Sharon Hunter


  • United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I am interested in the concept of child in relation to modernity. I focus on notions of freedom and transgression, and have drawn on thinkers such as Hannah Arendt, Theodor Adorno, and Walter Benjamin to explore educational concerns and gain an understanding of the ideas that underpin educational thinking in our time.

Before this I taught children.

Current responsibilities within the School of Education include:

Equality and Diversity Advocate for the School of Education

Leader of Educational Studies component of the PGDE course

Research Interests

My current work focuses on Dada and Surrealism, Queer theory, and the work of Georges Bataille. Though my interests are not often directly about children and schools, the underlying concerns are about who or what is marginalised, excluded and ignored in our thinking and practice: what is left out is as interesting and as important as what is included and the detritus of being human tells us a good deal about who we are. These concerns inform my teaching on inclusion, human rights and social sustainability.

Expertise & Capabilities

Has expertise in:

  • Philosophy of Education 
  • Educational Inclusion

Teaching Interests

Philosophy of Education

Educational Inclusion


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Philosophy

Bachelor of Divinity, GLASGOW UNIVERSITY

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Research Output 2008 2018

  • 5 Article
  • 3 Paper
  • 1 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
21 Downloads (Pure)

How modernity's futurism puts children in the front line

Jessop, S., 31 Oct 2018, In : Childhood. 25, 4, p. 443-457 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Recognition (Psychology)

The 'crisis' in education, modernity, counter-modernity, and enchantment

Jessop, S., 12 Oct 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Philosophy of Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



The 'crises in education' : children and counter-modernity in Hegel, Benjamin, Adorno, and Arendt

Author: Hunter, S., 1 Jul 2010

Supervisor: Kirk, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Participation in conference

Contemporary Childhood Conference

Philip Tonner (Participant), Vivienne Smith (Participant), Sharon Jessop (Participant), Valentina Bold (Participant)
6 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference