Fiona Jenkins is Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy, RSSS, Australian National University. Her current research covers two projects, one on Judith Butler, which focuses on questions of political legitimacy, violence and non-violence, in post-national frameworks; the other on gender equity and ideas of ‘excellence’ in academic disciplines. She teaches on contemporary French philosophy, on Nietzsche, on film, and on radical democratic theory. Following a DPhil at Balliol, Oxford, she spent two years teaching at Essex University, taking up a post-doc. at Sydney University in 1997 and moving to ANU in 2002. She has also been the Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute, 2013-15.
1989-96 Balliol College, Oxford: D.Phil. Philosophy. By Thesis: "Becoming What We Are: A Study of Revaluation, Realism and Self-Representation in Nietzsche's Writings".Supervised by Prof. Bernard Williams and Mr. Alan Montefiore.
1987-88 Sussex University M.A Philosophy. Dissertation: "On the Possibility of a Feminist Language, Truth and Logic: Wittgenstein, Derrida and the Claims of Radical Alterity"
My recent research has a particular focus on equity issues facing women in academia, and on developing a critical perspective on meritocracy as a practice and theory. I hold an ARC Discovery Grant 2015-17 “Gendered Excellence in the Social Sciences” with colleagues Dr Helen Keane, Em Professor Marian Sawer and Dr Claire Donovan.
In my philosophical work I have also been developing a theory of democracy that pays particular attention to ways of valuing life and to practices of violence and non-violence. Judith Butler and Jean-Luc Nancy are important influences in this project, and I have written a series of papers that will comprise a monograph titled “Sensate Democracy, How Bodies Matter in a Common World”.
As the convenor of the Gender Institute, I aim to develop public understanding of gender issues and foster capacity to redress the wide range of disadvantages women continue to suffer. The role includes advocacy for gender equity at ANU; fostering research collaborations and internal/external networks for gender research at ANU; hosting seminars and public lectures; deciding and administering grants; and mentoring of junior female colleagues and students.
Current PhD, Chair and Supervisor:
Emma Davies: Grief, Wonder and Ethical Encounter in Human-Nonhuman Relationship.
Luke Hennessy: The Practical Turn in Political Philosophy: The Case for Political Realism.
Anthony Hayes: How and Why the Situationist International developed a Coherent Fracture between 1960 and 1963.
Love, Death and Freedom (Contemporary French philosophy)
European Philosophy A, (Nietzsche and Schopenhauer)
Philosophy, Society and Humanity
Advanced Continental Philosophy
Democracy, Difference and Desire