Associate Professor Jessica Whyte
Scientia Fellow (Level D)

Associate Professor Jessica Whyte

PhD. Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Monash University Awarded: October 14th, 2010.

  • Thesis Title: “‘Starting from this Uncertain Terrain’: The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben.”
  • Supervisors: Dr. Alison Ross and Dr. Nina Philadelphoff-Puren.
  • Examiners: Prof. Eric L. Santner, University of Chicago and Prof. Costas Douzinas, Birkbeck College, University of London.
  • Awarded the Monash University Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal 2010.

Social Science (Hons.) RMIT University, 2003

  • Thesis Title: “Life in the Camp: Giorgio Agamben and Australia’s Mandatory Detention of Asylum Seekers”, (First Class Honours)
  • Supervisor: Prof. Rob Watts.

Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) RMIT University, 2002.

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Humanities & Languages

 

Jessica Whyte is Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Languages (Philosophy) and the School of Law, University of New South Wales, and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow. She is a political theorist whose work integrates political philosophy, intellectual history and political economy to analyse contemporary forms of sovereignty, human rights, humanitarianism and militarism. Her work has been published in a range of fora including Contemporary Political Theory; Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development; Law and Critique; Political Theory; and Theory and Event. Her first monograph, Catastrophe and Redemption: The Political Thought of Giorgio Agamben, was published by SUNY in 2013. Her forthcoming book, The Morals of the Market: Human Rights and the Rise of Neoliberalism will be published by Verso in 2019. She is currently working on a three-year Australian Research Council-funded project, “Inventing Collateral Damage: The Changing Moral Economy of War”. As a Scientia Fellow at UNSW, Jessica is building on her DECRA research through the project The moral economy of civilian protection and the transformation of international humanitarian law”.

 

Phone
+61 2 9385 2341
Location
Room 342 Morven Brown Building
  • Books | 2020
    Whyte J, 2020, The Morals of the Market (LBE) Human Rights and the Rise of Neoliberalism, Verso Books
    Books | 2013
    Whyte J, 2013, Catastrophe and redemption: The political thought of Giorgio Agamben
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Whyte J, 2021, 'Human Rights, Revolution and the Good Society: The Soviet Union and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights', in Orford A; Greenman K; Saunders A; Tzouvala N (ed.), Revolutions in International Law The Legacies of 1917, Cambridge University Press, pp. 401 - 427
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Whyte J, 2018, 'Agamben's Philosophical Lineage: Karl Marx', in Agamben's Philosophical Lineage, Edinburgh University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423632.003.0028
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Whyte J, 2017, ''The king reigns but he doesn't govern': Thinking sovereignty and government with Agamben, Foucault and Rousseau', in Agamben and Law, pp. 167 - 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315097497
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Whyte J, 2016, '"Always on top"?: The "responsibility to protect" and the persistence of colonialism', in , pp. 308 - 324, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315297699
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Habjan J; Whyte J, 2014, '(Mis)readings of Marx in Continental Philosophy', in Tyrrell IR; Sexton J (ed.), Empire's Twin, Cornell University Press, pp. 1 - 229, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137352835
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Habjan J; Whyte J, 2014, 'Introduction to (Mis)-Readings of Marx in Continental Philosophy', in (Mis)-Readings of Marx in Continental Philosophy, pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511493782.001
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Whyte J, 2014, '’Man Produces Universally’: Praxis and Production in Agamben and Marx', in , pp. 178 - 194, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137352835
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Whyte J, 2013, 'The king reigns but he doesn?t govern?: Thinking sovereignty and government with Agamben, Foucault and Rousseau', in , pp. 143 - 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203515808
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Whyte J, 2012, 'Human rights: Confronting governments?: Michel foucault and the right to intervene', in , pp. 11 - 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203114469
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Whyte J, 2012, 'Is revolution desirable?: Michel Foucault on revolution, neoliberalism and rights', in , pp. 207 - 228, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203094563
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Whyte J, 2012, 'Is revolution desirable?: Michel Foucault on revolution, neoliberalism and rights', in Re-reading Foucault: On Law, Power and Rights, pp. 207 - 228, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203094563-20
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Whyte J, 2012, 'The work of men is not durable: History, Haiti and the rights of man', in , pp. 239 - 248
    Book Chapters | 2008
    Jessica W, 2008, '‘Its Silent Working was a Delusion’', in The Work of Giorgio AgambenLaw, Literature, Life, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 66 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634620.003.0005
    Book Chapters | 1994
    Habjan J; Whyte J, 1994, 'Introduction', in (Mis)readings of Marx in Continental Philosophy, edn. 5, Palgrave Macmillan, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137352835.0003
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Whyte J, 2021, 'Freedom: The History and the Future of a Disputed Idea', Modern Intellectual History, pp. 1 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S147924432100038X
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dehm J; Golder B; Whyte J, 2020, 'Introduction: 'Redistributive Human Rights?' symposium', London Review of International Law, vol. 8, pp. 225 - 232, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lril/lraa018
    Journal articles | 2020
    Whyte J, 2020, 'Calculation and Conflict', South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 119, pp. 31 - 51, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/00382876-8007641
    Journal articles | 2018
    Whyte J, 2018, 'Hayek’s Submissive Subjects: Reply to Kyong-Min Son, “The Making of the Neoliberal Subject: Response to Whyte”', Political Theory, pp. 009059171880715 - 009059171880715, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0090591718807151
    Journal articles | 2018
    Whyte J, 2018, 'Powerless Companions or Fellow Travellers?', Radical Philosophy
    Journal articles | 2018
    Whyte J, 2018, 'The Dangerous Concept of the Just War', Humanity, vol. 9, pp. 313 - 341, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/hum.2018.0017
    Journal articles | 2017
    Whyte J, 2017, 'The Invisible Hand of Friedrich Hayek: Submission and Spontaneous Order', Political Theory, pp. 009059171773706 - 009059171773706, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0090591717737064
    Journal articles | 2014
    Whyte J, 2014, 'The Fortunes of Natural Man: Robinson Crusoe, Political Economy, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights', Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, vol. 5, pp. 301 - 321, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/hum.2014.0022
    Journal articles | 2010
    Bailey R; McLoughlin D; Whyte J, 2010, 'Editors' Introduction: Form-of-Life: Giorgio Agamben, Ontology and Politics', Theory & Event, vol. 13, pp. online - online, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/tae.0.0122
    Journal articles | 2010
    Whyte J, 2010, '’A New Use of the Self’: Giorgio Agamben on the Coming Community', Theory & Event, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/tae.0.0115
    Journal articles | 2009
    Sentas V; Whyte J, 2009, 'Law, Crisis, Revolution', Australian Feminist Law Journal, vol. 31, pp. 3 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13200968.2009.10854424
    Journal articles | 2009
    Whyte J, 2009, 'Criminalising ‘Camera Fiends’: Photography Restrictions in the Age of Digital Reproduction', Australian Feminist Law Journal, vol. 31, pp. 99 - 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13200968.2009.10854429
    Journal articles | 2009
    Whyte J, 2009, 'Particular rights and absolute wrongs: Giorgio Agamben on life and politics', Law and Critique, vol. 20, pp. 147 - 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10978-009-9045-2
    Journal articles | 2009
    Whyte J, 2009, '’I would prefer not to’: Giorgio Agamben, Bartleby and the potentiality of the law', Law and Critique, vol. 20, pp. 309 - 324, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10978-009-9059-9
    Journal articles | 2007
    Whyte J, 2007, 'Human Rights and the Collateral Damage of Neoliberalism', Theory and Event 20 (no.1)
  • Other | 2021
    O’Driscoll C; Brown C; Hutchings K; Finlay CJ; Whyte J; Gregory T, 2021, How and Why to Do Just War Theory, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41296-020-00453-x
    Other | 2021
    Whyte J, 2021, Mutant Neoliberalism: Market Rule and Political Rupture. Edited by William Callison and Zachary Manfredi. New York: Fordham University Press, 2020. 320p. $35.00 paper., Cambridge University Press (CUP), http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s153759272000417x
    Other | 2020
    O’Hara C; Pahuja S; Guevara VV; Whyte J, 2020, World-Making Through Market Morality: A Conversation About Human Rights, Neoliberalism and Political Struggle, Informa UK Limited, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13200968.2020.1820741
    Other | 2019
    Whyte J, 2019, Bugsplat: The Politics of Collateral Damage in Western Armed Conflicts, ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14623528.2019.1589928
    Other | 2019
    Whyte J, 2019, Naming Violence: A Critical Theory of Genocide, Torture, and Terrorism. By Mathias Thaler. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. 248p. $65.00 cloth., Cambridge University Press (CUP), http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s1537592719000641
    Other | 2017
    Whyte J, 2017, Human rights after October
    Other | 2016
    Whyte J, 2016, Re: Legitimacy and the shadows of universalism: A response to Meine's ?Debating legitimacy transnationally?, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23269995.2016.1207941
    Other | 2015
    Whyte J, 2015, The republic of the living: Biopolitics and the critique of civil society, Springer Nature, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/cpt.2015.30
    Other | 2012
    Whyte J, 2012, Intervene, I said
    Other | 2011
    Whyte J, 2011, The long night of the left is drawing to a close
    Other | 2010
    Whyte J, 2010, Symposium: Form-of-Life: Giorgio Agamben, Ontology and Politics Special Section

