English & Humanities

Travis Holloway

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Travis Holloway, M.F.A., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, a translator, and a poet and former Goldwater Fellow in Creative Writing at NYU. He is the author of How to Live at the End of the World: Theory, Art, and Politics for the Anthropocene (Stanford, 2022); co-translator of two books and several articles by the French political philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, including The Possibility of a World (Fordham, 2017) and What's These Worlds Coming To? (Fordham, 2014); and co-author of Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action that Changed America (OR Books, 2011). 

Dr. Holloway grew up queer and working-class in a rural factory town affected by free trade and globalization. He completed his graduate studies on a Fulbright scholarship at the Universität Freiburg in Germany and as a visiting researcher at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. Before joining the faculty at Farmingdale in 2017, he taught at Vassar College, NYU, the Pratt Institute, and SUNY Stony Brook. His primary interests include environmental philosophy, social and political philosophy, aesthetics, queer theory, and contemporary Continental philosophy. Holloway's recent work has been published in Italy, Turkey, the UK, Columbia, Canada, the Czech Republic, and the U.S. Some recent publications include: "The Meaning of Climate Change: Dipesh Chakrabarty with Travis Holloway" (Philosophy Today, Forthcoming 2022); "Weather" (The Philosopher, Special Issue on the Planet, 2022); "Philosophy at the End of the World: For a Counterhistory of Human Beings in the Anthropocene" (The Philosopher, 2020); "A Strategy for a Democratic Future" (Tropos, 2019); “Neoliberalism and the Future of Democracy" (Philosophy Today, 2018); and “How to Perform a Democracy” (Epoché, 2017). He is currently working on a second monograph, How to Assemble with All of the Living, a book on the relationship between democratic procedures and performative practices in an era of climate change. 

Separately, Holloway completed an MFA in creative writing (poetry) at NYU, where he studied with the poets Anne Carson, Yusef Komunyakaa, John Ashbery, Charles Simic, and Marie Howe. His unpublished poetry manuscript, It Was Up to Us, was a finalist for two national poetry awards. Holloway has received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the DAAD, the Andrew Mellon foundation, and the Max Kade Institute.

 

Education

  • MA, Philosophy, Boston College, 2007
  • MFA, Creative Writing (Poetry), New York University, 2013
  • PhD, Philosophy, Stony Brook University, 2014
  • Chercheur invité, L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS); Université Paris-IV, 2009
  • Fulbright Scholar, Philosophy, Classics, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 2011

Publications

  • Travis Holloway and Dipesh Chakrabarty, "The Meaning of Climate Change: An Interview with Dipesh Chakrabarty", Philosophy Today, 66(4) 2022.
  • Travis Holloway, How to Live at the End of the World: Theory, Art, and Politics for the Anthropocene, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press (2022).
  • Travis Holloway, "Weather", The Philosopher, 110(1) 2022, 62-66.
  • Jean-Luc Nancy, “Freedom Comes from the Outside," translated by Travis Holloway and Marie-Eve Morin, Philosophy Today, 66(1) 2022, 1-11.
  • Jean-Luc Nancy, "At Any Rate," translated by Travis Holloway and Marie-Eve Morin, Philosophy Today, 66(1) 2022, 13-18.
  • Jean-Luc Nancy, "Nichts jenseits des Nihilismus," translated by Travis Holloway and Marie-Eve Morin, Philosophy Today, 66(1) 2022, 19-24.
  • Jean-Luc Nancy, "Scandalous Death," translated by Travis Holloway and Marie-Eve Morin, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 27(1) 2022, 8-13.
  • Travis Holloway, "A Genealogy for the End of the World: For a Counterhistory of Human Beings in the Anthropocene", The Philosopher, 108(2) 2020, 26-31.
  • Travis Holloway, "A Strategy for a Democratic Future: Constituent or Destituent Power?", Tropos, (1) 2019, 55-64.
  • Travis Holloway, "Neoliberalism and the Future of Democracy", Philosophy Today, 62(2) 2018, 627-650.
  • Jean-Luc Nancy, Pierre-Philippe Jandin, Travis Holloway and Flor Méchain, The Possibility of a World, translated by Travis Holloway and Flor Méchain, New York: Fordham University Press (2017).
  • Travis Holloway, "How to Perform a Democracy: A Genealogy of Bare Voices", Epoche: a journal for the history of philosophy, 21(2) 2017, 351-370.
  • Travis Holloway and Flor Méchain, "Translators' Introduction" in What's These World's Coming To?, New York: Fordham University Press (2015), pp. xvii-xxi.
  • Jean-Luc Nancy, Aurélien Barrau, Travis Holloway and Flor Méchain, What's These Worlds Coming To?, translated by Travis Holloway and Flor Méchain, New York: Fordham University Press (2015).
  • Jean-Luc Nancy, "Of Struction," translated by Travis Holloway and Flor Méchain, Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy, 17 2013, 1-10.
  • Travis Holloway, Review of De la démocratie participative: Fondements et limites, by Marc Crépon and Bernard Stiegler, Symposium, 61(1) 2012, 272-276.
  • Writers for the 99%, Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action that Changed America, New York: OR Books (2011).

