Julia Costet

Julia Costet

PhD Candidate

Department of Government

English, French
Key Expertise
Feminist theory, Continental Philosophy, Gender and violence

About me

Thesis: 'Speaking Rape: Feminist Dilemmas on Language and Experience'

My project is about rape and the difficulties survivor-victims face when having to name their experience. The project begins from the intuition that the troubles survivor-victims face when naming their experience denote important dilemmas around the way linguistic mediation of experience. My thesis takes as a starting point that treating existing concepts, discourses, or structures of meaning as self-evident and neutral tools to translate different lived experiences is a problem for survivor-victims of rape. From there, I seek to reflect on feminist methodologies that might offer pathways to contend with the linguistic mediation of experience. 

Research interests

  • Feminist philosophy
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Intellectual history
  • Postcolonial and decolonial theory
  • Gender-based violence
  • Critical phenomenology

Teaching record

  • GV100: Introduction to Political Theory
  • IR130: War, Power and Morality