READER EMERITA IN PHILOSOPHY
ASSOCIATE FELLOW OF THE CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN PHILOSOPHY, LITERATURE & THE ARTS
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), and on the Advisory Board of the AHRC funded Network on Motherhood in Post-1968 European Literature based at the University of London.
I was the visiting Fleishhacker Chair of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco during April 2013.
I was recently part of the research network Engendering Dialogue: Feminist Thought and Contemporary Debates in Art, Science and Education (2010-12), funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and was also a Programme Associate of the Leverhulme Funded Programme on Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament (2007 - 2011) based at Warwick University.
My research is thoroughly interdisciplinary, and includes feminist aesthetics; feminist metaphysics; natality; philosophies of embodiment; the sublime; women and 'genius' in philosophy, literature and the visual arts. I have a particular interest in the following philosophers: Beauvoir, Foucault, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Sartre. I am currently writing on the war poetry of the poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), and have a developing interest in Robot Ethics and Drone Warfare.
I welcome invitations to write articles, give papers or to participate in conferences or classes. A selection of my recent talks is listed below.
SINGLE AUTHOR BOOKS
The Sublime, Terror and Human Difference, London and New York, Routledge, 2007.
The Phenomenal Woman: Feminist Metaphysics and the Patterns of Identity, London: Polity Press; New York: Routledge, 1998. (Link to Routledge [US] site)
Translated Extracts: ‘La donna fenomenale’, trans. Franco Restaino, in Adriana Cavarero and Franco Restaino (eds), Le filosofie femministe, Torino, Paravia, 1998, 249–51.
Anthologised Extract: ‘Her Body/Her Boundaries’, Feminist Theory and The Body, eds Janet Price and Margrit Shildrick, Edinburgh University Press, 1999, 341–58.
Gender and Genius: Towards a Feminist Aesthetics London: The Women's Press, 1989 and 1994; Indiana University Press, 1990.
Translation, Seibetsu to Tensai, trans. Kazuko Koike, Tokyo, Gendai Shokan, 1992, 357 pages.
— ‘Amongst the Ghosts’, in Women, Creativity and the Arts, eds Diane Apostolos-Cappadona and Lucinda Ebersole, New York, Continuum Publishing Co, 1995, 27–41.
— ‘From Gender and Genius’ in Philosophy of Art: Readings Ancient and Modern, eds Alex Neill and Aaron Ridley, McGraw-Hill, 1995, 81–97.
— ‘From Gender and Genius’ in Aesthetics: The Big Questions, ed. Carolyn Korsmeyer, Blackwell, 1998, 305–14.
— ‘The Margins Within’ and ‘Postmodernism and the Female Author’, Art and Interpretation, ed. Eric Dayton, Peterborough,
— ‘The Clouded Mirror’, Art and Its Histories: A Reader, ed. Steve Edwards, Yale University Press in association with the Open University, 1999, 129–33.
'Going Australian: Reconfiguring Feminism and Philosophy', Special issue of Hypatia (2000) 15(2), eds Christine Battersby, Catherine Constable, Rachel Jones, Judy Purdom.
Women’s Philosophy Review (General Editor, Autumn 1996–2000). Responsible for editing and producing issues 17 (1997), 18 (1998), 19 (1998), 21 (1999), 23 (1999–2000), 24 (2000), also for publishing no 16 and Special Issues 20 (1998) & 22 (1999).
DIGITISED DPhil. THESIS
‘Hume’s Easy Philosophy: Ease and Inertia in Hume’s Newtonian Science of Man’, University of Sussex, 1978. (British Library, via Ethos Site.)
—'"By a Woman Wrought": Do We/Should We Still Care?', in Women and the Arts: Dialogues in Female Creativity, ed. Diana V. Almeida, Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang, 2013, ISBN 078-3-0343-1072-7 pb, ISBN 978-3-0351-0549-0 eBook, 15-32.
