|Institutions||State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Buffalo, University of Notre Dame, University of Maine, Maquarie University, University of Tasmania|
|Feminist theory, modernism, continental philosophy, ethics, and critical theory|
Ewa Ziarek is the Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature at The State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo). She has a major interest in engaging with other scholars on their own terms, and believes that a model of dissensus in philosophy, rather than the traditional consensus model, may produce highly valuable results.
Education and career
Ziarek received a master's degree in philosophy from SUNY Buffalo in 1988, and her doctorate in philosophy from SUNY Buffalo in 1989. After receiving her doctorate, Ziarek accepted a position as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame in 1989. She was promoted to Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies in 1995, and to full Professor of English and Gender Studies in 2002. In 2003, Ziarek left Notre Dame, and in 2004 she accepted an appointment at SUNY Buffalo as the Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature, where she remains as of 2015. In 2005 she founded the University of Buffalo Humanities Institute, which she remained the Director of until 2008.
Ziarek has held a number of temporary or visiting academic positions in addition to her permanent ones. In 2005, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Tasmania, in 2007 she was a visiting scholar at Maquarie University, and since 2007 she has been a Primary Visiting Faculty Member at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts at the University of Maine. Throughout her academic career, she has also served in a variety of administrative positions, such as a five-year stint as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame between 1994 and 1999.
Ziarek's research brings together literary modernism, aesthetics, ethics, feminism, psychoanalysis, critical race theory, and political philosophy. Her work addresses democracy, freedom, oppression, power structures, and intersubjectivity in relation to literary modernism. Ziarek has written extensively on the idea of slavery from a feminist standpoint, challenging Giorgio Agamben's views on the subject. Ziarek believes that a model of dissensus (where scholars hold distinctly different viewpoints from each other), rather than the consensus model traditionally used in philosophy, may produce significant results.
- 2013: Feminist Aesthetics and the Politics of Modernism ISBN 978-0-231-16149-7
- 2001: An Ethics of Dissensus: Feminism, Postmodernity, and the Politics of Radical Democracy ISBN 0-8047-4102-6
- 1995: The Rhetoric of Failure: Deconstruction of Skepticism, Reinvention of Modernism ISBN 978-0-7914-2711-8
Ewa Ziarek has also edited three volumes and contributed many book chapters, as well as publishing many peer-reviewed papers on far-ranging subjects.
- "Ewa Plonowska Ziarek". Department of Comparative Literature. University at Buffalo. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
- Marder, Elissa (2010). "Ewa Ziarek's Virtually Impossible Ethics". Philosophy Today. 54 (9999). doi:10.5840/philtoday201054Supplement47.
- Ziarek, Ewa. "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- "Humanities Institute". The College of Arts and Sciences. University at Buffalo. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
- Deutscher, Penelope (18 December 2012). "Sacred Fecundity: Agamben, Sexual Difference, and Reproductive Life". Telos. 2012 (161). doi:10.3817/1212161051.
- "Department of Comparative Literature". The College of Arts and Sciences. University at Buffalo. Retrieved 16 July 2015.