Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans is a social theorist and philosopher with a particular interest in the work of Michel Foucault and in feminist philosophy and politics of the body. She is the leader of the research strand ‘Perfect and Imperfect Bodies’. She has previously taught on the MSc in Gender, Media and Culture at The London School of Economics, and the MA in Gender, Media and Culture at Goldsmiths College. She currently researches the relationship between medicine and the gendering of male and female bodies, and is developing a research base for PhD scholarship on sexology, the body and pornography.
Heather is also a founder member of 'Resist Porn Culture' (RPC), a UK organisation dedicated to resisting the pornography industry and the pornification of culture. The organisation is grounded in political activism and joins with other groups nationally and internationally to challenge sexual violence and the sexual objectification of women and girls in popular media. It is informed by theoretical analyses of pornography and the gendered, racist and economic oppression inherent in the sex industry. It is a sister organization to 'Stop Porn Culture' (SPC) USA.
At the Centre for Medical Humanities my research focuses on the perfect and imperfect body, in particular the body as it is represented and constituted by a variety of medical, philosophical, social and political discursive practices.
I am developing three particular and inter-related themes concerning the 21st century body:
‘What does it mean to be human?’
‘Ethics beyond the ‘equality’ of neo-liberalism’
‘The Bio-politics of Pornography’