‘"Behold the Buffoon": Dada, Nietzsche’s Ecce Homo and the Sublime’, in Nigel Llewellyn and Christine Riding (eds.), The Art of the Sublime, Tate Art Research Publications, January 2013. Online republication of 2010 essay.
— 'Kierkegaard, The Phantom of the Public and the Sexual Politics of Crowds', in Kierkegaard and the Political, eds Alison Assiter and Margherita Tonon, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012, ISBN13: 978-1-4438-4061-3; ISBN 1-4438-4061-0, 27 - 44.
— 'Singularity and the Female Self: Encountering the Other', Women: A Cultural Review, 2011, vol. 22, nos 2-3, pp. 125 - 142. Special Issue on Situating the Self and on my work.
— '"Behold the Buffoon": Dada, Nietzsche's Ecce Homo and the Sublime', Tate Papers, Spring 2010, Issue 13.
— 'The Canon: Speculum of the Other Woman by Luce Irigaray', Times Higher Education, 10 September 2009.
— 'Sartre, Deleuze and the Ontology of Make-Up', Chiasmatic Encounters: Art, Ethics, Politics, eds Kuisma Korhonen, Arto Haapala, Sara Heinamaa & Kristian Klokars, Lexington Books, forthcoming 2008.
— 'Flesh Questions: Representational Strategies and the Cultures of Birth', Women: A Cultural Review, 2006/7, vol. 17, no 3, pp. 290 - 309.
— ‘The Man of Passion: Emotion, Philosophy and Sexual Difference’ in Representing Emotions: New Connections in the Histories of Art, Music and Medicine, eds Penelope Gouk & Helen Hills, Ashgate, 2005, pp. 139–53.
— ‘“In the Shadow of his Language”: May Sinclair’s Portrait of the Artist as Daughter’, New Comparison, 2002, nos 33/4, 102–20.
— ‘Terror, Terrorism and the Sublime: Rethinking the Sublime after 1789 and 2001’, Postcolonial Studies, 2003, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 67–89.
— ‘Learning to Think Intercontinentally: Finding Australian Routes’ in Christine Battersby, Catherine Constable, Rachel Jones and Judy Purdom (eds), Going Australian: Reconfiguring Feminism and Philosophy, Hypatia, 2000, 15 (2), 1–17.
— ‘Birth, Death and Metaphysics’, The Philosopher’s Magazine 1999, no 7, 49–50.
— ‘How to Radicalise Kant: Feminism, Difference and Artistic Taste’ in Aesthetic Theory, Art and Popular Culture, ed. Jostein Gripsrud, Bergen, Høyskole Forlaget, Kulturstudier 8, Nordic Academic Press, 1999, 11–32.
— ‘Situating the Aesthetic: A Feminist Defence’, Art and Interpretation, ed. Eric Dayton, Peterborough,
— 'Genius' in The Enclopedia of Aesthetics vol 3, ed. Michael Kelly, Oxford University Press, 1998.
— ‘Situating the Aesthetic: A Feminist Defence’, Thinking Art: Beyond Traditional Aesthetics, in Feminist Art Criticism: Selected Texts, ed. Ivan Strugar, Zagreb, Croatia, Centre for Women, 1998. Reprint of 1991 article.
— ‘Stages on Kant’s Way: Aesthetics, Morality and the Gendered Sublime’, Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality: The Big Questions, eds Naomi Zack, Laurie Shrage, Crispin Sartwell, Blackwell 1998, 227–44. Anthologised version of 1995 article (without appended translation).
— 'Her Blood and his Mirror: Mary Coleridge, Luce Irigaray and the female self', in Richard Eldridge (ed) Beyond Representation: Philosophy and Poetic Imagination, Cambridge University Press, 1996.
— 'Just Jamming: Irigaray, Painting & Psychoanalysis' in New Feminist Art Criticism, ed Katy Deepwell, Manchester University Press, 1995.
— ‘Stages on Kant’s Way: Aesthetics, Morality and the Gendered Sublime’ in Feminism and Tradition in Aesthetics, eds Peggy Z. Brand and Carolyn Korsmeyer, University Park, PA, The Pennsylvania University Press, 1995, 88–114.
