Dr Benjamin Franks

  • Lecturer (Social and Political Philosophy) (Interdisciplinary Studies)

telephone: 01387702055
email: Benjamin.Franks@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research Interests

Interested in Marxist, anarchist, post-Marxist and post-anarchist political theory and applied ethics especially in the fields of (anti-)political action, education and social research.

Research Projects

Examing ideological hybrids such as 'post-anarchism' and 'tory' or 'conservative anarchism', and the intersections of political theory with ethics, in particular liberal, conservative and revolutionary thought and virtue theory.

Supervision

Currently Supervising

  • Lisa Bradley (Urban Studies): The Social Construction of Time: recognising the temporal strands of urban malaise in the contemporary city (working title)
  • Sotiris Frantzanas (School of Interdsciplinary Studies): Anarchism and the Question of Power (working title)

Previously supervised

  • Laura Ferguson (School iof Interdisciplinary studies). Successfully completed doctoral studies on The Vietnam Syndrome: Representations of Vietnam and Gulf conflicts in fictional American cinemas
  • Rory Fairweather (School of Interdisciplinary Studies): Successfully completed 1 year M.Phil dissertation: An Enquiry into Eco-Phenomenology

 

Teaching

Undergraduate (School of Interdisciplinary Studies: Dumfries campus)

  • Level 2: Issues in Contemporary Society (Convenor)
  • Level 4: Power, Culture & Criticism (Convenor)
  • Level 4: Reading Class: Anarchisms (Supervisor)

Also teaches on:

  • Level 1: Text and Communication
  • Level 2: Health Care Policy
  • Level 3: Research Methods

Undergraduate (School of Politics and Social Science, Glasgow campus)

  • Honours class: Contemporary Radical Theory: Marxisms and Post-Marxisms (Convenor)
  • Honours class: Political Ideologies (Convenor)

 Postgraduate taught (School of Interdisciplinary Studies: Dumfries campus)

Additional information

Non-academic publications

Articles

'Lenin Reloaded: And engaged in friendly fire?', Variant, No. 31 (Spring 2008);  'Who or You to Tell me to Question Authority?: Radical Education in a proto-fascist era.', Variant, No. 29 (Summer 2007); ‘Behind, and beyond, the barricades’ in The Jewish Chronicle, 20 July, 2001; Occasional contributor to various campaign websites, ‘zines and newspapers, 1997 to date. 

 

Conferences and Workshops

Keynote speaker, Lost subject, University of Dundee, ‘Interdisciplinarity and Philosophy: The challenge to managerialism’ (May 2013)

Speaker, Anarchist Studies Conference, Loughborough University, ‘The Virtues of Non-Domination’ (August 2012)

Invited speaker on Invited speaker on ‘Radical Modesty’, Rhetorics of Moderation: Politics and pragmatics (ESRC seminar series): Huddersfield University (June 2011)

Invited speaker on ‘The Ethics of Anti-Fascism’ at Radical Perspectives on Fascism /Anti-fascism workshop, Queen Mary, University of London (May 2011)

Delivered Paper ‘Tory Anarchism’, PSA Workshops in Political Theory , Manchester Metropolitan University. PSA Worskop (August 2010)

Delivered paper 'Anarchism and Marxism:The beginnings and ends of the schism….', Anarchist Studies Network (PSA Specialist Group) conference, September 2009.

Co-organised panels and delivered paper 'Anarchism, Post-Anarchism and Ethics' for the Anarchism and Moral Philosophy panel, Anarchist Studies Network (PSA Specialist Group) conference, September 2008.

Delivered paper 'Revolutionary Modesty' for the Re-Imaging Revolution panel, Anarchist Studies Network (PSA Specialist Group) conference, September 2008.

Delivered a plenary address 'Paternalism and vanguardism' at the Civil Rights, Liberties and Disobedience conference, Centre for the Study of International Governance, Loughborough University, July 2007.

Delivered conference paper 'Virtues and Anarchism: A non-essentialist account' at Alasdair MacIntyre's Revolutionary Aristotelianism: Ethics, Resistance and Utopia, held at London Metropolitan University, June 2007.

