Aaron Hughes

Aaron Hughes, BA (Camb.), MA (ENS Lyon)


I undertook a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Cambridge in Modern and Medieval Languages (French with ab initio Russian), before completing a two-year Master’s degree in Comparative Literature at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France. I am currently reading for a DPhil in Medieval and Modern Languages at Balliol College.


My doctoral research is concerned with questions of bodily otherness as studied through the lens of 20th Century French thought.  I will primarily be working on the philosophical writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Paul Sartre to produce a phenomenological model of illness as subjective experience in an othered body. I am looking to use this model to explore other forms of bodily othering, such as queerness, and the ways in which bodily otherness shapes perceptions of the self, our relationship to the Other (autrui) and ways of being in the world, in order to find parallels between diverse experiences of othering.

I am currently an organising member of the TORCH Queer Studies Network, an interdisciplinary network of students and researchers at the University of Oxford working on questions of sexuality and gender. I am also one of the co-chairs of the Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign, a group of undergraduate and graduate students engaged in improving the living and working conditions of queer people at the University of Oxford. Most recently, I have collaborated with members of Oxford SU and of the transgender community to produce a report on transgender experience and transphobia at the University of Oxford with a view to improving the well-being of transgender students and staff.


Lectures and Presentations

Vers une philosophie bâtarde, ou comment faire valoir une pensée doublement illégitime dans le monde anglophone (Towards a bastard philosophy, or how to advocate for thinking deemed doubly illegitimate in the anglophone world)
Colloque international “Théoriser en féministe: Philosophie, épistémologie, politique”, Lyon (France), 25th April 2018

the irresistable spectacle of nonbinary drag: on unclassifiable bodies and frustrating the gaze of the other
Oxford Queer Studies Network, Oxford (UK), 30th April 2018

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