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Dr Emile Bojesen is Reader in Education and Faculty Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange, as well as REF 2021 Unit of Assessment Lead for Education. 

In addition to being a member of several institutional and faculty committees and groups in his role as Faculty Head of RKE, he is a member of the University's 2020-2030 Strategic Plan Development Group

He has successfully supervised PhD students to completion and currently supervises 5 PhD students (3 as Director of Studies). He also has extensive experience of postgraduate and undergraduate dissertation supervision.

Since 2010 he has taught philosophically oriented education modules on both the BA Education Studies and MA Philosophy of Education. Between 2015 and 2018 he was Programme Leader for the MA Philosophy of Education and a member of University Senate and the Honorary Awards Committee. Between 2013 and 2015 he was the University's Skills Development Manager for PGR students and supervisors, which included Programme Leadership for the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Skills and the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision. Between 2011 and 2013 he was leader of the Early Childhood pathway on the BA Education Studies programme.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Areas of expertise

Philosophy of Education; Philosophy; Literature; Educational Theory; History of Education



  • Bojesen, E. (2020) Forms of Education: Rethinking Educational Experience Against and Outside the Humanist Legacy. London & New York: Routledge.
  • Bojesen, E. with Ladkin, S.; McKay, R. (eds.) (2016). Against Value in the Arts and Education. London & New York: Rowman and Littlefield.

Reviewed here:

Allen, A. (2017). Against value in the arts and education. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49(10), pp.1045-1046. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2017.1299997

Laura D’Olimpio (2017) Against value in the arts and education, British Journal of Educational Studies, 65:4, 524-526, DOI: 10.1080/00071005.2017.1354535

Special issue editorship of peer-reviewed journals

  • Bojesen, E. (forthcoming 2020) Special issue of Studies in Philosophy and Education titled 'Derrida and Education Today'. Springer.
  • Bojesen, E., Clarke, M. Collet, J. (2019) Special issue of Research in Education titled 'Democracy and Education: In terminal crisis or to come?', 103(1). Sage. https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/riea/103/1
  • Morgan, M., Bojesen, E. (2018) Special issue of Policy Futures in Education titled 'Critical Pedagogies and Philosophies of Education', 16(8). Sage. https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/pfea/16/8

Peer-reviewed journal articles 

  • Bojesen, E., Allen, A. (2019). Bartleby is Dead: Inverting common readings of Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 24(5). 61-72. https://doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2019.1655272

  • Bojesen, E (2019). Positive Ignorance: Unknowing as a Tool for Education and Educational Research, Journal of Philosophy of Education. Onlinefirst. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9752.12342
  • Bojesen, E. (2019). Conversation as Educational Research, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 51(6). 650-659. DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2018.1508995

  • Allen, A., Bojesen E. (2018) The Economic Problem of Masochism in Education, Confero: Essays on Education, Philosophy and Politics, 6(2), 55-85. DOI: 10.3384/confero.2001-4562.180910
  • Bojesen, E., Suissa, J. (2019). Minimal Utopianism in the Classroom, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 51(3), 286-297, DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2018.1472576 

  • Bojesen, E. (2018). A New Version of Optimism for Education, Studies in Philosophy of Education, 37(1). 5-14. DOI: 10.1007/s11217-016-9560-1

  • Bojesen, E. (2018). Passive Education. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 50(10). 928-935. DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2016.1200003

  • Bojesen, E. (2018). The Education of Consciousness: Virginia Woolf’s The WavesForo de Educación, 16(24). 99-112. DOI: 10.14516/fde.580
  •  Bojesen, E. (2017). Education at the Margins of the Political. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 27(3). 447-456. DOI:  10.1080/14681366.2016.1277781

  • Bojesen, E. (2017). Innovative/Modern Learning Environments and the Uneven Return of Pastoral Power. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 49(8). 788-795. DOI:  10.1080/00131857.2016.1267604

  • Bojesen, E. (2016). Inventing the Educational Subject in the 'Information Age'. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 35 (3). 267-278. DOI:  10.1007/s11217-016-9519-2

  • Bojesen, E. (2016). The Primacy of Pity: Reconsidering Ethics and Education in Rousseau. Ethics and Education, 11 (2). 131-140. DOI:  10.1080/17449642.2016.1160521

