Benoît Loiseau is a postdoctoral researcher in gender studies and comparative literature at the University of Geneva’s Institut Études Genres, where he is the recipient of a ‘Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship’.
Completed in 2023, his doctoral thesis, titled ‘The Queer Art of Autofabulation: Giving a Radical Account of Oneself After HIV/AIDS’, traced the development of autobiographical practices as queer strategies of resistance in art, writing and theory from the 1980s onwards, with a focus on Franco-American intellectual history. An edited chapter was awarded the 2022 R. Gapper Essay Prize by the Society for French Studies.
His postdoctoral research focuses on the queer critique of psychoanalysis in France from the 1970s to the present day. It draws on theoretical works by Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Guy Hocquenghem, Monique Wittig, Didier Eribon and Paul B. Preciado.
His academic writing has been published or is forthcoming in NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies; French Studies Bulletin (Oxford University Press); and the Journal of Lesbian Studies (Routledge). Additionally, Benoît regularly writes about contemporary visual arts and literature for outlets such as Art Review, The Guardian, The New York Times and The White Review. He is also a founding editor of the queer literary anthology the BitterSweet Review.
Benoît is currently at work on a book-length essay, titled The Clinic: Radical Experiments in the Art of (Health) Care, which is forthcoming in 2025 with Fitzcarraldo Editions.
- French and comparative literatures
- Gender and sexuality studies
- Continental philosophy
- Intellectual history
- Medical humanities
PhD French and Comparative Literature, The University of Edinburgh
MPhil Contemporary Philosophy, École normale supérieure (PSL)
MA Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London
BA Philosophy and Letters, Université Libre de Bruxelles