Shannon M Bell

Department of Political Science

Professor

Office: Ross Building, S644
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 88826
Emailshanbell@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/shanbell/

Shannon Bell is a performance philosopher who-lives-and-writes philosophy-in-action. Bell is a Professor in York University’s Political Science Department, Toronto, Canada.

Her books include: Fast Feminism (Autonomedia, 2010), Reading, Writing and Rewriting the Prostitute Body (Indiana University Press 1994); Whore Carnival (Autonomedia1995); Bad Attitude/s on Trial coauthored with Brenda Cossman, Lise Gotell and Becki Ross (University of Toronto Press 1997); New Socialisms eds. Robert Albritton, Shannon Bell, John R. Bell and Richard Westra (Routledge 2004).

Bell's areas of interest include continental political theory, cyber politics and digital theory, aesthetics and politics, psychoanalysis, feminism.

Bell is currently working on shooting theory––video-imagining philosophical concept such as Heidegger’s ‘stillness’, Husserl’s ‘epoché’, Batiallian ‘waste’ and ‘expenditure’, Weil’s ‘attention’, Deleuzian ‘deterritorialization’, Virilio’s ‘vision machine’ and ‘accident’, Levinas’ ‘elemental’ and Mallin’s ‘sinuosity’.

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Area of Specialization

Political Science

Degrees

Ph.D, Political Science, York University
M.A., Political Science, York University
B.A. (Hons.), Political Science, University of Winnipeg

All Publications

Books

2010 Fast Feminism: Speed Philosophy, Pornography, and Politics (New York Autonomedia) [198 pages]. The manuscript received a $7000 publishing grant from the Aid to Scholarly Publishing Programme (ASPP) Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2006 based on three international reader’s reviews.

2004 Robert Albriitton , John Bell , Shannon Bell, Richard Westra, New Socialisms. (New York: Routledge)

Book Chapters

2010 “The Fungi Dress - A Living Garment, Interview with Donna Franklin” Fashion Statements, Hot Topics: Contemporary Philosophy & Culture Series, eds. Ron Scapp & Brian Seitz (New York: Suny Press).

2010 “Victimless Leather - A Prototype of Stitch-less Jacket grown in a Technoscientific Body,” Tissue Culture & Art Project, Interview with Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr,” Fashion Statements, Hot Topics: Contemporary Philosophy & Culture Series, eds. Ron Scapp & Brian Seitz (New York: Suny Press).

2008 “Istvan Kantor: Machinery Execution,” Cinematic Folds: the furling and unfurling of images, ed. Firoza Elavia (Toronto: Pleasure Dome).

2006 “Levinas and Alterity Politics,” Difficult Justice. Comments on Levinas and Politics, eds. Asher Horowitz and Gad Horowitz. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press) , pp.111-126.

2004 “Post-Porn\Post-Anti Porn: Queer Socialist Pornography,” New Socialisms, eds. Robert Albriitton, John Bell, Shannon Bell, Richard Westra, (Routledge), pp. 139-156.

2002 “Liquid Fire,” Jane Sexes it Up, ed. Lisa Johnson. (New York: Four Walls Eight Windows) , pp. 327-45.

2000 "Feminist Ejaculations,” in, eds. Barbara Crow and Lise Gotell. Open Boundaries: A Canadian Women's Studies Reader (Scarborough: Prentice Hall), pp.276-281.

2000 "Feminist Erotica\Eroticism,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories, ed. Lorraine Code (London: Routledge) [450 words]

2000 "Gayle Rubin,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories, ed. Lorraine Code (London: Routledge) [450 words]

2000 “Justice and Law: Passion, Power, Prejudice and so-called Pedophilia,” Law As A Gendering Practice, eds. Dorothy Chunn and Dany Lacombe (Toronto: Oxford University Press), pp. 40-59.

1999 “Rewriting the Prostitute Body,” Women and Values. Readings in Recent Feminist Philosophy, 3rd edition, ed. Marilyn Pearsall (Belmont CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company), pp.144-6 (reprints from Reading, Writing and Rewriting the Prostitute Body.

Journal Articles

2008 ”Biokino: The Living Screen,” Prefix Photo, Vol 18. Nov.