2015: "The Invention of Collateral Damage and the Changing Moral Economy of War" , Australian Research Council DECRA fellowship, DE160100473.

2014: Early Career Research Grant, University of Western Sydney, for the project “Suffering and Morality in the New Humanitarianism”, $7,078.

2014: Research Training Scheme, University of Western Sydney, for the workshop “New Spirits of Humanitarianism”, $5000.

 

2018: Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Visiting Research Fellowship

2014: Visiting Research Fellowship, Centre for the History of Knowledge, ETH Zurich.

2010: Monash University Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal

2010: School of English, Communications and Performance Studies Graduate Research Achievement Prize for the best publication in the School. (Awarded for the article “Particular Rights and Absolute Wrongs: Giorgio Agamben on Life and Politics”, published in Law and Critique.)

Scientia Project: The moral economy of civilian protection and the transformation of international humanitarian law”.

Project description: Today, civilians account for a higher proportion of conflict deaths than at any point in modern history. As Western societies are acculturated to conceptualise far-off civilian deaths as ‘collateral damage’, new technologies and weaponry have deadly effects on non-combatants, and the rise of urban wars—in which non-traditional forces fight in the midst of densely-populated areas—expose civilians to increasing risks. This project addresses the significant challenge of the human costs of contemporary armed conflicts. It seeks to understand the historical and institutional processes that have established a moral and legal distinction between deliberate harm inflicted on non-combatants, and the ‘collateral damage’ that is seen as an inevitable ‘side-effect’ of modern warfare. The project will produce an account of the role of military strategists, human rights organisations, and international lawyers in normalising ‘unintentional’ killing. Drawing on archival material and military manuals, and combining insights from political philosophy, the history of human rights, and the anthropology of humanitarianism, the project aims to illuminate the moral economy of contemporary warfare.