Presentations

  • Travis Holloway, “Notes from the Last Decade on the Future of Democracy, or Hardt and Negri's Assembly.” Invited Lecture presented to Society for Italian Philosophy at the Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada on September 23, 2021.
  • Travis Holloway, “The Meaning of Climate Change: Dipesh Chakrabarty with Travis Holloway.” Panel presented at the The Philosopher (UK Academic Journal) Spring Lecture Series, London, UK on May 3, 2021.
  • Travis Holloway, ““The Art of Democracy: What is the Role of Art in Shaping Democracy?".” Plenary address at the Resetting Democracy Conference, Externado University of Columbia (Bogotá, Columbia via Zoom) on November 12, 2020.
  • Travis Holloway, “"What is Democracy?".” Invited Lecture presented to the Department of Government, Law, and Finance at the Externado University of Columbia (Bogotá), Externado University of Columbia (Bogotá) via Zoom on September 18, 2020.
  • Travis Holloway, “Seven Procedures for a Democratic Future.” Paper presented to the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA on November 1, 2019.
  • Travis Holloway, “Democracy at the End of the World.” Paper presented to the Critical Theory Workshop/Atelier de Théorie Critique, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris, France) on July 18, 2019.
  • Travis Holloway, “Destituent Power: What it Can and Cannot Do.” Paper presented to the Society for Italian Philosophy, Stony Brook University, New York on March 29, 2019.
  • Travis Holloway, “The Nature of Art Today: On the Transition of Art, Philosophy, and Literature to the 'Anthropocene'.” Paper presented to the American Philosophical Association 2019 Annual Meeting, Sheraton Times Square, New York, NY on January 9, 2019.
  • Travis Holloway, “Neoliberalism and the Future of Democracy.” Paper presented to the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences (SPHS) at the Society for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN on October 19, 2017.
  • Travis Holloway, “"Philosophy, the U.S. Election, and the Future of Citizenship".” Paper presented to the Public Lecture, Vassar College on October 30, 2016.
  • Travis Holloway, “"How to Perform a Democracy" (Recipient of Emerging Scholar Award).” Paper presented to the Ancient Philosophy Society, Portland, ME on March 30, 2016.
  • Travis Holloway, “Biodeconstruction and Performativity in Derrida's 'The Theater of Cruelty'.” Paper presented to the American Comparative Literature Association, Harvard University on March 16, 2016.

Awards & Honors

  • Fulbright Study Grant (Dissertation Fellowship to Germany), July 30, 2010 - July 30, 2011.
  • Ancient Philosophy Society Emerging Scholar Award, 2016.
  • Goldwater Fellowship in Creative Writing (NYU), July 30, 2011 - July 30, 2013.
  • Andrew Mellon Grant, July 30, 2015 - July 30, 2016.
  • DAAD Study Grant (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), 2008.
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