Nina Power

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Nina Power is a cultural critic, social theorist, philosopher and translator. She is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University and the author of One-Dimensional Woman.[1] She served as both editor and translator (with Alberto Toscano) of Alain Badiou's On Beckett.

Power received her PhD in Philosophy from Middlesex University on the topic of Humanism and Antihumanism in Post-War French philosophy, and also has an MA and BA in Philosophy from the University of Warwick. She has taught at Middlesex, Orpington College, London College of Communication, Morley College. Power also worked as a Tutor in Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the British Philosophical Association.

Power has a wide range of interests, including philosophy, film, art, feminism and politics, and is interested in independent publishing and reviving certain political forms and genres of writing (such as the polemic, the pamphlet, the declaration, and the address). She writes for a variety of different publications and journals, in a variety of genres and on various different topics (including music, critical theory, film, policing and protests). Some of the publications she regularly contributes are frieze, Wire, Radical Philosophy, The Guardian, Cabinet, Film Quarterly, Icon and The Philosophers' Magazine.

She is currently working on two book-length projects – one on the topic of work and the other on the history of the collective political subject. She is also working on a number of more experimental collaborations with artists and writers. In 2015, she commissioned Bad Feelings by Arts Against Cuts, a collection of writing and 'set of materials for conflict and commonality' published by Book Works.

Selected bibliography[edit]

Translated books
  • (with Alberto Toscano), Alain Badiou, On Beckett. London: Clinamen Press, 2003.
  • (with Alberto Toscano) Alain Badiou, Political Writings. New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming.
Authored books
  • One-Dimensional Woman. Winchester (UK): Zero Books, 2009.
  • Translated into French as La Femme Unidimensionnelle by Nicolas Vieillescazes (Paris: Les Prairies Ordinaires, 2010).
  • Translated into Turkish as "Tek Boyutlu Kadin" by Özlem Kaya (Istanbul: Habitus Kitap, 2010).
  • Translated into German as "Die eindimensionale Frau" by Anna-Sophie Springer (Berlin: Merve, 2011).
  • Translated into Italian by Cecilia Savi as "La donna a una dimensione" (Rome: DeriveApprodi, 2011).
  • Translated into Spanish by Teresa Arijón as "La mujer unidimensional" (Buenos Aires: Cruce Casa Editora, 2016) ISBN 978-987-45637-5-0.
  • Translated into Korean by SeongJun Kim as "Dodukmajeun Feminism" (Seoul: Editus, 2018).
Selected articles in edited collections and books
  • "E.P. Thompson's Concept of Class, the Flesh and Blood of Self-Emancipation", E. P. Thompson and English Radicalism, ed. Roger Fieldhouse & Richard Taylor (Manchester: MUP, 2013)
  • (with Alberto Toscano), "Politics". Badiou: Key Concepts. Ed. Justin Clemens and A. J. Barlett. (London: Acumen, 2010).[2]
  • "On Feuerbach, Speculation and Atheism", After the Postsecular and the Postmodern: New Essays in Continental Philosophy of Religion, ed. by Anthony Paul Smith and Daniel Whistler (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010).
  • "Towards a Cybernetic Communism: The Technology of the Anti-Family", Further Adventures of the Dialectic of Sex, ed. by Mandy Merck and Stella Sandford (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Selected articles in journals
  • "Potentiality or Capacity? Agamben's Missing Subjects", Theory and Event, (13.1, Spring 2010). A version of this essay was published in Slovenian in Filozofski vestnik, Vol. XXX, No. 1, Ljubljana, 2009.
  • "Non-Reproductive Futurism", Borderlands, vol. 8, no. 2, 2009. [1]
  • "Which Anarchism? On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Infinity for (Political) Life: A Response to Simon Critchley's Infinitely Demanding", Critical Horizons, Vol. 10 (2009), Issue 2. [2].
  • "Which Equality? Badiou and Rancière in Light of Ludwig Feuerbach", Parallax (Volume 15, Issue 3 August 2009) (available on
  • "The Philosophy of Restoration: Alain Badiou and the Enemies of May" (with Alberto Toscano), (abstract), boundary 2, 2009 36(1) (available on
  • "The Truth of Humanity: The Collective Political Subject in Sartre and Badiou", Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, vol. 9, 2009.
  • "Axiomatic Equality: Jacques Rancière and the Politics of Contemporary Education", Polygraph, 21 (2009). Reprinted in Eurozine.
  • "Philosophy's Subjects", Parrhesia, Issue 3, 2007. [3]
  • "The Terror of Collectivity: Sartre's Theory of Political Groups", Prelom 8 (Belgrade), Fall 2006. [4]
  • "Towards an Anthropology of Infinitude: Badiou and the Political Subject", Cosmos and History, 'The Praxis of Alain Badiou', Issue 2, 2006.[5]
  • "Bachelard contra Bergson and Ancient Atomism", Angelaki, Volume 11, Issue 3 2006 (available on
  • "Badiou and Feuerbach: What is Generic Humanity?", Subject Matters: A Journal of Communication and the Self, Vol. 2, no. 1, 2005.
  • Translation (with Alberto Toscano) of Alain Badiou's "Existence and Death",Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, 24.1 (2002).
  • "On the Nature of Things: Nietzsche and Democritus", Pli, 12 (2001). [6]

Film appearances[edit]


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  2. ^ Contributions from various Badiou scholars and translators including, along with Power, Toscano and Clemens, Bruno Bosteels, Ray Brassier, Oliver Feltham, Z.L. Fraser

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