Dr Jean-Paul Martinon

Staff details

Dr Jean-Paul Martinon


Reader in Visual Cultures


Visual Cultures


j.martinon (@gold.ac.uk)

Jean-Paul explores questions of time and museology in intercultural philosophies.

Jean-Paul Martinon is a writer based in London. He writes in an attempt to make sense of time: its staging in museums, its advent, its gender, its neglect, and the way it is used and abused to structure human life. His research focuses primarily on contemporary continental philosophy with a particular interest in the work of Spinoza, Levinas, Nancy, Chalier, Kagame, Mudimbe, and Meillassoux.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD University of Reading 2001

Teaching and supervision

His teaching covers a number of topics such as time and history, art and ethics, curating and the curatorial, as well as African thought. He co-founded the PhD Curatorial / Knowledge Programme. He welcomes proposals for research on any aspect of contemporary culture with a preference for proposals that articulates their project through continental philosophy.

  • VC53134B: The Time Between Us
  • VC71120A: MA Core Course C - Every Now & Then: Time & History

Research interests

Jean-Paul has written monographs on a Victorian workhouse (Swelling Grounds, Rear Window, 1995), the idea of the future in the work of Derrida, Malabou and Nancy (On Futurity, Palgrave, 2007), the temporal dimension of masculinity (The End of Man, Punctum, 2013), the concept of peace after the Rwandan genocide (After “Rwanda,” Rodopi, 2013), and how curating can be a form of ethics (Curating as Ethics, Minnesota, 2021). He is also the editor of The Curatorial: A Philosophy of Curating (Bloomsbury, 2014). He is currently working on two book projects: one on Pyrrho exploring an alternative to time as measurement (Time as Air or Pyrrho's Turbulent Reality, forthcoming) and one on Spinoza exploring the task of emending both mind and body (Spinoza: Journal of an Emendation, forthcoming).

Publications and research outputs


Martinon, Jean-Paul and Madani, Adnan. 2024. Visual Cultures as World-Forming. Berlin: Sternberg Press. ISBN 9783956795374

Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2024. Spinoza: Journal of an Emendation.

Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2023. Pyrrho and Meillassoux on Time. Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited Book

Martinon, Jean-Paul, ed. 2013. The Curatorial: A Philosophy of Curating. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781472525604

Edited Journal

Martinon, Jean-Paul, ed. 2021. Curating Ethics, Philosophies, . 2409-9287

Book Section

Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2021. Alexis Kagame. In: Eugene O’Brien, ed. Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2020. Afterword: Respect for Derrida in/and Africa. In: Grant Farred, ed. Derrida and Africa: Jacques Derrida as a Figure for African Thought. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, pp. 85-93. ISBN 9781498581899

Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2015. Im-mundus or Nancy’s Globalising-World-Formation. In: Sanja Dejanovic, ed. Nancy and the Political. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 219-244. ISBN 9780748683185


Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2023. The Museum's Fourth Future. Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture, 7(1), pp. 103-124. ISSN 2544-302X

Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2021. Curators Serving the Public Good. Philosophies, 6, 28. ISSN 2409-9287

Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2019. Race and Universality: Meillassoux Meets Eze and Wiredu. Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, 30, pp. 49-71. ISSN 1367-3769

Conference or Workshop Item

Andrews, Jorella G. and Martinon, Jean-Paul. 2018. 'A Fearless Look at the Unspeakable: Visual Cultures Public Programme Sping Term 2018'. In: Visual Cultures Public Programme. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom Jan-Feb 2018.