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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. In spring and summer 2011, she was a Visiting Scholar at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Verena's main research lies at the intersection of political philosophy, the philosophy of law, and continental philosophy. Specifically, she brings to bear Foucault's genealogical method on the phenomenon of terrorism. As a consequence, her research interests extend to the methodological import of Foucault's work for political philosophy, the significance of race in current conceptions of terrorism, and sovereignty, power, and violence in modern and contemporary continental philosophy. Verena's work is also concerned with questions of diversity and inclusive pedagogy in philosophy.

During the 2014/15 academic year, Verena will be teaching Values in the Modern World, Philosophy of Law: Critical Race Theory, a graduate seminar on the history of sovereignty, as well as Advanced Reading and Research: Foucault and Race. In 2013, she taught Values in the Modern World, Philosophy of Law, and Philosophy in Literature: Kafka and German-Jewish Philosophy.

Verena serves as Director of Placement.

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Recent & Forthcoming Publications

“Foucault und die Realitätsbedingungen leiblicher Erfahrung” (Foucault and the Conditions of Existence of Embodied Experience). In Leiblichkeit und Politik, edited by Thomas Bedorf and Tobias Klass. Velbrück Wissenschaft, 2015 (forthcoming).

"Terrorism: Knowledge, Power, Subjectivity," in Terrorism as Practice: Using Critical Methodologies for the Study of Terrorism, edited by Jacob Stump and Priya Dixit. Routledge, 2014 (forthcoming).

How (Not) to Study Terrorism.” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 17 (4), 2014, 470-491.

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

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

Recent & Upcoming Presentations

Commentary on Bonnie Mann, Sovereign Masculinity: Gender Lessons from the War on Terror, 53rd Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, New Orleans (October 2014)

“Beasts, Monsters, Barbarians: The Racial Dimensions of Terrorism.” California Roundtable for Philosophy and Race, Marquette University (September 2014)

“Of Pirates, Monsters, and Terrorists, Or: Why There Are No Unpolitical Enemies.” Philosophy and Social Science Conference, Institute of Philosophy at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague (May 2014)

“Of Pirates, Monsters, and Terrorists, Or: Why There Are No Unpolitical Enemies.” International Consortium for Social Theory Conference, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (May 2014)

“Terrorism: Knowledge, Power, Subjectivity.” Critical Genealogies Collaboratory, University of Oregon (May 2014)

“Decolonizing Sovereignty” (with Lorena DeFrias). Strategies of Critique – Decolonizing Anti-Racism, Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought, York University, Toronto (April 2014)

“Foucault’s History of Sovereignty.” Origins of Truth: A Conference on Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know, The Foucault Society and Stony Brook University (February 2014)

“Habermas on European Sovereignty.” Annual Critical Theory Roundtable, Saint Louis University (October 2013)

Contact Details
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Office: 314 Clement Hall
Phone: 901-678-3485
Fax: 901-678-4365
Email: vrlnbsch<at>memphis<dot>edu
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Office Hours (Fall 2014): Tuesday, 2.30-3.30pm
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