Willow Verkerk

Lecturer
location_on Buchanan E 158

About

Office Hours – 2023W, term 2:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Location: BUCH E158 or via Zoom
  • Also available by appointment

Teaching


Research

My areas of specialization are continental philosophy, the history of philosophy, feminist philosophy, philosophy and literature, the philosophy of sex and gender, and social and political philosophy. I am also interested in ethics and anti-racist philosophy.

I recently completed a postdoctoral research position with the Gendered Mimesis project at KU Leuven (http://www.homomimeticus.eu/gendered-mimesis-c1/). The Gendered Mimesis Project reframes dominant accounts of the subject of Enlightenment with the emerging and relational accounts of subjectivity offered by Adriana Cavarero (inclination), Judith Butler (performativity), and Catherine Malabou (plasticity). By drawing on a Nietzschean legacy in critical theory, I created a dialogue between this legacy and contemporary continental feminist philosophers working with recent notions of gendered mimesis. This research conducted between March 2021 and January 2024 resulted in a workshop, two conferences, a co-edited special issue of the journal Critical Horizons, two academic articles, a book chapter, and a forthcoming open access monograph. Currently I am working on my second book under contract with Cambridge University Press, provisionally titled Nietzsche and Women.


Publications

Book

Nietzsche and Friendship. London: Bloomsbury, February 2019 (https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/nietzsche-and-friendship-9781350047341/)

Articles

“Is Friendship Possible with the Dead? On Love and Solidarity with Bataille and Nietzsche” in “Traditions of Friendship: History, Philosophy, and Religion” ed. Andree Michaelis-König and Philipp Lenhard, special issue Amity: The Journal of Friendship Studies, under review.

“A Re-evaluation of the Androcentric Subject of European Philosophy,” Critical Horizons 24.2 (2023): pp. 115-130. https://doi.org/10.1080/14409917.2023.2233109

“A Feminist Genealogy of the Post-Enlightenment Subject,” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 42. 1 (2021): pp. 27-51. https://doi.org/10.5840/gfpj20214212

“On Love, Women, and Friendship: Reading Nietzsche with Irigaray,” Nietzsche-Studien 46.1 (2017): pp. 135–152. https://doi.org/10.1515/nietzstu-2017-0110.

“Transgendering Nietzsche: Male Mothers and Phallic Women in Derrida’s Spurs,” philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism 7.1 (Winter 2017): pp. 99-108.

“Nietzsche’s Joyful Friendship: Epicurean Elements in the Middle Works,” The Agonist Vol. X (Spring 2017): pp. 25-40.

“Nietzsche’s Agonistic Ethics of Friendship,” Symposium: Canadian Journal for Continental Philosophy 20.2 (Fall 2016): 22-41.

“Nietzsche’s Goal of Friendship,” Journal of Nietzsche Studies 45.3 (Autumn 2014): 279-291.

“Nietzsche on Love,” Philosophy Now 104 (September/October 2014): 14-16.

“Heroism in Sophocles’s Antigone,” Philosophy and Literature 38.1 (April 2014): 282-291.

Book Chapters

“Friedrich Nietzsche” in Rethinking Political Thinkers, ed. Simon Choat and Manjeet Ramgotra, pp. 239-255. Oxford University Press, 2023.

“Reification, Objectification, and Feminist Activism” in The Spell of Capital: Reification and Spectacle, ed. Samir Gandesha and Johan Frederik Hartle, pp. 149-162. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2017.

“Nietzsche’s Cruel Offerings: Friendship, Solitude, and the Bestowing Virtue in Thus Spoke Zarathustra” in Nietzsche’s Therapeutic Teaching: For Individuals and Culture, ed. Horst Hutter and Eli Friedland, pp. 61-72. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Edited Collections

Homo Mimeticus III: The Metamorphoses of Mimesis with Catherine Malabou, ed. Nidesh Lawtoo and Willow Verkerk. Leuven University Press, 2024.

