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Iwona Janicka

Assistant Professor

Iwona Janicka


Research Interests

Iwona's teaching and research interests lie within the area of twentieth- and twenty-first-century French and German philosophy, political thought, comparative literature and theory (French, Critical, Literary, Feminist, Queer, Anarchist). She is particularly interested in the works of Peter Sloterdijk, Isabelle Stengers, Michel Serres, Bruno Latour, Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière, René Girard and Gilbert Simondon. Currently, she is finishing a monograph that deals with the question of how to think politics and nonhumans together in the context of recent ecological and technological developments. This research was funded by the British Academy (2015–18). Her project for AIAS (2019–2022), examines world-building in contemporary continental philosophy. It concentrates on the passage from diagnostics and critique towards gestures of construction and affirmation in philosophy. At the heart of her research lies the question of social transformation. 


Iwona Janicka is Researer at the department of Aesthetics and Culture. Previously, she was Assistant Professor and EU Maria Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Fellow at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (2019-2022), Affiliated Researcher at Centre Marc Bloch Berlin (2018–19), Early Career Innovation Fellow with the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick (2018–19) and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2015–18) at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (French Studies) at Warwick, UK. In 2015–16 she held visiting fellowships with Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover (Germany) and the Posthuman Aesthetics research group at Aarhus University. As Gates Scholar she completed her PhD in French Studies at the University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall, in 2014. Her monograph, Theorizing Contemporary Anarchism. Solidarity, Mimesis and Radical Social Change (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), deals with the concept of universality and social transformation in most recent philosophical thought. Her research has been supported by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and Hertie-Stiftung (Studienkolleg zu Berlin). She is a member of the Global Young Academy.

To find out more about her research, please visit iwonajanicka.net.

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