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Lukas Slothuus

Lukas Slothuus
Lukas Slothuus
Research Interests
Political theory, Political philosophy, Marxism, Critical theory, Resistance, Contentious politics, Political affect, Radical democracy, Civil disobedience

I am a PhD candidate in political theory at the University of Edinburgh. In 2018, I was a visiting graduate student in the Department of Government at Cornell University and in 2019 I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) through my affiliation with their Research School on Peace and Conflict.

I have over three years of teaching experience at Edinburgh and hold Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. I have completed the Edinburgh Teaching Award and am nearing completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP) at the Moray School of Education, University of Edinburgh, leading to Fellowship of the HEA.

Research interests:

My research centres on the politics of resistance. I am interested in the philosophy of praxis, the status of critical theory today, and debates within Marxist thought. In particular, I am researching the relationship between reason, affect, and emancipation; critical theory and practices of resistance; the role and responsibility of intellectuals vis-à-vis the politics of resistance; and developing critiques of liberal civil disobedience and "everyday resistance". I have a secondary interest in methodology, particularly critiques of moralist, legalist, idealist, and individualist approaches to political theory.


Dr Mathias Thaler (Politics & IR)

Professor Toby Kelly (Social Anthropology)


PhD Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh (2016-)

Visiting Research Fellow, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) (2019)

Visiting Graduate Student, Government Department, Cornell University (2018)

MSc in Politics (by Research) (Distinction), University of Edinburgh (2016)

MRes Art: Theory & Philosophy (Distinction), Central Saint Martins  (2015) (interview)

BSc Government (First Class Honours), London School of Economics and Political Science (2013), awarded the Outstanding Performance Prize for Best Dissertation (interview)

Funding and awards:

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Research School on Peace and Conflict, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), funded by the Research Council of Norway (2017-2020)

ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council) 1+3 MSc/PhD Studentship (2015-19), including Overseas Institutional Visit award (2018)

AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council) Research Preparation Masters Studentship (2013-15)

Teaching experience:

Political Thinkers (2017, 2018, 2019), Seminar tutor

War and Justice (2017), Seminar tutor

Introduction to Politics & International Relations (2016, 2017), Study Skills tutor



Slothuus, L. (2018) Review of Domestic Colonies: The Turn Inward to Colony by Barbara Arneil. Contemporary Political Theory. (online-first)

Slothuus, L. (2014) Review of Signs and Machines by Maurizio Lazzarato. Studies in Social and Political Thought (24), 79-83. (PDF)

Slothuus, L. (2013) Review of The Making of the Indebted Man by Maurizio Lazzarato. Marx & Philosophy Review of Books (online access).

Non-academic (recent selection):

When the Pie Shrinks, Jacobin Magazine, 20 June 2019.

A new dawn for the Danish radical left?, Red Pepper, 10 September 2018. Translated into Spanish: ¿Un nuevo amanecer para la izquierda radical danesa?El Salto Diario, 2 October 2018.

Beneath the pavement..., Content Journal, September 2018 issue.

Work experience:

Student Welfare Mentor, University of the Arts London, Woodland House (2014-15)

Community & Welfare Sabbatical Officer, LSE Students' Union (2011-12)