“Mimetic Inclinations with Adriana Cavarero,” ed. Nidesh Lawtoo and Willow Verkerk, special issue Critical Horizons 24.2 (2023).

Encyclopaedia Entry

“Objectification,” in Encyclopedia of Critical Political Science, ed. Clyde W. Barrow. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2024.

Translation

Tarnai Csillag, trans. “Eldologiasodás, szexuális tárgyiasítás és feminista aktivizmus,” [Reification, Objectification and Feminist Activism] in Inclinations: Contemporary Women’s Philosophy, ed. Anikó Radvánszky and Andrea Timár, Helikon Review of Literature and Culture (2023).

Review

“Fall of philosophicus erectus,” Review of Inclinations, by Adriana Cavarero. Radical Philosophy 2.02 (June 2018): 108-110. https://www.radicalphilosophy.com/reviews/individual-reviews/fall-of-philosophicus-erectus


Recent Presentations

“Nietzsche’s Eternal Return and Its Existential Promise.” Invited special lecture, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan (June 27, 2023).

“Gendered Mimesis and the Problem of Repetition with Nietzsche and Malabou.” Metamorphosis of Mimesis Conference: Plasticity, Subjectivity and Transformation with Catherine Malabou, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven (February 23, 2023).

“Thinking for ‘oneself’? Nietzsche and the Genealogy of the Sovereign Individual.” Invited speaker at Nietzsche and the Genealogies of the ‘New Moralism’ conference, Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche-Klassik Stifung Weimar, Germany (October 28-29, 2022).

“Gendered Mimesis and the Episteme of Sex.” Invited speaker at Centre for Political Theory, Humboldt University Berlin (June 14, 2022). Same paper presented at KU Leuven workshop, Rethinking Gender Through Mimesis: Performativity, Narrative, Queering (June 3, 2022).

“Nietzsche and the Philosophical Value of Friendship.” Invited speaker at Practices of Friendship conference, Historisches Kolleg, Munich (June 1-2, 2022).

‘The Mimetic Relation Between Heteronormative and Repronormative Notions of Sex and Gender,’ The Mimetic Turn: Final International Conference on Homo Mimeticus (ERC), Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven (April 22, 2022).

“On How to Rethink the Androcentric Subject of European Philosophy with Inclination, Mimesis, and Love.”  Mimetic Inclinations: Gender, Philosophy, and Politics with Adriana Cavarero Conference. Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven (November 19, 2021).

“Mimetic Inclination and the Limits of the Enlightened Subject.” Invited speaker at the School of Materialist Research (September 28, 2021).

“Gendered Mimesis: An introduction.” HOM Seminar, KU Leuven (June 24, 2021).

“On Sovereignty and the Universal: Rethinking the Dialectic in Enlightenment with Juliette.” Invited speaker at Theodor W. Adorno: Fifty Years After His Death, SFU Woodward”s (November 29, 2019).

“A community for those without? Love, death and solidarity in Bataille, Nietzsche and Derrida.” Invited speaker at the Philosophy Association, University of Fraser Valley (Nov 8, 2019).

“The Mimetic Subject: Identity, Gender, and Trauma in Continental Feminist Philosophy.” Invited speaker for research seminar, Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy, the University of Winchester (February 12, 2019).

“Nietzsche and His Posthumous Friends.” PICT Faculty Lectures III, Goethe Institute Paris (January 31, 2019).

“Transmitting the Legacies of Philosophical Thought.” Critical Thought in and Beyond the University, Paris School of Arts and Culture, University of Kent, Paris (January 28, 2019).

“Philosophical Honesty and the Practice of Changing Values: Thinking with James Baldwin.” Invited speaker at The Price of the Ticket with 198 Arts and Learning. Tate Modern, London (May 20, 2018).

“On the Reception and Transmission of Philosophical Legacies.” Invited speaker at Symposium: A New Ethics. The evolving responsibilities of creative practices in a changing world. Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston, UK (January 20, 2018).