2002 “Fast Feminism,” Journal of Contemporary Thought, 14 (Winter 2001), pp.93-112.

2001 “Robin Sharpe’s Perverse Aesthetic,” Constitutional Forum, Vol. 12, No.1, pp.30-9.

1998 "Aphrodite of the Market Place: Fetishism, Value and Sexual Pragmatism," Rethinking Marxism, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp.134-140.

1998 "The Political-Libidinal Economy of the Socialist Female Body: Flesh and Blood, Work and Ideas,” Women and Revolution: Global Expressions 1998, ed M.J. Diamond (Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp.339-355. Reprint

Conference Proceedings

2007 “Dynamic Stillness: Imaging Stillness @ The Dead Sea. A Bringing Together of Performance and Heideggerian Philosophy,” CADE Computer Art and Design Education International Conference Proceedings (ISBN 1740675304), pp.17-22.

2004 “Out of Skin: Time, Being, Growing - Thinking with Heidegger,” QI and Complexity, Consciousness Reframed 2004: 6th International Research Conference, art and consciousness in the post-biological era, pp.23-29.

Conference Papers

2010, “Shooting the Blur,” keynote address, Cultural Space and Identity in a Post-Socialist Context, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, September.

2008 “Epoché and Residuum as HD Cave Art,” Image and Imagery - Re-making, Re-writing, Re-discovery, 5th Biennial International Conference, Brock University, October.

2008 “Gad ben Aharon ve Rachel: Parrhesiastes,” Contemporary Critical Theory in Canada: Essays in Honour of Gad Horowitz, Canadian Political Science Association, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vancouver, June.

2007 “Dynamic Stillness: Imaging Stillness @ The Dead Sea. A Bringing Together of Performance and Heideggerian Philosophy,” CADE Computer Art and Design Education International Conference, Central TAFE, Perth, September.

2005 ”Two Phalluses & Big Toe: Tissue Engineered Art Objects,” ‘New Species’ Break 2.3, 8th International Festival of Independent Artists, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Nov.

2004 ”Out of Skin,” ‘Old and New Forms: A Post-Traditional Technography of World Media Arts,’ New Forms Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Oct.

2004 ”Time, Being, Growing,” ‘Creative Connections Symposium,’ BEAP (Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth), Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia, Sept.

2004 “Gender BioTerrorism,” Activism, Feminism, Formalism BioDifference, SameDifference, BEAP (Biennale of Electronic Art Perth), The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, Sept.

2004 “Out of Skin: Time, Being, Growing,” ‘Security Bytes,’ New Securities Forum, Department of Politics, Lancaster University, July.

2004 “Ancient, Modern and Post Human Tissue,” Reclaiming Politics in Sites of Enactment: The Body, Cyberspace, Knowledge, Cultural Typhoon, 2nd International Symposium, University of Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan, July

2003 ”Fast Bodies and Cyber Humans,’ Modernism and Technology ‘Rethinking Modernity,’ The Forum on Contemporary Theory, 6th International Convention, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India, Dec.

2003 ”Post-Porn, Post Anti-Porn’ New Socialisms ‘Marxism and the World Stage,’ Rethinking Marxism’s 5th International Gala Conference, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Nov.

2003 ”The Female Phallus. Something to See,” Body Modification: Changing Bodies, Changing Selves, Department of Critical and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, April.

2002 “Levinasian Pragmatics,” Levinas and the Political International Conference, York University and University of Toronto, September.

2002 “Queer Socialist Porn,” Towards New Socialisms Conference, York University, June.

2001 “Levinas's Postmodern Ethics,” The Ethical Turn in Literary and Cultural Studies 4th International Conference, Utkal University of Culture in Bhubaneswar, India, December.

2001 “Fast Feminism: Post Porn and the Conquest of the Narcissistic Barrier” ‘Critical Boundaries: Reconceiving Space and Identity in Contemporary Europe,’ Immaterial Cultures, The University of Leeds

2001 “Fast Feminism: At the Margins of Globalization,” The Human Condition Series 2010 -- Globalization and Culture, Paideia Retreat, Carleton University.

