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Mimi Michael Howard

Mimi Michael Howard

Thesis Title: Genealogy, Tradition, and Critique in Post-war German Political Thought

Supervisor: Professor Duncan Kelly

College: King's College


Research Interests

Modern European intellectual history, history of political thought, political theory, critical theory, Marxism, feminist theory, and religion.

My PhD research focuses on the contributions of a group of German émigré thinkers —including Arendt, Adorno, Marcuse, Taubes, Voegelin, Schütz, Kelsen—to the 'renewal' of political philosophy in post-war universities. I am most interested in the way they both call upon and stage a critique of Western philosophical tradition in the project of broadening the remit of political thought—one that centered not so much the state, institutions, or notions of justice, but rather on a deep questioning of what constitutes a political subject. In so doing, and in contrast to movements in Anglo-American political philosophy, these thinkers appealed not to social scientific or psychological explanations of politics, but to phenomenological and genealogical method, centering experience and history in their attempts to carve out a non-positivist epistemology of politics and political life. Their riposte to liberalism's 'grand theory' is examined in terms of both its limitations and possibilities. 

Teaching

POL 11/Paper 5 - Political Philosophy and History of Political Thought since c.1890

POL1 - The Modern State and its Alternatives 

Historical Argument and Practices: Power; History of Ideas; Gender, Race, and the Archive. 

Other Publications

Peer-Reviewed

“Hannah Arendt’s Contribution to a Critique of Political Economy,” New German Critique 146 (August 2020). Available at: https://read.dukeupress.edu/new-german-critique/article/47/2%20(140)/45/166337/Hannah-Arendt-s-Contribution-to-a-Critique-of

Review of Fred Moten's consent not to be a single being (Duke, 2018) "Ontology's Exhaust," boundary 2 review (April 2020).

Editorial:

"Strike on Film" Another Gaze: A Feminist Film Journal 4 (Spring, 2020). 

“Hito Steyerl’s Gray Zone,” Another Gaze: A Feminist Film Journal 3 (Summer, 2019).

Review of Friedrich Nietzsche, Anti-Education (NYRB, 2015): “Pedagogy with a Hammer,”  Los Angeles Review of Books (January, 2016).