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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 the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Before coming to Brookes, Victoria was a Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire. She is also a member of the editorial collective for the journal Radical Philosophy.
My research is theoretical and falls into two key areas:
The first strand of my research considers the politics of time and history, particularly in relation to feminism. My book Feminism, Time and Nonlinear History considers the ways in which feminists conceptualize and produce the temporalities of feminism, and explores how feminism can draw productively on its own history, but without passively conforming to expectations of the past, or elevating the past as a nostalgic ideal against which to measure and compare the present. To this end, I combine phenomenological and sociopolitical approaches to develop a nonlinear, 'polytemporal' model of feminist time. Currently I am extending this model as I consider in more detail the relation between the 'time of politics' and the 'time of the divine' within feminist historiography.
The second strand of my research concerns the politics and temporalities of reproduction, pregnant embodiment and the maternal. I am especially interested in challenging normative discourses that understand the maternal body in reductively functional terms, and value pregnancy solely in terms of its product. To develop this project, I have been awarded a 12 month Leverhulme Fellowship, which will begin in September 2017.
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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.