Staff in the Department of French
Dr Sarah Hickmott, BA (Cambs), MA (KCL), DPhil (Oxon)
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.
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
- 2020 Music, Philosophy and Gender in Contemporary French Thought: Nancy Lacoue-Labarthe, Badiou, Edinburgh University Press.
- 2016 'Musique et philosophie au XXe siècle: entendre et faire entendre', French Studies pp. 284-285
Chapter in book
- 2020 'Music and Literature in Poststructualisam and Beyond', in Durkin, Rachael (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Music and Modern Literature, Routledge.
- 2017 'Beyond Lacoue-Labarthe’s Alma Mater: Mus(e)ic, Myth and Modernity, paper given at Modernité du mythe, à partir de Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Trinity College, Dublin'.
- 2017 'Sounding the Siren, Sexing the Shipwreck, paper given at Shipwrecks and How to Avoid Them: Seafaring and Writing in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, Somerville College, Oxford'.
- 2017 'Beyond Lacoue-Labarthe’s Alma Mater: Mus(e)ic, Myth and Modernity', L’Esprit créateur 57, pp. 174-188
- 2015 '(En) Corps Sonore: Jean-Luc Nancy’s “Sonotropism”', French Studies 69, pp. 479-493