2001 “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” Learned Societies Conference, Canadian Political Science Association, ‘Time and Forgiveness’ (all day session co-organized with Gad Horowitz)

2000 “A Feminist Bataille,” The Australian Society for Continental Philosophy, University of New South Wales

2000 “Abject Class,” ‘The Party's Not Over, Marxism 2000,’ Rethinking Marxism, Association for Economic and Social Analysis.

2000 “Violent Feminism” Canadian Political Science Association\ International Political Science Association Quebec City, co-organizer with Gad Horowitz of an all day session ‘Philosophy and Violence\ Violent Philosophy’

2000 “The Will to Laughter,” Georges Bataille, Community, Transgression and Excess Center for Theory, Politics and Culture, Trent University, Peterbourgh

2000 “Fast Feminism: A post\hysterical post\manifesto” Crossing Borders, The International Association for Philosophy and Literature, SUNY/Stonev Brook

2000 “Turning Over Woman,” Turnings\Svolte\Kehren\Tournants in Philosophy, Culture and Arts at the Turn of the Century, Istituto Italiano Per Gli Studi Filosofici, Naples

1999 “Fast Feminism,” Protesting Globalization, Trans\forming Cultures, University of Technology, Sydney

1999 “Witnessing the Other\\ Others as Witness,” Addressing Levinas: Ethics, Phenomenology and the Judaic Tradition, Emory University, Atlanta Georgia

1999 “Fast Theory, Recombinant Ex[change],” International Association of Philosophy and Literature, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut

1999 “Scribbling in Time,” Learned Societies Conference, Canadian Political Science Association, co-organizer with Gad Horowitz of an all day session ‘Speed Theory’

1998 “Marcuse and Virilio: Speed and Messianic Time,” The Legacy of Herbert Marcuse International Conference, University of California, Berkeley

1998 “Deconstruction: The Politics of Neo-Pragmatism, a Neo-Marxian Reconfiguration,” ‘Twentieth Century European Narratives: Tradition and Innovation, Haifa University,’ International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Twentieth Century European Narratives: Tradition and Innovation, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel

Book Reviews

2000 "Julia O'Connell Davidson. Prostitution, Power and Freedom." A Review. Sexualities Vol 3(1), pp.108-113.

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/POLS3040 6.0  Modern Political Thought: Kant to Foucault LECT  


Shannon Bell is a performance philosopher who-lives-and-writes philosophy-in-action. Bell is a Professor in York University’s Political Science Department, Toronto, Canada.

Her books include: Fast Feminism (Autonomedia, 2010), Reading, Writing and Rewriting the Prostitute Body (Indiana University Press 1994); Whore Carnival (Autonomedia1995); Bad Attitude/s on Trial coauthored with Brenda Cossman, Lise Gotell and Becki Ross (University of Toronto Press 1997); New Socialisms eds. Robert Albritton, Shannon Bell, John R. Bell and Richard Westra (Routledge 2004).

Bell's areas of interest include continental political theory, cyber politics and digital theory, aesthetics and politics, psychoanalysis, feminism.

Bell is currently working on shooting theory––video-imagining philosophical concept such as Heidegger’s ‘stillness’, Husserl’s ‘epoché’, Batiallian ‘waste’ and ‘expenditure’, Weil’s ‘attention’, Deleuzian ‘deterritorialization’, Virilio’s ‘vision machine’ and ‘accident’, Levinas’ ‘elemental’ and Mallin’s ‘sinuosity’.

Area of Specialization

Political Science

Degrees

Ph.D, Political Science, York University
M.A., Political Science, York University
B.A. (Hons.), Political Science, University of Winnipeg

All Publications

Books

2010 Fast Feminism: Speed Philosophy, Pornography, and Politics (New York Autonomedia) [198 pages]. The manuscript received a $7000 publishing grant from the Aid to Scholarly Publishing Programme (ASPP) Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2006 based on three international reader’s reviews.

2004 Robert Albriitton , John Bell , Shannon Bell, Richard Westra, New Socialisms. (New York: Routledge)

Book Chapters

2010 “The Fungi Dress - A Living Garment, Interview with Donna Franklin” Fashion Statements, Hot Topics: Contemporary Philosophy & Culture Series, eds. Ron Scapp & Brian Seitz (New York: Suny Press).

