Margrit Shildrick


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Works at Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies
Telephone 08-16 22 26
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 E7
Postal address 106 91 Stockholm 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I joined Stockholm University in 2018 and am now Guest Professor in Gender and Knowledge Production at ERG, having worked for several years at Tema Genus, the unit for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at Linköping University. It has been an excellent move that brings me into contact with many inspiring colleagues and some great PhD students, while I pursue my own grant-aided research, and a long-term research project in Canada around organ transplantation.

Given my varied academic qualifications in literature, bioethics, and poststructuralist philosophy, I am excited by, the challenges and potentials of interdisciplinary critical cultural studies and advanced feminist theory. I’ve held academic posts in the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA and Australia, and currently I am also Adjunct Professor of Critical Disability Studies at York University, Toronto, Visiting Professor in the Dept. of Law at UTS, Sydney, and Honorary Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Liverpool.  As a poststructuralist/postmodernist (albeit with some critical caution), I am committed to contesting the taken-for-granted grounds and structures of western humanism, and over the years I have taught extensively in gender studies, and in critical disability theory, which is not yet widely recognised within Sweden.

Many of my concerns come togther in the Nordic Network for Gender, Body, Health in which I am an executive committee member.



Research Interests

My overall interest is in body theory which leads me to:

interdisciplinary gender studies and feminist theory, postconventional bioethics, phenomenology, posthumanities, science and technology studies (STS), critical disability studies (including cripqueer theory and practice), knowledge production within the biosciences, theories of the monstrous, prosthetic theory, psychoanalysis, retheorising women’s health, organ transplantation.

I use both Derrida and Deleuze extensively, as well as the major feminist theorists like Butler and Grosz.

I am involved with several research projects such as PITH (Phenomenology of Incorporating a Transplanted Heart) in Toronto; Queer Death Studies based in Sweden; Living Well with the Dead in Contemporary Ireland based in Cork; Hybrid Bodies art project in Canada and UK; and my own RJ project The Meaning and Significance of Prostheses: Biotechnologies and the Posthuman Future of Embodiment.


- Dangerous Discourses: Subjectivity, Sexuality and Disability (2009 Palgrave Macmillan)

- Embodying the Monster: Encounters with the Vulnerable Self (2002 London: Sage)

- Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, Postmodernism and (Bio)ethics (1997 London: Routledge).

Edited collections:

- Theory on the Edge: Irish Studies and the Politics of Sexual Difference – edited with Noreen Giffney (2013 Palgrave Macmillan).

- Ethics of the Body: Postconventional Challenges - edited with Roxanne Mykitiuk (2005 Cambridge, MA: MIT Press)

- Feminist Theory and the Body: A Reader - edited with Janet Price (1999 Edinburgh:  Edinburgh University Press, and New York: Routledge).

- Vital Signs: Feminist Reconfigurations of the Bio/logical Body - edited with Janet Price (1998 Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press).

Most recent journal articles:

- ‘Before the Cut: Rethinking Genital Identity’ (with Marie-Louise Holm) in (Re)constructive Surgeries: Making the Gendered Body in a Globalized World, eds. Gabriele Griffin and Malin Jordal.  Routledge (2018).

- ‘Visual Rhetorics and the Seductions of the Monstrous: some precautionary observations’, Somatechnics 8.2 (2018): 163–177.

- ‘Monster Talk: A Virtual Roundtable’ with Mark Bould, Liv Bugge, Surekha Davies, Margrit Shildrick and Jeffrey Weinstock’, ed. Donna McCormack, Somatechnics 8.2 (2018): 248–268

- ‘Re/membering the body’ in A Feminist Companion to the Posthumanities, eds. C. Åsberg and R. Braidotti. Springer (2018): 165-175.

- ‘Messy Entanglements: research assemblages in heart transplantation discourses and practices’, with Andrew Carnie, Alexa Wright et al, J. Medical Humanities (2018) 44: 46–54.

- ‘Border Crossings: the Technologies of Disability and Desire’ in Culture - Theory - Disability: Encounters between Disability Studies and Cultural Studies, eds. Anne Waldschmidt, Hanjo Berressem and Moritz Ingwersen. (2017) Bielefeld: Transcript-Verlag.

- ‘Individuality, identity and supplementarity in transcorporeal embodiment’ in Finite but Unbounded: New Essays in Philosophical Anthropology, ed Kevin Cahill, Martin Gustafsson and Thomas Schwarz Wentzer. (2017) Berlin: De Gruyter:.

- ‘Reimagining hybrid embodiment: incorporations and identity in heart transplantation’ in T.El Sheikh, H.Ross and M.Shildrick Hybrid Bodies: Rethinking Heart Transplantation. (2016) Concordia University Press.

- ‘Disrupting Hybrid Bodies: a personal view’ in T.El Sheikh, H.Ross and M.Shildrick Hybrid Bodies: Rethinking Heart Transplantation. (2016)  Concordia University Press.

- ‘Fleshing out feminist theory’ (‘Ztělesnění feministické teorie’), Gender, rovné příležitosti, výzkum (2016) 17, 1: 6–14.

- Robert McRuer and Margrit Shildrick in conversation: ‘Cripqueer Performativity in a Globalised World’ in Alyson Campbell and Steve Farrier (eds) Queer Dramaturgies. (2015 Palgrave).

- Chimerism and immunitas : the emergence of a posthumanist biophilosophy - in Resisting Biopolitics: Philosophical, Political and Performative Strategies, eds. S. Wilmer and A. Zukauskaite. (2015 Routledge).


Last updated: January 8, 2019

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