Journal Issues

Derrida Today focuses on what Derrida's thought offers to contemporary debates about politics, society and global affairs. Controversies about power, violence, identity, globalisation, the resurgence of religion, economics and the role of critique all agitate public policy, media dialogue and academic debate. Derrida Today explores how Derridean thought and deconstruction make significant contributions to this debate, and reconsider the terms on which it takes place.

Derrida Today invites papers that deal with the ongoing relevance of Derrida's work and deconstruction in general to contemporary issues; the way it reconfigures the academic and social protocols and languages by which such issues are defined and discussed, and innovative artistic practices that adopt a 'deconstructive' approach to how our contemporary situation can be represented.

Future Issues

Volume 4, Issue 2 (November 2011)

Special Issue: Deconstructing Democracy
Special Issue Guest Editor: Nick Mansfield

Volume 5, Issue 1 (May 2012)

Special Issue: 2010 Conference Issue

Volume 5, Issue 2 (November 2012)

Special Issue: Where Ghosts Live
Special Issue Guest Editors: Graham Allen & David Coughlan

Volume 6, Issue 1 (May 2013)

Special Issue: Deconstructive Desire
Special Issue Guest Editor: Simon Morgan Wortham

Past Issues

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Volume 4, Issue 1 (May 2011)

General Issue


  • Claire Colebrook, Matter Without Bodies
  • Celine Surprenant, ‘“Counting is a bad procedure”’: Calculation and Economy in Jacques Derrida’s Donner le temps
  • Graham Allen, The Gift and the Return: Deconstructing Mary Shelley’s Ladore
  • Scott Cutler Shershow, ‘A Triangle Open on its Fourth Side’: On Strategy, Protocol, and ‘Justice’ of Deconstruction
  • Colby Dickinson, The Logic of the ‘as if’ and the (non)Existence of God: An Inquiry into the Nature of Belief in the Work of Jacques Derrida
  • Neal de Roo, Derrida and the Future(s) of Phenomenology

Book Reviews:

  • Review by Stephen Barker of Simon Morgan Wortham, The Derrida Dictionary (Continuum Books, 2010), 264pp. ISSN: 978-1-8470-6526-1
  • Review by Graham Allen of Nicholas Royle, Quilt (Myriad Editions, 2010), 176pp. ISSN: 978-0-9562515-4-1

Volume 3, Issue 2 (November 2010)

Special Issue: Deconstruction and Science
Special Issue Guest Editors: H. Peter Steeves and Nicole Anderson

Special Issue Articles:

  • H. Peter Steeves and Nicole Anderson, Introduction: The Meeting of Deconstruction and Science
  • Christopher Norris, Deconstruction, Science, and the Logic of Enquiry
  • Vicki Kirby, Original Science: Nature Deconstructing Itself
  • Paul Livingston, Derrida and Formal Logic: Formalising the Undecidable
  • Karen Barad, Quantum Entanglements and the Hauntological Relations of Inheritance: Dis/continuities, SpaceTime Enfoldings, and Justice-to-Come
  • H. Peter Steeves, Something to Come

General Section Articles:

  • Martin Hägglund, The Non-Ethical Opening of Ethics: A Response to Derek Attridge

Book Reviews:

Review by Graham Allen on J.Hillis Miller, The Medium is the Maker: Browning, Freud, Derrida and the New Telephonic Ecotechnologies. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2009, p/bk. 93pp.

Volume 3, Issue 1 (May 2010)

General Issue


  • Saitya Brata Das, (Dis)Figures of Death: Taking the Side of Derrida, Taking the Side of Death Grant Farred, The Final ‘Thank You’
  • Joanna Hodge, Otherwise than Ontology: Derrida, Levinas, Heidegger Makoto Katsumori, Derridean Deconstruction and the Question of Nature
  • J. Hillis Miller, Anachronistic Reading
  • Warwick Mules, Democracy and Critique: Recovering Freedom in Nancy and Derrida
  • William Watkin, Derrida’s Limits: Aporias between ‘Ousia and Gramme
  • Simon Morgan Wortham, ‘The discipline of the question’: Rereading Derrida’s ‘Violence and Metaphysics

Book Reviews:

  • Review by Angela Hunter of John Schad’s, Someone Called Derrida: An Oxford Mystery (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2007), 224pp. ISBN: 978-1-84519-031-6
  • Review by Chris Washington of J.Hillis Miller’s, For Derrida (New York: Fordham UP, 2009), 351pp. ISBN -10: 0823230341, ISBN-13: 978-0823230341.
  • Review by David Huddart of Paul Bowman’s Deconstructing Popular Culture (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 224pp. ISBN-10: 023054535X, ISBN-13: 978-020545366

Volume 2, Issue 2 (November 2009)

