Cressida Heyes Phd


Some of the conference presentations and public lectures I’ve given over the past few years:


“Does Sleep Have a Feminist Future?” Feminist Utopias: Transforming the Present of Philosophy, Reykjavik and Skálholt, Iceland.



“Addiction Lite: Everyday Anaesthetic Time.” Somatechnics 10. Southern Cross University, Byron Bay, Queensland.

“Justification, Pluralism, and Disciplinary Discontents.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy. Mount Allison University, NB.

“Go the F*ck to Sleep: A Political Theorist Reads Advice to Parents.” Trans*Studies: An Interdisciplinary Transnational Conference on Gender, Embodiment, and Sexuality. University of Arizona.

Author Meets Critics panel on Ami Harbin’s Disorientation and Moral Life. Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, Mount Allison University, NB.

“Sleep is the New Sex.” Public lecture at Grant McEwan University, Edmonton, and conference keynote at Thomson Rivers University, Kamloops.


“Skin White as Snow: Corpse Chic, Race, and Sexual Violence.” Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Florida; and at Appalachian State University, North Carolina.

Author-meets-critics panel on Ellen Feder’s book, Making Sense of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine, Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy.

“Philosophy and Pluralism: Canadian Edition.” Hypatia/Committee on the Status of Women Conference, Villanova University, PA.

“Sleep is The New Sex.” Pecha Kucha at “What Do Feminists Do After Dark?” Women’s and Gender Studies performance night, Edmonton.

“A Phenomenology of the Harms of Rape While Unconscious.” Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love, Pacific American Philosophical Association, Vancouver.

Author-meets-critics panel on Karen Houle’s book, Complexity, Responsibility, and Abortion. Pacific American Philosophical Association, Vancouver.

“Dead to the World: Rape, Unconsciousness, and Social Media.” Concepts of Self: Humanities Institute Lecture Series, Scripps College, Claremont.

“Anaesthetics of Existence: Temporality after Discipline.” Victoria Colloquium on Social, Legal, and Political Theory, University of Victoria.


“Sleep, ‘Night’, and Bodily Anonymity: The Harms of Rape While Unconscious.” Durham University.

“Feminist Philosophy as a Critical Activity.” Civic Freedom in an Age of Diversity: James Tully’s Public Philosophy. Université du Québec a Montréal.

“Sexual Awakenings? Gender and Unconsciousness.” Schula Lecturer, John Carroll University.

“For What We Will: Toward a Feminist Philosophy of Work Time.” Brooklyn College, CUNY.


“Against Productivity: Toward a Feminist Phenomenology of Work Time.” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Eugene.

“Why Sleep? A Feminist Philosophical Answer.” philoSOPHIA @ Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Eugene.

“Norms of Agency, Plural: The Case of Work.” Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Tempe.

“The Vigilant Feminist: A Temporal Politics of Work and Rest.” Robert Harris Memorial Lecture in Social and Political Theory, Miami University Ohio.

“Bad Timing: Body Politics, Temporality, and Citizen Life.” Paper presented at the American Political Science Association, Chicago.

“Lived Experience: A Dialogue between Cressida Heyes and Johanna Oksala.” Plenary at Bios: Feminist Philosophies of Life. philoSOPHIA, Banff.

“The Existential Politics of Time: Feminist/Anti-Racist/Critical Perspectives.” Symposium convened at Canadian Philosophical Association meeting, Victoria 2013 (with Alia Al-Saji, Ada Jaarsma, Kristin Rodier). Paper: “Sleepy Time: Toward a Feminist Political Philosophy of Sleep.”


Keynote lecture, Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy 2012: “The Vigilant Feminist: Disciplinary and Anaesthetic Time.” Mount Royal University Calgary.

“Decolonizing Western Feminist Norms of Agency,” Canadian Political Science Association, University of Alberta.

Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor, McMaster University, Departments of Philosophy, English and Cultural Studies, and Gender Studies and Feminist Research.

“Child, Birth: Representing Pain.” Plenary speaker, International Philosophical Nursing Association, Banff.


“Feminists Checking Out: (An)Aesthetics of Neoliberal Autonomy.” Canadian Society for Women in Philosophy, University of Victoria.

“Crossing Streams: Feminist Philosophical Know-How.” Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, Illinois.

“The Knowing Body: Reworking Philosophy’s Intellectualism.” Graham Kennedy Memorial Lecture, Queens University, Ontario.

“Anaesthetics of Existence.” Plenary lecture, Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine Conference, University of Uppsala.

“Foucault’s Limits: Feminism, Bodies, Experience.” The Foucault Circle, Banff.

“The Knowing Body: Somatic Experience After Disciplinary Power.” Embodied Citizenship workshop, University of Western Sydney.



On sabbatical 2017-18


Dead to the World: Rape, Unconsciousness, and Social Media


2017-18 events