Staff profile

Dr Toula Nicolacopoulos

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences and Communications

HU2 209, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

BA LLB (Melbourne), BA (Hons-La Trobe), PhD (La Trobe).

Membership of professional associations

Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association. Australasian Association of Philosophy.

Area of study

Philosophy

Brief profile

Since completing her PhD on 20th century Anglo-American liberal and communitarian thought, Toula Nicolacopoulos has been studying Hegel in the light of feminist and radical left thinking on issues of global citizenship, justice and struggles for recognition. She is interested in developing theories of subjectivity, cultural diversity and political agency which draw upon the insights of critical race and whiteness theory and the history of Greek-Australian political activism.  

Research interests

Gender, Culture, Sexuality

- Feminist theories of subjectivity

Philosophy of the Mind

- Ethics

- Hegel’s logic

Teaching units

PHI1GPI - Great Philosophical Ideas

STC1ECO – Ethical Communication

PHI2MMW - The Making of the Modern Western Worldview

PHI2PAM - Plato and the Meaning of Being.

Recent publications

Books

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. 2014 Indigenous Sovereignty and the Being of the Occupier: Manifesto for a White Australian Philosophy of Origins, Melbourne: re.press.

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. 2013 The Disjunctive Logic of the World: Thinking Global Civil Society with Hegel, Melbourne: re.press.

Nicolacopoulos, T (in press) The Radical Critique of Ronald Dworkin’s Liberalism: In Memory of a Vision, Part 2. Seddon, Melbourne, re. press.

Nicolacopoulos, T 2008, The Radical Critique of Liberalism: In Memory of a Vision, Part 1. Seddon, Melbourne, re. press.

Ashton, P, Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G (eds), 2008, The Spirit of the Age: Hegel and the Fate of Thinking, Seddon, Melbourne, re. press.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2004, From Foreigner to Citizen: Greek Migrants and Social Change in White Australia, 1897-2000, (Greek) Melbourne and Pireas, Eothinon Publications.

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. 1999 Hegel and the Logical Structure of Love: An Essay on Sexualities Family and the Law, Aldershot: Ashgate. Reprinted 2010 re.press.

Selected Journal Papers and Book chapters

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. Forthcoming Feb 2014, ‘The time of radical autonomous thinking and social-historical becoming in Castoriadis’, Thesis Eleven.

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. 2013 'Auto/biographical writing and Greek-Australian historiography', Journal of Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand) Special Issue (eds.), M. Tsianikas, N. Maadad, G. Couvalis and M. Palaksoglou, Crossing Boundaries: Greek Textual and Cultural Landscapes, Adelaide.

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. 2012 ‘“What ought we to think?”’: Castoriadis’ response to the question for thinking’, Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 8(2): 21-33.

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. 2012 ‘The Pulse of Chronos: Historical time, the eternal and timelessness in the Platonic gathering’, Parrhesia, 15: 54-63.

Nicolacopoulos, T. and Vassialcopoulos, G. 2011 “Australian Multiculturalism: Beyond Management Models” in Reza Hasmath, (ed.), Managing Ethnic Diversity: Meanings and Practices from an International Perspective, Aldershot, Ashgate, pp. 141-161.

Nicolacopoulos, T. 2010 ‘Moller Okin, Susan’, in G. Oppy and N. N. Trakakis, eds. The Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand, Clayton, Monash University Publishing, pp.337-340.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2009, 'The making of a new transnational integration discourse: The case of the Greek-Australian migrants in the 1940s’, Elizabeth Close, George Couvalis, George Franzis, Maria, Palaksoglu, Michael Tsianikas, (ed(s)), Proceedings of the Seventh Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies. Flinders University, June 2007. Greek Research in Australia. Flinders University, 06/2007, Flinders University, Australia, pp.163-172.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2009, ‘Platon: Adelaide’s Greek Workers’ League’, Elizabeth Close, George Couvalis, George Franzis, Maria, Palaksoglu, Michael Tsianikas, (ed(s)), Proceedings of the Seventh Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies. Flinders University, June 2007. Greek Research in Australia. Flinders University, 06/2007, Flinders University, Australia, pp.173-182.