Conference Issue


  • Nick Mansfield and Nicole Anderson, Conference Issue Statement
  • Martin McQuillan, Extra Time and the Death Penalties: On a Newly Arisen Violent Tone in Philosophy
  • Lisa Guenther, Who Follows Whom? Derrida, Animals and Women
  • Laurie Johnson, A Ghost of a Chance, After All
  • Gerasimos Kakoliris, How Radical is Derrida’s Deconstructive Reading?
  • Marguerite La Caze, Derrida: Opposing Death Penalties
  • Dimitris Vardoulakis, Beside(s): Elizabeth Presa with Jacques Derrida
  • Blair McDonald, Friendship’s Future: Derrida’s Promising Thought
  • Nicole Pepperell, Handling Value: Notes on Derrida’s Inheritance of Marx
  • Julia Ponzio, The Rhythm of Laughter: Derrida’s Contribution to a Syntactic Model of Interpretation
  • Caroline Shaeffer-Jones, ‘Pardon for not meaning’: Remarks on Derrida, Blanchot and Kafka
  • Francesco Vitale, Let the Witness Speak: From Archi-writing to the Community to come

Book Review:

  • Review by Derek Attridge of Martin Hagglund’s Radical Atheism: Derrida and the Time of Life (Standford University Press, 2008), 255pp. ISBN-10: 080470077X, ISBN-13: 978-0804700771.

Volume 2, Issue 1 (May 2009)

Special Issue: ‘The future matters: apropos of Derrida’s touching on the technology of the senses to come in a post-global horizon: Part II’
Special Issue Guest Editors: Martin McQuillan and Nicole Anderson

Special Issue Articles:

  • Martin McQuillan, Editorial
  • Tom Cohen, Tactless - the Severed Hand on J.D.
  • Claire Colebrook, Derrida, Deleuze and Haptic Aesthetics
  • Stephen Barker, Threshold (pro-)positions: Touch, Techné, Technics
  • Marc Froment Meurice, Habeas Corpus
  • Martin McQuillan, Toucher II: Keep Your Hands to Yourself, Jean-Luc Nancy

Book Reviews:

  • Review by George Selmer of Jason Powell’s Jacques Derrida: A Biography (Continuum Press, 2006), 262pp. ISBN-10: 0826490026, ISBN-13: 978-0826490025.
  • Review by Mauro Senatore of Joanna Hodge’s Derrida on Time (Routledge Press, 2007), 256pp. ISBN-10: 0415430917, ISBN-13: 978-0415430913.
  • Review by Brooke Lynn McGowan of Simon Morgan Wortham’s Counter-Institutions: Jacques Derrida and the Question of the University (Fordham University Press, 2006), 164pp. ISBN-10: 0823226662, ISBN-13: 978-0823226665.

Volume 1, Issue 2 (November 2008)

Special Issue: ‘The future matters: apropos of Derrida’s touching on the technology of the senses to come in a post-global horizon: Part I’
Special Issue Guest Editor: Martin McQuillan

Special Issue Articles:

  • J. Hillis Miller, Touching Derrida Touching Nancy: The Main Traits of Derrida’s Hand
  • Geoffrey Bennington, Handshake
  • Christine Irizarry, Notes about On Touching – Jean-Luc Nancy by Jacques Derrida
  • Martin McQuillan, Toucher I: (The Problem with Self-Touching)
  • Sean Gaston, A Palintropic Genealogy of the Diaphanous Exactitude of Pe(n)ser

General Section Articles:

  • Niall Lucy, Running on Zsuzsa Baross, Lessons to Live (1): Posthumous Fragments, for Jacques Derrida
  • Elina Staikou, Justice’s Last Word: Derrida’s Post-Scriptum to Force of Law

Volume 1, Issue 1 (May 2008)

General Issue


  • Andrew Benjamin, Indefinite Play and ‘The Name of Man’
  • Henry Staten, Derrida, Dennett, and the Ethico-Political Project of Naturalism
  • Stephen Barker, Strata/Sedimenta/Lamina: In Ruin(s)
  • John Leavey, From Socrates to Elecracy and Beyond Inventions 1- - 15 On the rhythm of translation and proportionality .. After (:) The Technological Condition Sinfonias I - - XV (The Technics of Time and the Hedgehog)
  • Alison Ross, Derrida’s Writing-Theatre: From the Theatrical Allegory to Political Commitment
  • Herman Rapaport, Deregioalizing Ontology: Derrida’s Khora
  • Martin McQuillan, Derrida and Policy: Is Decosntruction Really a Social Science?

Book Reviews:

  • Review by Gary Banham of Joshua Kates, Essential History: Jacques Derrida and the Development of Deconstruction (Northwestern Uni Press), 2005), 353pp. ISBN-10: 0810123274, ISBN-13: 978-0810123274
  • Review by Tom Cohen of Christopher D. Morris, The Figure of the Road: Deconstructive Studies in Humanities Disciplines (Peter Lang Publishing, 2006), 276pp., ISBN-10: 0820488577, ISBN-13: 9780820488578.

Vol.4, No.1 (May 2011)

Vol.3, No.2 (November 2010)

Vol.3, No.2 (May 2010)

Vol.2, No.2 (November 2009)

Vol.2, No.1 (May 2009)

Vol.1, No.2 (November 2008)

Vol.1, No.1 (May 2008)