  • Bojesen, E. (2015). Of Remuant Existence. Philosophy Today, 56 (3). 507-522. DOI:  10.5840/philtoday201551872

  • Bojesen, E. (2015). Educational Plasticity: Catherine Malabou and 'the feeling of a new responsibility'. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47 (10). 1039-1051. DOI:  10.1080/00131857.2015.1031067

  • Bojesen, E. (2012). For Democracy: Lessons from Black Mountain College. Journal of Black Mountain College Studies, 3. online. http://www.blackmountainstudiesjournal.org/volume3/3-1-emile-bojesen

Chapters in edited books

  • Bojesen, E. (forthcoming 2020). Teacher of Right: Rousseau at the Limits of the State. Mounsey, C. ed. Bodies of Information. London and New York. Routledge.
  • Bojesen, E. (forthcoming 2020). Innovative/Modern Learning Environments and the Uneven Return of Pastoral Power in Benade, L. ed. Design, Education, and Pedagogy. London and New York. Routledge.
  • Bojesen, E., Suissa, J. (forthcoming 2020). Minimal Utopianism in the Classroom. Bradley, J. and Argenton, G. eds. Educational Ills and the (im)possibility of Utopia. London and New York. Routledge.
  • Bojesen, E. (2017). Educational Plasticity: Catherine Malabou and 'the feeling of a new responsibility' in Bradley, J. and Cole, D.R.  Educational Philosophy and New French Thought. London and New York. Routledge, 34-46.

  • Bojesen, E. (2016). The Queer Optimism of a Remuant Pedagogy. Queering Paradigms 6. Oxford. Peter Lang, 15-25.

  • Bojesen, E. (2016). 'this so low a purpose': Richard Mulcaster and the aims of public education in Sixteenth Century England. The Variable Body in History. Oxford. Peter Lang, 45-54.

  • Bojesen, E. (2016). Negative Aesthetic Education. Against Value in the Arts and Education. London & New York. Rowman and Littlefield, 395-414.

  • Bojesen, E., Ladkin, S.; McKay, R.  (2016). Introduction. In: Bojesen, E., Ladkin, S.; McKay, R. ed. Against Value in the Arts and Education. London & New York. Rowman and Littlefield, 1-33.

  • Bojesen, E. (2014). Thomas Reid: Power as First Philosophy. The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth Century. Lewisburg. Bucknell University Press, 91-102.

Reviews and review essays

  • Bojesen, E. (2019) Education and philosophy: an introduction, Educational Philosophy and Theory, 51:10, 1061-1062, DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2018.1533464
  • Bojesen, E. (2019) Media and moral education: A philosophy of critical engagement, British Journal of Educational Studies, 67:2, 273-275, DOI: 10.1080/00071005.2018.155902 
  • Bojesen, E. (2018) Education Beyond Reproduction, Policy Futures in Educaton, Onlinefirst. DOI: 10.1177/1478210318780032 
  • Bojesen, E. (2017) Happiness, hope, and despair: Rethinking the role of education. Educational Philosophy and Theory. Onlinefirst. DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2017.1367877
  • Bojesen, E. (2016). Pedagogy, Praxis and Purpose in Education by C.M., D.E. and D.G. Mulcahy. British Journal of Educational Studies, 64(4). 547-548.
  • Bojesen, E. (2015) Ansgar Allen, Benign Violence: Education in and beyond the age of reason, British Journal of Educational Studies 63(4). 507 - 508.

Impact publications

  • Allen, A. and Bojesen, E. (2016) 'Schools like prisons, prisons like schools ' openDemocracy, 12 February 2016. 

Keynotes/Invited papers

  • Bojesen E. (2019) Fourier and Anarchist Education, Knowledge and Education conference, King's College, London.
  • Bojesen, E. (2019) Contradictions in Educational Thought and Practice, UCL Institute of Education. 

  • Bojesen, E. (2019) Blanchot, Conversation, Anarchism, Francophone Philosophy Reading Group, Fordham University, New York, USA.
  • Bojesen, E. (2019) The Politics of Conversation, ESRI lecture, Manchester Metropolitan University. 
  • Bojesen, E. (2018) Conversation as Educational Research, PESGB Seminar, University of Bedfordshire.
  • Allen, A., Bojesen, E. (2018) The Economic Problem of Masochism in Education, University of York St John.