Nicolacopoulos, T 2007, ‘What's Wrong with 'Exporting Liberal Pluralism'? On the Radical Self-denial of Contemporary Liberal Philosophy’, Philosophical Inquiry: International Quarterly, Vol. XXIX, No. 1-2, pp.89-111.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2007, 'The Ego as World: Speculative Justification and the Role of the Thinker in Hegel's Philosophy', Cosmos and History: the Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol. 3, No. 2-3, pp.84-116.

Reprinted in Ashton, P, Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G (eds), 2008, The Spirit of the Age: Hegel and the Fate of Thinking, Seddon, Melbourne, re. press.

Ashton, P, Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2007, 'The Spirit of the Age and the Fate of Philosophical Thinking', Cosmos and History: the journal of natural and social philosophy, Vol. 3, No. 2-3, pp.1-4.

Reprinted in Ashton, P, Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G (eds), 2008, The Spirit of the Age: Hegel and the Fate of Thinking, Seddon, Melbourne, re. press.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2007, 'Struggles to Belong: Greek Migrants' Citizenship Rights', Elizabeth Close, Michael Tsianikas, George Couvalis (ed(s)), Proceedings of the Sixth Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies. Flinders University, June 2005. Greek Research in Australia, Flinders University, 23/06/2005, Flinders University, Australia, pp.145-154.

  Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2007, 'The Greek-Australian Unemployed Movement and the Construction of the Migrants' Rights Discourse', Elizabeth Close, Michael Tsianikas, George Couvalis (ed(s)), Proceedings of the Sixth Biennial International Conference of Greek Studies. Flinders University, June 2005. Greek Research in Australia. Flinders University, 23/06/2005, Flinders University, Australia, pp.135-144.

  Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2006, 'Philosophy and Revolution: Badiou's Infidelity to the Event', Cosmos and History, Vol. 2, No. 1-2, pp.210-225.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2006, 'Australian Cultural Memory and the Visionary Appropriation of History', Journal of Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand), Vol. - pp.142-151.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2005, 'On the Systemic Meaning of Meaningless Utterances: The Place of Language in Hegel's Speculative Philosophy', Cosmos and History, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp.17-26.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2005, 'Becoming Australians by Choice: Greek-Australian Activism in 1960s Melbourne', Go! Melbourne. Melbourne in the Sixties, Ed(s). Seamus O'Hanlon & Tanja Luckins, Melbourne, Melbourne Publishing Group Pty Ltd, pp. 245-259.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2004, 'On the other side of xenophobia: philoxenia as the ground of refugee rights', Australian Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp.63-77.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2004, 'Racism, foreigner communities and the onto- pathology of white Australian subjectivity', Whitening Race. Essays in social and cultural criticism, ed. Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Canberra, ACT, Aboriginal Studies Press, pp. 32-47.

Nicolacopoulos, T, Vassilacopoulos, G & Kyrkilis, J 2004, 'From Epistemological Indeterminism to Ontological Integrity: Ethnicity and Generational Differences in Collaborative Life-History Writing', Auto/Biography Studies, Vol. 19, No. 1 & 2, pp.275-285.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2004, 'Greek-Australian Community Development: Diversity and Solidarity in Place of Loyalty.', Kevin Brown, Jacques Boulet, Phil Connors, Linette Hawkins, Sue Kenny, Lorraine Kerr, Rosemary Leonard, Ruth Phillips (eds), Community Development Human Rights and the Grassroots: a conference to explore and celebrate the role of community development today., Deakin University, Melbourne, 14/04/2004, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia, pp.182-194.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2003, 'Inquiry into hope', Critical and Creative Thinking: The Australasian Journal of Philosophy in Schools, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp.1-7.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2003, 'Inquiry into hope': A brief Reply, Critical and Creative Thinking: The Australasian Journal of philosophy in schools, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp.16-17.

Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2003, 'The Making of Greek-Australian Citizenship: From Heteronomous to Autonomous Political Communities', Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Vol. 11/12 pp.165-176.

Research projects

Philosophies of transition: from nation-states to the global state

Global citizenship, (in)security and the power of property-owning subjectivity Indigenous Sovereignty and the being of the occupier

History of Greek-Australian political activism