2010 “Victimless Leather - A Prototype of Stitch-less Jacket grown in a Technoscientific Body,” Tissue Culture & Art Project, Interview with Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr,” Fashion Statements, Hot Topics: Contemporary Philosophy & Culture Series, eds. Ron Scapp & Brian Seitz (New York: Suny Press).

2008 “Istvan Kantor: Machinery Execution,” Cinematic Folds: the furling and unfurling of images, ed. Firoza Elavia (Toronto: Pleasure Dome).

2006 “Levinas and Alterity Politics,” Difficult Justice. Comments on Levinas and Politics, eds. Asher Horowitz and Gad Horowitz. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press) , pp.111-126.

2004 “Post-Porn\Post-Anti Porn: Queer Socialist Pornography,” New Socialisms, eds. Robert Albriitton, John Bell, Shannon Bell, Richard Westra, (Routledge), pp. 139-156.

2002 “Liquid Fire,” Jane Sexes it Up, ed. Lisa Johnson. (New York: Four Walls Eight Windows) , pp. 327-45.

2000 "Feminist Ejaculations,” in, eds. Barbara Crow and Lise Gotell. Open Boundaries: A Canadian Women's Studies Reader (Scarborough: Prentice Hall), pp.276-281.

2000 "Feminist Erotica\Eroticism,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories, ed. Lorraine Code (London: Routledge) [450 words]

2000 "Gayle Rubin,” Routledge Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories, ed. Lorraine Code (London: Routledge) [450 words]

2000 “Justice and Law: Passion, Power, Prejudice and so-called Pedophilia,” Law As A Gendering Practice, eds. Dorothy Chunn and Dany Lacombe (Toronto: Oxford University Press), pp. 40-59.

1999 “Rewriting the Prostitute Body,” Women and Values. Readings in Recent Feminist Philosophy, 3rd edition, ed. Marilyn Pearsall (Belmont CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company), pp.144-6 (reprints from Reading, Writing and Rewriting the Prostitute Body.

Journal Articles

2008 ”Biokino: The Living Screen,” Prefix Photo, Vol 18. Nov.

2002 “Fast Feminism,” Journal of Contemporary Thought, 14 (Winter 2001), pp.93-112.

2001 “Robin Sharpe’s Perverse Aesthetic,” Constitutional Forum, Vol. 12, No.1, pp.30-9.

1998 "Aphrodite of the Market Place: Fetishism, Value and Sexual Pragmatism," Rethinking Marxism, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp.134-140.

1998 "The Political-Libidinal Economy of the Socialist Female Body: Flesh and Blood, Work and Ideas,” Women and Revolution: Global Expressions 1998, ed M.J. Diamond (Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp.339-355. Reprint

Conference Proceedings

2007 “Dynamic Stillness: Imaging Stillness @ The Dead Sea. A Bringing Together of Performance and Heideggerian Philosophy,” CADE Computer Art and Design Education International Conference Proceedings (ISBN 1740675304), pp.17-22.

2004 “Out of Skin: Time, Being, Growing - Thinking with Heidegger,” QI and Complexity, Consciousness Reframed 2004: 6th International Research Conference, art and consciousness in the post-biological era, pp.23-29.

Conference Papers

2010, “Shooting the Blur,” keynote address, Cultural Space and Identity in a Post-Socialist Context, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, September.

2008 “Epoché and Residuum as HD Cave Art,” Image and Imagery - Re-making, Re-writing, Re-discovery, 5th Biennial International Conference, Brock University, October.

2008 “Gad ben Aharon ve Rachel: Parrhesiastes,” Contemporary Critical Theory in Canada: Essays in Honour of Gad Horowitz, Canadian Political Science Association, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vancouver, June.

2007 “Dynamic Stillness: Imaging Stillness @ The Dead Sea. A Bringing Together of Performance and Heideggerian Philosophy,” CADE Computer Art and Design Education International Conference, Central TAFE, Perth, September.

2005 ”Two Phalluses & Big Toe: Tissue Engineered Art Objects,” ‘New Species’ Break 2.3, 8th International Festival of Independent Artists, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Nov.

2004 ”Out of Skin,” ‘Old and New Forms: A Post-Traditional Technography of World Media Arts,’ New Forms Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, Oct.

