Tom Hickey lectures and researches in critical theory, culture and politics, particularly in relation to art in political contexts and theorisation of the contemporary world order.
Tom has been a long-standing influence in shaping the study of humanities at the university. His teaching includes philosophical analysis, the conceptual history of democracy and the critical traditions in Western thought. Tom's broader political and academic interests have included curation, conference organisation and union leadership.
Tom Hickey has been a lead figure in the development of humanities at the University of Brighton, with specialist interests across political theorisation and organisation, critical and cultural theory, and the relationship between art and political activity.
He is Course Leader for the MA in Cultural and Critical Theory, and Deputy Course Leader of the Humanities BA(Hons)
Tom's research is on aspects of political and artistic representation, and their interaction, on historiographical theory and the scientific method, on the theorisation of the contemporary world order, and on new developments in critical theory. His work has included a collection of historical essays on the struggle for democracy in England (Continuum, 2007) and he was joint curator of the international festival on the work of the South African artist William Kentridge hosted by the University of Brighton in 2007 - 'Fragile Identities: Politics, Remembrance and Representation'.
He has organised a range of international conferences and seminar series, drawing on themes from philosophy, aesthetics and issues of international justice, including the successful Holocaust Memorial Day - 'Never Again - the Hows and Whys of Fighting Fascism'.
Hickey’s complex curation and orchestration of the work of artist Kentridge makes a major contribution as cultural intervention and scholarly research
Hickey, Tom and Marfleet, Phil (2010) The "South Africa moment": Palestine, Israel and the boycott International Socialism, 128. pp. 31-55. ISSN 0020-8736
Hickey, Tom (2010) Holocaust lineages: anti-semitism before Nazism – history and the struggle today In: The legacy of hope - resistance: yesterday and today, Old Court House, Church Street, Brighton, UK, 18 Jan; Northumbria University, UK, 20th Jan; UCU head office, London, UK, 27th Jan, 2010.
Hickey, Tom (2007) Fragile identities Arts Council; University of Brighton, Brighton, UK.
Hickey, Tom and Powell, D, eds. (2007) Democracy: The Long Revolution Continuum. ISBN 0826486762
Hickey, Tom (2007) Globalisation, Exclusion and the Future of Democracy In: Democracy: the Long Revolution. Continuum. ISBN 0826486762
Hickey, Tom (2006) "Multitude" or "class": constituencies of resistance, sources of hope In: Cole, M, ed. Education, Equality and Human Rights. Routledge, pp. 180-201. ISBN 9780415356602
Selected activity pre-2001