Dr Alison Ainley

Head of Humanities and Social Sciences;

Associate Professor Philosophy

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Philosophy

Research Supervision:Yes

Alison is Head of our Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her current research concerns philosophical questions about embodiment, particularly in the work of Simone de Beauvoir.

alison.ainley@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Alison became Head of Humanities and Social Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University in 2005. Before this she was a lecturer in philosophy at Anglia Ruskin, appointed in 1990. She also spent two years teaching at University College Dublin, from 1991-92. Alison teaches on our undergraduate philosophy degree, including modules on the Philosophy of Art and Western Civilisation, and also supervises research students in philosophy.

Areas of research supervision

  • Phenomenology 
  • Feminist philosophy
  • Philosophical issues in psychoanalysis 
  • Contemporary European philosophy
  • Areas previously supervised to successful completion include Heidegger and sexual difference; Heidegger and Edith Stein; Merleau-Ponty and Derrida on language; politics in Byzantium and Plato and mathematics. Current PhD students are researching topics including questions of human rights.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Philosophy; 'Ethics and Embodiment’, University of Warwick, 1993
  • MA in Philosophy and Literature ‘Mallarmé and Literary Theory’, University of Warwick, 1986

  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and Literature, 1st Class, University of Warwick, 1985

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Society for Women in Philosophy
  • Mind, Aristoteles and Society
  • British Society for Phenomenology
  • British Philosophical Association

Selected recent publications

Ainley, A., 2001. 'Imagination and the Maternal; Kant and Levinas' in Tina Chanter (Ed.). Re-Reading the Cannon: Feminist Interpretations of Levinas. USA: Pennsylvania State Press.

‘Provoking thought’ (2003). Philosopher’s Magazine, issue 22 February.

‘What’s it all about?’ (2003). Philosopher’s Magazine, issue 23 May.

‘Grounds for Optimism’ (2004). New Humanist, November-December.

‘The mighty fork (Kierkegaard)’ (2005). Philosopher’s Magazine, July.

‘Kristeva, subjectivity and culture’ (2009). Hypatia, 24(1).


Recent presentations and conferences

Alison organised a conference to celebrate 40 years of philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University on 11 November 2013, bringing together both current and former staff and students.