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Verena Erlenbusch

Verena Erlenbusch (Ph.D., University of Sussex) joined the department in 2013. Before coming to Memphis, she taught at St. Mary’s University and the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. Verena specializes in social and political philosophy, the philosophy of law, and continental philosophy. Her work focuses on the legal, political, and philosophical construction of terrorism since the French Revolution as well as on theories of sovereignty and power. Her work has appeared in Critical Horizons, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy Compass, and Journal of Global Ethics.

Dr. Erlenbusch serves as Director of Placement.

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Recent & Forthcoming Publications

"Terrorism: Knowledge, Power, Subjectivity," in Terrorism as Practice: Using Critical Methodologies for the Study of Terrorism, eds. J. Stump and P. Dixit (Routledge 2014).

"The place of sovereignty: mapping power with Agamben, Butler, and Foucault,” Critical Horizons 14 (2013): 44-69.

“How (not) to study terrorism.” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (2013): DOI:10.1080/13698230.2013.767040 (online first).

“The concept of sovereignty in contemporary continental political philosophy,” Philosophy Compass 7 (2012): 365-75.

Recent & Upcoming Presentations

"Hobbes on Sovereignty and Domination," Philosophy Forum Workshop Series, University of Mississippi (February 2014)

"Is There a Right to Citizenship?" Department of Philosophy, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX (October 2013)

"Habermas’ Theory of Shared Sovereignty,” Philosophy and Social Science Conference, Institute of Philosophy at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague (May 2013)

"Between National and Popular Sovereignty: Habermas and the Unfinished Project of Europe," Sixth International Conference on Critical Theory, Loyola University Chicago, John Felice Rome Center, Rome (May 2013)

"Contract and Gift in Hobbes’ Theory of Sovereignty," Association for Political Theory Conference, University of South Carolina (October 2012)

"On the Use and Abuse of Political Theology," International Social Theory Consortium, Flagler College (May 2012)

Contact Details
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Office: 314 Clement Hall
Phone: 901-678-3485
Fax: 901-678-4365
Email: vrlnbsch<at>memphis<dot>edu
Personal website
Office Hours (Spring 2014): tba
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