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Steven G. Ogden

Steven G Ogden is Research Fellow Charles Sturt University. He is a political theologian interested in the work of Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, and Mark C Taylor. He has addressed the issues of power, violence, and entitlement. He published The Church, Authority, and Foucault (Routledge, 2017) examining the use of power in the church, through […]

Eben Kirksey

Eben Kirksey attended the University of Oxford as a British Marshall Scholar and earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Duke University Press has published his first two books—Freedom in Entangled Worlds (2012) and Emergent Ecologies (2015)—as well as one edited collection: The Multispecies Salon (2014). In academic circles, Prof. Kirksey is perhaps best known for his […]

Maria Giannacopoulos

Senior Lecturer in sociolegal studies at Flinders University where she teaches decolonising approaches to law and criminology with an emphasis on crimes against populations.  She holds undergraduate Honours degrees in Literature and Law and has a PhD in Cultural Theory supervised by Professor Joseph Pugliese.  She has published on questions of sovereignty and refugee and […]

Vicki Kirby

Vicki Kirby is Emeritus Professor of Social Sciences, The University of New South Wales, and Visiting Professorial Fellow, Institute of Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her research explores the nature/culture division because so many political and ethical decisions are configured in terms of this opposition. She brings a Derridean approach to the […]


Carlos Palacios

He just completed his PhD in sociology under the supervision of Mitchell Dean at Macquarie University. His most recent paper is an extended analysis of the two disconnected lectures found at the end of The Birth of Biopolitics elucidating the link between the strategic constructivism of neoliberal theory and the Enlightenment conception of civil society. It will […]


Robin Rodd

He teaches anthropology at James Cook University. His research interests span citizenship, democracy, drug use, and critical theory. He is particularly interested in making bridges between political theory and anthropology to understand how democracy can dissolve into authoritarianism, and in examining how memory is produced and experienced to create specific possibilities for political action. Rodd is currently […]

Daniel McLoughlin

Phone: +61 2 9385 7621

Senior Lecturer in the Law School at the University of New South Wales. He Daniel is a legal theorist working in the critical and continental traditions of thought. He has published on questions of sovereignty, political ontology, biopolitics and governmentality, with a particular emphasis on the work of Giorgio Agamben and Carl Schmitt. This work […]


Joseph Pugliese

Research Director of the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He has published widely on biopolitics, state violence, refugee and asylum seeker studies, race, ethnicity and whiteness, cultural studies of law, and bodies and technologies. Selected publications include Biometrics: Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics (Routledge, 2010) which was short-listed for the […]


Ben Golder

Dr Ben Golder teaches courses on law and social theory, on public law, and on the politics of human rights, in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. He holds undergraduate law and English literature degrees from UNSW and a doctorate in legal theory from the University of London. He works […]


Marc De Leeuw

Phone: +61 2 9385 9531

Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He previously lectured philosophy at Macquirie university and was a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale university. He is the author of Homo Capax. Paul Ricoeur’s Renewal of Philosophical Anthropology (forthcoming), and is currently working on a […]


Dimitris Vardoulakis

Dimitris Vardoulakis was the inaugural chair of Philosophy at Western Sydney University. He is the author of The Doppelgänger: Literature’s Philosophy (2010), Sovereignty and its Other: Toward the Dejustification of Violence (2013), Freedom from the Free Will: On Kafka’s Laughter (2016), Stasis Before the State: Nine Theses on Agonistic Democracy (2018), and Spinoza, the Epicurean: Authority and Utility in Materialism (2020). He is the director of […]


Melinda Cooper

Phone: +61 2 9351 2361

Melinda Cooper is an ARC Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Life as Surplus: Biotechnology and Capitalism in the Neoliberal Era (Washington University Press, 2008) and coauthor, with Catherine Waldby, of Clinical Labor: Human Research Subjects and Tissue Donors […]


Jessica Whyte

 Senior lecturer in cultural and social analysis at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. She has published widely on contemporary continental philosophy (Agamben, Foucault, Ranciere), theories of sovereignty and biopolitics, critical legal theory and human rights . Her book “Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben” was published by SUNY in 2013.


Nicholas Heron

Recently completed his PhD in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. He is the editor, together with Justin Clemens and Alex Murray, of The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life (Edinburgh, 2008), and the author of several articles and translations that have appeared in journals such as Angelaki and Theory and Event. He is […]


Melanie White

Melanie’s current research concerns the place of the animal in the constitution of the discipline of sociology in 19C France. She has particular interest in the social theory of Emile Durkheim, Gabriel Tarde, Henri Bergson, Michel Foucault and Georges Canguilhem.  She is interested in exploring the shifting relations between habits & creativity, notions of error […]


Justin Clemens

Phone: +61 3 8344 5502

Justin Clemens is Associate Professor in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne. He works on issues at the intersection of biopolitics and psychoanalysis. His recent work examines the question of torture in democracy, the relationship between language and slavery, as well as key concepts such as state of exception and testimony. His books […]


Pablo Leighton

Pablo Leighton holds a PhD in Latino American studies from Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and in Media and cultural studies from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He also has a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from Massachusetts College of Art (Boston, USA), and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Universidad Católica de Chile. […]


Paul Patton

Paul Patton is Hongyi Chair Professor of Philosophy at Wuhan University, Professor of Philosophy in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences  at Flinders University, and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at The University of New South Wales. He holds a Doctorat d’Université from The University of Paris VIII and an MA from The University […]

Gavin Smith

Gavin JD Smith (@gavin_jd_smith) is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the Australian National University. His current research explores the social impacts of – and implications attendant on – the rise and use of facial recognition systems in public space. He is specifically interested in the biopolitics of recognition, where the face becomes akin to a […]

Brett Neilson

Brett Neilson is Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. With Sandro Mezzadra, he is the author of Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor (Duke University Press, 2013) and of The Politics of Operations. Excavating Contemporary Capitalism (Duke University Press, 2019). He has coordinated four large transnational projects for the Australian Research Council: Transit Labour: Circuits, […]


Catherine Mills

Associate Professor Catherine Mills is an ARC Future Fellow in the Centre for Human Bioethics at Monash University. She is the author of two books, Futures of Reproduction: Bioethics and Biopolitics (Springer, 2011) and The Philosophy of Agamben (Acumen, 2008). Her current research focuses on issues in biopolitics and bioethics, especially pertaining to human reproduction. She is currently completing a […]


Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly is an Adjunct Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Western Sydney. He was previously Lecturer in Philosophy at Middlesex University. He is the author of The Political Philosophy of Michel Foucault (Routledge, 2009) and Foucault’s History of Sexuality Volume 1 (Edinburgh University Press, 2013).


Mathew Abbott

Mathew Abbott is Lecturer in Philosophy at Federation University Australia. His first monograph – The Figure of This World: Agamben and the Question of Political Ontology – was recently published by Edinburgh University Press. The work defends and develops Agamben’s philosophy as post-Heideggerian political ontology. As well as modern European philosophy, Mathew’s wider research interests include aesthetics, […]


Vanessa Lemm

Phone: +61 (2) 93859442

PhD in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research, USA (2002), Master in Philosophy from King’s College University of London, England (1993), Postgraduate degree in Philosophy (Diplome d’Etudes Approfondis) (1994), Bachelor in Philosophy (Licence) (1992) and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy (D.E.U.G) (1992) from Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. She is professor in […]