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Dr Michael Halewood

Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Dr Michael Halewood

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Biography

Michael joined Essex in 2007 having completed his PhD and taught at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His research addresses the relationship of philosophy to social theory, including the work of A. N. Whitehead, Marx, Stengers, Irigaray, Butler, and John Dewey. He is an Associate Editor of the Whitehead Publication Project. This project has a contract with Edinburgh University Press to produce a new critical edition of the complete works of A. N. Whitehead. It will also produce digital versions of Whitehead's works, letters, lecture notes etc. He is also an International Academic Advisor for the Whitehead Research Project.

Qualifications

  • BA (Bham)

  • MA (London)

  • PhD (London)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

the work of AN Whitehead and the interrelation of philosophy and social theory, including questions surrounding subjectivity, materiality, the body, abstraction, and capitalism

Current research

He is currently working on a book titled on Language and Process with individual chapters based around 'Nouns and Adjectives', Verbs', 'Adverbs', etc., This work will aim to examine some of the moves within recent philosophy and social theory regarding language, concepts and reality.

Conferences and presentations

Unsocial Life presented at 10th International Whitehead Conference, Pomona College, California, June 5th 2015.

2015

Death, Entropy, Creativity and Perpetual Perishing: Some thoughts from Whitehead and Stengers presented at Alternative Futures: Trans/Post-humanism and the transformation of the Lifecourse at the University of Cardiff, 6th May 2015.(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2015

Speculating Materiality - A Dialogue between Michael Halewood and Tomislav Medek. March 29th 2014. Lures of speculation Festival, Tanzquartier, Vienna.(public lecture)

2014

Durkheim Approaches the Social. May 8th 2014, University of Turku, Finland(Invited lectures and keynotes)

2014

Durkheims Philosophy of the Social, May 9th 2014, University of Helsinki, Finland.(Invited lectures and keynotes)

2014

Do those diagnosed with Alzheimers disease lose their souls? Keynote lecture at a symposium Concerning Relations: Sociologies of Conduct, Care and Affect held at the University of Exeter, November 28-9th, 2014.(Invited lectures and keynotes)

2014

The Inhumanity of Symbolism presented at a conference on Whitehead and Symbolism held at Claremont Graduate University, California, December 5th, 2014.(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2014

The Emotive Philosophies of A. N. Whiteheads. September 26th 2013. A lecture as part of the retrospective on the work of Siah Armajani at Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKbOT9TvRwc) (public lecture)

2013

A Cosmopolitical Proposal? Stengers on Proposals and Propositions; Paper given at a workshop on Isabelle Stengers: Constructivism in Practice, St Catherines College, Oxford, May 10th 2013.(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2013

On Equal Temperament. Tuning the natural and the social. Presentation at Departmental Seminar, Department of Geography, University of Bristol, March 5th 2013.(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2013

There is no meaning to creativity apart from its creatures. Presented at a Unit of Play Seminar A bid for novelty: conceptions of creativity at Goldsmiths, University of London, Jan 10th 2013.(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2013

The Social Life of Propositions. Presented at Chromatiques whiteheadiennes , May 19th 2012 at the Foundation Biermans-Lapôtre (Cité Universitaire, Paris).(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2012

The Social Life of Propositions. Presented at Life, Process and Philosophy a conference organized by the Finland Academy of Science, Helsinki, Finland, May 11-12, 2012, Helsinki, Finland.(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2012

The Body as Process. Presented at Negotiating Subjectivities -A One-Day Symposium Exploring Photography, Health & The Body,5th November 2011, Goldsmiths, University of London.(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2011

On Equal Temperament. Tuning, Modernity and Compromise. Presented at the annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, September 22-5, 2011, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2011

A Culture of Thought: A. N. Whiteheads challenge to modernity. April 30th 2010. Institute of Advanced Social Research, Tampere, Finland. (Invited lectures and keynotes)

2010

What is Sociology? What does A. N Whitehead offer Sociology today?. April 28th 2010, University of Turku, Finland.(Invited lectures and keynotes)

2010

A Culture of Thought: A. N. Whiteheads challenge to modernity. April 27th 2010, University of Turku, Finland.(Invited lectures and keynotes)

2010

Facts as Social Things. Presented at Metaphysics and Things. New Forms of Speculative Thought, December 2-4, 2010, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California.(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2010

On Any and Some in Process and Reality presented at The Becoming of Whiteheads Process and Reality in his later works Université de Liège, Belgium, November 25-26, 2010.(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2010

Conformation, Time and Actuality. Presented at the annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Indianapolis, Indiana, October 28th-21st 2010.(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2010

Language, the Body and the Problem of Signification. Presented at Becomings, Misplacements, Departures: Butler and Whitehead as Catalysts for Contemporary Thought, December 3-5, 2009, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California.(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2009

