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Cillian O Fathaigh

Research Fellow

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
English, Culture and Media


Research Fellow on the Spaces of Translation project, a major AHRC – DFG funded research project. This project studies important periodicals and magazines in France, Britain and Germany in order to consider how they explore and construct notions of European identity from the end of the Second World War to the mid-1960s.

Career overview

Dr Ó Fathaigh was a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Scholar at the University of Cambridge and previously taught at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon.

Research areas

Dr Ó Fathaigh’s research focuses primarily on twentieth-century French intellectual history, with a particular interest in the relationship between philosophy and politics in the post-WWII period. His previous research has focused on the political engagements of Jacques Derrida, as well as conceptions of trauma and solidarity in Francophone Jewish and Postcolonial intellectuals post-WWII. His current research builds on this work analysing the transnational role of periodicals in Europe after 1945 and the complex position of translation in constructing ideas of Europe in this period.

His work has been published in the journals Paragraph and Derrida Today and he has co-edited two volumes: #NousSommes (2019) and Derrida’s Politics of Friendship: Amity and Enmity (Edinburgh University Press, 2022). He was a scholar at Trinity College, Dublin, an invited student at the École Normale Supérieure (Ulm), and a scholar of St John’s College, Cambridge. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Interdisciplinary Centre for the History of Ideas at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan.

External activity

Executive Committee Member, The Society for European Philosophy

Member, The Society for French Studies

Visiting Scholar, Interdisciplinary Centre for the History of Ideas, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan.


  • ‘Critical Institutions: Alternative Modes of Institutionalisation’, Derrida Today, 14.2 (2021), forthcoming.
  • Kofman’s Affirmative Creation: Moral Law, Dom Juan and The Limits of Maternal Debt’, Paragraph: A Modern Journal of Critical Theory, 44.1 (2021): 11–25. DOI: 10.3366/para.2021.0351
  • Cillian Ó Fathaigh, Luke Collison, Georgios Tsagdis, eds., Derrida’s Politics of Friendship: Amity and Enmity,(Edinburgh University Press: 2022), forthcoming.
  • ‘Is there a Politics to Friendship?’ in Derrida’s Politics of Friendship (EUP: 2022), pp. 156-172, forthcoming.
  • Cillian Ó Fathaigh, Susie Cronin, Sofia Hewson, eds., #NousSommes: Collectivity and the Digital in French Thought (Peter Lang: 2020).