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Dr Clara Fischer

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Email: C.Fischer1@lse.ac.uk|

Dr Clara Fischer

Newton International Fellow

Gender Institute

Email:  C.Fischer1@lse.ac.uk|

Room: COL.5.04J, Columbia House, LSE

Dr. Clara Fischer is a Newton International Fellow at the Gender Institute for the period January 2014 – 2016. Her work is interdisciplinary, spanning the broad fields of philosophy, political science, and gender studies. She specialises in feminist-pragmatism, and is the author of Gendered Readings of Change: A Feminist-Pragmatist Approach and co-editor (with Mary McAuliffe, UCD) of Irish Feminisms: Past, Present and Future. Her research has appeared in journals such as POLITICS, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, and Studies in Social Justice

Experience keywords: feminist theory; pragmatism; theories of democracy and change; embodiment and shame; containment; Irish feminisms.

Research Interests

  • Feminist theory
  • American philosophy
  • Political theory, especially theories of democracy
  • Irish feminisms
  • Cultures of containment
  • Embodiment and shame

Clara is currently working on a project exploring states’ use of containment as a means of dealing with unwanted populations. Drawing upon feminist-pragmatist and postmodern theories of embodiment and shame, she theorises the disciplined, gendered body, and contextualises this with a focus on Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries. Her research is funded by the British Academy’s Newton International Fellowship scheme.


  • Gendered Readings of Change, Palgrave MacMillan (as part of the Breaking Feminist Waves series), New York, 2014
  • Irish Feminisms: Past, Present and Future, co-edited with Dr. Mary McAuliffe (UCD Women’s Studies), Arlen House/Syracuse University Press, 2015
  • “Theorising Feminisms in Ireland Through Feminist Storytelling and Rememory” in Irish Feminisms: Past, Present and Future, 2015
  • “Conceptualising Generational Dynamics in Feminist Movements: Political Generations, Waves, and Affective Economies”, co-authored with Pauline Cullen (NUI Maynooth), Sociology Compass, Vol 8, No 3, 2014
  • “Moral Musings on Gender, Philosophy, and the Academic Precariat”, American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, issue on ‘Gender and Ethics in the Profession’, Vol. 12, No. 2, Spring 2013
  • “Pragmatists, Deliberativists, and Democracy: The Quest for Inclusion”, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2012, pp. 497-515
  • “Compulsory Voting and Inclusion: A Response to Saunders”, POLITICS, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2011, pp. 37-41
  • “Consciousness and Conscience: Feminism, Pragmatism and the Potential for Radical Change”, Studies in Social Justice, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2010, pp. 67-85