“Aristotle and Nietzsche on Greatness of Soul.” Invited speaker at international workshop, Subject, Character, Habit, University of Cologne (November 16, 2017).

“The Body as Force in Performance Art.” Invited speaker for master class at performing arts school Forum Dança, Faculty of Fine Arts Lisbon (November 9, 2017).

“The Sovereign Individual in Nietzsche and Sade.” Invited speaker for departmental seminar at Royal Holloway, University of London, Philosophy Department (October 18, 2017).

“On Sovereignty and Female Power: Juliette and Antigone as Dissonant Exemplars.” Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy Joint Annual Conference (SEP-FEP 2017), University of Winchester (September 5, 2017).

“Reinterpreting Philosophy: Questioning Universality with Exemplarity and Difference.” Invited keynote speaker at Feminist Utopias: Transforming the Present of Philosophy, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Conference, University of Iceland (March 30- April 2, 2017).

“Friendship, Love and Women.” Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy 2016/17 Research Series, Chelsea Lecture Theatre, University of the Arts London (March 9, 2017). Listen: https://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2017/03/willow-verkerk-friendship-love-and-women/

“On Communication: Bataille’s Friendship with Nietzsche.” Invited speaker for workshop on Bataille’s Nietzsche, Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths, University of London (November 11, 2016).


Willow Verkerk

Lecturer
location_on Buchanan E 158

About

Office Hours – 2023W, term 2:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Location: BUCH E158 or via Zoom
  • Also available by appointment

Teaching


Research

My areas of specialization are continental philosophy, the history of philosophy, feminist philosophy, philosophy and literature, the philosophy of sex and gender, and social and political philosophy. I am also interested in ethics and anti-racist philosophy.

I recently completed a postdoctoral research position with the Gendered Mimesis project at KU Leuven (http://www.homomimeticus.eu/gendered-mimesis-c1/). The Gendered Mimesis Project reframes dominant accounts of the subject of Enlightenment with the emerging and relational accounts of subjectivity offered by Adriana Cavarero (inclination), Judith Butler (performativity), and Catherine Malabou (plasticity). By drawing on a Nietzschean legacy in critical theory, I created a dialogue between this legacy and contemporary continental feminist philosophers working with recent notions of gendered mimesis. This research conducted between March 2021 and January 2024 resulted in a workshop, two conferences, a co-edited special issue of the journal Critical Horizons, two academic articles, a book chapter, and a forthcoming open access monograph. Currently I am working on my second book under contract with Cambridge University Press, provisionally titled Nietzsche and Women.


Publications

Book

Nietzsche and Friendship. London: Bloomsbury, February 2019 (https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/nietzsche-and-friendship-9781350047341/)

Articles

“Is Friendship Possible with the Dead? On Love and Solidarity with Bataille and Nietzsche” in “Traditions of Friendship: History, Philosophy, and Religion” ed. Andree Michaelis-König and Philipp Lenhard, special issue Amity: The Journal of Friendship Studies, under review.

“A Re-evaluation of the Androcentric Subject of European Philosophy,” Critical Horizons 24.2 (2023): pp. 115-130. https://doi.org/10.1080/14409917.2023.2233109

“A Feminist Genealogy of the Post-Enlightenment Subject,” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 42. 1 (2021): pp. 27-51. https://doi.org/10.5840/gfpj20214212

“On Love, Women, and Friendship: Reading Nietzsche with Irigaray,” Nietzsche-Studien 46.1 (2017): pp. 135–152. https://doi.org/10.1515/nietzstu-2017-0110.

“Transgendering Nietzsche: Male Mothers and Phallic Women in Derrida’s Spurs,” philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism 7.1 (Winter 2017): pp. 99-108.

“Nietzsche’s Joyful Friendship: Epicurean Elements in the Middle Works,” The Agonist Vol. X (Spring 2017): pp. 25-40.

“Nietzsche’s Agonistic Ethics of Friendship,” Symposium: Canadian Journal for Continental Philosophy 20.2 (Fall 2016): 22-41.