— ‘Antinomies: The Art of Evelyn Williams’, Antinomies: Works by Evelyn Williams, The Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Catalogue Essay, 1994. (Link to Evelyn Williams)
— ‘An Enquiry concerning the Humean Woman’, in David Hume: A Critical Assessment, ed. Stanley Tweyman, Routledge, 1995, 6 vols. Anthologised 1981 article.
— ‘The Female Sublime’, Women’s Art Magazine 1995, no. 58, 8–10.
— ‘“I am not a Philosopher”: Simone de Beauvoir and the Delirium of Genius’, Women’s Philosophy Review, 1995, no 12, 36–42.
— ‘Gender and the Picturesque: Recording Ruins in the Landscape of Patriarchy’ in Public Bodies–Private States, eds Jane Brettle and Sally Rice, Manchester University Press, 1995, 78–95.
— ‘Unblocking the Oedipal: Karoline von Günderode and the Female Sublime’ in Political Gender: Texts and Contexts, eds Sally Ledger, Josephine McDonagh and Jane Spencer, New York, London, Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1995, 129–143.
— ‘Women of Substance’, Everywoman (May), 1995, 22–3.
— ‘Her Body/her Boundaries: Gender and the Metaphysics of Containment’ in The Body, ed. A. E. Benjamin, Special issue of Journal of Philosophy and the Visual Arts 1993, 4, 30–39.
— ‘A Different View’, Art and Design 7, 1992, nos 3/4, 24-31.
— ‘“Hermaphrodites of Art and Vampires of Practice”: Problems of Women in Architecture’ in Architecture/ Space/Painting, ed. A. E. Benjamin, Special issue of Journal of Philosophy and the Visual Arts 1992, 3, 26–35.
— ‘Philosophy: The Recalcitrant Discipline’, Women: A Cultural Review 1992, 3 (2), 121–32.
— ‘Roars of Lionesses’, The Higher (Times Higher Education Supplement) no. 1017 (1 May 1992), 18. Reprinted in Women in Philosophy Newsletter, no 7 (1992).
— ‘The Architect as Genius: Feminism and the Aesthetics of Exclusion’, alba: Scotland’s Magazine for the Visual Arts 1991, vol. 1, no. 3, 9–17.
— ‘Recent Work in Feminist Philosophy’, Philosophical Books 1991, 32, 193–201.
— ‘Situating the Aesthetic: A Feminist Defence’, Thinking Art: Beyond Traditional Aesthetics, eds A. E. Benjamin and P. Osborne, London, Institute of Contemporary Arts, ICA Documents no. 10, 1991, 31–43.
— ‘Dirty Words for the Tate’, Women Artists Slide Library Journal, 1990, 33, 4–8.
— ‘Genius and “The Female Sex” in the Eighteenth Century’, Oxford, The Voltaire Foundation, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 1989, no. 264, Transactions of the Seventh International Congress on the Enlightenment, Budapest, 1987 vol. 2, 909–12.
— ‘M and P, and M and F’, in D. W. Miller (ed.), To Myself from Others, University of Warwick, 1987.
— 'Father Nature in Ancient Rome’, in Archives of International Conference on Women’s History, Amsterdam, 1986.
— ‘An Enquiry concerning the Humean Woman’, Philosophy, 1981, 56, 303–12.
— ‘An Enquiry concerning the Humean Woman’ in Transactions of the Fifth International Congress on the Enlightenment, Pisa, 1979 , no. 18 (1981), The Voltaire Foundation, 1964–7.
— ‘Hume, Newton and “The Hill called Difficulty”’ in Philosophers of the Enlightenment, ed. S. C. Brown, Sussex, Harvester, Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures vol. 12, 1979, 31–55.
— ‘The Dialogues as Original Imitation: Cicero and the Nature of Hume’s Skepticism’ in McGill Hume Studies, eds D. F. Norton, N. Capaldi and W. L. Robison,
— ‘Morality and the Ik’, Philosophy 1978, 53, no. 204, 201–14.
