Elements of Biography of Luce Irigaray

Luce Irigaray is trained in philosophy, linguistics, literature, psychology and psychoanalysis. She has got a doctorate in philosophy and literature (University of Louvain, Belgium, 1955); in linguistics (University of Nanterre, France, 1968); in philosophy (University Paris-Vincennes, 1974). She also received four honorary doctorates from the School of Advanced Studies of the University of London; from the University College of London; from the University of Nottingham; from the University of Bergen, Norway.

Luce Irigaray made her career in the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France. She has held a seminar in University of Paris-Vincennes and in the College de Philosophie, Paris, but also in various universities across the world — for example in the University of Rotterdam (Holland), the University of Bergen (Norway), the University of Macerata (Italy). She also gave lectures and participated in conferences all over the world.

Luce Irigaray published more than 40 books, which are translated in many languages. Six of them gather articles, notably in linguistics, written by researchers of various cultures and languages.

From 15 years, Luce Irigaray holds, in UK and in English, a one-week seminar for researchers doing their PhD on her work. This seminar has been welcomed by the University of Nottingham, the University of Liverpool, by Queen’s Mary College, University of London, by the Goodenough College in London, by the University of Bristol and the University of West England. The researchers who participated in the seminar come from various regions of the world — from many countries of Europe, from USA, from China, India, Japan, Australia, Iran, Pakistan, South Africa, etc. These researchers belong to different cultures, traditions, and fields of research. Two volumes gathering their presentations in the seminar have been edited by Luce Irigaray in collaboration with an Anglophone researchers: Luce Irigaray: Teaching (Continuum, 2008 , edited with Mary Green) and Building a New World (Palgrave, 2015, with Michael Marder). A third volume — Towards a New Human Being — edited by Luce Irigaray with Mahon O’Brien and Christos Hadjioannou (and which will be delivered to the publisher by the end of March 2018) also includes 8 texts of researchers who participated in her one-week seminar for PhD.

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