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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. 

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Vikki Bell

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.

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Alberto Toscano

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.

Deputy Co-Directors

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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.

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Svenja Bromberg

Svenja Bromberg is a social theorist with expertise in Marxism and in French and German social theory from the 19th to the 21st century.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Monica Greco

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Professor Simon O'Sullivan

Simon O’Sullivan is a theorist and artist working at the intersection of contemporary art practice, performance and continental philosophy.

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Martin Savransky

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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lorenzo Chiesa

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.

  • 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