“Nietzsche’s Goal of Friendship,” Journal of Nietzsche Studies 45.3 (Autumn 2014): 279-291.

“Nietzsche on Love,” Philosophy Now 104 (September/October 2014): 14-16.

“Heroism in Sophocles’s Antigone,” Philosophy and Literature 38.1 (April 2014): 282-291.

Book Chapters

“Friedrich Nietzsche” in Rethinking Political Thinkers, ed. Simon Choat and Manjeet Ramgotra, pp. 239-255. Oxford University Press, 2023.

“Reification, Objectification, and Feminist Activism” in The Spell of Capital: Reification and Spectacle, ed. Samir Gandesha and Johan Frederik Hartle, pp. 149-162. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2017.

“Nietzsche’s Cruel Offerings: Friendship, Solitude, and the Bestowing Virtue in Thus Spoke Zarathustra” in Nietzsche’s Therapeutic Teaching: For Individuals and Culture, ed. Horst Hutter and Eli Friedland, pp. 61-72. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Edited Collections

Homo Mimeticus III: The Metamorphoses of Mimesis with Catherine Malabou, ed. Nidesh Lawtoo and Willow Verkerk. Leuven University Press, 2024.

“Mimetic Inclinations with Adriana Cavarero,” ed. Nidesh Lawtoo and Willow Verkerk, special issue Critical Horizons 24.2 (2023).

Encyclopaedia Entry

“Objectification,” in Encyclopedia of Critical Political Science, ed. Clyde W. Barrow. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2024.

Translation

Tarnai Csillag, trans. “Eldologiasodás, szexuális tárgyiasítás és feminista aktivizmus,” [Reification, Objectification and Feminist Activism] in Inclinations: Contemporary Women’s Philosophy, ed. Anikó Radvánszky and Andrea Timár, Helikon Review of Literature and Culture (2023).

Review

“Fall of philosophicus erectus,” Review of Inclinations, by Adriana Cavarero. Radical Philosophy 2.02 (June 2018): 108-110. https://www.radicalphilosophy.com/reviews/individual-reviews/fall-of-philosophicus-erectus


Recent Presentations

“Nietzsche’s Eternal Return and Its Existential Promise.” Invited special lecture, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan (June 27, 2023).

“Gendered Mimesis and the Problem of Repetition with Nietzsche and Malabou.” Metamorphosis of Mimesis Conference: Plasticity, Subjectivity and Transformation with Catherine Malabou, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven (February 23, 2023).

“Thinking for ‘oneself’? Nietzsche and the Genealogy of the Sovereign Individual.” Invited speaker at Nietzsche and the Genealogies of the ‘New Moralism’ conference, Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche-Klassik Stifung Weimar, Germany (October 28-29, 2022).

“Gendered Mimesis and the Episteme of Sex.” Invited speaker at Centre for Political Theory, Humboldt University Berlin (June 14, 2022). Same paper presented at KU Leuven workshop, Rethinking Gender Through Mimesis: Performativity, Narrative, Queering (June 3, 2022).

“Nietzsche and the Philosophical Value of Friendship.” Invited speaker at Practices of Friendship conference, Historisches Kolleg, Munich (June 1-2, 2022).

‘The Mimetic Relation Between Heteronormative and Repronormative Notions of Sex and Gender,’ The Mimetic Turn: Final International Conference on Homo Mimeticus (ERC), Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven (April 22, 2022).

“On How to Rethink the Androcentric Subject of European Philosophy with Inclination, Mimesis, and Love.”  Mimetic Inclinations: Gender, Philosophy, and Politics with Adriana Cavarero Conference. Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven (November 19, 2021).

“Mimetic Inclination and the Limits of the Enlightened Subject.” Invited speaker at the School of Materialist Research (September 28, 2021).

“Gendered Mimesis: An introduction.” HOM Seminar, KU Leuven (June 24, 2021).

