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Queen's University
 

Nick Hardy

B.A., M.A. (Essex University, U.K.) 
Ph.D. Candidate

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        Email: nicholas.hardy@queensu.ca
        Office: D431 Mackintosh-Corry Hall
        Fax: +1 (613) 533-2871 

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           Supervisor:  Dr Frank Pearce

Background

 After growing up on the south coast of the UK, Nick graduated from Essex University with a BA and MA. He spent almost six years working as a social researcher in London employed at various times at a think-tank, a management consultancy and then at a university. Thankfully never quite believing that this was all there was to life, he decided to return to higher education to pursue further his long-standing interest in social theory.

Nick has recently been appointed Lecturer in Social Theory at King's University College at the University of Western Ontario (http://www.kings.uwo.ca/academics/academic-departments/sociology/)

Research Interests and PhD Project

 Social ontology and epistemology; Post-structuralism (with a focus on the work of Michel Foucault); Post-Marxism and aleatory materialism; Critical Realism; Classical and Contemporary Social Theory.

Working in the Critical Sociological Theory stream under the supervision of Prof. Frank Pearce, Nick’s research is aimed toward a reconciliation and integration of the work of Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser and Critical Realism. He aims to use these three positions to develop a multi-factor understanding of social change and social reproduction. Nick aims to extend this theoretical understanding to an examination of the origin and development of the UK nuclear industry.

Publications

  Hardy, N., 2011 'Foucault, Genealogy, Emergence: Re-examining the Extra-discursive' inJournal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 41(1), pp. 68-91, Wiley-Blackwell

Hardy, N., (forthcoming late 2011) 'Archaeology and Genealogy: Foucault's research methods' [working title] in The Edinburgh Companion to Post-structuralism, eds. B. Dillet, I. MacKenzie, and R. Porter, pp.tbd, Edinburgh University Press

Education

  PhD Candidate, Critical Sociological Theory
“The Aleatory Atomic: a Theoretical Inquiry into the Formation and Re-formation of the UK Nuclear Industry” (working title)
Sept. 2006 – Present (completion expected 2011); Queen’s University, Canada

Postgraduate Certificate, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
2005; London Metropolitan University, UK

Postgraduate Certificate, Social Research Methods
2004; London Metropolitan University, UK

MA, Ethics, Politics, and Public Policy
2000; Essex University, UK

BA, Politics and Sociology (Joint Honours)
1999; Essex University, UK

Teaching

  Course Instructor
Winter 2011 - Socy 227: The Development of Social Theory (1870 to 1920)
Teaching Fellow; Undergraduate course; Queen's University, Canada

Fall 2010 – Socy 226: The Development of Social Theory (pre-1900)
Teaching Fellow; Undergraduate course; Queen’s University, Canada

Fall 2009 – Socy 425: Discipline and Power: Investigating the Works of Michel Foucault
Teaching Fellow; Undergraduate course; Queen’s University, Canada

Autumn 2004 – Qualitative Research Methods
Sessional Lecturer; Postgraduate module; London Metropolitan University, UK

Teaching Assistantships

  Winter 2010 – Socy 227: The Development of Social Theory (1880 to 1930)
Department of Sociology, Queen’s University, Canada

Fall 2009 – Socy 226: The Development of Social Theory (up to 1900)
Department of Sociology, Queen’s University, Canada

Winter 2009 – Socy 273: Social Psychology
Department of Sociology, Queen’s University, Canada

Fall 2008 – Devs 340: Theories of Development
Department of Global Development Studies, Queen’s University, Canada

Fall 2008 – Socy 354: Sociology of Education
Department of Sociology, Queen’s University, Canada

Fall 2008-Winter 2009 – Socy 274S: Sociology of Deviance (Correspondence Course)
Department of Sociology, Queen’s University, Canada

Fall 2007-Winter 2008 – Socy 322: Modern Social Theory
Department of Sociology, Queen’s University, Canada

Fall 2006-Winter 2007 – Socy 221: Development of Social Theory
Department of Sociology, Queen’s University, Canada

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTED PAPERS
Conference Presentations
“Towards a Social Theory of ‘Events’”
June 2010, Canadian Sociological Association, Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada

“Foucault’s Quiet Reliance on a Concept of Extra-discursive Emergence”
April 2009, British Sociological Association, Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK

Presented Papers

  “Towards a Social Theory of ‘Events’”
March 2010, Queen’s Sociology Department Seminar Series

“Foucault’s Quiet Reliance on a Concept of Extra-discursive Emergence”
April 2009, Queen’s Sociology Department Seminar Series

“Thick Descriptions: Siting the Material in Discursive Theory”
May 2008, Queen’s Sociology Graduate Symposium

 

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