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Research Fellow, Department of Modern Languages, University of Birmingham

Evelien Geerts is a multidisciplinary philosopher and Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.

She holds a Humanities Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and (research) M.A. degrees in Philosophy and Gender & Ethnicity Studies. Her research interests include new materialisms & Deleuzoguattarian philosophy, critical epistemologies, and political philosophical questions of identity, difference, and violence. She previously has published in Philosophy Today, Women’s Studies International Forum, and Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge—publications that can be found at—and is a Posthumanities Hub & PhEMaterialisms member.

At the University of Birmingham, Geerts is part of the ERC-funded Urban Terrorism in Europe (2004-19): Remembering, Imagining, and Anticipating Violence project team. In the context of said project, she researches the various materializations of political and urban terrorist violence, with a specific focus on Continental (counter)terrorism in the aftermath of the Paris 2015 and Brussels 2016 attacks & post-philosophical methodologies.

Some of the topics Geerts has worked on so far: New materialist philosophies; posthumanism; Continental philosophy; gender studies; philosophy in times of crisis; Belgian politics & local feminist activism; feminist epistemology & marginalized knowledges; political violence & (counter)terrorism; conceptualizations of identity & identity politics; political fascism; alt-right & alt-right memes; philosophical & critical pedagogical critiques of neoliberalism; and extreme-right framing of gender "ideology" critiques.


  • 2020–present
    Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
  • 2019–2020
    Lecturer, University of Amsterdam


  • 2019 
    University of California, Santa Cruz, PhD (Humanities)
  • 2012 
    Utrecht University, Research MA (Gender & Ethnicity Studies)
  • 2010 
    Antwerp University, MA (Philosophy)