I began my studies at University College Dublin before moving to Paris in 2011 to pursue postgraduate study with ULIP. I completed my PhD during the 2015-16 academic year and subsequently spent several years teaching with different universities in the city, including the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, l’Institut Catholique de Paris and The American University of Paris. I was delighted to return to ULIP in 2018 to teach on the BA in International Politics.

I specialise in the work of the twentieth-century theorist Georges Bataille. Following on from my PhD thesis, I am currently working on a monograph elaborating upon how Bataille’s challenging and capacious thought continues to animate new intellectual currents within contemporary critical theory. My research interests more broadly span French theory, Marxism, crisis theory and cultural studies. Across these various strands, my research frequently questions the relationship between culture and shifting economic and political processes.

In addition to my academic publications, I regularly write on politics and culture for a wider audience in the mainstream press, including The Irish Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Teaching Specialisms

  • Critical Theory and Marxism
  • Doing International Politics
  • Cultural Studies
Publications

Edited Books

  • Eugene Brennan and Russell Williams eds. Literature and Intoxication: Writing, Politics and the Experience of Excess (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • ‘French Theory and British Popular Modernism: The Case of the New Musical Express’ in Revue Palimpsestes 33 (forthcoming 2019)
  • ‘Hermeticism Contra Hermeneutics: Kodwo Eshun’s Afrofuturism and the Challenges of Black Abstraction’ in L’Atelier 11.1 (July 2019), 52-66
  • ‘The Politics of Religious Fervour: New Considerations on Georges Bataille and Religion’, Theory, Culture and Society, 35.4-5 (2018): 217-231

Book Chapters

  • ‘From Abjection to Acceleration: Darkness, Secrecy and Alienation in the “Renegade Tradition” of UK Music Journalism’ in Tim Matts ed. Dark Glamour: Occult Accelerationism (Punktum Books, forthcoming 2020)
  • ‘The Politics of Excess and Restraint: Reading Bataille alongside and against Accelerationism’ in Will Stronge ed. Georges Bataille and Contemporary Thought (Bloomsbury, 2017)
  • ‘Mourning and Mania: Visions of Intoxication and Death in the Poetry of Georges Bataille’ in Eugene Brennan and Russell Williams eds. Literature and Intoxication (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Other Selected Publications and Reviews

  • « Musique – Dictionnaire critique de Georges Bataille », Cahiers Bataille no.4 (2019)
  • ‘A Hidden Landscape Once a Week: Between the Lines of UK Music Journalism’, The Irish Times, March 23 2019
  • ‘The International Black Panthers’, The Los Angeles Review of Books, September 2018
  • A Walk Through Paris by Eric Hazan’ (review), The Washington Post, April 1 2018
  • ‘Jihad and Death (review essay)’, Dublin Review of Books, September 2017
  • ‘Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music – A Review Essay’, Blind Field: A Journal of Cultural Inquiry, September 2017
  • ‘Pourqoui la guerre aujourd hui?: Jean Baudrillard et Jacques Derrida (review)’, French Studies 71.3 (2017)
  • ‘Last Steps: Maurice Blanchot’s Exilic Writing by Christopher Fynsk (review)’, French Studies 68.3. (2014): 415-416

Recent Conference Papers

  • ‘« Le pouvoir est logistique. Bloquons tout ! » : Logistics, Opacity and Contemporary Crisis’, Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France Annual Conference, University of London Institute in Paris, 5 September 2019
  • ‘Crisis calls for opacity: Acéphale, Tiqqun and Beyond’, Association for Philosophy and Literature annual conference, Klagenfort, Austria, June 2019
  • ‘Dialectics of utopia in times of crisis: Commune Editions and the Political Turn in Contemporary American Poetry’, SAES congrès (Poetry and Poets Atelier), Nanterre, June 2018
  • ‘The politics of Afrofuturist music writing’ SAES congrès (Musique et Culture Anglophone atelier), Nanterre, June 2018
  • ‘Temporalities of Subversion: Transgression and Acceleration’, Accelerationism: A Rather Fast Conference in Paris, The American University of Paris, June 2017
  • ‘Pensée à la nuit/pensée du bruit: Bataille, théorie et musique expérimentale’, Georges Bataille et la pensée de la nuit, Journée d’étude, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis, March 2017
  • ‘Historical contingency and theoretical violence: On Rosalind Krauss’s rereading of modernism’, Historical Modernisms Symposium, Senate House, London, December 2016