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Dr. Benoît Dillet

Loughborough University
Political Theory
Junior Fellow
October 2015 - September 2016

Room 02 009
Phone +49 (0) 761-203 97340
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2015 Lecturer in Politics, Department of Politics, History and International Relations, Loughborough University (UK).

2013-2014 Junior Research Fellow, Centre for Critical Thought, University of Kent (UK).

After graduating from Institut d’Études Politiques de Lille, I completed my PhD at the University of Kent (UK) in 2012 on the political consequences of the ontological turn in anthropology. I developed a critique of the political categories of Carl Schmitt and their influence on contemporary continental political theory using the works of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Philippe Descola and Viveiros de Castro. This work makes a significant contribution to the recent ontological and affective turn in political theory and it was awarded the Sir Ernest Barker Prize by the UK Political Science Association (PSA) for the best dissertation in political theory for 2013. A shorter version of this work will be published as The Right to Problems (forthcoming). I have translated and edited Bernard Stiegler’s Philosophising by Accident: Interviews with Elie During (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).


Selected Publications

  • ‘Left-over Spaces: The Cinema of the Dardenne Brothers’ (co-authored with T. Puri), Film-Philosophy, vol. 17, no. 1, December 2013, pp. 367-82.
  • The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism (co-edited with I. MacKenzie and R. Porter), Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013, ISBN: 978-0748641222.
  • Technologiques: La Pharmacie de Bernard Stiegler (co-edited with A. Jugnon), Nantes: Cécile Defaut, 2013, ISBN: 978-2350183381.
  • ‘Proletarianization, Deproletarianization and the Rise of the Amateur’, boundary 2, forthcoming 2015.
  • ‘Deleuze’s Transformation of the Ideology Critique Project: Noology Critique’ in C. Meiborg and S. van Tuinen (eds.), Deleuze and the Passions, New York: Punctum Books, forthcoming 2016.


FRIAS Research Project

Anticipating Neoliberalism: The 1979 Moment in French Thought

In the last decade, influential studies on neoliberalism have identified 1979 as a turning point in economic policies in Europe. I propose to research how this shift was anticipated, discussed and challenged in French thought at the time. It is often argued that French intellectuals launched a campaign against the totalitarian Left to promote human rights. I want to shift this interpretation by looking at key texts from 1979 and show that French intellectuals did not desert political and economic questions, rather innovative conceptual frameworks were developed to anticipate the changes in the modes of production and social policies. I will draw up a cartography of the 1979 moment in French thought by analysing in depth 5 key texts published in 1979. Part of the fellowship will be spent in archives in Paris, in the radiophonic and audiovisual collections of the Institut National Audiovisuel (INA) and Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) in order to assess the place of these texts in the intellectual and political debates.