Josh Grant-Young | College of Arts

Josh Grant-Young



Specialization: Philosophy of Film (Horror), Social and Political Philosophy

Competence: 20th & 21st century Continental Philosophy, Epistemology, Environmental Philosophy, Critical Animal Studies

Interests: Aesthetics, Ancient Philosophy, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Humanities

Courses Taught: PHIL 2170 - Existentialism (Fall 2018)

Thesis Project: "You Believe Me... Don't You? : Epistemic Injustice, Phenomenology and Cultural Representations of Mental Health in Horror" (Adv. - Dr. Patricia Sheridan)

A Bit About Me:

As someone who enjoys film, comic books and literature, it is of little surprise that I tend to mine these mediums for philosophically interesting themes and questions. In the department, I've run a film watching/discussion series, Philosophy in the Dark, where students get together (to take a break from studies) to discuss horror film through philosophical lenses. In the past, I've co-organized a brief reading group on A.N. Whitehead and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Chances are, if you're interested in doing a reading group, I'm already signed up!


I Can't Put Down: Reza Negarestani / Georges Bataille / Alexander Weheliye / Friedrich Nietzsche

I Want to Read More: Sara Ahmed / Glen Coulthard / Vilem Flusser / Wilfred Sellars

I Try to Learn to Think With Better: Hélène Cixous / Jacques Derrida / Emmanuel Levinas / Soren Kierkegaard






" 'Mentally Ill Monsters': Archetypal Representations, Cultural Imaginaries, and Mental Health in Horror" (Forthcoming, 2020)

" 'To Look at Oneself and All the While See Nothing': Perception, Haunting and the Gothic Eye in I am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House" (Forthcoming, 2020)


Book Chapters

Grant-Young, Josh. "Family, Fear and the Failure of Relations in It Comes at Night" in The Horror of Relations. (Forthcoming)


Book Reviews

Review of The Robotic Imaginary: The Human and the Price of Dehumanized Labour. Alternate Routes (Forthcoming)

Review of Intelligence and SpiritInterconnections: Journal of Posthuman (Forthcoming)

Review of Neurocapitalism: Technological Mediation and Vanishing Lines. Pli. (Forthcoming)

Review of Levitation: The Science, Myth, and Magic of Suspension. Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft 13, no.1 (2018).


Conference Organization

Philosophy of Horror: Occulted, Estranged and Inhuman Knowledges (2019) - Guelph - Organizer


Select Conference Presentations & Public Speaking Events

Towards A Cosmic Blackening: A Provocation - Philosophy of Horror: Occulted, Estranged and Inhuman Knowledges ( Guelph, April 2019)

"And the seeds will be planted again..." : Love, Ecological Partnerships, and Atomic Posthumanisms - Posthuman Network (Arizona State University, Feb 2019) ***

Philosophy in the Dark: On Philosophy and Horror - "College of Arts: Night at the Museum" (Guelph Museum, Jan 2019)

Realizing Transphysical Spaces: Psychogeography, Sensing Urbanisms and Posthuman Ecologies (Workshop) - Posthuman Network (Arizona State University, Feb 2018)

Narrative as Contagion: Lovecraft, Posthumanism and Infected Ecologies - Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (Arizona State University, Nov 2017)

"It was a plant that thought it was Alec Holland..." : Exploring Identity and Ecology Through Swamp Thing - Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (Toronto Meeting, May 2016)


*** Presented under other names at Artificial Lives (University of Sussex, Dec 2017) and Canadian Society for the Study of Comics (Toronto Meeting, May 2017)