Dr Joanne Faulkner

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Women's & Gender Studies
PhD La Trobe University (2006)
School of Humanities & Languages


9385 2287
9385 8705
Room 338, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus


Monday 2 - 3 p.m. Wednesday 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. or by appointment
Fields: Culture, Gender, Sexuality, History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
Tags: Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies, Gender and Sexualities


Joanne Faulkner lectures in Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies, in the School of Humanities and Languages. Her interest lies particularly in investgating intersection between race, class, and gender, and especially as these are articulated through representations of childhood.

Her DECRA project, "The Politicised Child in Postcolonial Community: A Political Ontology of Childhood and Memory examined through cases in Australia and Canada" (DE120100300) examined the political use of children and childhood in relation to indigenous politics and discourse surrounding reconciliation in Australia, and forced sterilisation in Canada. She was also the recipient of an ARC funded Discovery award for the project, “The Concept of Innocence and the Political Community: Australian Identity and Social Health” (DP0877618), at the University of New South Wales. This research investigated the significance of innocence and of childhood for contemporary understandings of socio-political community. Her other research interests include political philosophy more broadly, as well as Nietzscheanism, psychoanalytic theory, feminist theory and critical race theory. She is the author of Young and Free: [Post]colonial Ontologies of Childhood, Memory, and History in Australia (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016), The Importance of Being Innocent: Why We Worry About Children (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Dead Letters to Nietzsche: Or the Necromantic Art of Reading Philosophy (Ohio University Press, 2010), and co-author (with Matthew Sharpe) of Understanding Psychoanalysis (Acumen, 2008), as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles.



    • Faulkner J, 2016, Young and Free: [Post]colonial Ontologies of Childhood, Memory and History in Australia, Continental Philosophy in Austral-Asia, Rowman & Littlefield International, London and New York
    • Faulkner J;Zolkos M, 2015, Critical Childhood Studies and the Practice of Interdisciplinarity Disciplining the Child, Lexington Books
    • Faulkner J, 2010, Dead Letters to Nietzsche; or, the Necromantic Art of Reading Philosophy, 1, Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio
    • Faulkner J, 2010, The Importance of Being Innocent: Why We Worry About Children, Original, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne
    • Sharpe M;Faulkner J, 2008, Understanding Psychoanalysis, Original, Acumen, Stocksfield

    Book Chapters

    • Faulkner J;Zolkos M, 2015, 'Introduction', in Faulkner J; Zolkos M (ed.), Critical Childhood Studies and the Practice of Interdisciplinarity: Disciplining the Child, Lexington Books, Lanham, pp. ix - xvii
    • Faulkner J, 2015, 'Humanity's Little Scrap Dealers: The Child at Play in Modern Philosophy and Implications for Sexualization Discourse', in Faulkner J; Zolkos M (ed.), Critical Childhood Studies and the Practice of Interdisciplinarity Disciplining the Child, Lexington Books, Lanham, pp. 83 - 101
    • Faulkner J, 2013, 'Compassion and the Stolen Generations', in Ure M; Frost M (ed.), The Politics of Compassion, edn. Original, Routledge, London & New York, pp. 139 - 157, http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415671583/
    • Faulkner J, 2011, 'Irigaray's Nietzsche', in Woodward A (ed.), Interpreting Nietzsche: Reception and Influence, edn. Original, Continuum, London & New York, pp. 180 - 196
    • Faulkner J, 2007, 'Terror, Trauma, and the Ethics of Innocence', in Sharpe M; Noonan M; Freddy J (ed.), Trauma, History, Philosophy, edn. Original, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 122 - 141

