Dr Ashok Collins

PhD, BA Hons (University of Western Australia)
Senior Lecturer in French Studies
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Philosophy 2203
  • Philosophy Of Religion 220315
  • Cultural Studies 2002
  • French Language 200306
  • Literature In French 200511
  • Comparative Literature Studies 200524
  • History Of Ideas 220209
  • Literary Theory 200525

Research interests

twentieth-century French literature; continental philosophy (deconstruction and phenomenology); philosophy of religion; philosophy of education; teaching and learning


Before taking up his current position at the ANU, Ash taught French and European Studies at the University of Western Australia where he also completed his PhD (deconstruction and twentieth-century French literature).

Researcher's projects

My main research project currently consists of a comparative study of Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy.

Current student projects

'The Sonic Flesh: A Radical Phenomenology of Sound' (PhD, Associate Supervisor).

Past student projects

'Whose Alterity Anyway? Reviving a Levinasian Ethic in Butler's Political World' (co-supervisor, joint Honours in Language Studies & Philosophy, 2015).

PhB Advanced Studies Course project on Roland Barthes, 2015.

'"Pardon my Québécois!" The use of religious profanities by Québécois youth and its role in Québécois society' (co-supervisor, Honours in Language Studies (French), 2016).

PhB Advanced Studies Course project on Albert Camus, 2016.

'Interior Freedom in the French-language Poetry Written in the Concentration Camps (1943-45)' (PhD, Chair of Panel, 2017).


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