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Dr Stella Sandford

Principal lecturer in Modern European Philosophy, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University.

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Stella Sandford is a Principal Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy, based in the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University.

The CRMEP is the leading centre for postgraduate level study and doctoral research in Continental Philosophy in the London area. Since its inception in 1994 it has developed a national and international reputation for teaching, research and publication in the field of post-Kantian European philosophy, characterised by a strong emphasis on broad cultural and intellectual contexts and a distinctive sense of social and political engagement. The CRMEP moved to Kingston University from Middlesex University in the summer of 2010 and sits across the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) and Art, Design and Architecture (FADA).

Stella teaches widely in Modern European Philosophy and specialises in contemporary philosophy of sex and gender - the philosophical investigation of the meaning of sex difference. Connected to this, she has a particular interest in the work of the French philosopher and feminist Simone de Beauvoir and the history of radical feminist theory, recently co-editing a collection of essays on Shulamith Firestone. She is a long-standing member of the editorial collective of the bimonthly British journal Radical Philosophy and a member of the executive committee of the UK Society for Women in Philosophy.



Year gained Subject
1997 PhD (Philosophy),' The Question of the Feminine: Levinas and Plato'. University of Essex.
1993 MA Continental Philosophy, with distinction. University of Essex.
1991 BA Philosophy with History of Ideas, First Class. Middlesex Polytechnic.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2010 - Principal lecturer in Modern European Philosophy, Centre for Research in Modern Philosophy, Kingston University.
2006 - 2010 Principal Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy, Director of Programmes in Philosophy and Religious Studies, Middlesex University.
2002 Visiting scholar, Department of Philosophy, Linghan University, Hong Kong.
2001 - 2006 Senior Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University.
1999 - 2001 Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University.
1997 - 1999 Temporary lecturer, then visiting lecturer in Philosophy, University of North London.
1997 Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Essex.
1993 - 1997 Visiting lecturer, varioulsy, Birkbeck College, University of London and Middlesex University.


Single-authored books:

Plato and Sex, Polity, Cambridge, 2010, 209 pp.

How to Read Beauvoir, Granta (How to Read Series), London, 2006, 118 pp.

(US Edition published by Norton, January 2007)

The Metaphysics of Love: Gender and Transcendence in Levinas, Athlone Press/Continuum, London, 2000, 179 pp.

Edited books:

Further Adventures of 'The Dialectic of Sex': Critical Essays on Shulamith Firestone, Palgrave, New York, 2010, 286 pp. (With Mandy Merck).

Philosophies of Race and Ethnicity, Continuum, London, 2002, 220 pp. (With Peter Osborne).

Articles and chapters in edited books:

Forthcoming: 'Sexe: un concept transdisciplinaire?', trans, Sylvie Duverger, in a collection of Anglophone feminist philosophy (title tba), Sous la direction d'Elsa Dorlin, Sylvie Duverger et Marie Quévreux, avec la collaboration de Stéphanie Asimakopoulou, Amanda Dennis, Caitlin Hu, Caterina Rea et Lucile Roger, Paris, Vrin, 2012.

'The Dialectic of The Dialectic of Sex', in Mandy Merck and Stella Sandford, eds., Further Adventures of 'The Dialectic of Sex', Palgrave, New York, 2010.

'The Origins and Ends of "Sex"', in Ray Brassier and Christian Kerslake, eds., Origins and Ends of the Mind: Philosophical Essays on Psychoanalysis, University of Leuven Press, Leuven, 2007, pp. 163-183.

'Speaking as a Man: Levinas and the Phenomenology of Eros', in Claire Katz with Lara Trout, eds., Emmanuel Levinas: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Volume IV: Beyond Levinas, Routledge, London and New York, 2005 (reprint of 1998 journal article).

 (With Peter Osborne) 'Introduction: Philosophies of Race and Ethnicity', in Peter Osborne and Stella Sandford (eds.), Philosophies of Race and Ethnicity, Continuum, London, 2002, pp. 1-9.

 'Levinas, Feminism, and the Feminine', in Robert Bernasconi and Simon Critchley (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Levinas, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2002, pp. 139-160.

 'Maternal Mothers? Maternity in Levinas and Plato', in Tina Chanter (ed.), Feminist Interpretations of Emmanuel Levinas, Pennsylvania State University Press, Pennsylvania, 2001, pp. 180-202.

 'Feminist Philosophy and the Fate of Hegel's Antigone' in M. Griffiths and M. Whitford (eds.) Women Review Philosophy: New Writing by Women in Philosophy, Nottingham University Press, Nottingham, 1996.

'Sex: A Transdisciplinary Concept', Radical Philosophy 165, January/February 2011, pp. 23-30.


Conference Highlights

Stella is a seasoned conference contributor, having presented both in the UK and overseas. Forthcoming presentations include:

Plenary address to the 'Simone de Beauvoir Now' conference, Duke University (Durham, NC), September 2011.

Plenary address to the 'Feminist Theory and the Philosophical Tradition' conference, University of Helsinki, November 2011.

Professional Body Membership

British Philosophical Association

Society for European Philosophy

Society for Women in Philosophy

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