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Visiting professorships

Summer 2016

The Matteo Ricci Visiting Professorship, Faculty of the Humanities, University of Macerata (Italy). 

Spring Semester 2016

Visiting Professor at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, the Heyman Centre for the Humanities, the University of Columbia in New York City.

Autumn Semester 2015

Visiting Professorship in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne. Contact: Prof. Eléonore Lépinard

Spring Semester 2014

Francesco De Sanctis Visiting Professorship in the Humanities at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule: ETH) in Zurich. Contact: Prof. Titiana Cravelli

Spring Semester 2011

Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at the Université Paris 8, Saint-Denis, Départment d’Etudes Féminines. Contact: Prof. Anne  Berger.  

March 2010 – May 2010

Visiting Professor at the Graduate Programme, Law Faculty, University of Bologna. Contact: Prof. Carla Faralli.

September 2007 – August 2010

Visiting Professorship at the Chelsea University of the Arts in  London. Conferred in Recognition of Academic Distinction. Contact: Dr. M. Throp and Dr. M. Walsh. Reconfirmed for a further three years 2010-2013.

September 2007 – August 2010

Honary Visiting Professorship in the Law School of Birckbeck, University of London. Contact: Prof. Linda Mulcahy and Prof. Patrick Hanafin.

April 2007  

Distinguished Faculty Visitor at the University of California Center for Ideas and Society, University of California at Riverside. Delivered three public lectures and two workshops for staff and research students. Contact: Prof. Emory Elliot.

2005 – 2006  

The Leverhulme Trust, Visiting Professorship in the Law School of Birckbeck College, University of  London. Contact: Prof. Costas Douzinas and Prof.  Patrick Hanafin.

November – December 2004   

Distinguished Visting Professor in the Grinell College Center for the Humanities, Iowa, USA. Master class on “Contemporary developments in feminist theory”. Contact: Prof. Alan Scrift.    

October 2004   

Honorary Visiting Professorship in the School of Law, University of Birkbeck. Contact: Prof. Costas

2001 – 2003  

Jean Monnet Chair Professor at the European Institute, Florence. Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Recurrent visitor in the Gender Programme. Contact: Prof. Yves Mény.

An Interview with Rosi Braidotti by Pascale LaFountain

Awards and honors


Member of the Academia Europaea (MAE) in the section Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies.Under the Presidency of Prof.Sierd Cloetingh.


Honorary Degree in Philosophy: ‘Philosophiae Doctrix Honoris Causa’, University of Linköping, Sweden, May 17, 2013. Sponsor: Prof. Nina Lykke.


The Erasmus Prize of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission for ATHENA II (Advanced Thematic Network of Women’s Studies in Europe) in recognition of outstanding contribution to fostering social inclusion in and through education and training.


Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. 
Prof. Rosi Braidotti has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. The Australian Academy of the Humanities is one of the four learned Academies in Australia, and elects Honorary Fellows in recognition of their significant and long-term contribution to the humanities in Australia, either at home or abroad.

Honorary Fellows include, amongst others, Peter Porter, Michael Kirby, David Malouf, Betty Churcher, The Rt Hon Sir Zelman Cowen, les Murray, Sir Charles mackerras, John Coetzee, Peter Carey and Robert Edwards. This year's elected Honorary Fellows include theatre director John Bell, author Thomas Keneally, historian Ross McKibbin, classicist Fergus Millar and philanthropist Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. Further information regarding the Academy can be found at


Honorary Degree in Philosophy: ‘Philosophiae Doctrix Honoris Causa,’ University of Helsinki, Finland, May 25, 2007. Sponsor: Prof. Kirsi Saarikangas.


Award of the University Medal: ‘Universitatis Lodziensis Amico’ for her outstanding standards of scholarschip on gender and her contribution to the internationalization of European Gender Studies by Prof. Eugeniusz Kwiatkowski, Rector of Lodz University, Poland, August 31, 2006. Sponsor: Prof. E. Oleksy.


Award of the Leverhulme Trust, grant for a Visiting Research Professorship in the Law School of Birkbeck College, University of London. Research project: “Bio-power, ethics and the politics of death.” Contacts: Prof. Costas Douzinas and Dr. Patrick Hanafin.

