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 Turner is the co-editor, with Undine Sellbach and Ron Broglio, of The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), the editor of The Animal Question in Deconstruction[EUP, 2013], co-author, with Astrid Schmetterling, of Visual Cultures As... Recollection [Sternberg, 2013] and co-editor, with Lindsay Kelley, of a special issue of parallax called 'bon appetit,' .
- PhD Cultural Studies (University of Leeds) 2002
- MA Cultural Studies (University of Leeds) 1995
- BA (Hons.) Fine Art (Newcastle Polytechnic - now the University of Northumbria) 1990
Dr Lynn Turner lead the BA in History of Art from 2005 – 2010, developed the public profile of the department from 2010 to 2013, and lead the MA in Contemporary Art Theory from 2013 to 2016. In 2016 she took up the key departmental role of Chair of Research and Development.
She currently teaches an MA Special Subject called 'Sex, Gender, Species' as well as sometimes contributing to the MA Core Course and delivering occasional seminars to our PhD community. She team-teaches the first year module 'Seeing and Showing', and leads the final year undergraduate modules on ‘Sexual Poetics’ and ‘Animalities’.
Areas of supervision
Being part of the department’s research clusters on ‘Environmental Humanities and Ecologies,’ ‘Sexes, Genders, Genres,’ and ‘Philosophy, Critical and Visual Theory,’ ‘Sexes, Genders, Genres,’ and ‘Philosophy, Critical and Visual Theory,’ Dr. Lynn Turner currently supervises doctoral theses on: the Horror of Voice; the Natural History Museum and Indigenous Cosmologies [CHASE funded]; Liminality and Liquidity. She has supervised to completion theses on:
Autobiography, Art-writing and Erotic Responsiveness; Gender, Hospitality and Edible Art; Alterity and Animality in contemporary South African art; Taxidermy in contemporary art; The Audiovisual Adventures of the Political Name; Autoimmunity and Science Fiction (AHRC-funded).
She welcomes proposals for research on animal and sexual differences; deconstruction; feminism; contemporary visual culture; aural culture particularly the voice/speech relation, and science fiction.
She has examined PhD theses at Goldsmiths, Westminster, the Courtauld, UCL, and Linkoping (Sweden).
Co-director, with Nicole Anderson (Macquarie University, Sydney), of the 5th Derrida Today conference, held at Goldsmiths, 8-11 June 2016.
- Co-edited book (with Undine Sellbach and Ron Broglio), The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018. ISBN: 1474418414
- Book chapter: ‘Telefoam: species on the shores of Cixous and Derrida’ in European Posthumanism, Ivan Callus, Stefan Herbrechter, & Manuela Rossini, eds. London and New York: Routledge, 2016 (reprinted from the European Journal of English Studies for the Routledge Special Issues as Books programme). ISBN: 113867584.
- Book chapter: ‘Animal Melancholia: on the scent of Dean Spanley’ in Animal Life & the Moving Image, Laura McMahon & Michael Lawrence, eds. Palgrave/BFI Publishing, 2015, pp.134- ISBN: 1844578992
- Book chapter: ‘Critical Companions: Derrida, Haraway & Other Animals’ in Introducing Criticism in the 21st Century, 2nd Edition, Julian Wolfreys, ed. Edinburgh University Press, 2015, pp. 63-80. ISBN:9780748615759
- Edited book, The Animal Question in Deconstruction, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013. ISBN: 0748683135
- Co-authored book (with Astrid Schmetterling): Visual Cultures As…Recollection, Berlin: Sternberg, 2013. ISBN: 978-3-943365-40-5
Lynn blogs her guerrilla gardening projects.
Turner, Lynn. 2019. Exposing Deconstructions: Animal and Sexual Differences. Bloomsbury.
Turner, Lynn; Broglio, Ronald and Sellbach, Undine. 2018. Introducing The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies. In: , ed. The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies. (592) Edinburgh, Scotland.: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 1-12. ISBN 1474418414
Turner, Lynn. 2016. Telefoam: species on the shores of Cixous and Derrida. In: Stefan Herbrechter; Ivan Callus and Manuela Rossini, eds. European Posthumanisms. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 9781138675780
Turner, Lynn. 2015. Fort Spa: In at the Deep End with Derrida and Ferenczi. In: Simon Morgan Wortham and Chiara Alfano, eds. Desire in Ashes: Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, Philosophy. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 1472529138
Turner, Lynn. 2015. ‘Animal Melancholia: on the scent of Dean Spanley’. In: Michael Lawrence and Laura McMahon, eds. Animal Life and the Moving Image. London: Bloomsbury/British Film Institute. ISBN 9781844578993
Turner, Lynn. 2015. Critical Companions: Derrida, Haraway & Other Animals. In: Julian Wolfreys, ed. Introducing Criticism in the 21st Century, 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748695294
Turner, Lynn. 2009. The course of a general displacement, or, The course of the choreographer. In: Martin McQuillan and Ika Willis, eds. The Origins of Deconstruction. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 50-66. ISBN 9780230581906
Turner, Lynn. 2009. Seeks-Zoos: some recent correspondence between animals. In: Johnny Golding, ed. The Issues in Contemporary Culture & Aesthetics. 2-3 University of Greenwich, pp. 10-21.
