Tristan Hedges

Tristan Hedges

PhD fellow

I am a PhD Fellow employed within the 'Who are We' research group. My research interests lie in both 'classical' and 'critical' phenomenology, social ontology, critical theory, and feminist philosophy. 

Current research

My project is titled Us and Them: A Phenomenological Approach to Collective Identity. Within this project, I investigate different forms of collective identity, the constitutive significance of the 'Them' or the 'Third-person', and how power relations modulate, motivate, and obscure the ways in which we identify with/against each other. Within the scope of the research group, my aim is to investigate experiences of the 'we' beyond dyadic, second-personal, and face-to-face encounters. I am also interested in critical reflections on the ways in which an experience of 'for-us-ness' or 'we-ness' is manufactured and exploited for problematic ends.

Besides my PhD project I have been working on two manuscripts which attempt to provide a phenomenological account of discrimination from the perspective of the discriminator. Within these papers I argue that a Husserlian account of normality can help uncover the proto-normative and affective-intentional structures underlying various acts of discrimination. This is a research topic I hope to develop further towards the end of my PhD.

Currently, I am working on a paper which explores the experiential and ontological difference between the collective subject of the 'we' and the collective object of the 'us'. By drawing on both Sartre's discussions of the us-object and seriality, and Iris Marion Young's account of cultural imperialism, I argue that one's positional power mediates which form of 'we' is experientialy salient. Moreover, I want to show how thematising the collective identity of dominant social groups is a productive practice of relativising experiential horizons that are otherwise taken-for-granted as universal.

Teaching

Ethics and Meta-ethics (BA Course)

Fall 2022

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Applied Phenomenology (BA Course)                   

Fall 2022

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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