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BA(Hons) (ANU), PhD (Sydney). 

Marina Bollinger is a historian with a strong interest in philosophy. Her research interests include early modern philosophical, political, and religious thought; the history of historiography, feminism, and secularisation; the critique of anachronism; genealogical method, historical contextualism; continental philosophy, and feminist ethics. Her doctoral thesis (History, University of Sydney, 2011) drew these interests together by undertaking a genealogy of the distinction between sex and gender.

Marina joined CHED as a UQ Postdoctoral Fellow in July 2010. Her current research examines the complex fate of a humanist and early modern debate spawned by an anonymous 1595 text that professed to argue that women were not human but was in fact a satire on the scripturalism of Socinian heretics. This intellectual micro-history will scrutinize the processes and effects of secularization in general and the insinuation of a sempiternal status for rationality in particular.

As an associate investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotion 1100–1800, Marina co-convened CHED’s public seminar series in 2011, Reason and the Passions.

Work presently under consideration for publication in Hypatia, Intellectual History Review, and the History of Political Theory include articles on the sex of Adam; Hobbes’ Amazons; the relationship between intellectual history and contemporary feminist theory; and the structural coupling of questions of sexual difference with questions of human ontology in the corpus of Aristotle.

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