is a cultural critic, social theorist, philosopher and translator. She is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University and the author of ‘One-Dimensional Woman’. She served as both editor and translator (with Alberto Toscano) of Alain Badiou’s ‘On Beckett’. Power received her PhD in Philosophy from Middlesex University on the topic of Humanism and Antihumanism in Post-War French philosophy, and also has an MA and BA in Philosophy from the University of Warwick. She has taught at Middlesex, Orpington College, the London College of Communication, Morley College. and as a tutor in Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. Power is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the British Philosophical
Association. She has a wide range of interests, including philosophy, film, art, feminism and politics, and is interested in independent publishing and reviving certain political forms and genres of writing. She writes for a variety of publications and journals, in different genres and on various topics (including music, critical theory, film, policing and protests). Some of the publications she regularly contributes to include Frieze, Wire, Radical Philosophy, The Guardian, Cabinet, Film Quarterly, Icon and The Philosophers’ Magazine. She is currently working on two book-length projects – one on the topic of work and the other on the history of the collective political subject. She is also working on a number of more experimental collaborations with artists and writers.
Dialectical Passions: Negation in Postwar Art Theory (Columbia University Press) was shortlisted for the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize. is Senior Lecturer and Director of Research in History of Art in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, where she is co-founder of the Centre for Critical Materialist Studies. Gail initiated the project Aesthetic Form & Uneven Modernities with colleagues from Universidade de Sao Paulo and Birkbeck, and belongs to Centro de estudos Desmanche e Formacao de Sistemas Simbolicos at USP (DESFORMAS). She is an active member of the research collective for the Institute of Historical Research seminar Marxism in Culture (Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London). Her research interests are: aesthetics and politics: capitalism and form; the intersection of value theory, commodity, reification, social process and abstraction with cultural and aesthetic theory analysis; critique of postwar commodity cultures, traditions of emancipatory and dissident thought and their role in visual and material culture; Marxism and issues arising from Western
Marxism, the New Left and the new social movements; legacies of dialectical thought. history of theorisations of the avant-garde and neo-avant-garde; practices of negation, critical practice. theories, geographies and economies of social transformation and global restructuring; the role of non-identity in subject (trans)formation; the interface of radical philosophical aesthetics and historical paradigms.