About

I’m an early career researcher in the process of applying for postdoctoral funding for a project on decolonial narratives. A monograph based on my thesis, “Dispossessive Citizenship: Property and Personhood in Speculative Narrative,” is in preparation. I also teach at The Open University, and am available for hourly-paid teaching work.

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.

Education

PhD Humanities, University of Brighton, 2022

MA Philosophy, University of Sussex, 2005

BA (Joint Hons) English Literature and Philosophy, Cardiff University, 2003

Other Publications

Journal 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
Interfere, 2 (December 2021). Co-authors: Hannah Voegele, Robyn Maynard, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.

Immunising Birthsex: Ontology’s Place in the Pandemic
Derrida Today, 13(2) (November 2020).

 

Online Articles and Opinion Pieces

Recognition Against Liberation: On the UK’s Unreformed Gender Recognition Act
Interfere Blog (October 2020). Available here.

Covid Disobedience and the Autoimmune Self-Destruction of Liberal Individualism
Discover Society (April 2020). Available here.

Blog Posts

    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.

     

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