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Dr Sarah Hickmott, BA (Cambs), MA (KCL), DPhil (Oxon)

Assistant Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43451

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I studied Music at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, before completing an MA in Critical Methodologies at KCL and a DPhil in contemporary French thought at Oxford. I also spent a year teaching at the ENS de Lyon and a further three years in Oxford as a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College before coming to Durham in 2018/19.

Research Interests

My research focuses broadly on the relationship between contemporary French thought and ecological/environmental, social, cultural and political concerns. My first book, Music, Philosophy and Gender in Contemporary French Thought: Nancy, Lacoue-Labarthe, Badiou (forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press, 2020) explores the way music has been used, understood, or characterised in recent French thought.

I have a special interest in the following areas:

  • Twentieth- and twenty-first-century French thought, with a particular focus on its characterisation, use and understanding of music
  • Interdisciplinary and intermedial exchanges (for example, the use of musical and/or musicological concepts in philosophy or the representation of music in visual arts)
  • Organs (bodily, technological/prosthetic/instrumental, and forms of social organisation) in recent French thought
  • Feminist and queer thought

Selected Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Hickmott, Sarah (2021). On Themes and Variations: Music and Literature in Poststructuralism. In The Routledge Companion to Music and Modern Literature. Durkin, Rachael Routledge.

Journal Article

Book review

  • Hickmott, Sarah (2016). Musique et philosophie au XXe siècle: entendre et faire entendre. French Studies (2): 284-285.

Conference Paper

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