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Claire Blencowe: Teaching

Claire Blencowe

Undergraduate Teaching

I am passionate about teaching sociology and see our main role as enabling critical thinking and collaboration amongst students. My teaching practice is led by my research projects and interests -not only in content but also in the style of teaching that I adopt... I strive to foster capacities for agency, critique and making common-life, drawing insights from political sociology and theory.


PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD research in: political sociology relating to authority, formations of political subjectivity and agency, global politics, religion, and racism; spirituality, subjectivity and modernity or technology; as well as in critical, cultural, and continential social and political theory - I have particular expertise on Michel Foucault and on the relationships between values, historico-material processes and political ideas, especially associated with life, biopolitics, vitalism and process ontology. I am also interested in interdisciplinay supervision.

I currently co-supervise:

  • Chiara Livina Bernardi 'Web2.0 and women's activities in Egypt and Saudi Arabia'
  • Sam Burgum 'Occupy London: Post-Politics versus Politics Proper in an Era of Consensus'
  • Morteza Hashemi Madani 'Social Theory and the Secular Fundamentalisms'
  • Kathryn Medien 'Writing Oneself: Genealogies of the Western Academic Feminist'