John Dewey and the Metaphysics of Possession. Presented to the Philosophy Graduate Workshop at Essex University, November, 12th 2009.(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2009

Marx on Possession. Presented at a seminar organized by the Groupe DÉtudes Constructivistes, June 12th 2009 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles(Invited conference and seminar presentations)

2009

Teaching and supervision

  • Current Disputes in Sociology: Sociological Analysis III (SC301)

  • Topics in Contemporary Social Theory (SC901)

Publications

Journal articles (14)

Halewood, M., (2018). A Question of Faith? Stengers and Whitehead on Causation and Conformation. Sub-Stance. 47 (1), 80-95

Halewood, M., (2016). Do those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease lose their souls? Whitehead and Stengers on persons, propositions and the soul. The Sociological Review. 64 (4), 786-804

Halewood, M., (2015). On equal temperament. History of the Human Sciences. 28 (3), 3-21

Halewood, M., (2015). Death, Entropy, Creativity and Perpetual Perishing: Some Thoughts from Whitehead and Stengers. Social Sciences. 4 (3), 655-667

Halewood, M., (2012). On natural-social commodities. The form and value of things. The British Journal of Sociology. 63 (3), 430-450

Halewood, M., (2011). Science, Concepts, and the Social Environment. Theory of Science. 33 (1), 21-42

Halewood, M., (2011). Cosmopolitics I. RADICAL PHILOSOPHY (168), 46-48

Halewood, M., (2011). Olli Pyyhtinen, Simmel and “The Social”. Acta Sociologica. 54 (3), 307-310

Haley, MR. and Taengnoi, S., (2011). The skill transferability of high-skilled US immigrants. Applied Economics Letters. 18 (7), 633-636

Halewood, M. and Michael, M., (2008). Being a Sociologist and Becoming a Whiteheadian. Theory, Culture & Society. 25 (4), 31-56

Halewood, M., (2008). Introduction to Special Section on A.N. Whitehead. Theory, Culture & Society. 25 (4), 1-14

Halewood, M., (2005). A.N. Whitehead, Information and Social Theory. Theory, Culture & Society. 22 (6), 73-94

Halewood, M., (2005). On Whitehead and Deleuze: The Process of Materiality. Configurations. 13 (1), 57-76

Halewood, M., (2005). Marx and whitehead: Process, dialectics and the critique of capitalism. RADICAL PHILOSOPHY (129), 47-49

Books (3)

Halewood, M., (2014). Rethinking the Social Through Durkheim, Marx, Weber and Whitehead. Anthem Press. 9781783083688

Faber, R., Halewood, M. and Lin, D., (2012). Butler on Whitehead: On the Occasion. Lexington Books. 9780739172773

Halewood, M., (2011). A. N. Whitehead and social theory: Tracing a culture of thought. 9780857283986

Book chapters (9)

Halewood, M., (2017). Situated speculation as a constraint on thought. In: Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures. 52- 64. 9781134890637

Halewood, M., (2014). Facts as Social Things. In: The Allure of Things. Process and Object in Contemporary Philosophy. Editors: Faber, R. and Goffey, A., . Bloomsbury Academic. 9781472533685

Halewood, M., (2014). The Order of Nature and the Creation of Societies. In: The Lure of Whitehead. Editors: Gaskill, N. and Nocek, AJ., . University of Minnesota Press. 9780816679966

Halewood, M., (2013). Reality, eternality, and colors: Rimbaud, whitehead, stevens. In: Theopoetic Folds: Philosophizing Multifariousness. 15- 29. 9780823251575

Halewood, M., (2012). Language, the Body and the Problem of Signification. In: Butler on Whitehead: On the Occasion. Editors: Faber, R., Halewood, M. and Lin, D., . Lexington Books. 145- 164. 9780739172773

Halewood, M., (2011). Butler and Whitehead on the (Social) Body. In: Secrets of Becoming: Negotiating Whitehead, Deleuze, and Butler. Editors: Faber, R. and Stephenson, AM., . Fordham University Press. 107- 126. 9780823232086

Halewood, M., (2010). Badiou, Whitehead and the Politics of Metaphysics. In: Event and Decision: Ontology and Politics in Badiou, Deleuze, and Whitehead. Editors: Faber, R., Kripps, H. and Pettus, D., . Cambridge Scholars Press. 170- 191. 9781443819268

Halewood, M., (2009). Sociology, Societies, and Sociality. In: Applied Process Thought II: Following a Trail Ablaze. Editors: Dibben, MR. and Newton, R., . Ontos Verlag. 298- 316. 9783868380347

Halewood, M., (2008). Language, subjectivity and individuality. In: Deleuze, Whitehead, Bergson: Rhizomatic Connections. 45- 60. 9780230280731

Contact

m.halewood@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873747

Location:

6.354, Colchester Campus