Prof Bob Brecher, CAPPE Director
Bob Brecher is a moral and political philosopher with special interests in the philosophical issues surrounding conflict, torture and medicine, and in the ethics of education.
Dr Mark Devenney, CAPPE Co-Director
Mark's research interests cover: contemporary political philosophy including post-Marxism and the work of Ranciere, Adorno and Laclau; and the politics of life, death and equality, with particular interest in the different ways of valuing life, whether actuarial, religious, ethical or otherwise.
Dr Cathy Bergin
Drawing on a background in literary history and cultural discourse, Cathy Bergin's primary research interests are in the politics of 'race' and African-American and Caribbean writing, focussing on cultural formations and Communist politics during the Depression. She is particularly interested in the concept of 'rage' as the expression of black historical consciousness and agency.
Tom Bunyard lectures and researches in the humanities, and specialises in cultural and critical theory, philosophy and politics. His current research focuses on the theoretical work of Guy Debord and the Situationist International. More broadly, his research interests include: Marx and Marxism; Hegelian philosophy; existentialism; aesthetics and the avant-garde; continental philosophy; critical theory; philosophy of history.
Dr Francesca Burke
Dr Francesca Burke is a Lecturer in Politics in the School for Applied Social Science. Her research concerns the politics and international relations of the Middle East. More specifically, Francesca's research interests in social movements (particularly those mobilising in contexts of state repression) and nationalism in the region, as well as a particular focus on the relationship between political activism and higher education.
Dr Nicola Clewer
Nicola’s research interests centre around the relationship between art and politics with a particular interest contemporary memorial architecture. She also has a keen interest in cultural and critical theory and political philosophy. Her thesis analysed the place, meaning and significance of large-scale national memorials within what can be describe as the contemporary postmodern-neoliberal conjuncture.
Dr Robin Dunford
Dr Robin Dunford researches and lectures in globalisation and contemporary war, with special interests in the practices and theories of transnational resistance. Robin's particular research focus is on how practices of resistance re-orientate understandings of human rights, citizenship, democracy and emancipation. He has written on practices of autonomous peasant resistance, focusing both on grass roots practices of land occupations and on transnational demands for rights to food sovereignty.
Dr Paul Hopper
Dr Paul Hopper lectures in humanities, with a research focus on the politics and cultures of globalisation. His research examines globalisation especially in relation to: culture, communication and identity; global movements and networks; global governance; development and the environment. He has developed a number of courses and course elements that deal with the wider issues of globalisation.
Dr Joanna Kellond
Dr. Joanna Kellond is a lecturer in Humanities whose research concerns the relationship between psychoanalysis, culture and society, the cultural and intellectual history of psychoanalysis, and with the status of the discipline as a critical discourse in the humanities. Joanna's research interests also include Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, critical theory, poststructual philosophy, feminist philosophy, social theory, political theory, ethics, literature and cultural studies, film studies, media studies, visual culture.
Dr Andy Knott
Lecturing in politics and philosophy, Andy Knott works in an interdisciplinary manner, combining political theory, history, and philosophy. His scholarly interests include post- and neo-Marxism, discourse theory economic forms of ‘identity’, including notions of the multitude, class, and the individual.
Dr Anthony Leaker
Anthony Leaker has a background in literature and philosophy, with a particular focus on Wittgenstein and contemporary North American fiction. His research on contemporary fiction is primarily focused on the critique of neoliberal work practices. His work on Wittgenstein examines the political aesthetics of his later philosophy. He also researches on questions of cultural representation and transnational populist politics.
Dr Zeina Maasri
Zeina Maasri's work is interested in the intersection of politics with the visual and material culture of 1960s-70s Middle East. Zeina has completed a research project on Lebanon's wartime posters (1975-90) which resulted in a book Off The Wall (London: IB Tauris, 2009), related exhibitions and a website, Signs of Conflict, including an annotated digital archive of political posters. Her research probes research probes the particularity of this intersection in the context of the modern Middle East and its post-colonial history.
Dr Victoria Margree
Vicky Margree lectures in literature, cultural studies and critical theory, with research specialisms in late-Victorian and Edwardian literature and culture. Her work is informed by literary theory, psychoanalysis, feminism and postcolonial studies. She is particularly interested in the short story form, and in popular fiction, including gothic horror literature and crime fiction.
Dr Aidan McGarry
Dr Aidan McGarry is a Principal Lecturer in Politics and the Subject Leader for Politics in the School of Applied Social Science. Since joining the University of Brighton (UoB) in 2008, he has been awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 2010, a University Research Sabbatical in 2012 and a 'Rising Star' award in 2014. In 2011, he conducted research at the European Centre for Minority Issues and in 2013 he spent his sabbatical at Columbia University, New York at the Department of Government as a Visiting Scholar. He chairs the UoB's Social Movement Network which convenes monthly research seminars and is on the organising committee of the Political Studies Association conference to be held in Brighton in 2016. In 2011-12, he chaired an Independent Scrutiny Panel on behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council for the creation of a Traveller Strategy. The panel won a national prize for innovation at the Scrutiny Awards.
