Saul Newman is Professor of Political Theory. He joined the Department in 2006. His work is in the area of continental political theory as applied to a study of contemporary forms of radical politics. He coined the term ‘postanarchism’ to describe new post-statist forms of political activism.
His research has also led him to an exploration of sovereignty, political theology, democracy and post-secularism, autonomy and freedom, human rights and statelessness. He has also written widely on the nineteenth century German thinker Max Stirner, and he published the first ever edited collection on Stirner’s thought in the English language.
Saul Newman is Co-director of the Research Unit for Contemporary Political Theory.
- Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, 1994-1998 University of New South Wales
- First Class Honours in Political Science, 1993 – 1994 University of New South Wales
- Bachelor of Arts, Government, Philosophy, History, 1990 – 1992, University of Sydney
Saul Newman’s teaching expertise is in political theory and the history of political thought. He has taught the following modules:
- Modern Political Theory (2nd yr)
- Discourse Power Politics (3rd yr)
- Continental Political Theory: the politics of violence (MA)
Area of supervision
Saul Newman’s general area of research expertise and supervision experience is in contemporary political and social theory, as well as radical political thought. He welcomes PhD applications in any of these areas. He has supervised research on piracy, biopolitics and security; Alain Badiou and postanarchism; Marx and Foucault; anarchism, squatting and radical theories of property.
Membership of Professional Associations
- Political Studies Association
- International Political Science Association
- Series Editor for Rowman & Littlefield International book series – ‘New Politics of Autonomy’ (link to website: http://www.rowmaninternational.com/politics/new-politics-of-autonomy-series)
- Editorial Board, Contemporary Political Theory
- Editorial Board, Anarchist Studies
- Editorial Board, Journal of Political Power
- Political Theology: a Critical Introduction (Polity 2018)
- ‘What is an Insurrection? Destituent Power and Ontological Anarchy in Agamben and Stirner’, Political Studies 2016
- Postanarchism, Polity, 2015
- Agamben and the Politics of Human Rights: Statelessness, Images, Violence (with John Lechte) Edinburgh University Press, 2013; paperback 2015
- The Politics of Postanarchism, Edinburgh University Press, 2010; paperback 2011
- Max Stirner (Critical Explorations in Contemporary Thought series) Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
- Unstable Universalities: Poststructuralism and Radical Politics, Manchester University Press 2007; paperback 2012
Media appearances, grants and awards
Newton Fund Research Mobility Grant (CONFAP) Brazil, 2018
Newton Fund Research Mobility Grant (CONFAP) Brazil, 2016
Macquarie University Safety Net Grant (ARC) (in collaboration with John Lechte) 2012
Visiting Professor of Political Theory, University of Ljubljana, 2011, 2014, 2015
ANU Visiting Fellowship in the Sociology Program, Jan-Mar 2011
British Academy Small Research Grant, 2007
UWA Research Grant, 2002
UWA Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001-2004
Professor Saul Newman's research interests are in contemporary political and social theory, Continental thought and radical politics.
He has published extensively on postanarchist theory, radical political movements and networks, the politics of securitization, deconstructive approaches to sovereignty and law, and the politics of violence.
He has also written widely on German philosopher, Max Stirner, recently publishing the first ever edited collection on his thought in the English language. His current research engages with political theology, human rights and questions of statelessness and borders, and contemporary forms of autonomous politics.
Newman, Saul and Lechte, John. 2013. Agamben and the Politics of Human Rights: Statelessness, Images, Violence. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 978-0748645725
Newman, Saul; Cox, Damian and Levine, Michael. 2009. Politics Most Unusual: Violence, Sovereignty and Democracy in the 'War on Terror'. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-53539-8
Newman, Saul; Levine, Michael and Cox, Damian. 2008. Politics Most Unusual: Violence, Sovereignty and Democracy in the War on Terror. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0230535398
Newman, Saul. 2007. Unstable Universalities: Poststructuralism and Radical Politics. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0719071283
Newman, Saul. 2005. Power and Politics in Poststructuralist Thought: New Theories of the Political. Routledge. ISBN 0415364566
Newman, Saul. 2001. From Bakunin to Lacan: Anti-authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power. Lexington Books. ISBN 0739102400
Levy, Carl and Newman, Saul, eds. 2019. The Anarchist Imagination: Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138781184
Berry, Josephine. 2021. Spectatorial Splitting and Transcultural Seeing in the Age of Pandemics. In: Saul Newman and Tihomir Topuzovski, eds. The Posthuman Pandemic. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
Levy, Carl. 2019. Conclusion in Three Acts: False Genealogies and Suspect Methodologies. In: Carl Levy and Saul Newman, eds. The Anarchist Imagination: Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 240-258. ISBN 9781138781184
Levy, Carl. 2019. Introduction: Anarchism encounters the humanities and the social sciences. In: Carl Levy and Saul Newman, eds. The Anarchist Imagination: Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 1-29. ISBN 9781138781184
Newman, Saul. 2019. Postanarchism Today: Postanarchism and Political Theory. In: Carl Levy and Saul Newman, eds. The Anarchist Imagination: Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and Social Sciences. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138781184
Newman, Saul. 2018. The Politics of Ressentiment and the Problem of Voluntary Servitude. In: S van Tuinen, ed. The Polemics of Ressentiment: Variations on Nietzsche. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781350003675
Newman, Saul. 2015. 'Critique will be the art of voluntary inservitude': Foucault, La Boetie and the Problem of Power. In: S. Fuggle; Y. Lanci and M. Tazzioli, eds. Foucault and the History of Our Present. UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 58-73. ISBN 978-1137385918
Newman, Saul. 2014. Occupy and Autonomous Political Life. In: Alexandros Kioupkiolis and Giorgos Katsambekis, eds. Radical Democracy and Collective Movements Today. Ashgate, pp. 93-110. ISBN 978-1-4094-7052-6
Newman, Saul. 2011. Terror, Sovereignty and Law: On the Politics of Violence. In: Russell Miller and Peer Zumbansen, eds. Comparative Law as Transnational Law. USA: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199795207
Newman, Saul. 2009. Anarchism, Utopia and the Future of Radical Politics. In: Ruth Kinna and Laurence Davis, eds. Anarchism and Utopianism. Manchester University Press, pp. 207-220.
