Margret Grebowicz

Associate ProfessorPhilosophy

Margret Grebowicz is Associate Professor of Philosophy and affiliated faculty in the Environmental Studies program at Goucher. Prior to teaching here, she taught at the University of Houston-Downtown. She received her doctorate from Emory University in 2001, with a dissertation on the affinities between French philosophy and Anglo-American philosophy of science in the late 20th Century. Her current research concerns environmental imagination and desire. Her most recent books, Whale Song (Bloomsbury 2017) and The National Park to Come (Stanford 2015), offer frameworks for thinking about the simultaneity of environmental degradation and social loss. She has published work about internet pornography, jazz, environmental visualization, women’s magazines, mountaineering, negative theology, and radical democracy, among other topics. A native Pole, she spent over a decade translating poetry by Polish poets into English. She is serving her second term on the Executive Committee of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy.

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

“Mountains and Desire” (article and book by the same title in progress)

“Chernobyl Today: Wilderness, Disaster, Desire” (article in progress)



Whale Song (Bloomsbury, 2017)

The National Park to Come (Stanford University Press, 2015)

Why Internet Porn Matters (Stanford University Press, 2013)

Beyond the Cyborg: Adventures with Donna Haraway (Columbia University Press, 2013, with Helen Merrick)

Edited Collections

Gender after Lyotard (SUNY Press, 2007)

SciFi in the Mind’s Eye: Reading Science through Science Fiction (Open Court, 2007)

Still Seeking an Attitude: Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan (Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, 2004, with Valerie Kinloch)

Recent Articles

“The Problem of Everest: Upward Mobility and the Time of Climbing” forthcoming in minnesota review.

Grebowicz, M. (2017) “Orca Intimacies and Environmental Slow Death: Earthling Ethics for a Claustrophobic World.” In S. MacGregor (Ed.), The Routledge International Handbook on Gender and Environment. New York: Routledge.

Grebowicz, M. (2016). “The Internet and the Death of Jazz: Race, Improvisation, and the Crisis of Community.” In R. Purcell and R. Randall (Eds.) 21st Century Perspectives on Music, Technology, and Culture: Listening Spaces. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

Grebowicz, M. (2016). “Libidinal Ecology: Sex and the Anthropocene (II).” Public Seminar January 26, 2016.

Grebowicz, M. (2015). “When Species Meat: Confronting Bestiality Pornography.” In L. Comella and S. Tarrant (Eds.), New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law. Santa Barbara: Praeger. (Reprinted from Humanimalia 1:2 (2010).)

Grebowicz, M. (2014). “Glacial Time and Lonely Crowds: The Social Effects of Climate Change as Internet Spectacle.” Environmental Humanities 5, 1-11.

Grebowicz, M. (2013). “Can Sustainability Be Domesticated?” In H. Bickis and R. Shields (Eds.), Rereading Jean-François Lyotard: Essays on His Later Works. London: Ashgate.

Grebowicz, M. (2011). “Democracy and Pornography: On Speech, Rights, Privacies, and Pleasures in Conflict.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 26 (1), 150-65.

External Awards, Honors, Grants

Residence Grant at the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Lviv, Ukraine

Leverhulme Trust Visiting Scholar research fellowship, University of Dundee, UK

Fulbright Fellowship (teaching), Jagiellonian University, Poland--declined due to scheduling conflict

Conference Papers & Panel Participation

“The Problem of Everest: Upward Mobility and the Time of Climbing” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Tempe, AZ, November 2017

“What Can Be Played?” Tuning Speculation IV, Toronto, CA, November 2016

“Smart Devices and Interspecies Curiosity, or: How Can We Talk to Dolphins If We Can’t Talk to Each Other?” Tuning Speculation III, Toronto, CA, November 2015

“The Sexual Politics of Krill: Mammalian Indigestions From Blackfish to Breast Milk” and panelist in “Sex and Sustainability: A Conversation,” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Houston, TX, November 2015

“Smart Devices and Interspecies Curiosity; or: How Can We Talk to Dolphins If We Can’t Talk to Each Other?” Affect Theory: Worldings, Tensions, Futures, Lancaster, PA, October 2015

“Glacial Time and Lonely Crowds: The Social Effects of Climate Change as Internet Spectacle,” Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, New Orleans, LA, October 2014 (single paper session)

“The Function of Personal Narrative in the Pornography Debate,” International Society for the Study of Narrative, Las Vegas, March 2012

“Contact and Companionship in Multi-Species Sociality,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Philadelphia, October 2011

Invited Talks

“Whale Song” Emory University, Philosophy Colloquium Series, Atlanta, GA, September 2017

“Detumescence: Life and The Aesthetics of Descent,” Climbing: From Bios to Zoe and Beyond, New York University, November 2016

“Pornography and the Information Society,” Kyiv-Mohoyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine, September 2016

“Captive Audience: Whales, Humans, and Noise,” Tuning Speculation (NYC) New York University, April 2016 

“Orca Intimacies and Environmental Slow Death: Earthling Ethics for a Claustrophobic World,” University of Białystok, Poland, June 2015

“Hacking Haraway” roundtable discussant, Hacking Feminism, Parsons Center for Transformative Media, New School for Social Research, New York City, May 2015

“Twenty Five Shades of Red, or Amour Among the Ruins: A Response to McKenzie Wark’s Molecular Red,” Historical Materialism 2015, New York University, April 2015 

“Philosophy and Stengers on Science Fiction,” Modern Language Association, Literature and Science Division, Vancouver, BC, January 2015 (Respondent in the session “Science Fiction and Science Studies: The Example of Isabelle Stengers”)

“The Internet and the Death of Jazz,” Carnegie Mellon University, Center for Arts in Society, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2013

Academic or Professional Associations

International Association for Environmental philosophy, member-at-large

Transhuman Association for Climbing Theory, co-director

Other Professional or Scholarly Activity

Literary translations published in journals such as Agni, Field, Stand, Two Lines, Absinthe, Quarterly West, World Literature Today, dear sir, and Guernica.