Dr Michael Neu
Michael Neu researches and lectures in political and moral philosophy, with special interests in the politics and ethics of violence. He has published on contemporary just war theory and the tragedy of justified wars. His teaching is within the humanities across philosophy, politics and ethics.
Dr Raph Schlemsbach
Dr Raphael Schlembach joined the university in 2015 as a Lecturer in Criminology. He has previously been a lecturer at Liverpool Hope University and at the University of Sussex and a visiting researcher at the University of Nottingham. Raph's research interests include iarea of social movement research,social movement research, with a focus on debates in critical theory and the Frankfurt School. He has also written about climate action movements, the far right, anti-capitalist protest and migrant activism.
Dr Rebecca Searle
Rebecca Searle is a historian who lectures in the humanities. Her work focuses on the ways in which the study of the past can be used to make critical interventions in the politics of the present. Her research interests include the history of the housing crisis; the global history of contemporary capitalism; and war and conflict in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She is the Course leader for BA (Hons) War, Conflict and Modernity degree within the Humanities programme.
Dr Arianne Shahvisi
Dr Arianne Shahvisi studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, where she also completed an MSc in Astrophysics, focussing on dark matter in dwarf galaxies. She then moved to Oxford, where she took a second masters in Philosophy of Physics, before returning to Cambridge to begin a PhD in philosophy, working with Jeremy Butterfield and Huw Price. Her thesis explored the origins of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, unpicking the highly improbable conditions of the early Universe, and developing her own theories of explanation, lawhood, and the unity of science. Before coming to BSMS, Arianne worked as a faculty member in the philosophy department at the American University of Beirut for two years, where she was the recipient of a Mellon Foundation Arts and Humanities Research Fellowship.
Dr Daniel Steuer
Daniel Steur's interests lie across the border of morality and politics, philosophy and metaphysics. He has a particular interest in the philosophy of language and has authored important essays and books on Wittgenstein, Stanley Cavell, and Adorno
Dr Zoe Sutherland
Zoe Sutherland lectures in the humanities and specialises in philosophy, critical theory, aesthetics and politics. Her current research focuses on the aesthetics and politics of contemporary global art practices. More broadly, her research interests include: materialist feminism; theories of gender; Marx and Marxism; Kantian and Post-Kantian continental philosophy and critical theory.
Dr. Peter West-Oram
Dr. Peter West-Oram is a Lecturer in Bioethics at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Prior to moving to Brighton in September 2017, he was a Senior Research Fellow in the Division of Biomedical Ethics at Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany, a position he retains. Peter’s research focuses on questions relating to the ethics and justice of health and health care. He is currently working on conscientious objection in health care provision, and the rights of migrants and refugees to at least comprehensive basic care.
Dr Clare Woodford
Clare Woodford lectures and researches in the humanities. Her research interests include theories of gender, ideology and pedagogy, Marxism and post-Marxism, queer theory, psychoanalysis, democratic struggle, activism and the arts, and performance studies.
Dr John Wrighton
John Wrighton lectures and researches in Literature with a specialism in 20th Century and contemporary American poetry. His concept of the 'poethical', a contemporary poetic "turn to ethics", characterises John's approach. He also works with American literature and culture, modernist and avant-garde experimental writing, and representations of the city space
Ian Sinclair, Administrator
Ian Sinclair is a PhD student in the School of Humanities. His research concerns the concepts of 'equality' and 'difference' and engages with the work of, inter alia, Iris Marion Young, Richard Norman, Davina Cooper, and Immanuel Kant. His MA dissertation engaged with the political theorists Ernesto Laclau and Jacques Ranciére. Broadly, he is interested in critical theory, moral and political philosophy, and queer theory/sexuality.
Prof Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Dr Gideon Calder, Swansea University, Newport, UK
Prof Ruth Chadwick, University of Cardiff, UK
Prof Tom Claes, Ghent University, Belgium
Dr Marek Kohn, Research Fellow, CAPPE, University of Brighton, UK
Prof Nick Mansfield, Macquarie University, Australia
Dr Paul Reynolds, Edge Hill University, UK
Prof Matteo Santin, University of Brighton, UK
Prof Doris Schroeder, Universities of Melbourne, Australia and Central Lancashire, UK
Dr Evert van der Zweerde, Radboud University, Netherlands
Mathijs van de Sande, University of Leuven, Belgium
Prof Heather Widdows, University of Birmingham, UK