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Visiting Scholars

The Department welcomes the Visiting Scholars who are with us on a regular basis. Visitors are usually provided with office space, email accounts and other institutional necessities. In addition, they are invited to participate in reading groups, attend and give talks, audit classes and generally become a part of the Department during their stay in Kingston. If you would like more information about being a Visiting Scholar, or about past or present Visiting Scholars, please contact the Department.


Neda Kardooni

​Neda Kardooni holds a PhD in International Law from Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran, and an MA in Human Rights from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran. From 2012-2015, Neda was a faculty member in Law Department at Azad University in Shiraz. Her PhD thesis focused on the role of international law in regulating ethnic conflict, and also on evolving international norms for minority rights. She is currently engaged in postdoctoral research in the Philosophy Department at Queen’s. In her research projects Neda focuses on legal and philosophical questions of multiculturalism in Iran, with a particular focus on the Arab minority in the southwest of Iran. Neda is also interested in researching on the causes of identity-based conflicts from cultural and environmental perspectives. 



Kurt C.M. Mertel

Kurt C.M. Mertel is a Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy for the 2016–17 academic year. He is visiting Queen’s from Northwestern University, where he recently obtained his doctorate (September 2016). Kurt specializes in 19th and 20th century European Philosophy (esp. Hermeneutics and Phenomenology) and Social and Political Philosophy (esp. Frankfurt School Critical Theory). His work in these areas has been translated and published in Spanish in Debates y Combates and appears in the European Journal of Philosophy, among others (forthcoming). During his year at Queen’s, Kurt will be working on several projects that emerge from his dissertation: Liberating the Self-Relation from Reification and Alienation: Towards and Appropriative Approach. The first is a manuscript that develops a social-ontological and hermeneutic interpretation of Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time. The second is a series of papers devoted to demonstrating the social-critical import and relevance of the “appropriative approach” for contemporary debates at the intersection of philosophical anthropology, ethics, and social and political philosophy.

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Tu, Liangchuan

Tu Liangchuan is a visiting scholar in the Department of Philosophy. He is visiting Queen’s from China for the 2016-2017 academic year. He studied at Northeast Normal University, where he received his Doctor of Law in 2009. He began his teaching in 2003 in and became an Associate Professor in the School of Marxism at Northeast Normal University in. 2012. Political philosophy and Marxism are his main areas of his research, though he also works at Chinese Philosophy. He has published one book and ten papers. The book, Between Justice and Liberation (2011), discusses Marx on the conception of justice, the principle of justice, the theory of justice and the ideal practice of justice. His papers concern basic conceptions in Marxism such as ‘perceptual-activity’ (Philosophical Implication of Perceptual-activity in Marx), ‘historical and reality human’ (the ‘historical and reality human’ and its sense in Marx);and distributive justice from Marxism (the thought of distributive justice in Marx ) and normative of Labor and needs (the two demission of distributive of Marx: Labor and needs); and Chinese political philosophy (the implication for political philosophy of ‘LI’ in Confucius etc. Now, he is engaging in research on distributive justice from Marxism and liberalism.

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