Dr Eric Prenowitz


After a year in Jerry Lettvin's lab at MIT, I studied physics as an undergraduate at Harvard. I then worked for several years on commercial fishing boats, from New Bedford to Kodiak, before undertaking graduate studies in Paris. I completed a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in the philosophy of science at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and I obtained my PhD under the supervision of Hélène Cixous from the Centre d’Etudes Féminines at the University of Paris 8. I have translated and written about work by Cixous and Jacques Derrida. I have also done translations for the Théâtre du Soleil and contributed to a number of projects involved in cultural heritage/memory in post-war Cambodia. I am the Executive Editor of parallax, a journal of critical theory and cultural studies.


  • Taught Postgraduate Tutor

Research interests

Cultural and critical theory, gender, sexual difference and feminism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, creative and critical writing, ‘French’ thought/letters (Cixous, Derrida), poststructuralism and its long prehistory, postcolonial theories and practices, semiotic and literary theory, the tasks of translation, animals, mnemo-tele-technological supplements. Radical performativities: writing, broadly speaking, that won’t keep still, and the unstable borders between thinking and its others (art, literature, theatre, life...).

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Student education

 I teach on semiology, feminism/sexual difference/gender, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, critical theory, and generally the becoming-literature (or art) of thinking. Stressing close analysis pretty much at every turn.

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>