Knight in the Order of the Nederlandse Leeuw, Awarded by H.R.M. the Queen of the Netherlands on March 3, 2005.

Included officially as a subject of biographical record in the twenty-second edition of Marquis’ “Who’s Who in the World in 2005”


rosiBraidotti, who holds Italian and Australian citizenship, was born in Italy and grew up in Australia, where she received a First-Class Honours degree from the Australian National University in Canberra in 1977 and was awarded the University Medal in Philosophy and the University Tillyard prize. Braidotti then moved on to do her doctoral work at the Sorbonne, where she received her degree in philosophy in 1981. She has taught at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands since 1988, when she was appointed as the founding professor in women's studies. In 1995 she became the founding Director of the Netherlands research school of Women's Studies, a position she held till 2005. Braidotti is a pioneer in European Women's Studies: she founded the inter-university SOCRATES network NOISE and the Thematic Network for Women's Studies ATHENA, which she directed till 2005. She was a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College in 2005-6; a Jean Monnet professor at the European University Institute in Florence in 2002-3 and a fellow in the school of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 1994. She was founding director of the Centre for the Humanities from 2007 until September 2016. Braidotti is currently Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University.

Braidotti’s publications have consistently been placed in continental philosophy, at the intersection with social and political theory, cultural politics, gender, feminist theory and ethnicity studies. The core of her interdisciplinary work consists of four interconnected monographs on the constitution of contemporary subjectivity, with special emphasis on the concept of difference within the history of European philosophy and political theory. Braidotti’s philosophical project investigates how to think difference positively, which means moving beyond the dialectics that both opposes it and thus links it by negation to the notion of sameness. This is evidenced in the philosophical agenda set in her first book Patterns of Dissonance: An Essay on Women in Contemporary French Philosophy, 1991, which gets developed further in the trilogy that follows. In the next book, Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory, 1994 (second edition, revised and expanded, 2011), the question is formulated in more concrete terms: can gender, ethnic, cultural or European differences be understood outside the straightjacket of hierarchy and binary opposition? Thus the following volume, Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming, 2002, analyses not only gender differences, but also more categorical binary distinctions between self and other, European and foreign, human and non-human (animal/ environmental/ technological others). The conclusion is that a systematic ambivalence structures contemporary cultural representations of the globalised, technologically mediated, ethnically mixed, gender-aware world we now inhabit. The question consequently arises of what it takes to produce adequate cultural and political representations of a fast-changing world and move closer to Spinozist notions of adequate understanding. The ethical dimension of Braidotti’s work on difference comes to the fore in the last volume of the trilogy, Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics, 2006. Here she surveys the different ethical approaches that can be produced by taking difference and diversity as the main point of reference and conclude that there is much to be gained by suspending belief that political participation, moral empathy and social cohesion can only be produced on the basis of the notion of recognition of sameness. Braidotti makes a case for an alternative view on subjectivity, ethics and emancipation and pitches diversity against the postmodernist risk of cultural relativism while also standing against the tenets of liberal individualism. Throughout her work, Braidotti asserts and demonstrates the importance of combining theoretical concerns with a serious commitment to producing socially and politically relevant scholarship that contributes to making a difference in the world. Braidotti's output also included several edited volumes. Her work has been translated in more than 20  languages and all the main books in at least three languages other than English.

Influenced by philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze and especially "French feminist" thinker Luce Irigaray, Braidotti has brought postmodern feminism into the Information Age with her considerations of cyberspace, prosthesis, and the materiality of difference. Braidotti also considers how ideas of gender difference can affect our sense of the human/animal and human/machine divides. Braidotti has also pioneered European perspectives in feminist philosophy and practice and has been influential on third-wave and post-secular feminisms as well as emerging posthumanist thought.

On 3 March 2005, Braidotti was honored with a Royal Knighthood from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands; in August 2006 she received the University Medal from the University of Lodz in Poland and she was awarded an Honorary Degree in Philosophy from Helsinki University in May 2007. In 2009, she was elected Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Degree in Philosophy from Linköping University, Sweden.

Download Rosi Braidotti's CV here.


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