Saladdin Ahmed

O'Donnell Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics and Race and Ethnic Studies

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Saladdin Ahmed is an O'Donnell Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics and Race and Ethnic Studies. His research interests include social and political philosophy, critical theory, social space, new-racism, and ideology critique. In his forthcoming book, Totalitarian Space and the Destruction of Aura (SUNY Press, March 2019), he makes the case for a renewed critical philosophy of space, diagnosing contemporary social space as increasingly totalitarian and "auraless". In previous research, Professor Ahmed has explored Nietzsche's philosophy of will to power, Foucault's knowledge-power thesis, Adorno's notion of the culture industry, cultural racism, and patriarchal social space. His next project is focused on the ontology of the home and the devastating effects of contemporary means of communication/surveillance on our spatial experience of home.

In addition to his academic publications, Professor Ahmed has published political commentaries and opinion pieces on issues related to relations of domination and movements of emancipation. These have appeared in various media outlets, including openDemocracy, The Huffington Post (German Edition), Critical Legal Thinking, Al-Jazeera English, YourMiddleEast, and CounterPunch.


Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Ottawa, 2013

M.A., Applied Language Studies, Carleton University, 2009

M.A., Contemporary Continental Philosophy, Brock University, 2008

B.A., (Highest Honours), Philosophy, Carleton University, 2006

Selected Publications

"Panopticism and Totalitarian Space." Theory in Action 10, no. 4 (2017) [Forthcoming in the October issue].

"Culture as ‘Ways of Life' or a Mask of Racism? Culturalisation and the Decline of Universalist Views." Critical Race and Whiteness Studies e-journal 11, no. 1 (2015): 1-17.

"Foucault, Truth, Genealogy." Kinesis 37, no. 1 (2010): 41-55.

"Wisdom Poisons Life." Philosophical Frontiers 3, no. 2 (2008): 1-11.

"Mass Mentality, Culture Industry, Fascism." Kritike 2, no. 1 (2008): 79-94, (

"What is Sufism?" Forum Philosophicum: International Journal for Philosophy 13, no. 2 (2008): 233-251.


Spring 2017

RAES 200 A: Unpacking Racism

Fall 2017

POL 202: Totalitarianism

RAES 105: Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies

Spring 2018

CLAS 221/POL 121: Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Political Theory

RAES 200: The Problem of Culture