“On Sovereignty and the Universal: Rethinking the Dialectic in Enlightenment with Juliette.” Invited speaker at Theodor W. Adorno: Fifty Years After His Death, SFU Woodward”s (November 29, 2019).

“A community for those without? Love, death and solidarity in Bataille, Nietzsche and Derrida.” Invited speaker at the Philosophy Association, University of Fraser Valley (Nov 8, 2019).

“The Mimetic Subject: Identity, Gender, and Trauma in Continental Feminist Philosophy.” Invited speaker for research seminar, Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy, the University of Winchester (February 12, 2019).

“Nietzsche and His Posthumous Friends.” PICT Faculty Lectures III, Goethe Institute Paris (January 31, 2019).

“Transmitting the Legacies of Philosophical Thought.” Critical Thought in and Beyond the University, Paris School of Arts and Culture, University of Kent, Paris (January 28, 2019).

“Philosophical Honesty and the Practice of Changing Values: Thinking with James Baldwin.” Invited speaker at The Price of the Ticket with 198 Arts and Learning. Tate Modern, London (May 20, 2018).

“On the Reception and Transmission of Philosophical Legacies.” Invited speaker at Symposium: A New Ethics. The evolving responsibilities of creative practices in a changing world. Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston, UK (January 20, 2018).

“Aristotle and Nietzsche on Greatness of Soul.” Invited speaker at international workshop, Subject, Character, Habit, University of Cologne (November 16, 2017).

“The Body as Force in Performance Art.” Invited speaker for master class at performing arts school Forum Dança, Faculty of Fine Arts Lisbon (November 9, 2017).

“The Sovereign Individual in Nietzsche and Sade.” Invited speaker for departmental seminar at Royal Holloway, University of London, Philosophy Department (October 18, 2017).

“On Sovereignty and Female Power: Juliette and Antigone as Dissonant Exemplars.” Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy Joint Annual Conference (SEP-FEP 2017), University of Winchester (September 5, 2017).

“Reinterpreting Philosophy: Questioning Universality with Exemplarity and Difference.” Invited keynote speaker at Feminist Utopias: Transforming the Present of Philosophy, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Conference, University of Iceland (March 30- April 2, 2017).

“Friendship, Love and Women.” Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy 2016/17 Research Series, Chelsea Lecture Theatre, University of the Arts London (March 9, 2017). Listen: https://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2017/03/willow-verkerk-friendship-love-and-women/

“On Communication: Bataille’s Friendship with Nietzsche.” Invited speaker for workshop on Bataille’s Nietzsche, Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths, University of London (November 11, 2016).


Willow Verkerk

Lecturer
location_on Buchanan E 158
About keyboard_arrow_down

Office Hours – 2023W, term 2:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Location: BUCH E158 or via Zoom
  • Also available by appointment
Teaching keyboard_arrow_down
Research keyboard_arrow_down

My areas of specialization are continental philosophy, the history of philosophy, feminist philosophy, philosophy and literature, the philosophy of sex and gender, and social and political philosophy. I am also interested in ethics and anti-racist philosophy.

I recently completed a postdoctoral research position with the Gendered Mimesis project at KU Leuven (http://www.homomimeticus.eu/gendered-mimesis-c1/). The Gendered Mimesis Project reframes dominant accounts of the subject of Enlightenment with the emerging and relational accounts of subjectivity offered by Adriana Cavarero (inclination), Judith Butler (performativity), and Catherine Malabou (plasticity). By drawing on a Nietzschean legacy in critical theory, I created a dialogue between this legacy and contemporary continental feminist philosophers working with recent notions of gendered mimesis. This research conducted between March 2021 and January 2024 resulted in a workshop, two conferences, a co-edited special issue of the journal Critical Horizons, two academic articles, a book chapter, and a forthcoming open access monograph. Currently I am working on my second book under contract with Cambridge University Press, provisionally titled Nietzsche and Women.