Newman, Saul. 2009. Imprisoning Politics: The Logic of Security and the Undermining of Democracy. In: Matt Morgan, ed. The Impact of 9/11 on Politics and War. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 197-207. ISBN 978 0 230 60763 7
Newman, Saul. 2020. Political theology and religious pluralism: Rethinking liberalism in times of post-secular emancipation. European Journal of Social Theory, ISSN 1368-4310
Newman, Saul. 2020. Gustav Landauer's anarcho-mysticism and the critique of political theology. Political Theology, 21(5), pp. 434-451. ISSN 1462-317X
Newman, Saul. 2019. La Boétie and republican liberty: Voluntary servitude and non-domination. European Journal of Political Theory, pp. 1-21. ISSN 1474-8851
Newman, Saul. 2019. ‘Ownness created a new freedom’: Max Stirner’s alternative concept of liberty. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 22(2), pp. 155-175. ISSN 1369-8230
Newman, Saul. 2017. What is an Insurrection? Destituent Power and Ontological Anarchy in Agamben and Stirner. Political Studies, 65(2), pp. 284-299. ISSN 0032-3217
Newman, Saul and Lechte, John. 2012. ‘Agamben, Arendt and Human Rights: Bearing Witness to the Human’. European Journal of Social Theory,
Newman, Saul. 2012. 'Anarchism and Law: towards a postanarchist ethics of disobedience'. Griffith Law Review, 21(2), ISSN 1038-3441
Newman, Saul. 2012. Crowned Anarchy: Postanarchism and International Relations. Millennium Journal of International Studies, 40(2),
Newman, Saul. 2011. Postanarchism and space: Revolutionary fantasies and autonomous zones. Planning Theory, 10(4), pp. 344-365. ISSN 1473-0952
Newman, Saul. 2010. The Horizon of Anarchy: Anarchism and contemporary radical thought. Theory & Event, 13(2),
Newman, Saul. 2008. Connolly’s Democratic Pluralism and the Question of State Sovereignty. The British Journal Of Politics And International Relations, 10(2), pp. 227-240.
Newman, Saul. 2007. Anarchism, Poststructuralism and the Future of Radical Politics. SubStance, 36(2), pp. 3-19. ISSN 0049-2426
Newman, Saul and Levine, Michael. 2006. ‘War, Politics, Race: Reflections on Violence in the ‘War on Terror’. Theoria, 53(110), pp. 23-49. ISSN 0040-5817
Newman, Saul and Levine, Michael. 2006. Sacred Cows and The Changing Face of Discourse on Terrorism: Cranking it Up a Notch. International Journal of Human Rights, 10(4), pp. 359-371. ISSN 1364-2987
Newman, Saul. 2004. Interrogating the Master: Lacan and Radical Politics. Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 9(3), pp. 298-314. ISSN 1088-0763
Newman, Saul. 2004. New Reflections on the Theory of Power: A Lacanian Perspective. Contemporary Political Theory, 3(2), pp. 148-167. ISSN 1470-8914
Newman, Saul. 2004. ‘Terror, Sovereignty and Law: On the Politics of Violence.’. German Law Journal, 5(5), pp. 569-584.
Newman, Saul. 2003. ‘Empiricism, Pluralism and Politics in Stirner and Deleuze’. Idealistic Studies, 33(1), pp. 9-24. ISSN 0046-8541
Newman, Saul. 2003. Stirner and Foucault: Towards a Post-Kantian Freedom. Postmodern Culture, 13(2),
Newman, Saul. 2002. Politics of the Ego: Stirner’s Critique of Liberalism. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 5(3), pp. 1-26. ISSN 1369-8230
Newman, Saul. 2002. Spectres of the Uncanny: the ‘return of the repressed. Telos, 124, pp. 115-130.
Newman, Saul. 2001. 'For Collective Social Action: Towards a Postmodern Theory of Collective Identity'. Philosophy and Social Action, 27(1),
Newman, Saul. 2001. Spectres of Stirner: a Contemporary Critique of Ideology. Journal of Political Ideologies, 6(3), pp. 309-330. ISSN 1356-9317
Newman, Saul. 2001. ‘War on the State: Deleuze and Stirner’s Anarchism’. Anarchist Studies, 9(2), ISSN 0967-3393
Newman, Saul. 2000. ‘Universalism/Particularism: Towards a Poststructuralist Politics of Universality’. New Formations, 41, ISSN 0950-2378