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Dr. David L. Clark

Dr. David Clark
Department of English and Cultural Studies, Chester New Hall – 210
905-525-9140 ext. 23737
Fridays 3-4pm

Dr. David L. Clark teaches ARTSSCI 2A06 / Social and Political Thought. He is Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies and Associate Member of the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster, where he teaches courses in critical theory, critical animal studies, Romantic literature, and the history of HIV/AIDS activism. He is a recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision and the McMaster Students Union Teaching Award for Humanities. He was George Whalley Visiting Professor in Romanticism at Queen’s University in 2012 and Lansdowne Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria in 2013. He has also twice been Visiting Professor at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at Western University. With Dr. Henry Giroux, he was for many years co-editor of the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies.

Dr. Clark began his career as a scholar of the poetry and engravings of the radical British visionary, William Blake, but subsequently turned towards contemporary critical theory, on the one hand, and late eighteenth-century philosophy (especially Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Schelling), on the other. Dr. Clark has published research on a wide range of subjects, from HIV/AIDS to the surgical separation of conjoined twins to queer theory, and from photographing atrocities to the question of addiction in philosophy to what it means to fall under the gaze of the non-human animal. He also contributes to the online public affairs journal, Truthout, including two interviews conducted by the Public Intellectuals Project: “What does it mean to welcome Omar Khadr? University students and the lesson of hospitality” and “The Canadian university and the war against Omar Khadr.” He is also founder of The Hospitality Project: Five Hundred Letters of Welcome to Omar Khadr.

Three research projects currently preoccupy Dr. Clark: Immanuel Kant and the role of the public intellectual during wartime; the nature of ethical obligations towards animals–human, non-human, and everything in between; and representations of the desecration of corpses of combatants during the Napoleonic Wars.