Delivered paper ‘Questioning Post-anarchism in the Age of Security’ at the Political Studies Association conference, Reading University, April 2006.  

Delivered paper ‘British Anarchisms and the Miners’ Strike’ at The Miners’ Strike 20 years On conference, University of Northumbria, June 2004.

Delivered paper ‘Conflict between Fascism and Anarchism in The Wicker Man’, The Wicker Man: Readings Rituals and Reactions conference, University of Glasgow Crichton Campus, July 2003.  

Organiser of the conference, The Wicker Man: Readings Rituals and Reactions conference, University of Glasgow Crichton Campus, July 2003.  

Delivered paper ‘The Direct Action Ethic’ at Alternative Futures and Popular Protest Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, April 2001.

Chaired panel and delivered paper ‘Political violence and Direct Action’ at Representations of Violence, the Violence of Representation conference University of Nottingham, July 2000.

Delivered paper ‘Anarchist Revolutionary Subjects’ at the Conference of Socialist Economists, University of London, June 2000.

Delivered Paper ‘New Left/New Right’ at the Art Historians conference, Courthauld Institute, April 1996. 

Other information

Helped create websites for radical environmental and community groups, also written for non-commercial press. Been interviewed by the BBC and RTE discussing on his research on anti-capitalisms. Listed in Political Studies Association Media Register of Experts under Anarchisms, Direct Action and Political Theory. Keen football fan, supports a variety of useless teams, and writes occasionally for fanzines and fansites. Also enjoys cinema and live (if somewhat sickly) comedy.

Publications

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Number of items: 29.

2017

Johnston, S. F., Franks, B., and Whitelaw, S. (2017) Crowd-sourced science: societal engagement, scientific authority and ethical practice. Journal of Information Ethics, (Accepted for Publication)

2016

Franks, B. (2016) Ideological hybrids: the contrary case of Tory anarchism. Journal of Political Ideologies, 21(2), pp. 160-180. (doi:10.1080/13569317.2016.1150142)

2015

Franks, B. (2015) What fucking good is this article to industry? Les Cahiers de l’ Idiotie(6), pp. 233-249.

Franks, B., and Kinna, R. (2015) Contemporary British Anarchism = L’anarchisme britannique contemporain. Revue LISA = LISA e-journal, 12(8), pp. 338-371. (doi:10.4000/lisa.7128)

2014

Franks, B. (2014) Anarchism and business ethics. Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization, 14(4), pp. 699-724.

Franks, B. (2014) Review - The Impossible Community: Realizing Communitarian Anarchism, by John P. Clark. E-International Relations, [Book Review]

Franks, B. (2014) Anti-fascism and the ethics of prefiguration. Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, 8(1), pp. 44-72.

2013

Franks, B. (2013) Anarchism. In: Freeden, M., Sargent, L.T. and Stears, M. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies. Series: Oxford handbooks in politics & international relations. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 385-404. ISBN 9780199585977

2012

Franks, B. (2012) Between Anarchism and Marxism: the beginnings and ends of the schism. Journal of Political Ideologies, 17(2), pp. 207-227. (doi:10.1080/13569317.2012.676867)

Franks, B. (2012) Anarchism and analytic philosophy. In: Kinna, R. (ed.) The Continuum Companion to Anarchism. Series: Continuum companions. Continuum: New York, NY, pp. 53-74. ISBN 9781441172129

Franks, B., and Hanscomb, S. (2012) Learning through reflective dialogue: assessing the effectiveness of feedback vivas. Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies, 12(1),

2010

Franks, B. (2010) Anarchism and the virtues. In: Franks, B. and Wilson, M. (eds.) Anarchism and Moral Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK, pp. 135-160. ISBN 9780230580664

Franks, B. (2010) Introduction: anarchism and moral philosophy. In: Franks, B. and Wilson, M. (eds.) Anarchism and Moral Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK, pp. 1-10. ISBN 9780230580664

