Charles des Portes

Charles des Portes


I completed a MRes in Politics at the Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas where I wrote a dissertation at the intersection between, political theory, feminist theory and semiotics. I am currently doing a PhD in Political Theory under the supervision of Dr Jonathan Dean and Dr Kerri Woods.

Research interests

My doctoral thesis aims to propose a phenomenological understanding of freedom through feminism. First, I'm trying to show that in a part of feminist theory, the notion of freedom tends to be assimilated to liberation. Thus, I propose to revisit the freedom-liberation relationship from a phenomenological perspective to suggest another account of freedom, based on Hannah Arendt, which aims to situate freedom as the raison d'être of feminism.
I'm interested in feminist philosophy, political philosophy, phenomenology and especially Arendt's phenomenology and feminist phenomenology.

My research interests are:

  • Feminist Theory
  • Political Philosophy
    • Hannah Arendt
    • Freedom
    • Democratic theory
  • Phenomenology


  • MRes in Political Studies (Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas)

Research groups and institutes

  • Political Theory and Cultural Values
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies