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Department of Social Sciences
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Victoria joined the Department in September 2013, and specialises in political and feminist theory. She has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Liverpool, and BA and MA degrees from SOAS, University of London. She is also a member of the editorial collective for the journal Radical Philosophy.
My main area of interest is the relationship between politics and the different ways of imagining, organising and experiencing time. For example, my book Feminism, Time and Nonlinear History considers how feminists have envisioned the historical time of feminism itself - as linear, as fractured, as one, or as multiple - and how such temporal visions generate specific forms of political investment and alliance in the present.
More recently, my interest in time has led me to consider the temporalities and politics of pregnancy from a feminist perspective, and I am now in the process of writing a new book, Pregnancy without Birth: Embodying the Present.
Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2017-2018)
Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Competition Award (2008–2011)
Arts and Humanities Research Council Taught Masters Competition Award (2004–2005)
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Religious concepts and themes are central to many of Mary Wollstonecraft’s writings, yet rarely feature within popular representations of her life, work and legacy today. This paper examines the forgetting of Wollstonecraft’s religiosity in light of the broader narratives that western feminism circulates about its past and present, focusing particularly on the historiographical practices and temporal tropes that construct feminism as a quintessentially secular project. It also considers the potentially transformative impact that unforgetting Wollstonecraft’s religiosity could have within feminist historiography and politics in the present, in terms of parochializing the political certitude of secular feminism and the politics of division conducted in its name.
Susan Faludi's Backlash, first published in 1991, offers a compelling account of feminism being forced to repeat itself in an era hostile to its transformative potentials and ambitions. Twenty years on, this paper offers a philosophical reading of Faludi's text, unpacking the model of social and historical change that underlies the “backlash” thesis. It focuses specifically on the tension between Faludi's ideal model of social change as a movement of linear, step-by-step, continuous progress, and her depiction of feminist history in terms of endless repetition. If we uphold a linear, teleological ideal of social change, I argue, repetition can only be thought of in negative terms—as a step backwards or a waste of time—which in turn has a negative and demoralizing impact within feminism itself. To explore an alternative model of historical time and change, I turn to the work of feminist philosopher Christine Battersby, who rethinks repetition through the Kierkegaardian mode of “recollecting forwards,” and the Nietzschean notion of “untimeliness.” I suggest that Battersby's philosophical reconceptualization of historical repetition, as a potentially creative, productive phenomenon, can be of great utility to feminists as we enact and negotiate the dynamics of backlash politics.