexities of translation and the entanglements of historical and contemporary epistemologies and imaginaries.
In recent years he has also developed an increasing interest in the affective and ethico-aesthetic dimensions of processes of subjectivation in contemporary techno-capitalism. While his writing mostly deals with philosophical and political topics, he has also repeatedly collaborated with artists as well as cultural or activist associations.
Professor Simon O'Sullivan
Simon O’Sullivan is a theorist and artist working at the intersection of contemporary art practice, performance and continental philosophy.
He has published three monographs, two with Palgrave Macmillan, Art Encounters Deleuze and Guattari: Thought Beyond Representation (2005) and On the Production of Subjectivity: Five Diagrams of the Finite-Infinite Relation (2012), and, more recently, Fictioning: The Myth-Functions of Contemporary Art and Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), co-written with David Burrows.
Martin Savransky joined the department in 2015. He is Convenor of the MA Ecology, Culture & Society, and Director of the Unit of Play.
Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Martin worked at University College London, and held visiting positions at the University of Freiburg, the University of Barcelona, and 17, Institute for Critical Studies.
Dr Lynn Turner
Lynn Turner’s research explores how animal and sexual differences matter in visual and aural culture as well as continental philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis.
She is the arts editor of parallax, one of the assistant editors of Derrida Today and sits on the board of several book series as well as Goldsmiths Press.
Dr Marina Vishmidt
Marina Vishmidt joined the Centre for Culture Studies in 2016 and the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies in 2017.
Her work is mainly concerned with the relationship between art, value and labour, with an emphasis on the speculative relations that link processes of financialisation and subjectivation. Other research interests include continental philosophy, aesthetics, political economy and feminist theory.
Dr Sam McAuliffe
Sam McAuliffe’s research is based on modern European philosophy and critical theory, with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art and aesthetics.
Addressing questions such as the politics of the image, the experiments in language and form characteristic of twentieth-century literature, the theory and practice of utopia, and the fate of nature in the post-Enlightenment period. He also has a particular interest in the models of experience produced as a function of administered society.
Dr Andrea Mura
Andrea Mura is member of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies and the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought at Goldsmiths where he co-convenes the annual research Seminar ‘Critiques of Violence’.
Andrea has research and teaching interests in continental philosophy, comparative political thought and postcolonial theory.
Lorenzo Chiesa is Lecturer in Philosophy at Newcastle University (UK), where he serves as co-convenor of the Faculty Research Group in Critical Theory and Practice. He is also a Professor at the European Graduate School / EGS. Previously, he was Professor of Modern European Thought and Director of the Centre for Critical Thought at the University of Kent.
He held visiting positions and taught at the European University at St Petersburg, the Freud Museum, London, the University of New Mexico, the Institute of Philosophy of Ljubljana, the Istituto di Scienze Umane of Naples, the Jnanapravaha Mumbai, and the American University of Beirut. He co-directed an independent graduate school in Italy, the Genoa School of Humanities.
His general field of expertise is post-Kantian European philosophy. In particular, his research interests are in the area of Freudian and Lacanian theory, 20th and 21st century French philosophy, French and Italian bio-political thought, and Marxist theory.
His major publications include the following books and edited volumes: Subjectivity and Otherness (MIT Press, 2007), The Italian Difference (Re.press, 2009) (with Alberto Toscano), Italian Thought Today (Routledge, 2014), Lacan and Philosophy (Re.press, 2014), The Not-Two (MIT Press, 2016), The Virtual Point of Freedom (2016, Northwestern University Press). He edited and translated several books by Agamben and Virno into English and by Žižek into Italian. His articles and books have been translated into more than ten languages.
Chiesa is currently working on two book projects. The first (co-authored with Adrian Johnston) aims at developing the concept of ‘agnostic atheism’ through psychoanalysis. The second focuses on bureaucracy and intends to unravel the nexus between knowledge, enjoyment, and capitalism from a psychoanalytic and Marxist perspective.
He is the editor of the book series “Insubordinations” at the MIT Press.
- Cinzia Arruzza (New School for Social Research)
- Andrew Benjamin (Monash)
- Ray Brassier (American University in Beirut)
- Rebecca Comay (Toronto)
- Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel/Collège International de Philosophie)
- Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky (Bochum/ICI Berlin)
- Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern)
- Ricardo Espinoza Lolas (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso)
- Oliver Feltham (American University of Paris)
- Peter Fenves (Northwestern)
- Werner Hamacher (Frankfurt)
- Benjamin Noys (Chichester)
- Elizabeth Rottenberg (DePaul)
- Massimiliano Tomba (Università di Padova)
- Samuel Weber (Northwestern)
- Josh Cohen - English & Comparative Literature
- Sanjay Seth - Politics/Centre for Postcolonial Studies
- Eyal Weizman - Visual Cultures/Centre for Research Architecture
- Camille Germanos (English and Comparative Literature)
Thesis title: TBC
- Ksenija Krapivina (Visual Cultures)
Thesis title: TBC
- Federica Murè (English and Comparative Literature)
Thesis title: TBC (Funded by CHASE AHRC studentship)
- Florence Platford (English and Comparative Literature)
Thesis title: Political Occultology: Walter Benjamin’s ‘Surrealism’ and the Figure of the Secret Society (Funded by departmental bursary)
- Filippo Ursitti (English and Comparative Literature / Critical Theory)
Thesis title: TBC
Recent Doctoral Research
- Bromberg, Svenja (Sociology, 2016). Thesis title: Thinking ‘emancipation’ after Marx: A conceptual analysis of emancipation between citizenship and revolution.
- Lagos, Felipe (Sociology, 2017)
Thesis title: The Misadventures of Latin American Marxism. Intellectual Journeys Towards the Deprovincialization of Marxist Thought
- Law, Christopher (English and Comparative Literature, 2019)
Thesis title: The Life in Language: The Concept of Uncriticizability from Goethe to Benjamin (Funded by CHASE AHRC studentship)
- Mozzachiodi, Roberto (MCCS, 2021)
Thesis title: The End of Philosophy in Marx: Henri Lefebvre, Louis Althusser, and Jacques Derrida
- Truskolaski, Sebastian (Visual Cultures, 2016). Thesis title: Bilderverbot: Adorno and the Ban on Images.
- Vandeputte, Tom (English and Comparative Literature, 2017). Thesis title: Critique of Journalistic Reason: Language and History in Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Benjamin