Baroness, Professor Patricia MacCormack

Professor of Continental Philosophy

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of English and Media

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Film, media and communication studies

Patricia is a researcher who has published in the areas of continental philosophy (especially Deleuze, Guattari, Serres, Irigaray, Lyotard, Kristeva, Blanchot, Ranciere), feminism, queer theory, posthuman theory, horror film, body modification, animal rights/abolitionism, cinesexuality and ethics.

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Patricia has published extensively in the areas of Continental philosophy, feminism, queer theory, posthuman ethics, animal studies and horror films. The REF test rated all her work at 4*. Her work has been cited and reviewed internationally resulting in many invites to HEIs to speak both to Faculty and public lectures. Her monograph Cinesexuality has been key reading on curricula, for example in the Monash University Film Studies M.A., and there is a PhD student currently writing a dissertation on her work Cinesexuality at Ulster University, showing influence in contemporary research projects. Her monograph Posthuman Ethics is on curricula such as the MA in Fine Arts at UCSB and Animal Studies at The University of Sydney. She has had successful large single researcher grant applications (AHRC for £23000 in 2007, Leverhulme International Visiting Fellowship £15216 in 2013) and continues to apply for large grants.

The reach of her academic work has extended further into what the REF now require as a compulsory non-HEI field of impact: one of her works was one of the three impact case studies submitted for the REF in her Department. As a result of her published academic work’s influence, she has received a number of invites to give public lectures. The series of 5 Cinema and Occult lectures she gave at Treadwell’s all sold out and she continues to be invited to speak there. She has also lectured publicly at the October Gallery, The Barbican, The Tate Britain and The Manchester ‘AND’ Arts Festival. In November 2012 she was on the jury of the 26th Leeds International Film Festival. In 2014 she spoke on Stephen Dwoskin at the ICA, London and was visiting philosopher in conversation with artist Ed Atkins at the Kunsthalle Zurich.

She has appeared being interviewed, and has interviewed a number of directors, on a variety of DVDs including the 13 DVDs of the films of Jean Rollin, the 2009 edition of Suspiria, many DVDs released by Redemption Films such as Burke and Hare (2010) and Daughter of Darkness (2010), the complete video nasty phenomenon documentary Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide (2009). Recently she was interviewed on the BFI release of Maitresse and wrote the booklet notes for the 2012 BFI Maitresse and the 2012 BFI Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan.

Research interests

Patricia publishes in the following areas of aesthetics, identity, ethics, gender and cultural studies:

  • Continental philosophy, especially Deleuze, Guattari, Foucault, Blanchot, Irigaray, Serres and Lyotard
  • Sexuality and queer theory
  • Feminism
  • Ethics
  • Post-human theory
  • Animal studies
  • European horror film, especially German Expressionism and Italian horror of the 1960s-1980s

Areas of research supervision

See research interests.


Courses that Patricia has developed and taught include: 

  • Introduction to Film
  • Film and Genre
  • Transgressive Media
  • Cinema and Sexuality
  • Sex, Gender and Identity
  • Film Modernity and Post-Modernity
  • Images and Rhetoric of Conflict
  • Language and Image: Theorising Popular Culture
  • Language, Bodies and Subjectivity: Theories and Practices of Gender
  • Media, Identity and Difference
  • Analysing Language and Image, Introduction to Communication
  • Visual Communication


  • PhD, Monash University, 2000
    Title: Pleasure, Perversion and Death: Three Lines of Flight for the Viewing Body.
    Winner of the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for best thesis of 2000
  • BA (Hons) (Class 1) Combined Honours in English Literature and Classics, Monash University, 1994

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Referee: Theory, Culture and Society. International Refereed Journal. Sage Publications
  • Referee: Deleuze Studies. International Refereed Journal. University of Edinburgh Press
  • Referee: Angelaki. International Refereed Journal
  • Referee: Body and Society. International Refereed Journal. Sage Publications
  • Referee: Film-Philosophy. International Refereed Journal
  • Proposal evaluation referee, Ashgate publishers
  • Proposal evaluation referee Palgrave Macmillan Academic
  • Series commissioning editor Film Philosophy at the Margins Ashgate
  • Reviewer, AHRC grant applications

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • AHRC research leave, rated Excellent, Semester 1, 2007-8, £23,000
  • Leverhulme International Visiting Fellowship, Semester 1, 2013-14, £15,216

Selected recent publications


The Animal Catalyst, sole edited anthology, and including the Introduction and chapter ‘After Life’. Bloomsbury 2014.

