Professor Vanessa Lemm

Vice President & Executive Dean

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Sciences North (3110)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Vanessa Lemm is the Vice President and Executive Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Her prior rules include Head of the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales and Director of the Institute of Humanities at the Diego Portales University in Santiago de Chile. She is an internationally recognised expert on the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and has published widely on Nietzsche, biopolitics, and contemporary political philosophy. She is the author of Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy: Culture, Politics and the Animality of the Human Being (Fordham University Press, 2009), Nietzsche y el pensamiento politico contemporáneo (Fondo de cultura económica, 2013) and editor of five books on Nietzsche, Foucault and Hegel. She is the editor of the flagship journal, Nietzsche-Studien (De Gruyter) and co-founder of biopolitica.org, an international research network on biopolitics. She has had academic appointments in Chile, Germany and the USA. She is fluent in five languages and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion. Her work has been translated into six languages.

Qualifications

Ph.D. in Philosophy, New School for Social Research, 2002

D.E.A. in Philosophy, Université de Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1994

M.A. in Philosophy, University of London, King's College, 1993

Licence in Philosophy, Université de Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1992

D.E.U.G. in Philosophy, Université de Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1991

Honours, awards and grants

Writer in Residence, Birkbeck College School of Law, London, UK, July 2018.

Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, September 2016-present.

Invited International Member of the Grupo de Investigación Complutense: Cuerpo, lenguaje y poder. Lecturas contemporáneas a partir de Nietzsche, Facultad de Filosofía, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, May 2017-present.

UNSW Diversity Champion - Cultural Diversity, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2016-2018.

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Escuela de Gobierno, Programa de Doctorado en Filosofía, Universidad Adolfo Ibaňez, Santiago, Chile, January 2015-present.

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Programa de Doctorado en Artes y Letras, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile, January 2015-present.

Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Leiden, Netherlands, November 2011.

DAAD Visiting Professor, Institute for Philosophy, University of Potsdam, Germany, 2010-2011.

Visiting Professor, Dottorato di Filosofia Teoretica e Politica, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Italy, May 2009.

Chilean National Research Foundation, Fondecyt-Regular Grant, Nietzsche and Heidegger on Justice, 2011-13.

Chilean National Research Foundation, Fondecyt-Regular Grant, Nietzsche, Biopolitics and the Future of the Human, 2008-2010.

Research expertise
Philosophy
Research interests

History of Philosophy: 19th century and Friedrich Nietzsche, and Ancient Greek Philosophy; Political Philosophy; Theories of Community and Justice; Critical Theory; Poststructuralism; Contemporary French and Italian Philosophy and Biopolitics; Environmental Philosophy; Animal studies; Animal and Plant Philosophy; Naturalism and Philosophical Anthropology.

Supervisory interests
Biopolitics
Contemporary French and Italian Philosophy
Critical theory
Friedrich Nietzsche
Political philosophy
Poststructuralism
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Critical Theory (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (3), Critical Theory (1), Political Philosophy (6), Biopolitics (1)
Associate supervisor: Political Philosophy (3)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Biopolitics
Contemporary Cultural & Political Issues
Diversity and Inclusion
Philosophy
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Biopolitics
  • Contemporary Cultural & Political Issues
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Philosophy