Associate Professor and Chair Department of Philosophy
Laura Hengehold’s research explores the relationship between language, imagination and the lived experience of embodiment. Her inquiry draws from three related discourses:
- Twentieth century French philosophy, particularly existentialism and the post structuralism of Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze.
- Feminist philosophy and theories of sexuality
- The ongoing dialogue between African and European political thinkers
She is especially interested the way political conflict and the organization of knowledge frame women’s experience of their own bodies as active forces or passive obstacles to joy.
These themes inform two books currently in progress: The Problem of The Second Sex: Beauvoir’s Philosophy of Individuation (forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press) and Anonymity and Recognition: Simone de Beauvoir and Feminist Politics. Laura Hengehold is also co-editor of the Blackwell Companion to Simone de Beauvoir (forthcoming, Wiley/Blackwell).
Selected Recent Publications
2015. “Revolution from Between: Latour’s Reordering of Words and Things in We Have Never Been Modern”, Qui Parle? Critical Humanities and Social Sciences, 24(1), 89-124.
2015. “Between Intuition and Genealogy: A Problematic ‘Life,'” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, special SPEP supplement, 29(3), 376-386.
2015. “Transnational Feminism and the Body of the Image in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” International Journal of Ethical Leadership 3, 67-79.
2013. Jean Godefroy Bidima, Law and the African Public Sphere: La Palabre and Other Writings, edited and translated by Laura Hengehold. Indiana University Press.
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. “Interrupting the Economy of Miracles: African Sovereignty in/and Empire.” Philosophy and Social Criticism 39(1), 99-113.
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.
2007. The Body Problematic: Political Imagination in Kant and Foucault. Pennsylvania State University Press
Selected Past Talks
“The Struggle for Individuation in Simone de Beauvoir’s Philosophy and Novels,” CWRU World Literature Colloquium, March 2016
“Cracking the Surface: Methodological and Ethical Issues in Comparative Studies of Gendered Violence.” Seventh Annual Deluze Studies Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, July 14-16, 2014.
“L’histoire et la vie dans une perspective critique.” Vie et Éthique, de Bergson à Nous. Colloque du Cercle Camerounais de Philosophie, Université de Yaoundé I, Cameroon, November 21-22, 2013.
Courses Regularly Taught
PHIL 334/434 POSC 356/456 Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 325/425 WGST Philosophy of Feminism
PHIL 315/415 Selected Topics in Philosophy (e.g. Foucault)
PHIL 316/416 African Political Thought
PHIL 399/499 Philosophy Independent Study/Capstone/Honors Thesis
Selected Capstones, Honors Theses, and Independent Studies (PHIL399/499)
Heidegger and Sartre on Ontology and History (2016)
Reading Reading Capital (2014-2015)
Adorno, Marcuse and the Frankfurt School (2013)
Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition (2013)
Philosophy of the Image in Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 1 (2012)
Justice and US Poverty Policy (2011)
Multiplying Interaction: On a Maxim of International Law Fostering Human Understanding (2009-2010)
Philosophy of Indian Feminisms (2010)
Unchoreography: Capoeira and the Reclamation of the Body Through Violence (2009)
Genealogy of Individualism (2009)
Transnational Filipina Workers and the Ethics of Care (2009)
Marxist Philosophy (2008)
Cosmopolitanism and Globalization (2007)
Perspectives on Pornography (2007)
Wittgenstein and Language (2004)
Liberalism and the Ohio Supreme Court on School Funding (2001)
Clark Hall 203A
Research: History of Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Contemporary Continental Philosophy