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Kiarina Kordela

Kiarina Kordela
Portrait of Kiarina Kordela.jpg
Born (1963-07-13) July 13, 1963 (age 53)
Patras, Greece
Other names Aglaia Kiarina Kordela
A. Kiarina Kordela
Alma mater University of Athens
University of Pittsburgh
Cornell University
Notable work $urplus
Being, Time, Bios
Era 20th- / 21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Continental philosophy, Critical Theory
Main interests
Psychoanalysis, political philosophy, literary theory, film theory
Notable ideas
Ontosemiotics

Aglaia Kiarina Kordela (Greek: Αγλαΐα Κιαρίνα Κορδέλα; born July 13, 1963) is a Greek-American philosopher and critical theorist. She is a professor of German Studies and founding director of the Critical Theory Program at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. She is also Honorary Adjunct Professor at the Writing and Society Research Center, University of Western Sydney, Australia. She writes and teaches on a wide range of topics, notably psychoanalysis, political, literary and film theory, and biopolitics.

Her primary approach and focus is on the relation between economic structures and metaphysics in secular capitalist modernity. Kordela is known for her reinterpretation of Lacanian psychoanalysis and Foucauldian biopolitics using the work of Spinoza. Her philosophical inquiries have ramifications for a variety of contemporary social issues and academic fields of study, including Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Theory, Critical Terrorism Studies, Comparative Literature, and Film Studies.



  • 2013, Being, Time, Bios: Capitalism and Ontology, Albany: SUNY Press (Ed. Charles Shepherdson)
  • 2011, Freedom and Confinement in Modernity: Kafka’s Cages, New York: Palgrave-Macmillan (with Dimitris Vardoulakis)
  • 2007, $urplus: Spinoza, Lacan, Albany: SUNY Press (Ed. Charles Shepherdson)
  • Ontosemiotics: Words, Things, Bios, and (Im)Mortality
  • 1992, “The Foundings of the Arts. Private Support — Freedom of Expression — Government Responsibility.” Roger Ackling, Arti 3:4 (Winter 1992): pp. 29–38.
  • 1992, “Ideas for a Museum of Modern Art: Following the Example of the Dublin Institute of Modern Art (IMA).” Roger A. Wollen, Arti 3:2 (Summer 1992): pp. 32–40.
  • 1992, “Miltos Manetas and the Greek Modern Art” Paolo Bicco, Arti 3:1 (Spring 1992): pp. 14–21.
  • 1992, “Die Konstruktion der Erfahrungswelt: Karnap—Husserl.” Verena Meyer, Deucalion 11:1 (October 1992): pp. 51–68.
  • 1992, “Figura.” Erich Auerbach, Logou Harin 2:2 (January 1992): pp 24–39.
  • 1992, “In the Realm of Free Spirit: Pursuing a Higher Common Element.” Werner Haftmann, Arti 3:4 (Winter 1992): pp. 9–15.
  • 1992, “Vlassis Kaniaris und die Kunst der Gastarbeiter.” Werner Haftmann, Arti 3:1 (Spring 1992): pp. 31–39.
  • 1991, “Alter Wein in neuen Schläuchen: Bemerkungen zum New-Historicism.” Hans-Robert Jauß, Logou Harin 2:1 (September 1991): pp. 12–20.
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