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Alia Al-Saji

James McGill Professor at the Department of Philosophy, McGill University

Positions held

2021-2022 to today Co-researcher(s),


Alia Al-Saji has a PhD in Philosophy from Emory University (2002), following an MA in Philosophy from K. U. Leuven (1995) and a Bachelor of Arts & Science (McMaster University, 1993).  She has taught at McGill since 2002.  Her work brings together and critically engages 20th-century phenomenology and French philosophy, on the one hand, and critical race, decolonial, and feminist philosophies, on the other.  Running through her research is an abiding concern for questions of time and embodiment, the intersection of which she seeks to philosophically elaborate.

Al-Saji’s research has been supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Le fonds de recherche du Québec en société et culture.  In 2009, she was awarded a residence fellowship at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, and in 2012 she was a resident fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Durham University, UK.

Al-Saji was the Co-Director of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), the second largest philosophical association in North America, from 2014 to 2017.  She is currently a co-editor of the Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy and the Feminist Philosophy section editor of Philosophy Compass.


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