Professor Couze Venn

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Position Part-time Professor
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Professor Couze Venn

Couze Venn is Professor of cultural theory and postcolonial theory at the Centre for Cultural Studies and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg. He is also a managing editor of Theory, Culture & Society, and one of the editors of Body & Society. His current research concerns the search for postcapitalist alternatives to neoliberal capitalism in the context of converging crises affecting economies, climate, essential resources, the quality of the environment, and growing inequalities.

In the 1970s he was a founding member of the journal Ideology & Consciousness, whose project was the critique of positivist psychological sciences and to disseminate the work of Michel Foucault and 'French Theory' generally as part of establishing alternative approaches for theorising subjectivity and for analysing power.


Couze has taught Cultural Studies and Science and Technology Studies for about 30 years. He has supervised Ph.D. students across a wide range of topics in cultural theory, postcolonial and diaspora studies, social theory, science studies, psychosocial studies.

His doctoral dissertation (Essex, 1982) was on the Science-Ideology Relation, focussing on the genealogy of the concept of natural selection in Darwin’s Notebooks. 

Professional projects

Couze is managing editor and review editor of Theory, Culture & Society, and serves on the editorial board of Body & Society and the TCS Book Series. He was a founding editor of Ideology & Consciousness in the 1970s.

He is currently co-editing special issues of TCS and Body & Society respectively on Foucault Now and on Affect and Relationality. 

His main publications include Changing the Subject. Psychology, Social Relations and Subjectivity (Methuen,1984 & Routledge,1998), Occidentalism. Modernity and Subjectivity (Sage, 2000) and The Postcolonial Challenge: Towards Alternative Worlds.



Changing the Subject: Psychology, Social Regulation and Subjectivity
Henriques, Julian F.; Hollway, Wendy; Urwin, Cathy; Venn, Couze and Walkerdine, Valerie. 1984. Changing the Subject: Psychology, Social Regulation and Subjectivity. London: Routledge. ISBN ISBN-10: 0415151376


Blackman, Lisa and Venn, Couze. 2010. Affect. Body & Society, 16(1), pp. 7-28. ISSN 1357-034X