2004 ”Time, Being, Growing,” ‘Creative Connections Symposium,’ BEAP (Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth), Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia, Sept.

2004 “Gender BioTerrorism,” Activism, Feminism, Formalism BioDifference, SameDifference, BEAP (Biennale of Electronic Art Perth), The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, Sept.

2004 “Out of Skin: Time, Being, Growing,” ‘Security Bytes,’ New Securities Forum, Department of Politics, Lancaster University, July.

2004 “Ancient, Modern and Post Human Tissue,” Reclaiming Politics in Sites of Enactment: The Body, Cyberspace, Knowledge, Cultural Typhoon, 2nd International Symposium, University of Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan, July

2003 ”Fast Bodies and Cyber Humans,’ Modernism and Technology ‘Rethinking Modernity,’ The Forum on Contemporary Theory, 6th International Convention, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India, Dec.

2003 ”Post-Porn, Post Anti-Porn’ New Socialisms ‘Marxism and the World Stage,’ Rethinking Marxism’s 5th International Gala Conference, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Nov.

2003 ”The Female Phallus. Something to See,” Body Modification: Changing Bodies, Changing Selves, Department of Critical and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, April.

2002 “Levinasian Pragmatics,” Levinas and the Political International Conference, York University and University of Toronto, September.

2002 “Queer Socialist Porn,” Towards New Socialisms Conference, York University, June.

2001 “Levinas's Postmodern Ethics,” The Ethical Turn in Literary and Cultural Studies 4th International Conference, Utkal University of Culture in Bhubaneswar, India, December.

2001 “Fast Feminism: Post Porn and the Conquest of the Narcissistic Barrier” ‘Critical Boundaries: Reconceiving Space and Identity in Contemporary Europe,’ Immaterial Cultures, The University of Leeds

2001 “Fast Feminism: At the Margins of Globalization,” The Human Condition Series 2010 -- Globalization and Culture, Paideia Retreat, Carleton University.

2001 “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” Learned Societies Conference, Canadian Political Science Association, ‘Time and Forgiveness’ (all day session co-organized with Gad Horowitz)

2000 “A Feminist Bataille,” The Australian Society for Continental Philosophy, University of New South Wales

2000 “Abject Class,” ‘The Party's Not Over, Marxism 2000,’ Rethinking Marxism, Association for Economic and Social Analysis.

2000 “Violent Feminism” Canadian Political Science Association\ International Political Science Association Quebec City, co-organizer with Gad Horowitz of an all day session ‘Philosophy and Violence\ Violent Philosophy’

2000 “The Will to Laughter,” Georges Bataille, Community, Transgression and Excess Center for Theory, Politics and Culture, Trent University, Peterbourgh

2000 “Fast Feminism: A post\hysterical post\manifesto” Crossing Borders, The International Association for Philosophy and Literature, SUNY/Stonev Brook

2000 “Turning Over Woman,” Turnings\Svolte\Kehren\Tournants in Philosophy, Culture and Arts at the Turn of the Century, Istituto Italiano Per Gli Studi Filosofici, Naples

1999 “Fast Feminism,” Protesting Globalization, Trans\forming Cultures, University of Technology, Sydney

1999 “Witnessing the Other\\ Others as Witness,” Addressing Levinas: Ethics, Phenomenology and the Judaic Tradition, Emory University, Atlanta Georgia

1999 “Fast Theory, Recombinant Ex[change],” International Association of Philosophy and Literature, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut

1999 “Scribbling in Time,” Learned Societies Conference, Canadian Political Science Association, co-organizer with Gad Horowitz of an all day session ‘Speed Theory’

1998 “Marcuse and Virilio: Speed and Messianic Time,” The Legacy of Herbert Marcuse International Conference, University of California, Berkeley

1998 “Deconstruction: The Politics of Neo-Pragmatism, a Neo-Marxian Reconfiguration,” ‘Twentieth Century European Narratives: Tradition and Innovation, Haifa University,’ International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Twentieth Century European Narratives: Tradition and Innovation, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel

Book Reviews

2000 "Julia O'Connell Davidson. Prostitution, Power and Freedom." A Review. Sexualities Vol 3(1), pp.108-113.


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/POLS3040 6.0  Modern Political Thought: Kant to Foucault LECT