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MA(Hons) (Edinburgh), PhD (Edinburgh)

Karin Sellberg is a literary scholar with research interests in continental philosophy, critical theory, gender studies, medical humanities and historiography. She has a forthcoming book on constructions of transgender embodiment in late twentieth-century queer theory and new historicist criticism of early modern drama. Her project at CHED focuses on intersections between early modern histories of sexuality and history of medicine, with an emphasis on the negotiation of experiential accounts and sensuality in medical narrative practices.
Karin joined CHED as a postdoctoral research fellow in January 2014. Before this she held a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and a postdoctoral teaching fellowship in the English Literature department at the University of Edinburgh. She was also co-director of the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School from 2012 to 2014, and organised two large international conferences, "Bodies in Movement: Intersecting Discourses of Materiality in the Sciences and the Arts" and "Sensualising Deformity: Communication and Construction of Monstrous Embodiment," as well as the "Bodies in Movement" seminar series at the University of Edinburgh. 
Room: 508, Level 5, Forgan Smith Building
Telephone:  (07) 336 69496

Edited Collections

  • Journal Special Issue: "Somatechnics of Movement" (co-edited with Lena Wånggren & Kamillea Aghtan) Somatechnics (2014).

Refereed Journal Articles

  • "The Somatechnics of Movement" (co-written with Lena Wånggren & Kamillea Aghtan) Journal Special Issue: "Somatechnics of Movement," Somatechnics,  ed. K. Sellberg, L. Wånggren & K. Aghtan (2014).
  • "The Philosophy of 'The Gap': Feminist Fat and Corporeal (Dis)Connnection" Journal Special Issue: "Somatechnics of Movement," Somatechnics, ed. K. Sellberg, L. Wånggren & K. Aghtan (2014).
  • "Intersectionality and Dissensus: A Negotiation of the Feminist Classroom" (co-written with Lena Wånggren) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 31:2. Special Issue: "Being a Feminist Academic," ed. K. Sang (March 2012).
  • "Sublime Gender Transposition: The Reformed Platonism of Jacques Rancière’s Aesthetics," Transformations Journal, Issue 19: Special Issue: "Rancière: Politics, Art and Sense," ed. W. Mules (May, 2011). 
  • "Transitions and Transformations: From Gender Performance to Becoming Gendered," Australian Feminist Studies 24:1: Special Issue: "Feminist Generations" (pp. 71-84), ed. M. Spongberg (March 2009).
  • ‘"Metamorphoses, Rosi Braidotti (2002); Transpositions, Rosi Braidotti (2006)," Deleuze Studies 2: Special Issue: "Deleuze and Gender" (pp. 137-140), ed. C. Colebrook & J. Weinstein (2008).

Refereed Book Chapters

  • "The Dismemberment of Will: Early Modern Fear of Castration" (co-written with Lena Wånggren), in Historia Calamitas: Castration and Culture from Antiquity through Early Modern Europe, ed. L. Tracy (Rochester, NY: Boydell and Brewer, 2013). 
  • "(Post-)Transexual Politics and Poetics of Passing," in Passing/Out: Identity Veiled and Revealed, ed. D. Cooley & K. Harrison (London: Ashgate: 2012). 
  •  "Slime and Time: Cannibalistic Erotics at the Limits of Temporal Transgression," in Transgression and Its Limits, ed. M. Foley, N. McRobert & A. Stephanou (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012). 


  • "Learning to Stand" (co-written with Michael O’Rourke), in Media Res: A Media Commons Project, coordinated by Karin Sellberg and Michael O’Rourke.  (New York: NYU Libraries, January 2011).
  • "John Cameron Mitchell’s Relationscapes" (co-written with Michael O’Rourke) In Media Res: A Media Commons Project, coordinated by Karin Sellberg and Michael O’Rourke (New York: NYU Libraries, January 2011).
  • "Lady Gaga’s Phallicity" (co-written with Michael O’Rourke), In Media Res: A Media Commons Project, coordinated by Kristopher Cannon (New York: NYU Libraries, August 2010).


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