Dzenana Vucic

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Research title: Affective Theory: A Genealogy of Autotheory as an Embedded and Embodied Philosophical Praxis

Research Summary

‘Autotheory’ describes a form of writing that blends elements of memoir with philosophy and criticism. In so doing, it provides a field for those writing from the margins of philosophical discourse to explore theory through personal experience, and personal experience through theory, in what has been described by documentarian and cultural theorist Mieke Bal as an “ongoing, spiralling form of analysis-theory dialectic.” Autotheory is heavily influenced by poststructuralist ideas around subject formation, intertextuality and textual (author)ity, as well as by the feminist personal criticism of the 1970s and 80s, particularly the writing of women of colour. It offers a means of affect-driven, embedded and embodied, philosophical praxis and a counter-discourse to the hegemony of Western philosophical tradition.

My thesis will explore the rhizomatic roots of autotheory and the potential it holds for a new kind of philosophising.



  • Felix Myer Scholarship 2019, $6500 to fund travel and research in Bosnia
  • Rae and Edith Bennett Travelling Scholarship 2019, $30,000 per year for three years to undertake a PhD in the UK


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