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Patricia MacCormack

Professor of Continental Philosophy, Anglia Ruskin University

Patricia is a researcher who has published in the areas of continental philosophy (especially Deleuze, Guattari, Serres, Irigaray, Lyotard, Kristeva, Blanchot, Ranciere), feminism, queer theory, posthuman theory, horror film, body modification, animal rights/abolitionism, cinesexuality and ethics.

Patricia has published extensively in the areas of Continental philosophy, feminism, queer theory, posthuman ethics, animal studies and horror films. The REF test rated all her work at 4*. Her work has been cited and reviewed internationally resulting in many invites to HEIs to speak both to Faculty and public lectures. Her monograph Cinesexuality has been key reading on curricula, for example in the Monash University Film Studies M.A., and there is a PhD student currently writing a dissertation on her work Cinesexuality at Ulster University, showing influence in contemporary research projects. Her monograph Posthuman Ethics is on curricula such as the MA in Fine Arts at UCSB and Animal Studies at The University of Sydney. She has had successful large single researcher grant applications (AHRC for £23000 in 2007, Leverhulme International Visiting Fellowship £15216 in 2013) and continues to apply for large grants.

The reach of her academic work has extended further into what the REF now require as a compulsory non-HEI field of impact: one of her works was one of the three impact case studies submitted for the REF in her Department. As a result of her published academic work’s influence, she has received a number of invites to give public lectures. The series of 5 Cinema and Occult lectures she gave at Treadwell’s all sold out and she continues to be invited to speak there. She has also lectured publicly at the October Gallery, The Barbican, The Tate Britain and The Manchester ‘AND’ Arts Festival. In November 2012 she was on the jury of the 26th Leeds International Film Festival. In 2014 she spoke on Stephen Dwoskin at the ICA, London and was visiting philosopher in conversation with artist Ed Atkins at the Kunsthalle Zurich.

She has appeared being interviewed, and has interviewed a number of directors, on a variety of DVDs including the 13 DVDs of the films of Jean Rollin, the 2009 edition of Suspiria, many DVDs released by Redemption Films such as Burke and Hare (2010) and Daughter of Darkness (2010), the complete video nasty phenomenon documentary Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide (2009). Recently she was interviewed on the BFI release of Maitresse and wrote the booklet notes for the 2012 BFI Maitresse and the 2012 BFI Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan.

Research interests
Patricia publishes in the following areas of aesthetics, identity, ethics, gender and cultural studies:

Continental philosophy, especially Deleuze, Guattari, Foucault, Blanchot, Irigaray, Serres and Lyotard
Sexuality and queer theory
Post-human theory
Animal studies
European horror film, especially German Expressionism and Italian horror of the 1960s-1980s


  • –present
    Professor of Continental Philosophy, Anglia Ruskin University