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Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Interim Head of Learning and Teaching

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social and Political Sciences


Kevin Love is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Social Theory in the Division of Politics and International Relations. He is Course Leader for BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations and also leads a number of modules across a range of different undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the University. His teaching interests span political philosophy and theory, ethics, aesthetics, and contemporary continental thought more broadly.

He has further responsibility within the Division in assisting the development and maintenance of research culture and activity, student retention and recruitment, and enhancement of the wider divisional profile.

Career overview

Kevin has taught in the School of Social Sciences for over seven years, inputting into a number of courses including politics, international relations, sociology, and criminology. He continues to teach across the University more widely and has contributed previously to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Humanities and Art and Design.

Prior to joining NTU, Kevin taught political philosophy at Sussex University, where he also completed a PhD in contemporary continental philosophy with Professor Geoffrey Bennington.

Kevin has a wide range of academic experience, including five years of course leader responsibilities and numerous committee memberships. He has acted as an external examiner for Birmingham University and an internal examiner at NTU.

He holds a PGCHE, is a Fellow of the HEA, and has served on the School Academic Standards and Quality Committee and the School Ethics Committee, and has chaired exam boards and other external fora.

Research areas

Kevin has published work in a number of peer-reviewed journals and books, participated in various cross-disciplinary funded research projects, and exhibited elements of his work alongside contemporary artists in the form of visual and audio installations. His most recent publication is a sole-edited collection, Ethics in Social Research (2012), which draws upon recent developments in continental philosophy, and the reflections of researchers from an array of disciplines, to examine and reimagine the relationship between ethics and knowledge production. Previous areas of publication include critical work in phenomenology and post-structuralism, as well as collaborative research in the social sciences.

Kevin has successfully supervised two PhD students to completion, and is presently supervising four further students.

His personal research focuses on contemporary issues in aesthetics, ethics and political philosophy, arising most centrally from the post-phenomenological and post-structuralist traditions, in conversation with emergent themes in speculative realism. He has been invited to speak on his work at a number international events, most recently delivering a series of lectures at Helsinki University (2013) and taking up a position as Visiting Professor at KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany (2014). He is currently preparing a book-length monograph (Reality and Difference) examining logics of difference in contemporary continental philosophy, and working on a number of other collaborations and sole-authored works.

External activity

Kevin has acted as an anonymous reviewer for a number of journals including: PhaenEx, Space and Culture, Body and Society, and the Journal of the Philosophy of Education.

He has jointly organised various conferences and workshops (including, most recently, the Ecotone conference at NTU (2012) and the Eco-logics conference at Nottingham Contemporary (2014)) and has previously led on innovative knowledge-transfer initiatives involving policymakers and an interdisciplinary team of academics.

In April 2014, Kevin was appointed as a Visiting Professor at KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany, and has also taught at LMU Munich and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and previous collaborators include:

  • Prof. Joost van Loon (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)
  • Prof. Arto Haapla (Helsinki)
  • Prof. Michael Zimmerman (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)
  • Nottingham Contemporary
  • The George and Jorgen, London
  • Dr Sophia Lycouris (Edinburgh)
  • Dr David Reid (NTU)
  • Prof. Robert Dingwall (NTU)
  • Dr Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths)
  • Dr Andrew Goffey (Nottingham)
  • Prof Glen Mazis (Penn State)