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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