The Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths University of London

Research Centre run jointly between the Departments of Sociology and English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths University, London



Julia Ng
(Co-Director, English and Comparative Literature)

Alberto Toscano (Co-Director, Sociology)

Vikki Bell (Co-Director, Sociology)

Svenja Bromberg (Deputy Co-Director, Sociology)

Jacob McGuinn (Deputy Co-Director, English and Comparative Literature)

Will Davies (Politics and International Relations)

Jenny Doussan (Visual Cultures)

Sara R Farris (Sociology)

Mark Fisher (Visual Cultures) †

Monica Greco (Sociology)

Jean-Paul Martinon (Visual Cultures)

Sam McAuliffe (Visual Cultures)

Andrea Mura (Politics)

Michael Newman (Art)

Stefan Nowotny  (Visual Cultures)

Simon O’Sullivan (Visual Cultures)

Brendan Prendeville (Visual Cultures)

Martin Savransky (Sociology)

Lynn Turner (Visual Cultures)

Marina Vishmidt (Media and Communications)

External Affiliates

Cinzia Arruzza
(New School for Social Research)

Andrew Benjamin (Monash)

Ray Brassier (American University in Beirut)

Lorenzo Chiesa (Genoa)

Rebecca Comay (Toronto)

Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel/Collège International de Philosophie)

Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky (Bochum/ICI Berlin)

Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern)

Ricardo Espinoza Lolas (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso)

Oliver Feltham (American University of Paris)

Peter Fenves (Northwestern)

Werner Hamacher (Frankfurt) †

Benjamin Noys (Chichester)

Elizabeth Rottenberg (DePaul)

Massimiliano Tomba (Università di Padova)

Samuel Weber (Northwestern)

Advisory Board

Josh Cohen (English & Comparative Literature)

Sanjay Seth (Politics/Centre for Postcolonial Studies)

Eyal Weizman (Visual Cultures/Centre for Research Architecture)

Graduate Affiliates

Camille Germanos (English and Comparative Literature)
Thesis title: TBC

Ksenija Krapivina (Visual Cultures)
Thesis title: TBC

Yari Lanci (Sociology)
Thesis title: Governing Time: Temporality and the Making of Exploitable Subjects in Marx and Foucault

Federica Murè (English and Comparative Literature)
Thesis title: TBC (Funded by CHASE AHRC studentship)

Florence Platford (English and Comparative Literature)
Thesis title: Political Occultology: Walter Benjamin’s ‘Surrealism’ and the Figure of the Secret Society (Funded by departmental bursary)

Filippo Ursitti (English and Comparative Literature / Critical Theory)
Thesis title: TBC

Recent Doctoral Research

Bromberg, Svenja (Sociology, 2016). Thesis title: Thinking ‘emancipation’ after Marx: A conceptual analysis of emancipation between citizenship and revolution.

Lagos, Felipe (Sociology, 2017)
Thesis title: The Misadventures of Latin American Marxism: Intellectual Journeys Towards the Deprovincialization of Marxist Thought

Law, Christopher (English and Comparative Literature, 2019)
Thesis title: The Life in Language: The Concept of Uncriticizability from Goethe to Benjamin (Funded by CHASE AHRC studentship)

Mozzachiodi, Roberto (MCCS, 2021)
Thesis title: The End of Philosophy in Marx: Henri Lefebvre, Louis Althusser, and Jacques Derrida

Truskolaski, Sebastian (Visual Cultures, 2016). Thesis title: Bilderverbot: Adorno and the Ban on Images.

Vandeputte, Tom (English and Comparative Literature, 2017). Thesis title: Critique of Journalistic Reason: Language and History in Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Benjamin

Visiting Researchers


Jacob McGuinn, Associate Lecturer, English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths (PhD Queen Mary University of London)


Matthias Lievens, Assistant Professor, Institute for Philosophy, KU Leuven


Katja Cicigoj, PhD fellow, Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Giessen / CRMEP, Kingston

Isabell Dahms, PhD student, CRMEP Kingston University

Miranda Davidson, PhD student, Politics, Queen Mary University of London

Laura Lee Schmidt, PhD candidate, History of Science, Harvard University

Chryssa Srdolia, Postdoctoral researcher, Goldsmiths