I am a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow in philosophy at the University of Essex.
Broadly speaking, I work on themes in social and political philosophy, aesthetics, ethics, philosophy of history, and critical theory. Across those areas, I am primarily interested in questions of agency and power: How do we engage in existing practices? How do they engage and shape us as agents? What does it mean to change practices we encounter in our world, and what are some of the problems that might confront us when we try to do so?
My first book, recently published in German, is called Freedom and Repetition. Political Agency Without Future. The book turns to notions of repetition developed in Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, and Kierkegaard, in order to explore the question of what to do when we cannot act. Being ‘unable to act’ here means two things: first, being faced with a practical problem that is not (readily) solvable; and second, having to do something in a way that is incompatible with our everyday understanding of what qualifies as an action.
I am currently working on a new research project that examines what comedy can contribute to political philosophy – in particular when it comes to conceptualising change and the role that contingency plays in it.