Institute for Social Justice

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Professor Allison Weir

Professor Allison Weir

Director of Doctoral Program

Allison Weir is a social and political philosopher. Her work focuses on intersections of gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, “race,” and religion in the development of individual and collective identities, and on the relation of identity to agency and freedom, power and solidarity. She is currently working on a project exploring and developing diverse nondominant conceptions of freedom, including Indigenous, Africana, Islamic, Buddhist, yogic, feminist, and queer conceptions, to consider how these relate to practices of decolonization and struggles for global justice. She also works on caregiving as a global issue, focusing on global care chains. Her work is interdisciplinary, in the areas of feminist theory, queer theory, critical theory, critical race theory, poststructuralism, postcolonial theory, 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, and history of philosophy.

Allison Weir is the author of Identities and Freedom (Oxford 2013) and Sacrificial Logics: Feminist Theory and the Critique of Identity (Routledge 1996). She moved to Sydney, Australia in 2010 from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, where she was Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Program in Gender and Women’s Studies, and has held visiting positions at Goethe University in Frankfurt, the New School for Social Research in New York, the University of Dundee, Scotland, and Concordia University in Montreal. She completed her PhD in the Interdisciplinary Program in Social and Political Thought at York University in Toronto.

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  • Articles

    Identities and Freedom: Power, Love, and other Dangers.” Philosophy Today  61, 2, June 2017. (Response to Book Discussion of Identities and Freedom).

    “Collective Love as Public Freedom: Dancing Resistance. Arendt, Kristeva, and Idle No More.” Hypatia: International Journal of Feminist Philosophy  32, 1, January 2017.

    “Islamic Feminisms and Freedom.” Philosophical Topics 41, 2, 2013.  Written and published in 2015, backdated to 2013.

    “Gender and The Politics of our Selves.” Critical Horizons 15, 1, 2014

    “Feminism and the Islamic Revival: Freedom as a Practice of Belonging,” Hypatia: International Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Special Issue on Crossing Borders 28, 2, 2013.

    Who Are We? Between Taylor and Foucault,’ Philosophy and Social Criticism 35, 5, June 2009.

    Global Feminism and Transformative Identity Politics,’ Hypatia 23, 4, Fall 2008.

    Home and Identity: In Memory of Iris Marion Young,’ Hypatia: Special Issue on Iris Marion Young 23, 3, Summer 2008.

    Global Care Chains: Freedom, Responsibility, and Solidarity,’ The Southern Journal of Philosophy 46, 2008.

    The Global Universal Caregiver: Imagining Women’s Liberation in the Third Millennium,’ Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, 12, 3, September 2005: 308-330.

  • Books

    Identities and Freedom. Oxford University Press, 2013.

    Sacrificial Logics: Feminist Theory and the Critique of Identity. New York and London: Routledge, 1996.

  • Book Chapters

    “Feminist Critical Theory.” In The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Philosophy.  Oxford University Press. Forthcoming 2018.

    “Decolonizing Feminist Freedom: Indigenous Relationalities.” In Decolonizing Feminism: Transnational Feminism and Globalization, ed. Margaret A. McLaren. Rowman and Littlefield International, October 2017.

    “Feminism and Freedom.” In The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy. Ed. Ann Garry, Serene Khader, Alison Stone. New York: Routledge, May 2017.

    “A Life Not Lost.” In Vanessa Reimer and Sarah Sahagian, ed. Mother of Invention. Demeter, 2013.

    The Subversion of Identity: Luce Irigaray and the Critique of Phallogocentrism,’ in Ann Cahill and Jennifer Hansen, ed. French Feminists: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory (Routledge, 2008). (reprint)