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Maddalena Cerrato

Maddalena Cerrato
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Assistant Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • International Studies
  • (979) 845-2124
  • ACAD 105A
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M.A. in Philosophy and Theoretical-Critical Studies at the University of Rome La Sapienza
Ph.D. in Theoretical and Political Philosophy at the Italian Institute for Human Sciences (SUM- Scuola Normale of Pisa).
My main field of studies is Contemporary Western thought and Critical Theory. My research focuses on the intersection between existential philosophy and political theory. In particular, my current research project is concerned with how the organization of political thought according to space and spatial categories is actually grounded in a spatial organization of human life through spheres, domains, and sites of belonging.

Research and Teaching interests include: Aesthetics and Critical Theory, Continental Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Globalization, Latin American Philosophy and Politics, Social and Political Thought.

Current Research Projects

My current book project – On Topology and Infrapolitics – aims to show how human life and experience are structured and organized through a certain logic of space that cuts across the distinction between existential and political aspects of life. I argue that the government of individuals is fundamentally based on an order-places paradigm, and that only a new critical theoretical account of spatiality not itself limited to a particular disciplinary field can adequately respond to the new intellectual challenges posed by contemporary global reality. The idea of topology that I advance offers a theoretical framework to think through some of the most urgent questions related to cultural, economic, and political globalization, to the growth of virtual and digital worlds.

Courses Taught

  • INTS 201: Introduction to International Studies
  • INTS 205: Current Issues in International Studies.
  • INTS 211: Foundation of Cultural Studies
  • INTS 301: Theories of Globalization
  • INTS 403: Nations and Nationalism
  • INTS 409: Culture, Neoliberalism, Globalism.
  • INTS 481: Capstone Seminar “Globalization and Community,” “Community between Leadership and Commune,” “Contemporary Spaces: Global Spaces and Cyberspace”
  • Italian 101& 102