Publications keyboard_arrow_down

Book

Nietzsche and Friendship. London: Bloomsbury, February 2019 (https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/nietzsche-and-friendship-9781350047341/)

Articles

“Is Friendship Possible with the Dead? On Love and Solidarity with Bataille and Nietzsche” in “Traditions of Friendship: History, Philosophy, and Religion” ed. Andree Michaelis-König and Philipp Lenhard, special issue Amity: The Journal of Friendship Studies, under review.

“A Re-evaluation of the Androcentric Subject of European Philosophy,” Critical Horizons 24.2 (2023): pp. 115-130. https://doi.org/10.1080/14409917.2023.2233109

“A Feminist Genealogy of the Post-Enlightenment Subject,” Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 42. 1 (2021): pp. 27-51. https://doi.org/10.5840/gfpj20214212

“On Love, Women, and Friendship: Reading Nietzsche with Irigaray,” Nietzsche-Studien 46.1 (2017): pp. 135–152. https://doi.org/10.1515/nietzstu-2017-0110.

“Transgendering Nietzsche: Male Mothers and Phallic Women in Derrida’s Spurs,” philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism 7.1 (Winter 2017): pp. 99-108.

“Nietzsche’s Joyful Friendship: Epicurean Elements in the Middle Works,” The Agonist Vol. X (Spring 2017): pp. 25-40.

“Nietzsche’s Agonistic Ethics of Friendship,” Symposium: Canadian Journal for Continental Philosophy 20.2 (Fall 2016): 22-41.

“Nietzsche’s Goal of Friendship,” Journal of Nietzsche Studies 45.3 (Autumn 2014): 279-291.

“Nietzsche on Love,” Philosophy Now 104 (September/October 2014): 14-16.

“Heroism in Sophocles’s Antigone,” Philosophy and Literature 38.1 (April 2014): 282-291.

Book Chapters

“Friedrich Nietzsche” in Rethinking Political Thinkers, ed. Simon Choat and Manjeet Ramgotra, pp. 239-255. Oxford University Press, 2023.

“Reification, Objectification, and Feminist Activism” in The Spell of Capital: Reification and Spectacle, ed. Samir Gandesha and Johan Frederik Hartle, pp. 149-162. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2017.

“Nietzsche’s Cruel Offerings: Friendship, Solitude, and the Bestowing Virtue in Thus Spoke Zarathustra” in Nietzsche’s Therapeutic Teaching: For Individuals and Culture, ed. Horst Hutter and Eli Friedland, pp. 61-72. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

Edited Collections

Homo Mimeticus III: The Metamorphoses of Mimesis with Catherine Malabou, ed. Nidesh Lawtoo and Willow Verkerk. Leuven University Press, 2024.

“Mimetic Inclinations with Adriana Cavarero,” ed. Nidesh Lawtoo and Willow Verkerk, special issue Critical Horizons 24.2 (2023).

Encyclopaedia Entry

“Objectification,” in Encyclopedia of Critical Political Science, ed. Clyde W. Barrow. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2024.

Translation

Tarnai Csillag, trans. “Eldologiasodás, szexuális tárgyiasítás és feminista aktivizmus,” [Reification, Objectification and Feminist Activism] in Inclinations: Contemporary Women’s Philosophy, ed. Anikó Radvánszky and Andrea Timár, Helikon Review of Literature and Culture (2023).

Review

“Fall of philosophicus erectus,” Review of Inclinations, by Adriana Cavarero. Radical Philosophy 2.02 (June 2018): 108-110. https://www.radicalphilosophy.com/reviews/individual-reviews/fall-of-philosophicus-erectus

Recent Presentations keyboard_arrow_down

“Nietzsche’s Eternal Return and Its Existential Promise.” Invited special lecture, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan (June 27, 2023).

“Gendered Mimesis and the Problem of Repetition with Nietzsche and Malabou.” Metamorphosis of Mimesis Conference: Plasticity, Subjectivity and Transformation with Catherine Malabou, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven (February 23, 2023).

