Natalie Nenadic

  • Associate Professor
  • Philosophy
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Education

Ph.D. Yale University; B.A. Stanford

Research

Post-Kantian philosophers (e.g., Nietzsche, Heidegger, Arendt, Levinas) have, in their respective ways, interpreted the history of the modern era and its philosophy as being about a kind of freedom that has also undermined freedom. I contribute to this tradition by showing this freedom’s problematic relation to women through a two-part project. The first part shows the gendered freedom in Hegel’s enterprise and the evolution of this gendered freedom into a form that prevails today, both of which advance and conceal abuses of women. The second part makes creative use of Heidegger’s analysis of modern freedom’s culmination in technology to illuminate the harms of Internet-age pornography in a way that is distinct from but contributes to feminism’s analysis of pornography’s harms.

My other research is a book on the topic of genocide, centered on my legal and practical efforts to stop the genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia in the 1990s. Although the crime of “rape as genocide” is now self-evident, before this war, this crime was not known: No one fathomed that rape could be an instrument of genocide as that was not within our paradigm of war crimes and genocide. Together with Asja Armanda, I conceptualized this crime and brought its main perpetrator, Radovan Karadzic, to trial in New York in a case that got the crime recognized for the first time in law. I am documenting the method that altered the paradigm, and I situate it as an original contribution to phenomenology, especially Arendt’s reflections on the Eichmann trial.

I have been a recipient of an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowship, a Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship in Ethics, a Fulbright Scholarship, and was offered a Hannah Arendt Center Fellowship.
Selected Publications: 

"Catharine MacKinnon, Feminism, and Continental Philosophy: Comments on Toward a Feminist Theory of the State -- Twenty-Five Years Later," Symposium on Catharine A. MacKinnon's Toward a Feminist Theory of the State, Feminist Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 3 (2017), 2, Article 2 (http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/fpq/vol3/iss2/2/)

Also published in the American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, Vol. 15, no.1 (fall 2015): 2-11 (http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.apaonline.org/resource/collection/D03EBDAB-...)

"Heidegger and the Ubiquity and Invisibility of Pornography in the Internet Age," Final Proceedings of the 2015 Meeting of the Heidegger Circle, March 2016, 191-214

"Heidegger, Feminism, and Pornography" in The Philosophy of Pornography: Contemporary Perspectives, eds. Lindsay Coleman and Jacob Held (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield), 105-125

Review of Scott M. Campbell, The Early Heidegger's Philosophy of Life: Facticity, Being, and Language, Fordham University Press, 2012, Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual 4 (2014): 96-105. (http://www.heideggercircle.org/Gatherings2014-06Nenadic.pdf)

Review of Hans Maes and Jerrold Levinson (eds.), Art and Pornography: Philosophical Essays, Oxford University Press, 2012, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2014.01.18. (http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/45699-art-and-pornography-philosophical-essays/)

"Heidegger, Arendt, and Eichmann in Jerusalem," Journal of Comparative and Continental Philosophy 5, no. 1 (2013)

"Genocide and Sexual Atrocities: Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem and Karadzic in New York," Philosophical Topics 39, no. 2 (2011): 117-144 (actually published 2013)

"Sexual Abuse, Modern Freedom, and Heidegger's Philosophy," Social Philosophy Today 27 (2011): 83-98

"Philosophy, International Law, and Genocide: The New York Case Against Karadzic," Brief: The Official Journal of the Law Society of Western Australia 38, no. 2 (2011): 20-23

"Pornography, Genocide, and the Law" (with Asja Armanda), in Big Porn Inc: Naming the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry, eds. Melinda Tankard Reist and Abigail Bray (Melbourne: Spinifex Press, 2011), 229-238

"Feminist Philosophical Intervention in Genocide," in Metacide in the Pursuit of Excellence, ed. James R. Watson (New York/Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010), 135-162

 

Selected Presentations

"Catharine MacKinnon's Thought as Philosophy," Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) Conference - Ireland, University College Dublin (May 2018)

