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Dr Sarah Hickmott

Associate Professor / Deputy Director of UG Education (Curriculum Development)

Associate Professor / Deputy Director of UG Education (Curriculum Development) in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures+44 (0) 191 33 43451


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.

Research Interests

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


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