Dr Paul Rekret
Associate Professor of Politics
Before joining Richmond I had been a lecturer in political theory at Queen Mary, University of London. I hold a BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, an MA in Philosophy from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, and a PhD in Politics from Queen Mary, University of London.
In order to understand the global politics of digital culture, my work embraces cultural theory, political philosophy and global political economy to interrogate changing relationships between mind and body. This involves exploring questions such as how changing experiences of work might be reflected in the tropes of pop music as well as the music industry itself? It also entails asking how, in an epoch of ‘big data’ and nanotechnology, rapidly changing spatial and temporal scales of media have different effects on lives and identities around the world.
I am also currently the host of ‘Beholder Halfway’, a series of radio documentaries that air monthly on Resonance. Extra and I write regularly for a number of publications on the politics of popular music.
–Down With Childhood: Pop Music and the Social Status of Children. Repeater Books. Forthcoming, September 2017.
–Derrida and Foucault: Philosophy, Politics, Polemics, Rowan & Littlefield. Forthcoming, October 2017.
Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
-‘Critique of New Materialism: Barad, Bennett and Meillassoux and the Politics of Knowledge,’ Theory, Culture, Society. In press.
-‘Working Holiday: Labour and Leisure in Trap’, Cesura//Accesso, Volume 2, March 2017.
-‘The Question and the Problem’ in Vernon Cisney & Nicolae Morar (Eds.) Between Derrida and Foucault. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.
-A Critique of New Materialism: Ethics and Ontology, Subjectivity, Subjectivity 9.3 (2016): 225-245.
-‘From Political Topographies to Political Logics: Laclau, Sohn-Rethel and Real Abstraction’. Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, 23.2 (2016): 281-291. [with Simon Choat]
–‘The sovereignty of sovereignty and the restricted object of critical IR.’ Global Discourse (2016): 1-4.
-‘Generalised Antagonism and Political Ontology in the Debate Between Laclau and Negri’ in A Kioupkolis & G. Katsambekis (Eds.) The Biopolitics of the Multitude Versus the Hegemony of the People: A Debate On Radical Democracy and Collective Movements Today. London: Ashgte, 2014.
-‘The Impasse of Post-Metaphysical Political Theory: On Derrida and Foucault.’ Telos: Politics After Metaphysics Special Issue. Winter 2012, no. 161. Pp. 79-98.
-‘Biotechnology, Biopolitics, Biocapital’, Richmond University, October 2015. Part of the ‘Rethinking the Anthropocene Workshops’ held at 7 UK universities.
-‘Mapping for Justice: Engaging Our Geographical Imaginations and Using the Power of Maps in Struggles for Social Change’, Richmond University, June 2015.
-Manchester Workshops in Political Theory (MANCEPT) Panel convenor: ‘Ontology and Politics’. University of Manchester, September 2011.
-‘Immanence and Materialism’, Queen Mary, University of London, June 2009.
-‘Ontology and Politics’, Queen Mary, University of London, June 2008.
Selected Invited Presentations:
-‘On Materialism’, presentation to Praktyka Teoretyczna Workshops, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, July 2016.
-‘The Lockean Logic of the Present’, presented to What is New Materialism? Workshop, University of Westminster, London, March 2016.
-‘The Loss of Innocence the Growth of Despair: the Contradictions of Childhood and Popular Musics’, presented to Marxism in Culture Seminar Series, University College, London, March 6, 2015.
-‘Polemics and Incommensurability: Rethinking Contemporary Political Theory.’ Politics and the Fragility of Things: Themes from the Work of William Connolly. University of Nottingham, June 2012.
-‘Unpacking Walter Benjamin Unpacking His Library.’ Invited talk to mark the launch of Paravion Press’ edition of Walter Benjamin, Unpacking My Library. Berlin. March, 2012.
Selected Conference Presentations:
-‘Free Time’, Gentrifying the Political conference, University of Kent, 2016.
‘Cogito Ergo Habo’, Political Studies Association annual conference, University of Brighton, 2016.
-‘Cogito Ergo Habo: Identity in an Age of Biotechnology’ presented to ‘Biotechnology, Biopolitics, Biocapital Workshop, Richmond University, October 2015.
-‘We are all Neo-Cartesians Now’ presented to ‘Politics & Emotions’ Workshop, Bournemouth University, July 9-10, 2015.
-‘Children’s Story: Rap Music and the Crisis of the Ideal of Childhood’ presented to London Conference in Critical Theory, June 2015.