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Sophie Fuggle

Associate Professor

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
History, Heritage and Global Cultures


Dr Fuggle is Senior Lecturer in French at Nottingham Trent University. She is an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow (2018-2020). Her current research specialises in recent and contemporary continental philosophy, ecocriticism and representations of incarceration.

Career overview

Dr Fuggle was awarded a PhD from King's College London in 2010. Prior to taking up her post at Nottingham Trent University in 2013, Dr Fuggle held teaching positions at Goldsmiths, King's College London and the Université de Paris Ouest (Nanterre).

Research areas

Dr Fuggle is author of Foucault/Paul: Subjects of Power (Palgrave, 2013) and co-editor of a number of collections including La Ligne d’écume: Encounteringthe French Beach (Pavement Books, 2016) and Foucault and the History of Our Present (Palgrave, 2015). Recently, her long-term interest in questions of space and identity have coalesced around representations of incarceration in French and Francophone culture. Over the past three years, she has organized a number of events around the theme of incarceration and visual culture including a symposium on Paul Virilio in June 2014, an international conference held at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham on the 40th anniversary of the publication of Michel Foucault’s Surveiller et punir in 2015 and, most recently, Captured: Documenting Incarceration, a 2-day prison documentary film event held in November 2016 at Nottingham Contemporary art gallery.

In 2017 she was awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme small grant to conduct research on penal restoration initiatives in French Guiana, exploring former carceral spaces through the lens of Jacques Derrida’s work on postcards, archives, traces and ruins. From January 2018, she has been awarded an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship for a 2-year project looking at multisite carceral heritage in French Guiana and New Caledonia. She is also working on a monograph entitled This is not a camp: The Suicide Window at the Camp des Milles memorial. The book explores the possibilities and limitations for ethical spectatorship amongst visitors to sites such as the recently inaugurated Camp des Milles memorial museum located in a former tile factory turned deportation camp in the town of Les Milles just outside Aix-en-Provence.

Dr Fuggle has supervised MA and undergraduate dissertations on a variety of topics including urbanism, street art, aesthetics and new media, poststructuralism, biopolitics, cultural memory, film, gender and race theory. She has co-supervised PhD theses on documentary filmmaking, queer theory, urbanism and the relationship between aesthetics and politics. Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

  • Member of Academic Working Group, Nottingham Contemporary
  • Member of Editorial Board of Mimesis International
  • Peer reviewer for The Leverhulme Trust, Liverpool University Press and various academic journals including: Theory, Culture and Society, Modern and Contemporary France, Foucault Studies and The Review of Politics

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council. Early Career Leadership Fellow - £232k. (2018-2020)
  • British Academy / Leverhulme Trust. Small grant - £9800. (2017-2018)
  • Society for French Studies. Conference Grant - £400. Time Served: Discipline and Punish 40 Years On. Held at the National Justice Museum, September 2015.


Single-authored books:

Foucault/Paul: Subjects of Power. Fuggle S, 2013, New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan

Student Essentials: Essay Writing. Fuggle S, 2013, Richmond, Trotman Publishers

Edited books:

Return to the Street. Fuggle S and Henri T (eds), 2015, London: Pavement Books

Foucault and the History of Our Present. Fuggle S, Tazzioli M and Lanci Y (eds), 2015, London: Palgrave

Word on the street: competing discourses of public space. Fuggle S and Foust E (eds), 2011, London: IGRS

Journal articles:

Pixelated Flesh. Fuggle S, Cultural Politics, 2015, 11 (2), pp. 222-233. ISSN 1743-2197

Barred Subjects. Framing the Criminal Body with Foucault and Butler. Fuggle S, Materiali Foucaultiani, 2013, 2:4 (July-December) 37-68

Book chapters:

Beyond Slogans and Snapshots: The Story of the Groupe d’Information sur les prisons. Fuggle S, in S Fuggle, Y Lanci and M Tazzioli M (eds), Foucault and the History of Our Present, 2015, 142-158, London: Palgrave

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