— co-author Peter Wren Howard, The Tibetan Wheel of Life, Peter Wren Howard Publications, 1972, corrected ed. 1976.
— 'Moses, Isis, Helen and the Religions of the Sublime', contribution to a Seminar on Modernism and Religion, Modernist Studies Association Conference, University of Sussex, 31 August 2013
— 'What Did She Love? Grimm Reality, H.D.'s Everyday and the Mending of Time', contribution to a Panel on War and the Everyday, Modernist Studies Association Conference, University of Sussex, 30 August 2013.
— 'Theatrical Encounters: Metaphysics and the Sexed Self', invited contribution to a Symposium on Metaphysical Speculation in Contemporary Drama, co-organised by Chris Megson (Royal Holloway), Vicky Angelaki (University of Birmingham) and Elizabeth Tomlin (University of Birmingham), at the University of London, 9 July 2013.
— 'Of Cyborgs, Robots and the Ethics of Drone Warfare', Public Lecture, The University of San Francisco, 12 April 2013.
— Contribution to a Roundtable on the Effects of War on Society, Philosophy Department, The University of San Francisco, 10 April 2013.
— 'Struck by the Forgotten: Trauma and the Sublime in Nietzsche and Freud', Staff Seminar, Philosophy Department, The University of San Francisco, 9 April 2013.
—'The Poetry of H.D.', Undergraduate Seminar on War in Literature, Philosophy and Film, Philosophy Department, The University of San Francisco, 8 April 2013.
— 'A-Life, AI and B-Life: The Cognitive Sciences, Bare Life and Birthed Life', San Francisco Bay Area Feminist Workshop, 6 April 2013.
— 'Of Cyborgs, Robots and the Ethics of Drone Warfare', University of the West of England Philosophy Staff and Graduate Seminar, 6 March 2013.
— 'Natality, Materiality, Maternity: The Sublime and The Grotesque in Contemporary Sculpture', Seminar in MA Course in Gender, Culture and the Media, Goldsmith's University, 25 October 2012.
— 'Sea Changes: The Ebbs and Flows of the Oceanic Sublime', Plenary Lecture at a Symposium on Rona Lee: That Oceanic Feeling (art exhibition), John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, 13 October 2012.
— Roundtable contribution to The Political Aesthetics of Power and Protest, workshop linked to the Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament programme, Warwick University, 25 September 2012.
—Response to Ranjana Thapalyal, 'Crossing Cultures in Fleshy Metaphysics' (on Hinduism, metaphysics, and art education), Pedagogical Encounters: Feminist Philosophy and Education, The University of Dundee, Scotland, 22 June 2012, Engendering Dialogue III: Feminist Thought and Contemporary Debates in Art, Science and Education.
— 'By a Woman Wrought: Do We/Should We Still Care?', Plenary Lecture, Seeing Things Differently: Art, Philosophy and the Futures of Feminism, The University of Dundee, Scotland, 30 March 2012; Engendering Dialogue II: Feminist Thought and Contemporary Debates in Art, Science and Education.
— 'Re-appropriating Kant for Feminism', Debate with Rachel Jones (Dundee) and Stella Sandford (Kingston), The Oxford Forum for European Philosophy, Oxford, 10 February 2012.
— 'Natality, Materiality, Maternity: The Sublime, The Grotesque and the Art of Marc Quinn', Staff and Graduate Seminar, Braga, Portugal, 21 June 2011.
— 'By a Woman Wrought: Do We/Should We Still Care?', Plenary Lecture, Women and the Arts: Dialogues in Female Creativity in the US and Beyond, University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies, Lisbon, Portugal, 17 June 2011, video.
— 'A-Life, AI and B-Life: The Cognitive Sciences, Bare Life and Birthed Life', Plenary Lecture, Conference on Bodies of Thought: Fleshy Subjects, Embodied Minds and Human Nature, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, 11 June 2011; one of series of conferences on Engendering Dialogue: Feminist Thought and Contemporary Dialogue in Art, Science and Education, podcast.