    Journal articles

    • Faulkner J, 2017, 'Slow Reading and Philosophy’s Futures', Parrhesia: a journal of critical philosophy
    • Faulkner J, 2017, '"White Women Elected Trump": Feminism in Dark Times, Its Present and Future', Continental Thought and Theory: A Journal of Intellectual Freedom, vol. 1, pp. 650 - 672, https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/bitstream/handle/10092/13481/Faulkner-CTT-v1-3-2017.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
    • Faulkner J, 2016, 'Historical Justice and Memory, edited by Klaus Neumann and Janna Thompson: Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2015, pp. ix + 264, US$39.95 (paperback)', Australasian Journal of Philosophy, pp. 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00048402.2016.1160943
    • Faulkner J, 2015, '‘Our own Hurricane Katrina’: Aboriginal disadvantage and Australian national identity', National Identities, vol. 17, pp. 117 - 135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2015.1019205
    • Faulkner J, 2014, 'The Uncanny Child of Australian Nationhood: Nostalgia as a Critical Tool in Conceptualising Social Change', Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, vol. 18, pp. 125 - 148, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/symposium201418221
    • Faulkner J, 2013, 'Vulnerability of "virtual" subjects: Childhood, memory, and crisis in the cultural value of innocence1', Sub-Stance, vol. 42, pp. 127 - 147, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/sub.2013.0029
    • Faulkner J, 2013, 'Disgust, purity, and a longing for companionship: Dialectics of affect in nietzsche's imagined community', Journal of Nietzsche Studies, vol. 44, pp. 49 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/nie.2013.0014
    • Faulkner J, 2011, 'Innocents and oracles: The child as a figure of knowledge and critique in the middle-class philosophical imagination', Critical Horizons, vol. 12, pp. 323 - 346, http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/crit.v12i3.323
    • Faulkner J, 2011, 'Negotiating vulnerability through animal and child: Agamben and Rancie' re at the limit of being human', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 16, pp. 73 - 85, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2011.641346
    • Faulkner J, 2011, 'Vulnerability and the Passing of Childhood in Bill Henson: Innocence in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction', Parrhesia, vol. 11, pp. 44 - 55
    • Faulkner J, 2010, 'The innocence fetish: The commodification and sexualisation of children in the media and popular culture', Media International Australia, pp. 106 - 117
    • Faulkner J, 2010, 'Innocence, evil, and human frailty: Potentiality and the child in the writings of Giorgio Agamben', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 15, pp. 203 - 219, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2010.521419
    • Ellis CA J, 2009, 'Understanding Psychoanalysis Matthew Sharpe and Joanne Faulkner Stocksfield, UK: Acumen Publishing, 2008, 240 pp.', Dialogue, vol. 48, pp. 682 - 682, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0012217309990266
    • Faulkner J, 2009, 'The Eternal Jouissance of the Community: Phantasm, Imagination, and ‘Natural Man’ in Hobbes', Theory and Event, vol. 12, pp. n/a - n/a, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/tae.0.0077
    • Faulkner J, 2008, 'The Innocence of Victim-hood vs. the `Innocence of Becoming`: Nietzsche, 9/11, and the `Falling Man`.', Journal of Nietzsche, pp. 67 - 85
    • Faulkner J, 2008, '`Keeping it in the family`: Sarah Kofman Reading Nietzsche as a Jewish Woman', Hypatia, vol. 1, pp. 41 - 64
    • Faulkner J, 2007, 'The vision, the riddle, and the vicious circle: Pierre Klossowski reading Nietzsche's sick body through Sade's perversion', Textual Practice, vol. 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09502360601156922
    • Faulkner J, 2005, 'Freud's Concept of the Death Drive and its Relation to the Superego', Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy, vol. 9, pp. 153 - 176, http://www.mic.ul.ie/stephen/vol9/Freud.pdf
    • Faulkner J, 2003, 'Voices from the depths: Reading "love" in Luce Irigaray's Marine Lover', Diacritics, vol. 33, pp. 81 - 94
    • Faulkner J, 2003, 'The Body as Text in the Writings of Nietzsche and Freud', Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy, vol. 7, pp. 92 - 124, http://www.mic.ul.ie/stephen/vol7/body.pdf
    • Faulkner J, 2001, 'Amnesia at the Beginning of Time: Irigaray's reading of Heidegger in The Forgetting of Air', Contretemps: An Online Journal of Philosophy, vol. 2, pp. 124 - 141, http://www.usyd.edu.au/contretemps/2may2001/faulkner.pdf


ARTS3901 Race and Gender, taught in S1 2017

ARTS2910 Philosophy and the Body, taught in S2 2017



I can supervise in nineteenth and twentieth century European philosophy, particularly on or using the work of Friedrich Nietszche, Martin Heidegger, Giorgio Agamben, Luce Irigaray, Sarah Kofman, and Jacques Rancière. I am also particularly interested in supervising projects in the intersection between Women's and Gender Studies and Philosophy, as well as Critical Child Studies, Race, and Postcolonial philosophy.


My students include:

Emily Hughes, PhD, Temporality and Attunement in Heidegger (completed in 2016)

Christopher Peers, PhD, Nature, Culture, and the Family.


Honours and prizes

Shortlisted, Dean's Monograph Award, 2017

ARC DECRA Fellow, University of NSW, 2012 - 2014

ARC Discovery Postdoctoral Fellow, University of NSW, 2008 - 2011

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta, 2007 - 2008

FInalist, Australasian Association of Philosophy Annette Baier Prize for an outstanding philosophical paper or book chapter published by an Australasian woman during the previous calendar year, 2016. 

Finalist, Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics, 2012

Professional contribution

Deputy Chair, The Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy

Co-Editor, Series in Continental Philosophy in Austral-Asia, Rowman & Littlefield International

Vice-President, UNSW Branch of the NTEU

Affiliations and membership

The Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy

The Australasian Association of Philosophy


Member, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

Member, Friedrich Nietzsche Society
Member, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia

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