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Erie Hall - University of Windsor


Paris city viewI received my doctorate from Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne in 1985. In Paris, I had the opportunity to take courses with Jacques Derrida at the École Normale, and Michel Foucault at the Collège de France. Upon my return to Canada, I began to study Foucault’s work seriously. For the next five years I led a peripatetic life as a wandering scholar, teaching (among other places) at Queen’s University and the University of Victoria. My research on Foucault during this period served as the basis for my first book: The Turn Towards Subjectivity: Michel Foucault’s Legacy (Peter Lang, 1993).

I was given a tenure track position at the University of Windsor in 1989. In 1993, I was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor. Early in the nineties, I began to turn my attention to the work of Theodor W. Adorno. For more than two years I learned German while translating his work. Two translations were published in Telos in the mid-nineties: "Theory of Pseudo-Culture" and (a collaborative translation) "On Tradition." My first book on Adorno, The Culture Industry Revisited: Theodor W. Adorno on Mass Culture (Rowman and Littlefield) appeared in 1996. Thereafter, I spent a few years studying the phenomenon of political violence with the intention of writing a book. An article on the topic appeared in Social Justice, even as I continued to study Adorno’s work.

I was granted full professorship in 2000. At that time, I abandoned the project on political violence and began writing Adorno, Habermas, and the Search for a Rational Society (Routledge, 2004) To date, I have published more than thirty articles on Adorno; five of these are reprinted in anthologies. A book I edited, Theodor Adorno: Key Concepts, published by Acumen, appeared in 2008. Adorno on Nature was also published by Acumen in 2011. Currently, I am working on a new book that compares Adorno's and Foucault's social critiques. 

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