Faculty Member, Foundation Year Programme, Contemporary Studies Programme
Sarah Clift holds a BSc and a BA from the University of Western Ontario, an MA in Methodologies from Trent University and a PhD in Social & Political Thought from York University. She also holds a Doctoral Diploma in German and European Studies from the Centre for German & European Studies (York University/UQAM).
In her doctoral work, Sarah traces the conceptualization of memory at the heart of modern philosophy in order to question the assumption of the loss of radical futurity in the philosophical/theoretical tradition. Focal points of her study include the empiricism of John Locke, Hegel’s speculative philosophy and the literary theoretical writing of French writer Maurice Blanchot. The dissertation was awarded York University’s 2009 President’s Prize for best doctoral thesis.
In addition to being active as a translator of French and German contemporary theory, Sarah’s current work involves an in-depth examination of the roles played by figure and representation in the writings of political theorist Hannah Arendt and philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy.
Sarah is delighted to be taking on the position of Assistant Professor in the Foundation Year Programme and in Contemporary Studies this year. Previously, she was a Senior Fellow in the Foundation Year Programme.