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Rachel Joy Bosler

Assistant Lecturer
School of Philosophy and Art History
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Government
 Rachel Joy Bosler

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  • Public Space
  • Fear & Desire
  • Built Environment

Biography

Rachel has a highly interdisciplinary backgroundwith an undergraduate degree from the University of Warwick in Comparative Literature and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Gender, Development and Globalization and believes her current research benefits greatly from studying within both the humanities and the social sciences. Therefore, although she is currently writing a PhD thesis within the Government Department, her critical theory based project is co-supervised by the Human Rights Centre and draws on a range of disciplines including feminist theory, heterodox economics, cultural theory, and urban geography in order to understand the ecological and embodied consequences of privatizing space. Focusing on the contradictions between fear & desire and security & freedom, Rachel looks at the material and ideological boundaries and barriers that separate us from the natural world and from one another. She is interested in challenging the liberal conflation of bodies and private property and therefore keen to explore radical new political and social forms of organizing and being which contest the sanctity of private property such as autonomous squatting, trespassing and the right to roam as well as ideas contained in the burgeoning right to the city literature. Her thinking draws on, and is inspired by Nancy Fraser, Judith Butler, David Harvey and Herbert Marcuse. Originally from Southern California, Rachel has been living, studying and working in the United Kingdom for eight years. She loves to play and watch tennis and ran her first marathon in 2021. Rachel teaches for the Interdisciplinary Studies Centre based in the School of Art History and Philosophy.

Qualifications

  • BA (First Class) English Literature The University of Warwick (2017)

  • MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation The London School of Economics and Political Science (2018)

Research and professional activities

Thesis

Fear and Loathing: Understanding the disavowal of social and ecological interdependency through the privatization of space

Supervisor: Dr Andrew Fagan , Professor David Howarth

Research interests

Privatization of Space

Housing

Feminist Theory

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Theme-parking as a mode of urban design

Right to the City

Artificial Nature

Contact

rb19365@essex.ac.uk

Location:

Colchester Campus