Shannon Bell

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Shannon Bell
Born (1955-07-05) July 5, 1955 (age 63)
Alma materYork University
Notable work
Reading, writing and rewriting the prostitute body. (Ph.D Thesis) (1992)
InstitutionsYork University
Main interests
Experimental philosophy

Shannon Bell (born 5 July 1955) is a Canadian performance philosopher who lives and writes philosophy-in-action, experimental philosophy. Bell is also professor and graduate programme director in the York University Political Science Department, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She teaches postmodern theory, fast feminism, sexual politics, cyber politics, identity politics and violent philosophy.


Bell is currently researching extreme science and art for her book entitled Fast Bodies; this research is funded by Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).


  • Bell, Shannon (1994). Reading, writing, and rewriting the prostitute body. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780585000992.
  • Bell, Shannon (1995). Whore carnival. Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia. ISBN 9781570270222.
  • Bell, Shannon; Cossman, Brenda; Gotell, Lise, eds. (1997). Bad attitude/s on trial: pornography, feminism, and the Butler decision. Toronto Buffalo: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781282045750.
  • Bell, Shannon; Albritton, Robert; Bell, John R.; Westra, Richard, eds. (2004). New socialisms futures beyond globalization. London New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780203390894.
  • Bell, Shannon (2010). Fast feminism. New York: Autonomedia. ISBN 9781570271892.
  • Bell, Shannon; Kulchyski, Peter K., eds. (2013). Subversive itinerary: the thought of Gad Horowitz. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781442645325.
Chapters in books
  • Bell, Shannon (2002), "Liquid fire", in Johnson, Merri L. (ed.), Jane sexes it up: true confessions of feminist desire, New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, pp. 327–345, ISBN 9781568581804.
  • Bell, Shannon (2004), "Post-porn\post-anti-porn: queer socialist pornography", in Bell, Shannon; Albritton, Robert; Bell, John R.; Westra, Richard (eds.), New socialisms futures beyond globalization, London New York: Routledge, pp. 139–156, ISBN 9780203390894.
  • Bell, Shannon (2006), "Levinas", in Horowitz, Asher; Horowitz, Gad (eds.), Difficult justice commentaries on Levinas and politics, Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press, pp. 111–126, ISBN 9780802080097.
  • Bell, Shannon (2008), "Istvan Kantor: machinery execution", in Elavia, Firoza (ed.), Cinematic folds: the furling and unfurling of images, Toronto: Pleasure Dome, pp. 109–115, ISBN 9780968211540.* Bell, Shannon (2010), "Victimless leather - a prototype of stitch-less jacket grown in a technoscientific "Body"", in Scapp, Ron; Seitz, Brian (eds.), Fashion statements: on style, appearance, and reality, New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 57–67, ISBN 9780230105423.
  • Bell, Shannon (2010), "The fungi dress - a living garment, interview with Donna Franklin", in Scapp, Ron; Seitz, Brian (eds.), Fashion statements: on style, appearance, and reality, New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 49–55, ISBN 9780230105423.
See also: Hoffman, Tessa (18 November 2009). "The fungus gown that grows". Melbourne Leader (lifestyle section). News Community Media. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  • Bell, Shannon (2012), "Nina Arsenault: fast feminist "object a"", in Rudakoff, Judith (ed.), Trans(per)forming Nina Arsenault: an unreasonable body of work, Bristol: Intellect, ISBN 9781841505718.
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