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Dr Iwona Janicka

Dr Iwona Janicka

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Email: I dot Janicka at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building
University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Iwona joined French Studies at Warwick in September 2015 as British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow. As Gates Scholar she completed her PhD in French at the University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall, in 2014. Her doctoral project, supervised by Ian James, dealt with the concept of universality and social transformation in most recent philosophical thought. In 2015-16 she held a postdoctoral fellowship at Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover, Germany. Her research has been supported by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and Hertie-Stiftung.

Research Interests

Iwona's teaching and research interests lie within the area of twentieth- and twenty-first-century French and German philosophy, political thought and theory (French, Critical, Literary, Feminist, Queer, Anarchist). She is particularly interested in the works of Peter Sloterdijk, Isabelle Stengers, Michel Serres, Bruno Latour, Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière, René Girard and Gilbert Simondon. Her postdoctoral research with the British Academy investigates the possibilities of formulating a non-anthropocentric concept of politics. The project examines not only a philosophical idea but, more importantly, interrogates forms of political practice that can be envisioned from within a non-anthropocentric framework. Most recent French and German philosophy serves as a theoretical point of departure for addressing this question.

Selected Publications


2017: Theorizing Contemporary Anarchism. Solidarity, Mimesis and Radical Social Change (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, ISBN 9781474276184)

Journal Articles

2017: “Über das Astronomische und das Mikroskopische: Sloterdijk und die Frage des Ausmaßes” [Scaling up, Scaling down: Sloterdijk and Grand Narratives], Pro-Fil: An Internet Journal of Philosophy (Special Issue), 18–23.

2016: “Are These Bubbles Anarchist? Peter Sloterdijk’s Spherology and the Question of Anarchism.” Anarchist Studies (24.1): 62–84.

2015: “Queering Girard – De-Freuding Butler. A Theoretical Encounter between Judith Butler’s Gender Performativity and René Girard’s Mimetic Theory.” Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture (22): 43–64.

2013: “Hegel on a Carrousel: Universality and the Politics of Translation in the Work of Judith Butler.” Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory 36 (3): 361–75.

2013: “Homosocial Bonds and Narrative Strategies in Adolphe Belot’s Mademoiselle Giraud, ma femme (1870).” Romanica Silesiana. Gendered Constructions (8): 138–150.

2010: “Mapping the Father. The Application of Greimassian Semiotics to Bruno Schulz’s Sklepy Cynamonowe.” Welt der Slaven: Internationale Halbjahresschrift für Slavistik LV: 45–66.

Articles can be accessed here

Book Reviews

2017: Grace Hellyer and Julian Murphet (eds.). Rancière and Literature (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), French Studies.

2016: Pierpaolo Antonello and Heather Webb (eds.). Mimesis, Desire, and the Novel. René Girard and Literary Criticism (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2015), Modern Language Review 111.4: 1117-1118

2016: Lisa Jeschke and Adrian May (eds.). Matters of Time: Material Temporalities in Twentieth-Century French Culture (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015), French Studies 70 (1): 141-142

2014: David Scott. Gilbert Simondon: Psychic and Collective Individuation. A Critical Introduction and Guide (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014) for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2014.12.23

Recent and Upcoming Talks

"Strange Bedfellows? Anarchism, New Materialisms and the Question of Political Practice”, Economies de l'existence/Economies of Existence. A Conference Co-sponsored by University of Cambridge-ENS-NYU-PSL, Paris, France, 9-10.6.2017

"Über das Astronomische und das Mikroskopische: Sloterdijk und die Frage der Geschichte” [Scaling up, Scaling down: Sloterdijk on History] In Sloterdijks Weltinnenraum, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, 19.4.2017

"Politics and Non-humans: Spherology and General Organology as Compasses for Political Practice?”, Welcome to the Anthropocene. Debate with Philosophers Peter Sloterdijk and Bernard Stiegler, Radbound University, Netherlands; Invited paper given at the expert seminar with Stiegler and Sloterdijk on their work, 27-28.6.2016

Was Philosophie umtreibt: Gilbert Simondon und der Begriff des tierischen Lebens” [What Bothers Philosophy: Gilbert Simondon and the Notion of Animal Life], Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover, Germany, 7.6.2016

Most Recent Public Engagement

2016: "Pro und Contra: Kann man die Umwelt als politisches Subjekt denken?" [The environment as a political subject?], Philosophie inDebate, Blog of Hannover Institute for Philosophical Research, Germany, 3.5.2016

2016: “Ein Plädoyer für eine nicht-anthropozentrische Philosophie,” [In defence of a non- anthropocentric philosophy], Philosophie inDebate, Blog of Hannover Institute for Philosophical Research, Germany, 9.2.2016

Organised Conferences

Programme: “Nonhumans and Politics. International Conference on Non-Anthropocentric Perspectives on Politics” (22-23 January 2016, Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover, Germany)

Press release for the "Nonhumans and Politics" conference can be accessed here ["Worms, trees or AI as political actors?"]


BA (LMU München), MPhil and PhD (Cambridge)

Film Projects

The last lecture series on Marxism and Nietzsche given by Professor Raymond Geuss (Faculty of Philosophy) at the University of Cambridge in 2013.

Office hours

Room H4.04

By appointment (via email)


Undergraduate modules

IT914-30 Critical Theory in Modern Languages 

Theorizing Contemporary Anarchism