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, 2017.
–Derrida and Foucault: Philosophy, Politics, Polemics, Rowan & Littlefield, 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].
-‘Intellectual Property’, in Sara Farris, Beverly Skeggs, Alberto Toscano (Eds.), Handbook of Marxism, London: Sage, [in press] (with Krystian Szadkowski).
-‘Jacques Derrida’, in Jeremy Jennings (Ed.), The Cambridge History of French Thought, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,[in press].
-‘The Posthumanist Tabula Rasa’ in Research and Education: Policy, Theory & Practice [in press].
– ‘Seeing Like a Cyborg? The Innocence of Posthuman Knowledge’ in Christian Fuchs & David Chandler (eds.), Digial Objects/Digital Subjects: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Big Data Capitalism, London: Westminster University Press, 2018.
-‘Working Holiday: Labour and Leisure in Trap’, Cesura//Accesso, Volume 2, March 2017.
– “The Sovereignty of Sovereignty and the Restricted Object of Critical IR” in Bronwyn Winter & Lucia Sorbera (eds), Contending Legitimacy in World Politics: the State, Civil Society and the International Sphere in the Twenty-First Century, London: Routledge, 2017.
-Republished from Global Discourse, 6(3): 392-5;
-‘Affect and Politics: Assessing the ‘Affective Turn’ in P. Reilly (Eds), Politics and Emotions, Press Books, 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]
-Paul Rekret, “Generalised Antagonism and Political Ontology in the Debate Between Laclau and Negri” in A. Kioupkiolis & G. Katsambekis (eds), Radical Democracy and Collective Movements Today, London: Routledge, 2016.
-Republished from A. Kioupkiolis & G. Katsambekis (eds), Radical Democracy and Collective Movements Today, London: Ashgate, 2014.
-Translated into Turkish as: “Genelleştirilmiş Karşıtlık ve Laclau ile Negri Arasındaki Tartışmada Siyasal Ontoloji”, KUY Press, 2016
-‘The Impasse of Post-Metaphysical Political Theory: On Derrida and Foucault.’ Telos: Politics After Metaphysics Special Issue. Winter 2012, no. 161. Pp. 79-98.
Selected Media and Other Outputs:
-Vincent Bevins, ‘What Was the Child? An Interview with Paul Rekret’, the New Inquiry, November 2017.
-Johannes Springer, ‘Interview with Paul Rekret, author of Down With Childhood’, International Association for the Study of Popular Music – US, Interview Series [forthcoming]
-Paul Rekret, ‘Blood of An American’, [sleevenote essay for Bobby Wright, Blood of an American, Melodies International]. Forthcoming 2017.
-Mark Marsdell, ‘The World This Weekend’, discussion of Down With Childhood with Paul Rekret, BBC Radio 4, October 22, 2017. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b099v2d6
– Joe Muggs, “Odd Futures: How Hip-Hop Shook Off Its Macho Image and Got Weird”, Guardian, 6 April, 2016. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/apr/06/hip-hop-weird-image-nicki-minaj-kendrick-lamar-kanye-west
-Paul Rekret, ‘Kid N’ Playa’ in the Quietus, September 2015. http://thequietus.com/articles/18879-children-kids-in-hip-hop-rap
-Paul Rekret, ‘From NWA to Ferguson’ in the Quietus, May 2015. http://thequietus.com/articles/17887-nwa-fuck-the-police-ferguson-america