AboutI’m a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, at the University of Brighton, and an Associate Lecturer at the Open University. Since completing my PhD in 2022, I have been preparing my thesis, “Dispossessive Citizenship: Property and Personhood in Speculative Narrative,” for publication as a monograph, and developing ideas for a postdoc project.
My research seeks to desediment the thresholds of fiction and reality, the maintenance of which, I argue, forms an epistemic condition for the colonisation of subjectivity. Following the trajectories of Sylvia Wynter and Jacques Derrida, among others, I examine the ways that philosophical, literary, and constitutional discourses have sought to control the fictionality of narrative, thereby to define the parameters of truth and possibility, and to set the boundaries of the human. In their attempts to reify the fiction/reality binary, which I call the “epistemic threshold,” these narrative traditions have generated the racialised, gendered, heteronormative, and neuronormative ontologies that activists and critics now work to denaturalise and displace. I aim to contribute to this effort by showing that the epistemic threshold is an unmasterably unstable and speculatively overdetermined site that can only support contingent foundations (of the kind theorised by Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau, and Chantal Mouffe), not the transcendental ground required for the putatively timeless and universal ontologies of liberal humanism.
EducationPhD Humanities, University of Brighton, 2022
MA Philosophy, University of Sussex, 2005
BA (Joint Hons) English Literature and Philosophy, Cardiff University, 2003
Work Shared in CORE
Other PublicationsJournal Articles
Relationalities of Refusal: Neuroqueer Disidentification and Post- Normative Approaches to Narrative Recognition
South Atlantic Review
, 87(3) (September 2022).
Every Day We Must Get Up and Relearn the World: An Interview with Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
, 2 (December 2021). Co-authors: Hannah Voegele, Robyn Maynard, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.
Immunising Birthsex: Ontology’s Place in the Pandemic
, 13(2) (November 2020).
Online Articles and Opinion Pieces
Recognition Against Liberation: On the UK’s Unreformed Gender Recognition Act
(October 2020). Available here
Covid Disobedience and the Autoimmune Self-Destruction of Liberal Individualism
(April 2020). Available here
Upcoming Talks and Conferences
On Relationalities: Politics, Narrative, Sociality
Wednesday 5 April 2023
University of Brighton (in person and online)
Keynote: Leticia Sabsay
Call for papers available here