Mary Zournazi

Mary Zournazi is an Australian writer and philosopher. She teaches in the sociology program at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is the author of several books, including Hope – New Philosophies for Change (Routledge, 2003), and Keywords to War – Reviving Language in an Age of Terror (Scribe, 2007). Keywords to War was made into a radio documentary for ABC Radio National in Australia, and it was nominated for the Australian UN Media Peace Prize in 2008.

Mary Zournazi is a writer and philosopher who lives in Sydney. She’s a teacher for the sociology program at the University of New South Wales, has a PhD in cultural theory, philosophy and politics. Her recent books include Foreign Dialogues (1998, Pluto Press Australia) and After the Revolution – On Kristeva (with John Lechte, 1998, Artspace), Hope – New Philosophies for Change (Routledge, 2003), and Keywords to War – Reviving Language in an Age of Terror (Scribe, 2007). She also works as a radio producer and made eight-part radio series for Radio Eye,ABC Radio National, Australia - ‘Foreign Dialogues’. She has produced a radio feature based on material in Hope for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Mary is a Senior Lecturer of Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Her previous research has explored issues of war, terror, language, hope, and the impacts of migration and displacement on the self and familial life. Currently, she’s interested in the ethics of care, peace and the politics of hope in a new world.

Mari’s most-known research projects

Inventing Peace

This project was co-written with Wim Wenders, a german filmmaker. The project uses the interface of cinema, art and philosophy to explore peace. It involves research analysis that will be published in book form with Columbia University Press (2012). By developing the methodological framework for peace, we will also work on a documentary on peace.

Ethics of Care

This research project was about the memory, the sociology of experience and the care issues. By learning examples of dementia in family, the project, in co-writing with Paul Komaseroff (Monash University professor) and Ian Kerridge (University of Sydney professor), considering the question of identity, memory and ethics in life changing moments.