  • Bojesen, E. (2017) Margins of Education, European Network Neoliberal Education Policy, University of York St John.

  • Bojesen, E. (2017) Ironizing Assessment, Confronting Assessment project, University of Sheffield.

  • Bojesen, E, Suissa, J. (2017) Democracy and Education, Common Roots conference, PETT Archive.

  • Bojesen, E. (2017) Apolitical Education, PESGB seminar, University of Strathclyde.

  • Bojesen, E. (2017) 'Real Education', PESGB seminar, Liverpool Hope University.

  • Bojesen, E. (2017) A Philosophical History of Education: Renaissance to Realpolitik and beyond, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

  • Bojesen, E., (2016) Against Value: Negative Aesthetic Education, PESGB seminar, Institute of Education, University of London.

  • Bojesen, E. (2015) The Queer Optimism of a Remuant Pedagogy, Queer Paradigms 6, Canterbury Christ Church University.

  • Bojesen, E. (2014) Negative Aesthetic Education, Against Value Symposium, University of Sheffield.

  • Bojesen, E. (2012) Not the Education You Want: Against the Presupposition of Value, Against Value in the Arts and Humanities, University of Sheffield.

Conference papers

  • Bojesen, E. (2019) Utopia, Multiplied: A Pedagogy of Critical Distance, Rethinking the Pedagogy of Critical Theoyr stream,  ACLA Conference, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA.
  • Bojesen, E. (2018) The Event of Education: Klossowski, Deleuze, Lyotard, PESA Annual Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand. 

  • Bojesen, E. (2018) Anamnesic Resistance to Educational Technologies, Symposium on Bernard Stiegler as Philosopher of Education, PESA Annual Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand.

  • Bojesen, E. (2018) Formal Education, Derrida Today Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

  • Bojesen, E. (2018) Positive Ignorance: Philosophy of Education in Question, PESGB Annual Conference, University of Oxford.

  • Bojesen, E. (2017) Indecent Education, Modernist Studies Association conference, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • Bojesen, E, Suissa, J. (2017) Minimal Utopianism in the Classroom, Utopian Studies Society conference, European Solidarity Centre and University of Gdansk, Poland.

  • Bojesen, E. (2017) Vulnerable Pedagogies, Giving Life to Politics: On the work of Adriana Cavarero, University of Brighton.

  • Bojesen, E. (2016) Philosophies of Education in Elizabethan England, Critical Pedagogies and Philosophy of Education Conference, Liverpool Hope University.

  • Bojesen, E., Jobson, S. (2015) University Chiasmus, PESA Annual Conference, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne.

  • Bojesen, E. (2015) Remuant Education, Philosophy of Education: Research from the Margins symposium, University of Sheffield. 

  • Bojesen, E. (2015) Where Instruction Ends and Teaching Begins, Critical Pedagogies and Philosophy of Education conference, Liverpool Hope University.

  • Bojesen E. (2015) What is an Educational Space?, Architecture of Alterity symposium, University of Edinburgh.

  • Bojesen, E. (2014) Discussing Negative Aesthetic Education, Against Value Symposium, University of Sheffield. 

  • Bojesen, E. (2014) JFK and the Poetry of Democracy, JFK Retrospective, University of Sussex, Brighton.

  • Bojesen, E. (2012) The Future of Education in the West at the End of History, The West: It's Legacy and Future, Telos Conference, L'Aquila.

  • Bojesen, E. (2011) Lessons from Black Mountain College, To Open Eyes: Black Mountain College Now, University of Sussex, Brighton.

  • Bojesen, E. (2010) Intimate Skepticism: Derrida and Hume, Writings of Intimacy, Loughborough University.

  • Bojesen, E. (2010) Intimacy's imagination, International Auto/Biography Association: Life Writing and Intimate Publics, University of Sussex, Brighton.

  • Bojesen, E. (2009) Identity in the Writing of John Cowper Powys's A Glastonbury Romance, Identity and Form, Sheffield Hallam University.

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