“Thinking for ‘oneself’? Nietzsche and the Genealogy of the Sovereign Individual.” Invited speaker at Nietzsche and the Genealogies of the ‘New Moralism’ conference, Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche-Klassik Stifung Weimar, Germany (October 28-29, 2022).

“Gendered Mimesis and the Episteme of Sex.” Invited speaker at Centre for Political Theory, Humboldt University Berlin (June 14, 2022). Same paper presented at KU Leuven workshop, Rethinking Gender Through Mimesis: Performativity, Narrative, Queering (June 3, 2022).

“Nietzsche and the Philosophical Value of Friendship.” Invited speaker at Practices of Friendship conference, Historisches Kolleg, Munich (June 1-2, 2022).

‘The Mimetic Relation Between Heteronormative and Repronormative Notions of Sex and Gender,’ The Mimetic Turn: Final International Conference on Homo Mimeticus (ERC), Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven (April 22, 2022).

“On How to Rethink the Androcentric Subject of European Philosophy with Inclination, Mimesis, and Love.”  Mimetic Inclinations: Gender, Philosophy, and Politics with Adriana Cavarero Conference. Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven (November 19, 2021).

“Mimetic Inclination and the Limits of the Enlightened Subject.” Invited speaker at the School of Materialist Research (September 28, 2021).

“Gendered Mimesis: An introduction.” HOM Seminar, KU Leuven (June 24, 2021).

“On Sovereignty and the Universal: Rethinking the Dialectic in Enlightenment with Juliette.” Invited speaker at Theodor W. Adorno: Fifty Years After His Death, SFU Woodward”s (November 29, 2019).

“A community for those without? Love, death and solidarity in Bataille, Nietzsche and Derrida.” Invited speaker at the Philosophy Association, University of Fraser Valley (Nov 8, 2019).

“The Mimetic Subject: Identity, Gender, and Trauma in Continental Feminist Philosophy.” Invited speaker for research seminar, Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy, the University of Winchester (February 12, 2019).

“Nietzsche and His Posthumous Friends.” PICT Faculty Lectures III, Goethe Institute Paris (January 31, 2019).

“Transmitting the Legacies of Philosophical Thought.” Critical Thought in and Beyond the University, Paris School of Arts and Culture, University of Kent, Paris (January 28, 2019).

“Philosophical Honesty and the Practice of Changing Values: Thinking with James Baldwin.” Invited speaker at The Price of the Ticket with 198 Arts and Learning. Tate Modern, London (May 20, 2018).

“On the Reception and Transmission of Philosophical Legacies.” Invited speaker at Symposium: A New Ethics. The evolving responsibilities of creative practices in a changing world. Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston, UK (January 20, 2018).

“Aristotle and Nietzsche on Greatness of Soul.” Invited speaker at international workshop, Subject, Character, Habit, University of Cologne (November 16, 2017).

“The Body as Force in Performance Art.” Invited speaker for master class at performing arts school Forum Dança, Faculty of Fine Arts Lisbon (November 9, 2017).

“The Sovereign Individual in Nietzsche and Sade.” Invited speaker for departmental seminar at Royal Holloway, University of London, Philosophy Department (October 18, 2017).

“On Sovereignty and Female Power: Juliette and Antigone as Dissonant Exemplars.” Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy Joint Annual Conference (SEP-FEP 2017), University of Winchester (September 5, 2017).

“Reinterpreting Philosophy: Questioning Universality with Exemplarity and Difference.” Invited keynote speaker at Feminist Utopias: Transforming the Present of Philosophy, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Conference, University of Iceland (March 30- April 2, 2017).

“Friendship, Love and Women.” Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy 2016/17 Research Series, Chelsea Lecture Theatre, University of the Arts London (March 9, 2017). Listen: https://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2017/03/willow-verkerk-friendship-love-and-women/

“On Communication: Bataille’s Friendship with Nietzsche.” Invited speaker for workshop on Bataille’s Nietzsche, Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths, University of London (November 11, 2016).