Dr Michelle Boulous Walker

Senior Lecturer

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52616


Dr. Michelle Boulous Walker’s research interests span the fields of European philosophy, aesthetics, ethics, and feminist philosophy. Her teaching interests in philosophy include intersections with politics, film, and literature. Her recent research in Slow Philosophy engages with the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Theodore W. Adorno, Luce Irigraray, Michèle Le Doeuff, and others. A new project focuses on questions of philosophy and the politics of laughter.

Her other activities include:

  • Head: European Philosophy Research Group (EPRG) affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH).

Research Interests

  • Philosophy and Laughter: Ethical, Political, & Pedagogical Dimensions


  • Graduate Diploma in Eduactional Studies, University of New England
  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • BA Hons, University of New England


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Walker, Michelle Boulous (2011). Becoming slow: Philosophy, reading and the essay. In Graham Oppy and N. N. Trakakis (Ed.), Public Lectures on Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand (pp. 268-278) Lanham, MD, U.S.A.: Lexington Books.

  • Walker, M. A. (2000). Bringing Le Doeuff home. In Max Deutscher (Ed.), Michele Le Doeuff: Operative Philosophy and Imaginary Practice 1st ed. (pp. 163-186) Amherst, New York: Humanity Books.

  • Boulous Walker, Michelle (1998). Wonder: Coupling Art with Sexual Difference. In Judith Wright (Ed.), Veil : installations, books and video walks : Judith Wright (pp. 44-47) Brisbane, QLD Australia: Institute of Modern Art.

  • Boulous Walker, Michelle (1997). Reflections on the Pre-Reflected: The Blue Room of Humanity. In Franz Ehmann (Ed.), The Blue Room of Humanity (pp. 28-36) Brisbane, QLD Australia: Institute of Modern Art.

  • Walker, Michelle (1994). Introduction. In Michelle Boulous Walker (Ed.), Performing Sexualities (pp. iv-v) Brisbane, QLD Australia: Institute of Modern Art.

  • Walker, Michelle (1994). Performing Desire: Duras in Silence. In Michelle Boulous Walker (Ed.), Performing Sexualities (pp. 11-22) Brisbane, QLD Australia: Institute of Modern Art.

  • Walker, Michelle (1993). Reason, identity and the body: reading Adorno with Irigaray. In Dieter Freundlieb and Wayne Hudson (Ed.), Reason and its other : rationalty in modern German philosophy and culture (pp. 199-216) Providence, RI United States: Berg.

  • Walker, Michelle (1993). The Aesthetics of Detail. In Wayne Hudson (Ed.), Aesthetics after Historicism (pp. 79-91) Fortitude Valley, Qld Australia: Institute of Modern Art.

Journal Article

Other Outputs

  • Boulous Walker, Michelle (1996) Finding fault. Brisbane, QLD, Australia, Institute of Modern Art.

  • Walker, Michelle Boulous (1996). Philosophy and silence : reading the maternal body PhD Thesis, School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, The University of Queensland.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Michelle Boulous Walker is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision