Dr Charles des Portes

Dr Charles des Portes


I am a Teaching Fellow in Political Theory at POLIS, and a member of the Centre for Contemporary Political Theory. I specialise in political philosophy, phenomenology, and decolonial thought.

Research interests

My PhD research was about the coloniality of freedom and an alternative understanding of freedom based on Hannah Arendt’s and Frantz Fanon’s phenomenology. Along those lines, my research focuses on a decolonial phenomenology and an existential decolonial political theory. Accordingly, I argue for a political theory that puts politics as first philosophy. My research is committed to a phenomenological investigation of political phenomena that happen in what Fanon called the ‘zone of nonbeing’ with the aim of providing an alternative understanding of political concepts such as freedom, liberation, or peace.

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  • PhD in Political Theory, University of Leeds

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Contemporary Political Theory