54321… Radical Philosophy Conference 2015

Fahim Amir
Experimental Design, Kunstuniversität Linz

Claudia Aradau
Radical Philosophy & King’s College London
is Reader in International Politics in the Department of War Studies, King's College London. Her research has developed a critical political analysis of security practices. She is the author of Rethinking Trafficking in Women: Politics out of security (2008) and co-author, with Rens van Munster, of Politics of Catastrophe: Genealogies of the unknown (2011). Her current work pursues a critical exploration of security and non-knowledge, with a particular focus on the epistemic politics of governing the future.

David Blacker
Philosophy of Education, University of Delaware
is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Director of Legal Studies at the University of Delaware (USA). He has degrees in philosophy and education policy from the University of Illinois.

Christa Blümlinger
Film Studies, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis
is professor of film studies at the University Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis (UFR Arts, Philosophie, Esthétique). Previously, she has been teaching at the Free University Berlin and at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle; in 2013 she was Research Fellow at the IKKM Weimar. Her activities include curating and criticism, in Vienna, Berlin and Paris (she as member of the boards of Forum Expanded Berlin and of sixpackfilm Vienna). Her publications include books on essay film, avant-garde film and media art, theatres of memory and landscape; she also edited writings of Serge Daney and Harun Farocki. Her book Kino aus zweiter Hand. Formen materieller Aneignung im Film und in der Medienkunst (Vorwerk 8, 2009) was published 2013 in French (Editions Klincksieck); her latest publication is « Attrait de l’archive », Cinémas, vol. 24, no 2-3, 2014 (guest editor).

Victoria Browne
Radical Philosophy & Oxford Brookes University
is a Lecturer in Politics at Oxford Brookes University and a member of the Radical Philosophy editorial collective. Her main research interests are in feminist philosophy, and the philosophy of history and temporality. Her book Feminism, Time and Nonlinear History is out now with Palgrave Macmillan.

Gregoire Chamayou
Philosophy, CNRS, École normale supérieure de Lyon
is a research scholar in philosophy at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. He is the author of A Theory of the Drone (forthcoming from The New Press) and Manhunts: A Philosophical History. He lives in Paris.

Matthew Charles
Radical Philosophy & English, Westminster University, London
is a lecturer in English Literature and Cultural Theory, having recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship speculating on the shifting ideological connection between culture and education and its implications for the future of the humanities. He is a member of the editorial collective of the journal Radical Philosophy, co-author of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on Walter Benjamin, and is currently co-editing a special issue of the journal boundary 2 on ‘Walter Benjamin, Pedagogy and the Politics of Youth’.

‘Claire Fontaine’
Collective artist, Paris
is a collective artist based in Paris. After lifting her name from a popular brand of school notebooks, Claire Fontaine declared herself a “readymade artist” and began to elaborate a version of neo-conceptual art that often looks like other people’s work. Working in neon, video, sculpture, painting and text, her practice can be described as an ongoing interrogation of the political impotence and the crisis of singularity that seem to define contemporary society today. A monograph about the artist has been published in 2012 by Walther König entitled Foreigners Everywhere with texts by Bernard Blistène, Nicolas Liucci-Goutnikov, John Kelsey, Hal Foster. She has published with Mute an anthology of her texts entitled Human strike has already begun and other texts (2012), with One Star Press Some instructions for the sharing of private property (2011) and with Dilecta Vivre, vaincre (2009).

Selected solo shows : Tears, Jewish Museum, New York US [2013],1493, Espacio 1414, San Juan, Puerto Rico US [2013], Sell Your Debt, Queen’s Nails, San Francisco US [2013], Redemptions, CCA Wattis, San Francisco US [2013] Carelessness causes fire, Audian Gallery, Vancouver CA [2012], Breakfast starts at midnight, Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation Stockholm SE [2012], M-A-C-C-H-I-N-A-Z-I-O-N-I, Museion, Bolzano IT [2012] P.IG.S., MUSAC, Castilla y León ES [2011], Economies, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami US [2010], After Marx April, After Mao June, Aspen Art Museum, Colarado US [2009]

David Cunningham
Radical Philosophy & English, Westminster University, London
is Deputy Director of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at the University of Westminster in London and a member of the editorial collective of Radical Philosophy. He has published widely on critical theory, modernism and capitalist cultures. Recent publications include articles in Radical Philosophy on novelistic realism, capitalist epics and contemporary television.

Antke Engel
Institut für Queer Theory, Berlin
is director of the Institute for Queer Theory in Berlin; a site where academic debate meets up with activism and artistic practices ( She holds a PhD in philosophy and works as an independent scholar in the fields of queer theory, poststructuralist philosophy, and visual cultural studies. She has published numerous essays, the monographs: Wider die Eindeutigkeit (2002) and Bilder von Sexualität und Ökonomie (2009), and co-edited Hegemony and Heteronormativity (Ashgate 2011).

Frank Engster
Author, Berlin
wrote his PhD thesis on the subject of time, money and measure and was subsequently a junior fellow at the Post-Wachstumskolleg (Degrow-College) in Jena. He works for several political institutions and foundations and is active in numerous political groups. His areas of interest lie in the different readings of Marx’ critique of the political economy, the logic and history of money, and the connection between money, measurement, time and (natural) science.

Arianna Ferrari
Innovation Research, ITAS, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
wrote a Phd in double cooperation between the university of Tübingen (Germany) and Torino (Italy) on the ethical and epistemic aspects of genetic engineering of animals in biomedical research. She is Head of research area Innovation processes and impacts of technology at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. She has published on various journals and book on the human-animal relationships in scientific and technological development. In Spring 2013 she organized the 3rd European Conference of critical Animal Studies on “technoscientific developments and Critical Animal Studies”. She coedited the first Handbook on human-animal relationships in German, which will be published in Spring by Transcript.
Her research interests include: human-animal studies, Ethics and politics of emerging technologies, philosophy of technology, philosophy of life sciences

Peter Hallward
Radical Philosophy & Philosophy, Kingston University London
teaches at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University London (UK). He has written books on the French philosophers Alain Badiou and Gilles Deleuze, on postcolonial literature, and on contemporary Haitian politics. He is currently working on a book entitled The Will of the People (forthcoming from Verso), alongside brief studies of Rousseau, Blanqui and Marx.

Gertrud Koch
Cinema Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
is professor of film at the department of theatre studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She studied German philology, philosophy, sociology and pedagogy in Frankfurt/Main and has worked as a music, theatre and film critic for German and international press. Koch has been an associate at several research facilities, including the „Körper-Inszenierungen“ postgraduate program at the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 2003 he is the head of the project „The meaning of Illusion in filmaethetics“ at the Collaborative Research Centre 626 „Ästhetische Erfahrung im Zeichen der Entgrenzung der Künste“, of which she is also the spokeswoman. Since 2006 she is a part of the postgraduate program „InterArt“ at the Freie Universität Berlin and is also a member of the excellence cluster „Language of Emotion“.

Esther Leslie
Radical Philosophy & Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London
is Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. Her first book was Walter Benjamin: Overpowering Conformism (Pluto, 2000). She has also written a biography of Benjamin (Reaktion, 2008). Other books include Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory, and the Avant Garde (Verso, 2002) ; Synthetic Worlds: Nature, Art,and the Chemical Industry (Reaktion, 2005) and Derelicts: Thought Worms from the Wreckage, (Unkant, 2014). She runs a website together with Ben Watson:

Stewart Martin
Radical Philosophy & Visual Culture, Middlesex University, London
is Reader in Philosophy and Fine Art at Middlesex University and a member of the Radical Philosophy editorial collective. His publications include: 'The Absolute Artwork Meets The Absolute Commodity' (Radical Philosophy, 2007); 'Artistic Communism – A Sketch' (Third Text, 2009); 'Short Treatise on Art' (Aesthetics and Contemporary Art, 2011); 'Karl Marx' (Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 2nd Ed., 2014)

