Victoria joined the Department in September 2013, and specialises in political and feminist theory. She has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Liverpool, and BA and MA degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Before coming to Brookes, Victoria was a Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire. She is also a member of the editorial collective for the journal Radical Philosophy.
- U23101: Introduction to Politics
- U23120: Political Thought 1 (module leader)
- U23131: Political Thought 2 (module leader)
- U23134: Sex, Gender and Politics (module leader)
Emily Cousens: Vulnerability, gender, sexuality
My research is theoretical and falls into two key areas:
The first strand of my research considers the politics of time and history, particularly in relation to feminism. My book Feminism, Time and Nonlinear History considers the ways in which feminists conceptualize and produce the temporalities of feminism, and explores how feminism can draw productively on its own history, but without passively conforming to expectations of the past, or elevating the past as a nostalgic ideal against which to measure and compare the present. To this end, I combine phenomenological and sociopolitical approaches to develop a nonlinear, 'polytemporal' model of feminist time. Currently I am extending this model as I consider in more detail the relation between the 'time of politics' and the 'time of the divine' within feminist historiography.
The second strand of my research concerns the politics and temporalities of reproduction, pregnant embodiment and the maternal. I am especially interested in challenging normative discourses that understand the maternal body in reductively functional terms, and value pregnancy solely in terms of its product. To develop this project, I have been awarded a 12 month Leverhulme Fellowship, which will begin in September 2017.
- Journal articles
- Book chapters
- Feminism, Time and Nonlinear History, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
- On the Feminist Philosophy of Gillian Howie: Materialism and Mortality, co-edited with Daniel Whistler, forthcoming with Bloomsbury.
- Motherhood in Literature and Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Europe, co-edited with Adalgisa Giorgio, Emily Jeremiah, Abigail Lee Six and Gill Rye, forthcoming with Routledge.
- 'Feminist Philosophy and Prenatal Death: Relationality and the Ethics of Intimacy', in Signs, vol. 41 (3), 2016.
- 'The Persistence of Patriarchy: Operation Yewtree and the Return to 1970s Feminism', in Radical Philosophy, vol. 188, 2014.
- 'Backlash, Repetition, Untimeliness: The Temporal Dynamics of Feminist Politics', in Hypatia, vol. 28 (4), 2013.
- 'Memory and the Metaphysics of Music: Battersby's Move Away from Deleuze and Guattari', in Women: a Cultural Review, vol. 22 (2-3) 2011.
- 'Scholarly Time and Feminist Time: Gillian Howie on Education and Intellectual Inheritance’, in Browne and Whistler (eds.) On the Feminist Philosophy of Gillian Howie: Materialism and Mortality, forthcoming with Bloomsbury.
- ‘The Temporalities of Pregnancy: On Contingency, Loss and Waiting’, in Browne et al (eds.) Motherhood in Literature and Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Europe, forthcoming with Routledge.
- 'Feminist Historiography and the ‘Death of God’: Faith, Secularism and Modernity', in Hawthorne (ed.) God (Gender: MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbook), forthcoming.
- 'Gender and Philosophy', in Marchbank, Jennifer and Letherby, Gayle (eds.) Introduction to Gender: Social Science Perspectives, 2nd edition, Routledge, 2014.
- Review of Willful Subjects, by Sara Ahmed, in Radical Philosophy, vol. 193, 2015.
- Review of Solitary Confinement: Social Death and its Afterlives, by Lisa Guenther, in Radical Philosophy, vol. 185, 2014.
- Review essay: ‘Explorations in Feminist Historiography: Rhetoric, Affect, and ‘What Really Happened’ in Feminism’s Recent Past’, in Subjectivity, vol. 7(2), 2014.
- Review of Undutiful Daughters: New Directions in Feminist Thought and Practice, ed. Henriette Gunkel, Chrysanthi Nigianni and Fanny Söderbäck, in Radical Philosophy, vol 181.
- Review of The Problem with Work: Marxism, Feminism, Antiwork Politics and Postwork Imaginaries, by Kathi Weeks, in Radical Philosophy, vol. 175.
- Review of Adorno on Nature, by Deborah Cook, in Environmental Values, vol. 21(2)