Laura Hengehold

Associate Professor and Chair Department of Philosophy

Laura Hengehold

Laura Hengehold received her Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago in 2000. She teaches and researches on political philosophy and feminist philosophy, using perspectives influenced by Continental philosophy and psychoanalysis. Many of her essays explore the relationship between language and the lived experience of embodiment. She is especially intrigued by the way in which political conflict over the right to speak in different situations shapes women’s experience of their own bodies as active forces or passive obstacles to joy.

Recent Publications

Jean Godefroy Bidima, Law and the African Public Sphere: La Palabre and Other Writings, edited and translated by Laura Hengehold.  Indiana University Press, 2013.

2013. “Rawlsian and Deleuzian Approaches to the Imaginary Domain.” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 27(3), special SPEP Supplement, 308-321.

2013. “The Fabric of the World: Deleuze on Fetishism and Generative Time Images.” Angelaki: Theoretical Journal of the Humanities 18(2), 127-141.

2013. “Between Bodies and Pleasures: A Territory Without a Domain.” Foucault Studies 15 (Feb), 148-163.

2012. “Post-War Women: Reflections on Survivorship and Reconciliation.” Journal on African Philosophy 5, 40-58.

2012. “Interrupting the Economy of Miracles: African Sovereignty in/and Empire.” Philosophy and Social Criticism 39(1), 99-113.

2012. “Continental Philosophy” in Lincoln Library of Essential Information, 44th Edition, ed. Timothy L. Gall, 17-24.

2011. “Introduction” to “Que Peut la Littérature?” in Beauvoir’s Literary Writings, ed. Margaret Simons. Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 191-196.

2011. “Lynn Huffer’s Mad for Foucault: An Analysis of Historical Eros?” PhiloSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, 1(2).

2011. “When Safety Becomes a Duty: Gender, Loneliness, and Citizenship for Urban Women.”Women’s Studies Quarterly: Special Issue SAFE, 39 (1/2), 48-69.

2009. “Sorcellerie, subjectivation, et souveraineté: Foucault au Cameroon.” Trans. Gérard Wormser. In “Un Monde en Noir et Blanc: Amitiés Postcoloniales,” ed. Seloua Luste Boulbina, “Sens Public” 10, June, 97-111. English version online at .

2007. The Body Problematic: Political Imagination in Kant and Foucault.  Pennsylvania State University Press

Past Talks

“History and Life in Ethical Perspective.” Vie et Éthique, de Bergson à Nous. Colloque du Cercle Camerounais de Philosophie, Université de Yaoundé I, Cameroon, November 21-22, 2013.

“From Nonsense to the Creation of Problems: An Event-ive Reading of The Second Sex” Sixth Annual Deleuze Studies Conference, Lisbon, July 8-10 2013.

“Rawlsian and Deleuzian Versions of the Imaginary Domain.” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Annual Meeting, Rochester NY, November 2012.

“To Doubt, to Eat Ants: Deleuze and Klossowski on Comparative Philosophy.” Fifth International Deleuze Studies Conference, New Orleans, June 2012.

“Disproportionate Exchanges” PhiloSOPHIA Conference on the theme of Translation. Miami University, Oxford Ohio, April 2012

“Post-War Women: A Philosophical Look at Surviorship and Reconciliation.” Reconciliation in Post-Colonial, Post-Conflict and Mulit-Ethnic Africa; 11th Annual Conference of the International Society for African Philosophy and Studies, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Pietermartizburg, South Africa, April 2012

Laura Hengehold is a contributing member to the Women and Gender Studies Program .

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History of Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Contemporary Continental Philosophy