Peter Osborne
Radical Philosophy & Philosophy, Kingston University London
is Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University London, and a longtime editor of Radical Philosophy. His books include The Politics of Time: Modernity and Avant-Garde (1995; 2011), Philosophy in Cultural Theory (2000), Conceptual Art (2002), Marx (2005), El arte más allá de la estética: Ensayos filosóficos sobre el arte contemporáneo (CENDEAC, Murcia, 2010) and Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art, Verso, 2013.

Silvia Posocco
Psychological Studies, Birkbeck, University of London
is the author of Secrecy and Insurgency: Socialities and Knowledge Practices in Guatemala (Alabama University Press, 2014) and and co-editor, with Jin Haritaworn and Adi Kuntsman, of Queer Necropolitics (Routledge 2014) and ‘Murderous Inclusions’ (2013), a special issue of the International Feminist Journal of Politics. Posocco is based in the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London.

Nina Power
Philosophy, Roehampton University, London
Nina Power is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Roehampton and Tutor in Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art. She has written widely on European philosophy and politics.

Rahul Rao
Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London
has research interests in international relations theory, the international relations of South Asia, comparative political thought, and gender and sexuality. He is currently working on a book on queer postcolonial temporality. His first book Third World Protest: Between Home and the World (Oxford University Press, 2010) explored the relationship between cosmopolitanism and nationalism in postcolonial protest. He was previously a Term Fellow in Politics at University College, Oxford. He has a law degree from the National Law School of India University, and read for a doctorate in international relations at Balliol College, Oxford.

Frank Ruda
Philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin
is Interim-Professor for Philosophy of Audiovisual Media at the Bauhaus-University, Weimar. He is the author of „Hegel’s Rabble. An Investigation into Hegel’s Philosophy of Right“ (2011, Continuum), „For Badiou. Idealism without Idealism“ (2015 forthcoming, Northwestern University Press) and of „Abolishing Freedom: A Plea for A Contemporary Use of Fatalism“ (2015 forthcoming, Nebraska University Press).

Nora Sternfeld
Art, Aalto University, Helsinki
is an educator and curator. She is professor for curating and mediating art at the Aalto University in Helsinki ( and co-director of /ecm — educating/curating/managing — Master Program in exhibition theory and practice at the University of Applied Arts Vienna ( She is co-founder and part of trafo. K, Office for Art Education and Critical Knowledge Production based in Vienna (w/Ines Garnitschnig, Renate Höllwart and Elke Smodics) (www. She publishes on contemporary art, exhibition theory, radical education, politics of history and anti-racism.

Hito Steyerl
Artist, Berlin

Chris Wilbert
Radical Philosophy & Geography, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
is a lecturer in Geography & Tourism at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England. He is co-editor of a number of books and journal special issues: including Animal Spaces, beastly place: new geographies of human-animal relations (with Chris Philo, 2000, Routledge; Killing animals (with the Animal Studies Group, 2004, Univ. Illinois Press); Technonatures (Special issue of Science as Culture with Damian White, 2007); Autonomy Solidarity Possibility: The Colin Ward reader (with Damian White, 2010, AK Press). He is a member of the Radical Philosophy editorial colleactive. Current research is on wildlife tourism, and landscapes of pleasure.

Burkhardt Wolf
Cultural Sciences, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
(born in 1969) has worked as postdoc and assistant professor at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, the University of Paderborn and at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin. Since 2012, he is associate professor at the HU Berlin, in 2014 he was Max-Kade-Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and in 2015 he will be Research Fellow at the University of Konstanz. His main research topics include the history of sovereignty and governmentality, the poetics of violence and religion, and the cultural and literary history of the sea.