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.

Office hours: Wednesday 9:30-10:30 room 14.33 Social Sciences building

Research interests

My doctoral thesis aims to propose a phenomenological understanding of freedom through feminism. More precisely, my thesis aims first to extract Hannah Arent’s political phenomenology from her work to place it in this philosophical tradition and to show how, by criticising Husserl and Heidegger, she proposed her own phenomenology. However, because Arendt’s phenomenology is gender-blind, I will try to embrace it from a feminist perspective by challenging her account of intersubjectivity and appearence from feminist thinkers like Judith Butler or Simone de Beauvoir. Thus, I aim to outline what an Arendtian feminist phenomenology can be. This investigation will lead me to an understanding of freedom as a praxis that subverts an heterosexist space of meaning. In other words, to transform an Arendtian statement, freedom is the raison d’etre of feminism and its field of experience is action.

My research interests are:

  • Continental Philosophy (Arendt, Beauvoir, Heidegger, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Young)
  • Hannah Arendt
  • Political Philosophy (Freedom, democracy, praxis)
  • Feminist Philosophy (Gender, intersubjectivity)


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

Research groups and institutes

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