Post-Human Ethics. Ashgate 2012.

Cinesexuality. Aldershot: Ashgate 2008.

The Schizoanalysis of Cinema edited with Ian Buchanan and including the chapter ‘The Ecosophy of Film’. New York: Continuum. 2008.

Refereed articles

'Feminist Becomings: Hybrid Feminism and Haecceitic (Re)production.' Australian Feminist Studies. Special Edition 30@30 30: November 2015.

‘Art, Nature, Ethics: Nonhuman Queerings’ Somatechnics Vol 5: Issue 2, 2015.

‘Creative aproduction: Mucous and the Blank’. Inter/Alia Journal of Queer Studies 9: 2014.

‘Alchemical Cinema’ Abraxas Journal Autumn 2014.

‘Gracious Pedagogy’ Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy International Refereed Journal, Vol 10 Issue 1, 2013.

‘Cosmogenic Acceleration: Futurity and Ethics’ e-Flux International Refereed Journal, Vol 6 Issue 46, 2013.

‘Lovecraft Through Deleuzio-Guattarian Gates.’ Postmodern Culture. Vol 20: Number 2. January 2010.

‘Mucous, Monsters and Angels’ Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image. Inaugural Issue. December 2010.

Book chapters

‘Lovecraft’s Cosmic Ethics’, in Sederholm, Carl and Weinstock, Jeffrey, The Age of Lovecraft Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

‘Posthuman’, in hoogland, renee, ed. Gender: Sources, Perspectives and Methodologies. Farmington Hills MI: Macmillan Reference USA. 2016.

‘Venusian Ecosophy’, in Goth, Sebastian, Venus as Muse, University of Cologne UP, 2014.

‘Pro-Proteus: The Transpositional Teratology of Rosi Braidotti’ in Bolette Blasgaard and Iris Van Der Tuin, eds. The Subject of Rosi Braidotti: Politics and Concepts. London: Bloomsbury.

‘Inhuman Evanescent Cinema’, in Bowman, Paul, ed. Ranciere and Film. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2013.

‘The Theatre of Thought’, in Walsh, Fintan. Performance, Identity and the Neo-Political Subject. London: Routledge 2013.

‘Mucosal Monsters’, in Papenberg, Bettina, ed. Carnal Aesthetics. London: IB Tauris 2013.

‘The Queer Ethics of Monstrosity’, in Picart, Caroline. Speaking of Monsters: A Teratological Anthology. London: Palgrave. 2012.

‘Cinesexualitat, Zuschauerschaft, Sciz-Flux’ (trans. Marcus Stiglegger), in Marcus Stiglegger and Ivo Ritzer Global Bodies: Mediale Reprasentationen des Korpers. Berlin: Bertz-Fischer. 2012.

‘Mucosal Coseying’, in Maria Fusco and Richard Birkett Cosey Complex. London: Koenig. 2012.

‘Posthuman Teratologies’, in Mittman, Asa The Ashgate Guide to Monstrosity, Basingstoke: Ashgate. 2011.

‘Multi-Dimensional Modifications’, in Hughes, Joe Deleuze and the Body, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 2011.

‘Encounters of Ecstasy’, in Beckman, Frida Deleuze and Sex, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2011.

Recent presentations and conferences

‘Mucous’ Birkbeck Series on Fluid Physicalities. June 2016.

‘Cinesexuality as Ethical Desire’ public paid lecture, SALT Gallery, Istanbul Turkey, May 2016.

‘Teratology and Corporeal Alterity’ Keynote paper at KAOS 11th Annual Anti-Homophobia Conference, Ankara Turkey, May 2016.

‘Mystic Queer’ Leverhulme Queer Seminar Series, University of Cambridge, May 2016

‘Encounters with Inhuman Ecstasy’ Finding the Body: The Last Transgression. Central St Martin’s London, April 2016.

‘Fabulated Monsters Beyond the Gates of the Anthropocene’. King’s Fantastic Talks Series, King’s College London, April 2016.

‘Queer Becomings: Art, Nature, Ethics’ University of Basel public paid lecture, November 2015.

‘Abolitionism and the Poshuman’ Inaugural seminar of Posthumanities International Network (PIN) Goldsmiths University, October 2014.

‘Lovecraft through the Deleuzio-Guattarian Gates’. Keynote speaker. SFF NOW: Annual Science Fiction Fantasy Conference Warwick University, August 2014.

‘Introducing the Animal Catalyst’ Animal Catalyst Network Book Launch Panel Anglia Ruskin University, April 2014.

‘Necrocinesexuality: Death and Desire’ Public paid lecture at the Kunsthalle, Zurich, March 2014.

‘Evanescent Spectatorship’ Stephen Dwoskin Symposium ICA March 2014. Paid keynote speaker.

‘Mucous, Monsters and Mysticism’ Public lecture, LaVerne University, Los Angeles, November 2013.

‘Posthuman Aesthetics’ Public Lecture, University of Santa Barbara, sponsored by the IHC and Leverhulme Trust, November 2013.

‘Ethics, Animality and Ahuman Theory’ Public Lecture, University of Santa Barbara, sponsored by the IHC and Leverhulme Trust, November 2013.

‘Alchemical Cinema’ Public lecture, Monash University, Melbourne Australia, June 2013.

‘Mucosal Monsters and Fishy Fabulations’ Traces, Fragments, Remains: MLA Annual French and Francophone Studies Conference. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Georgia, USA, March 2013.

‘Posthuman Cinesexuality’, Magis 12th Spring School, University of Udine, Gorizia celebrating the 20th anniversary of Filmforum. Gorizia, Italy, March 2013. Keynote opening lecture.

‘The Nephilim and the Necronomic’. Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture St Mary’s University, Strawberry Hill London, March 2013.

‘Image, Ethics, Deleuze’ Deleuze and the Humanities. University of Belfast, November 2012. Keynote speaker.

‘Rebuilding Fabulated Bodies of the Hoarders’. 2nd Biennial Meeting of the Babel Working Group. Northeastern University, Boston USA. September 2012. Invited speaker sponsored by Tufts University Boston.

‘Spectator Philosophers’ Deleuze and Cinema. Lancaster University. May 2012. Keynote speaker.

‘Deleuze’s Ethics of Inhuman Art’ Gilles Deleuze: Philosophy and Aesthetics Manchester Metropolitan University. March 2012. Keynote speaker.

‘Ecosophical Venus.’ Venus as Muse. University of Cologne. January 2012. Keynote speaker.

‘Monstrous Art’. Goldsmith’s University. January 2012. Paid lecture.

‘A-Human Art’. The Association of the Study of Arts of the Present (ASAP) 3. Panel with Steven Shaviro and Renee Hoogland, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. October 2011.

‘Art and Queer Monsters’. Public lecture sponsored and funded by Cranbrook Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan. October 2011.

‘Angelic Monsters: Movement in Mucus.’ Public lecture sponsored and funded by Wayne State University Detroit. October 2011.

‘Movement without time’ Bodies in Movement. University of Edinburgh. May 2011. Keynote speaker.

Spill Festival. Barbican. London. April 2011. Paid interview panel guest speaker.

‘Toward a Philosophy of Demonology: Continental Philosophy and the Occult’. Treadwell’s public lecture. London. April 2011. Sold out.

‘Art as Inhuman Ecstasy’ Public lecture sponsored and funded by the University of California Santa Barbara. April 2011.

‘Gracious Parasites.’ Human-Animal/Humain-Animal. University of San Francisco. April 2011.

‘Mucosal Monsters’ Annual inaugural ‘Doing Gender’ lecture, as part of Carnal Aesthetics conference. University of Utrecht Netherlands. March 2011. Keynote speaker.

‘Cinesexuality Now’.  Body, Theory, Media. University of Mainz Germany. November 2010. Keynote speaker.