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Dr Ian James

Dr Ian James

Reader in Modern French Literature and Thought, MMLL. University of Cambridge


Ian James completed his doctoral research on the fictional and theoretical writings of Pierre Klossowski at the University of Warwick in 1996. He is a Fellow of Downing College and a Reader in Modern French Literature and Thought in the Department of French at the University of Cambridge.

He is the author of Pierre Klossowski: The Persistence of a Name (Oxford: Legenda, 2000), The Fragmentary Demand: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006), Paul Virilio (London: Routledge, 2007), The New French Philosophy (Cambridge: Polity, 2012) and The Rechnique of Thought: Nancy, Laruelle, Malabou and Stiegler after Naturalism (Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2019).

Research Interests

The impact of modern digital and information technologies on perceptions and experience of global space, national frontiers and transition or movent across both