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Seely, Stephen D.

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B.A., Gender and Women's Studies and English, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Research Interests

Feminist Theory and Sexual Difference Philosophy; 20th Cent. European Continental Philosophy; Psychoanalysis; Science and Technology Studies; Queer theory and literature; Revolutionary Ethics and Political Spirituality; Ecology in philosophy and literature.

Biographical Notes

Stephen D. Seely graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with degrees in English and Gender and Women's Studies. His dissertation
project, tentatively titled “"A Technics of Sexual Difference"” (committee: Drucilla Cornell, Liz Grosz, Jasbir Puar, Ed Cohen), explores the relationship between sex/uality and technicity in philosophy, psychoanalysis, the biological and techno-sciences, and science fiction. The project is framed by the work of Luce Irigaray and Gilbert Simondon, and their insistence on the urgency of rethinking the ethics of sexual difference and technics, respectively.

In general, Stephen's work seeks to think through the reconfigurations of life, sex, and spirit/psyche wrought by contemporary forms of information and biocapitalism, technoscience, and neoliberal governmentality. In addition to his dissertation, there are currently two main ongoing projects through which this work takes shape. The first is a collaboration with Drucilla Cornell rethinking the relationship between revolution, spirituality, and sexual ethics as they have been configured in queer and feminist theory and in various revolutionary movements (especially Iran and South Africa). Their article "“There’s Nothing Revolutionary About a Blowjob"” is forthcoming in Social Text, and they are currently working on a book. The second project develops the concept of “psychecologies” which couples the framework of “ecosophy” (ecological philosophy, philosophical ecology) in Félix Guattari’s writings with a more capacious understanding of psyche as mind-spirit-life-ghost in order to widen the individualistic frame of contemporary psychology by centralizing the concern for both the collective and environmental dimensions of life. The notion of “psychecology” then shifts “psychology” from the study of the (individual) mind to a consideration of a series of inter-linked ecosystems (mental, collective, environmental), as well as thinks critically about what care practices are necessary to maintain a balance among these systems at varying scales, from the individual to the global.

Additionally, he has published work on queer becoming, affect theory, race and psychoanalysis, sexual difference, and biophilosophy.

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