2009

Franks, B. (2009) Anarchism in Britain. In: Ness, I. (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present. Blackwell: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781405184649

Franks, B. (2009) Sabotage. In: Ness, I. (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present. Blackwell: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781405184649

Franks, B. (2009) Solidarity federation. In: Ness, I. (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present. Blackwell: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781405184649

Franks, B. (2009) Vanguards and paternalism. In: Jun, N.J. and Wahl, S. (eds.) New Perspectives on Anarchism. Lexington Books: Lanham, USA. ISBN 9780739132401

2008

Franks, B. (2008) Postanarchism and meta-ethics. Anarchist Studies, 16(2), pp. 135-153.

2007

Franks, B. (2007) Postanarchisms: a critical assessment. Journal of Political Ideologies, 12(2), pp. 127-145. (doi:10.1080/13569310701284985)

2006

Franks, B., Harper, S., Murray, J. and Stevenson, L., (Eds.) (2006) The Quest for The Wicker Man: History, Folklore and Pagan Perspectives. Luath Press: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781905222186

Franks, B. (2006) Peter Kropotkin. In: Cohen, M. (ed.) The Essentials of Philosophy and Ethics. Hodder Arnold: London, UK. ISBN 9780340900284

Franks, B. (2006) Rebel Alliances: The Means and Ends of Contemporary British Anarchisms. AK Press / Dark Star: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781904859406

Franks, B. (2006) Social and lifestyle anarchism. In: Cohen, M. (ed.) The Essentials of Philosophy and Ethics. Hodder Arnold: London, UK. ISBN 9780340900284

Franks, B., Hanscomb, S., and Harper, S. (2006) Interdisciplinarity and philosophy. Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies, 6(1), pp. 123-143.

2005

Murray, J., Franks, B.,, Harper, S. and Stevenson, L., (Eds.) (2005) Constructing The Wicker Man: Film and Cultural Studies Perspectives. University of Glasgow, Crichton Publications: Dumfries, UK. ISBN 9780852618189

Franks, B. (2005) British anarchisms and the miners' Strike. Capital and Class, 87, pp. 227-254.

Franks, B. (2005) Demotic possession. In: Murray, J., Stevenson, L., Harper, S. and Franks, B. (eds.) Constructing "The Wicker Man": Film and Cultural Studies perspectives. University of Glasgow, Crichton Publications, pp. 63-78. ISBN 0852618182

2003

Franks, B. (2003) Direct action ethic. Anarchist Studies, Volume(No. 1), pp. 13-41.

1999

Franks, B. (1999) New right/New left: an alternative experiment in freedom. In: Hughes, J. and Sadler, S. (eds.) Non-Plan: Essays on Freedom, Participation and Change in Modern Architecture and Urbanism. Routledge: Oxford, UK, pp. 32-43. ISBN 9780750640831

This list was generated on Sun Aug 28 21:08:49 2016 BST.
Number of items: 29.

Articles

Johnston, S. F., Franks, B., and Whitelaw, S. (2017) Crowd-sourced science: societal engagement, scientific authority and ethical practice. Journal of Information Ethics, (Accepted for Publication)

Franks, B. (2016) Ideological hybrids: the contrary case of Tory anarchism. Journal of Political Ideologies, 21(2), pp. 160-180. (doi:10.1080/13569317.2016.1150142)

Franks, B. (2015) What fucking good is this article to industry? Les Cahiers de l’ Idiotie(6), pp. 233-249.

Franks, B., and Kinna, R. (2015) Contemporary British Anarchism = L’anarchisme britannique contemporain. Revue LISA = LISA e-journal, 12(8), pp. 338-371. (doi:10.4000/lisa.7128)

Franks, B. (2014) Anarchism and business ethics. Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization, 14(4), pp. 699-724.

Franks, B. (2014) Anti-fascism and the ethics of prefiguration. Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, 8(1), pp. 44-72.

