Mw. dr. Cissie Fu

  • Universitair docent
  • Political theory of Hannah Arendt
  • Political aesthetics and performance phenomenology
  • Feminist political philosophy and gender studies
  • Ancient to contemporary theories of freedom and justice


Cissie Fu is Assistant Professor of Political Theory at Leiden University.  After an AB in Government and Philosophy at Harvard University, she explored public interest law in Washington DC before moving to the University of Oxford for an MSt in Women’s Studies, an MSc in Political Research and Methodology, and a DPhil in Politics and International Relations.  She taught political thought, jurisprudence, and ethics at Oxford and University College London prior to her arrival at Leiden University College in The Hague in 2010, where she designed and delivered liberal arts and sciences programme components ranging from core courses in research design and global challenges to elective elements in comparative philosophy, political theory, and political arts, as well as supervised honours theses in political, social, legal, moral, education, and performance theory and practice.  Having assumed additionally the roles of Senior Tutor and Director of Studies during the starting phase of LUC, Cissie was granted a sabbatical leave in 2013-2014, after which she joined the Institute for Philosophy in 2014-2015 to provide teaching and supervision in the philosophy of Hannah Arendt while contributing to the development of the Institute's new MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.  She currently continues her academic pursuit at the nexus of politics, philosophy, and performance in Campus The Hague and is completing a book project on the politics of silence.


Cissie’s research trajectory has evolved from classical theories of power, authority, and freedom to contemporary manifestations of the political through individual and collective action and expression enabled by digital technology and the creative and performing arts.  From artistic activism to aural architecture, the aesthetic and sensory qualities of our spatio-political engagement with the world heighten our capacity to imagine and interact with our environment and to make sense of, towards manoeuvring through, the various socio-historical, techno-cultural, physio-psychological mediations which colour our understanding and existence.  Beyond quantitative and qualitative interpretation and analysis, Cissie extends practice-based methodology in artistic research to develop performance itself as a method for experience-led inquiries into a proprioceptive political philosophy premised on presence and resonance.  Suspending divisive distinctions between theory and practice, contemplation and action, analysis and performance, Cissie’s research seeks common ground where thinking, making, doing, and acting are equally foundational to the core human activity of expression, which, when taken as the starting point of political theorising, casts performance—of individual and collective identity, motivation, responsibility, will, and agency—as a powerful source for political awakening and a robust realisation of citizenship.

Laatst Gewijzigd: 04-12-2015