Past Speakers

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Dr. Bonnie Honig

Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of MCM and Political Science, Brown University

September 19, 2022

Bonnie Honig is Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media (MCM) and Political Science at Brown University. Currently an affiliate of the Digital Democracy Institute at Simon Fraser University and the American Bar Foundation, Chicago. In 2017-2018, she was Interim Director of the Pembroke Center and served as the Inaugural Carl Cranor Phi Beta Kappa Scholar.


Watch the recording of Dr. Bonnie Honig's Lecture.

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Dr. Nancy Fraser

Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor, New School for Social Research

November 10, 2021

Nancy Fraser is Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor at the New School for Social Research and a member of the editorial committee of New Left Review. Trained as a philosopher, she specializes in critical social theory and political philosophy. Her newest books are Cannibal Capitalism (forthcoming from Verso in 2022), Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto, co-authored with Cinzia Arruzza and Tithi Bhattacharya (Verso, 2019 and in 24 other languages); The Old is Dying (Verso, 2019); and Capitalism: A Conversation in Critical Theory, co-authored with Rahel Jaeggi (Polity Press 2018).


Watch the recording of Dr. Nancy Fraser's Lecture.

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Dr. Lisa Guenther

National Scholar in Political Philosophy and Critical Prison Studies, Queen's University

November 7, 2019

Dr. Lisa Guenther, Queen's University's  National Scholar in Political Philosophy and Critical Prison Studies will deliver the annual Elaine Stavro Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Theory, Politics & Gender Studies. She is the author of Solitary Confinement: Social Death and its Afterlives (2013) and The Gift of the Other: Levinas and the Politics of Reproduction (2007), and co-editor of Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration (2015) with Geoffrey Adelsberg and Scott Zeman. Her interests include Political Philosophy, Critical Prison Studies, Continental Philosophy, Feminism, Philosophy of Race.

Dr.Diana Coole lecture on Dirt A New Materialist Approach


Dr. Diana Coole

Professor, Political and Social Theory, Birkbeck University of London

November 17, 2016 

Dr. Diana Coole is professor of Political and Social Theory, Birkbeck University of London. Her research interests include modern and contemporary political and social theory. Her work has focused primarily on the critical theory of the early Frankfurt School and its influences (Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Weber), existential phenomenology (Merleau- Ponty in particular), poststructuralism (especially Foucault) and feminism. Professor Coole is the author of several articles and books including, Women in Political Theory: From Ancient Misogyny to Contemporary Feminism, Second Edition; Negativity and Politics: Dionysus and Dialectics from Kant to Poststructuralism; Merleau-Ponty and Modern Politics after Anti-Humanism; The New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency and Politics, edited with S. Frost. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto. 

Dr. Dimberly Hutchings lecture on Justification of violence & non-violence



Professor, Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University

November 24, 2015 

Dr. Hutchings is professor of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. Her research interests are in ethical and political theory and philosophy, including international and feminist theory, the political theory of violence and Hegelian thought. She is the author of Kant, Critique and Politics; International Political Theory; Hegel and Feminist Philosophy; Time and World Politics; and Global Ethics.

Dr. Lauren Berlant lecture on Humorlessness Politics


dr. lauren berlant

Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago

October 14, 2014 

Dr. Berlant will address humorlessness as ontology, performance, and affect; as threat and as aspiration. The focus of the archive is political, and asks how the encounter with humorlessness structures the political scene and encounter. Its cases range from the League of Revolutionary Black Workers’ documentary, Finally Got the News (1970) to the contemporary political art of Steve McQueen, William Pope.L, and Claire Pentecost. The talk is, and is not, humorless.

Prof Jacques Ranciere lecture on The politics of fiction


dr. Jacques ranciere

Professor, Philosophy, University of Paris-VIII (St. Denis)

September 30, 2013 

Jacques Rancière is emeritus professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-VIII (St. Denis). He has published widely across the humanities and social sciences. His books include The Politics of Aesthetics, On the Shores of Politics, Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy, The Nights of Labor, Staging the People,The Emancipated Spectator, and Aisthesis: Scenesfrom the Aesthetic Regime of Art.

Prof Phillippa Levine lecture on Naked Truths


Dr. Phillippa Levine

Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professor, Humanities, University of Texas at Austin, co-director of University's Program in British Studies

September 27, 2012 

Nakedness, for the Victorians, was a complex and slippery politics as well as aesthetics. This talk shows how Victorian ideas of nudity and nakedness were closely related to Britain’s experience of empire. Analysing nakedness in the worlds of science, high art, and popular culture, this talk examines enduring Victorian ideas about the link between savagery and lack of clothing. Philippa Levine is Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professor in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin and Co Director of the University’s Program in British Studies. She has published in the areas of Victorian feminism, the development of the historical profession in nineteenth-century England, and, more recently, on the British Empire.

Dr. Wendy Brown lecture on Civilizational Delusions


Dr. Wendy Brown

Professor, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

September 22, 2011 

Dr. Wendy Brown, professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, questions whether Western secular society is as religiously neutral as it claims to be by examining the proposed and enacted “burka bans” in Europe and North America.