Turner, Lynn. 2005. Des Jeunes Nées : for a confusion of the tongue, the lip, and the rim. In: Johnny Golding, ed. The Issues: In Contemporary Culture and Aesthetics. (1) Nerve Ltd, pp. 171-178. ISBN 0955003709
Turner, Lynn. 2016. Interviewee: Lynn Turner. Interviewer: Ron Broglio. Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture(38), pp. 30-36. ISSN 1756-9575
Turner, Lynn. 2014. Telefoam: species on the shores of Derrida and Cixous. European Journal of English Studies, 18(2), pp. 158-171. ISSN 1382-5577
Turner, Lynn. 2013. Animal & Sexual Differences: Kelly Oliver’s Continental Bestiary. Body & Society, 19(4), pp. 1-14.
Turner, Lynn. 2013. Tympan Alley: Posthumanist Performatives in Dancer in the Dark. Derrida Today, 6(2), pp. 222-239. ISSN 1754-8500
Turner, Lynn. 2013. Hors d’oeuvre: some footnotes to the Spurs of Dorothy Cross. Parallax, 19(1), pp. 3-11. ISSN 1353-4645
Turner, Lynn. 2012. Unhoming Pigeons: The Postal Principle in Lynn Hershman Leeson and Hussein Chalayan. Derrida Today, 5(1), pp. 92-110. ISSN 1754-8500
Turner, Lynn. 2011. Animal transference: a "mole-like progression" in C. J. Cherryh. Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature, 44(3), pp. 163-175.
Turner, Lynn. 2010. When Species Kiss: some recent correspondence between animots. Humanimalia – a journal of human/animal interface studies, 2(1), pp. 60-85. ISSN 2151-8645
Turner, Lynn. 2008. ‘stop looking for some single defining difference’: the ongoing Arkhe of Donna Haraway’. Parallax, 14(3), pp. 142-145. ISSN 1353-4645
Turner, Lynn. 2007. Differential Vibrations: On Things that Go Buzz in the Night: For K.K, the girl next door. The Journal of Visual Culture, 6(3), pp. 437-439.
Turner, Lynn. 1997. ‘Documentary Friction: Visual & Vocal Strategies in Surname Viet: Given Name Nam’. Parallax, 1(3), pp. 81-93. ISSN 1353-4645
Conference or Workshop Item
Turner, Lynn. 2019. 'Raising Animals: two powers of horror between the cellar and the kennel'. In: Gender Studies meets Human-Animal Studies lecture series. Humboldt, Germany 16 April - 9 July 2019.
Turner, Lynn. 2019. 'Raising animals: the becoming-time of space between cellar and kennel'. In: SpaceTime, Society of Literature, Science and the Arts (EU). Athens, Greece 25-28 June 2019.
Turner, Lynn. 2018. 'In lieu of conclusion: the bloodless coups of White God'. In: Derrida Today 6. Concordia University, Canada 23-26 May 2018.
Turner, Lynn. 2017. '‘Give them some more time’: the ends of sacrifice in White God'. In: Out of Time, SLSA annual conference. Arizona State University, United States 9-12 November 2017.
Turner, Lynn. 2017. 'Sacrifice and Decision: cinematic carnophallogocentrism'. In: The Political Animal. The Showroom, London, United Kingdom 2 Sept 2017.
Turner, Lynn. 2017. 'The Oestrus Complex: soliciting the sexual contract of whale song'. In: Animal Utterances. University of Bristol, United Kingdom 25-26 May 2016.
Turner, Lynn. 2015. 'Fort Spa: Biopoetics in Elizabeth A. Wilson, Sandor Ferenczi & Jacques Derrida'. In: 'After Biopolitics' Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, SLSA. Rice University, United States.
Turner, Lynn. 2013. 'Insect Asides (Deconstruction is/in Performance Philosophy)'. In: What is Performance Philosophy?. University of Surrey, United Kingdom.
Turner, Lynn. 2012. 'Secrets and Lies: eating in the darkness in China Mieville's Embassytown'. In: Cosmopolitan Animals. UCL, United Kingdom.
Turner, Lynn. 2010. 'Homing pigeon: the postal principle and Lynn Hershmann's 'Conceiving Ada''. In: Derrida Today. London, United Kingdom 19-21 July 2010.