— Seminar on Chs 5 & 6 of The Sublime, Terror & Human Difference, Critical Theory & Spiritual Practice (Graduate Seminar), University of Oxford, 19 May 2011.
— 'Struck by the Forgotten: Trauma and the Sublime in Nietzsche and Freud', Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts, University of Warwick, Coventry, 7 December 2010.
— 'Kierkegaard, The Phantom of the Public and the Sexual Politics of Crowds', Plenary Speaker, Kierkegaard and the Political, University of the West of England, Bristol, 15 April 2010.
— 'But What if the Object Started to Emerge?', Doctoral Research Seminar, University of the Arts, London, 12 March 2010.
— '"Behold the Buffoon": Dada, Nietzsche's Ecce Homo and the Sublime', 'Wrong From The Start', Modernism and the Sublime, Tate Britain, 30 November 2009.
— 'Philosophy, Feminism and the Female Self', Philosophy Research Seminar, Oxford Brookes University, 25 November 2009.
— 'Natality, Materiality, Maternity: The Sublime, The Grotesque and the Art of Marc Quinn', 'The Friday Event', Public Lecture, Glasgow School of Art, 13 November 2009.
— 'The Sublime and Birth-Works', Seminar for graduate and undergraduate students, Glasgow School of Art, 13 November 2009.
— 'Celebrating Other Philosophers: Methodology, History and Philosophical Debate', Situated Selves: Phenomenology, Law and Aesthetics -- Celebrating the Work of Christine Battersby', Department of Philosophy, University of Liverpool, 30 - 31st October 2009.
— 'Natality, Materiality, Maternity: The Sublime, The Grotesque and the Art of Marc Quinn', Natality, Embodiment and the Maternal: Feminist Conversations', Keynote Speaker, University of Dundee Philosophy Conference, 28 - 29 May 2009.
— 'Harriet Hosmer, Laocoon and the Sublime' for an undergraduate course on Victorian Women, Travel and Europe, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, 20 March 2009.
— 'Nietzsche's Ecce Homo as Autobiography' for an undergraduate course on Truth and Language in Modern Autobiographical Texts, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, 19 March 2009.
— 'Struck by the Forgotten: Trauma and the Sublime in Nietzsche and Freud', Open Lecture/Seminar, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, 18 March 2009.
— 'Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Marble Faun and the Picturesque' for an undergraduate course on Victorian Women, Travel and Europe, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, 17 March 2009.
— 'Philosophy, Feminism and the Female Self', Rugby School, 12 February 2009.
— ‘The Sublime and Nietzsche', Gloucestershire Philosophical Society, Cheltenham Spa, 14 January 2009.
— 'The Female Sublime and the Feminine Sublime: Contemporary Problems concerning the Representation of Birth (The Case of Marc Quinn)', Penser le sublime au XXIe siècle, International Workshop I, FMSH/ EHSS/ CEHTA/ Maison Suger, Université de Paris X Nanterre/ British Academy/ DAAD, Fondation de Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris, 16 September 2008.
— ‘Sublime Mystery, Memory and Modes of the Belated: Nietzsche, Freud and the Discourses of Trauma’, Plenary Speaker, Trauma and the Sublime Conference, University of Swansea, 7 August 2008.
— '“Let the Devil wear Black”: Fate, Affirmation and the Laughter of Hamlet in Nietzsche and Schopenhauer’, Nietzsche Workshop, University of Warwick, 5 June 2008.
— ‘The Shocking Difference: Encountering the Other’, Special Honours Undergraduate Lecture/Seminar, The University of Dundee, 20 March 2008.
— ‘Sartre, Deleuze and the Ontology of Make-Up’, Staff and Graduate Seminar, University of Dundee, 19 March 2008
— ‘Nietzsche, the Sublime and the Shock of the Old’, Philosophy Society, Heythrop College, London, 5 March 2008.