Karen Houle

Karen Houle is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Canada. Her university degrees focused first on biology, then history & philosophy of science, and finally political philosophy. She is the author of numerous articles on the following thinkers: Gilles Deleuze and FĂ©lix Guattari, Michel Foucault, Spinoza, Jacques Derrida, and Luce Irigaray, and on the following subjects: animality, plant ontology, micropolitics, friendship, copyright, and reproductive technology. With Jim Vernon (York University), she co-edited a book of essays on Hegel and Deleuze (2013, Northwestern). Houle recently completed a monograph titled Toward a New Image of Thought: Responsibility, Complexity and Abortion (2013, Lexington Press, Outsources Series). She is the author of two books of poetry: Ballast (published in 2000 by House of Anansi Press) and During (published in 2005 by Gaspereau Press), and numerous essays on and about art and art making in non-academic venues. She is also the translator (from French to English, and with the help of Melissa Chong and Pegless Barrios) of Le Quan Ninh’s (2011) collection of aphorisms and short essays on musical improvisation entitled “Improvising Freely: The ABC’s of An Experience” (Publication Studio, PS Guelph).

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