"Philosophy in Search of Itself: Reflections on Robert C. Scharff's How History Matters to Philosophy: Rethinking Philosophy's Past After Positivism," (Invited) Panel on his book, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Memphis (October 2017)

"Modern Freedom, Technology, and Pornography: A Feminist and Heideggerian Analysis," 2017 Meeting of the Southwest Seminar in Continental Philosophy, California State Univ. Northridge (June 2017)

"Philosophy, Genocide, and Sexual Atrocities," (Invited) NEH Challenge Grant Colloquium on "Gender, Mass Violence, and Genocide," Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, Queensborough Community College, City University of New York (October 2015)

"Heidegger and the Ubiquity and Invisibility of Pornography in the Internet Age," Presented as part of a panel I organized "Gender, Justice, and Gestell: New Beginnings" at the Heidegger Circle Annual Meeting, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore (May 2015)

"Catharine MacKinnon, Feminism, and Continental Philosophy," (Invited) Panel celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication of Catharine MacKinnon's Toward a Feminist Theory of the State, American Philosophical Association (APA) Pacific Division Meeting, Vancouver (April 2015)

"Heidegger, Pornography, and Technology: Rethinking Freedom in the Age of the Internet," Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) -- Ireland, University College Dublin (November 2014)

"Pornography and the Ambivalence of Modernity: A Heideggerian Critique," Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition (PACT), Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles (October 2014)

"Sexual Violence and Objectification: A Heideggerian Historical Analysis from Aristotle to Enlightenment Political Thought," American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago (Aug.-Sept. 2013); also presented as an invited lecture at Kennesaw State University, Georgia (November 2012)

"Pornography, Technology, and Closing off the Possibilities of Authentic Mitsein," Conference on "Discovering the 'We': The Phenomenology of Sociality," University College Dublin, Ireland (May 2013); also presented a version at the Annual Meeting of the Comparative and Continental Philosophy Circle, Fudan University, Shanghai, China (March 2013)

Organized and moderated "A Conversation with Karsten Harries" at The 47th Annual Meeting of the Heidegger Circle, New Haven, CT (May 2013)

"The Imperative of 'Thinking' After Auschwitz: The Genealogy of the Concept of Genocidal Rape," Society for the Philosophical Study of Genocide and the Holocaust at the American Philosophical Association (APA) Central Division Meeting, New Orleans (February 2013)

"Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite: Wollstonecraft contra Rousseau contra Aristotle," Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston (November 2012)

"Hannah Arendt, the United Nations, and the Srebrenica (Bosnia) Genocide," International Political Science Association World Congress, Madrid, Spain (July 2012)

Courses
  • Topics in the History of Modern Philosophy: History and Science in Post-Kantian Philosophy (grad/upper division, Spring 2019)
  • Hegel (upper division)
  • Existentialism (graduate/upper division)
  • Heidegger, Philosophy, and Nazism (graduate seminar)
  • Heidegger's Being and Time (graduate seminar)
  • Heidegger and Technology (graduate seminar, Fall 2019)
  • Phenomenology (graduate/upper division, Fall 2019)
  • Advanced Topics in Ethics: Arendt with Heidegger (also covering Hegel, graduate/upper division)
  • Philosophy of Law: Arendt and International Justice (graduate/upper division)
  • Philosophy of Law: Catharine MacKinnon (graduate/upper division)
  • Philosophy of Law: Sex Equality (graduate/upper division)
  • Modernity, Pornography, Sex Equality (graduate seminar, Heidegger-oriented)
  • Social Theory Graduate Seminar: Justice (co-taught with faculty from Literature, Sociology, and Anthropology)
  • Epistemology and Ethics (upper division)
  • Philosophy, Law, and the #Me Too Movement (Spring 2019)
  • Introduction to Legal Philosophy
  • Introduction to Feminism and Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Pornography
  • Ethics
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Architecture

 

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