Franks, B. (2012) Between Anarchism and Marxism: the beginnings and ends of the schism. Journal of Political Ideologies, 17(2), pp. 207-227. (doi:10.1080/13569317.2012.676867)

Franks, B., and Hanscomb, S. (2012) Learning through reflective dialogue: assessing the effectiveness of feedback vivas. Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies, 12(1),

Franks, B. (2008) Postanarchism and meta-ethics. Anarchist Studies, 16(2), pp. 135-153.

Franks, B. (2007) Postanarchisms: a critical assessment. Journal of Political Ideologies, 12(2), pp. 127-145. (doi:10.1080/13569310701284985)

Franks, B., Hanscomb, S., and Harper, S. (2006) Interdisciplinarity and philosophy. Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies, 6(1), pp. 123-143.

Franks, B. (2005) British anarchisms and the miners' Strike. Capital and Class, 87, pp. 227-254.

Franks, B. (2003) Direct action ethic. Anarchist Studies, Volume(No. 1), pp. 13-41.

Books

Franks, B. (2006) Rebel Alliances: The Means and Ends of Contemporary British Anarchisms. AK Press / Dark Star: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781904859406

Book Sections

Franks, B. (2013) Anarchism. In: Freeden, M., Sargent, L.T. and Stears, M. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies. Series: Oxford handbooks in politics & international relations. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 385-404. ISBN 9780199585977

Franks, B. (2012) Anarchism and analytic philosophy. In: Kinna, R. (ed.) The Continuum Companion to Anarchism. Series: Continuum companions. Continuum: New York, NY, pp. 53-74. ISBN 9781441172129

Franks, B. (2010) Anarchism and the virtues. In: Franks, B. and Wilson, M. (eds.) Anarchism and Moral Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK, pp. 135-160. ISBN 9780230580664

Franks, B. (2010) Introduction: anarchism and moral philosophy. In: Franks, B. and Wilson, M. (eds.) Anarchism and Moral Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK, pp. 1-10. ISBN 9780230580664

Franks, B. (2009) Anarchism in Britain. In: Ness, I. (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present. Blackwell: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781405184649

Franks, B. (2009) Sabotage. In: Ness, I. (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present. Blackwell: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781405184649

Franks, B. (2009) Solidarity federation. In: Ness, I. (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present. Blackwell: Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781405184649

Franks, B. (2009) Vanguards and paternalism. In: Jun, N.J. and Wahl, S. (eds.) New Perspectives on Anarchism. Lexington Books: Lanham, USA. ISBN 9780739132401

Franks, B. (2006) Peter Kropotkin. In: Cohen, M. (ed.) The Essentials of Philosophy and Ethics. Hodder Arnold: London, UK. ISBN 9780340900284

Franks, B. (2006) Social and lifestyle anarchism. In: Cohen, M. (ed.) The Essentials of Philosophy and Ethics. Hodder Arnold: London, UK. ISBN 9780340900284

Franks, B. (2005) Demotic possession. In: Murray, J., Stevenson, L., Harper, S. and Franks, B. (eds.) Constructing "The Wicker Man": Film and Cultural Studies perspectives. University of Glasgow, Crichton Publications, pp. 63-78. ISBN 0852618182

Franks, B. (1999) New right/New left: an alternative experiment in freedom. In: Hughes, J. and Sadler, S. (eds.) Non-Plan: Essays on Freedom, Participation and Change in Modern Architecture and Urbanism. Routledge: Oxford, UK, pp. 32-43. ISBN 9780750640831

Book Reviews

Franks, B. (2014) Review - The Impossible Community: Realizing Communitarian Anarchism, by John P. Clark. E-International Relations, [Book Review]

Edited Books

Franks, B., Harper, S., Murray, J. and Stevenson, L., (Eds.) (2006) The Quest for The Wicker Man: History, Folklore and Pagan Perspectives. Luath Press: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781905222186

Murray, J., Franks, B.,, Harper, S. and Stevenson, L., (Eds.) (2005) Constructing The Wicker Man: Film and Cultural Studies Perspectives. University of Glasgow, Crichton Publications: Dumfries, UK. ISBN 9780852618189

This list was generated on Sun Aug 28 21:08:49 2016 BST.