Dr Stephanie Rennick

PhD, BA(Hons)

Lecturer

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Email:
rennicks1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4500
Location:
1.39, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Media commentator

My main research interests include time travel, foreknowledge, fatalism and free will, but I also work in other areas in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, ancient/medieval philosophy and feminist philosophy. I'm currently focussed on the intersection of metaphysics and pop culture.

This year I'm teaching MA Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Time Travel, and a first year module in feminism, as well as serving as Year 2 & 3 Tutor.

I run the Epicurean Cure and, with Liz Irvine, the engagement project RPG: Relating Philosophy and (Video) Games. I drink a lot of tea, and am a fan of glitter and sparkles. For more information, see my personal site.

Professional memberships

I am an associate member of the Centre for Philosophy of Time at Università degli Studi di Milano, and OCEAN at the University of Glasgow.

Previous academic positions

  • Temporary Lecturer, University of Glasgow (2014-2015)
  • GTA, University of Glasgow (2012-2014)
  • GTA, Macquarie University (2013)

Speaking engagements

Selected presentations include:

  • 'Time Travel Films', 'Philosophy and Dragon Age', 'Feminism and Jessica Jones', 'Lessons for Academia from Video Games', Nine Worlds Geekfest.
  • 'Those aren't the tropes you're looking for (but maybe they should be'), Senior Seminar Series, University of Glasgow;
  • 'Harry Potter and the Time Travel Paradox: Writing the By-Laws of Time Travel', Gregynog Philosophy Conference (Keynote), Cardiff University & University of Wales;
  • 'Metaphysical Dystropia: A New Philosophical Methodology', Inaugural 'Speakezee Presents' event, Cardiff; 'Thinking Through Fiction' Creative Writing Conference, University of Kent; Aristotelian Society Joint Session, Cardiff University;
  • ‘Team Free Will’, Panel discussion with Dr Juliette Harrison at Nineworlds GeekFest, 2015;
  • ‘Bilking the Future’, Time Travel and Probability Workshop, University of Birmingham, 2015;
  • ‘Foreknowledge, Fate and Fallibility’, Pragmatism and the Philosophy of Time Workshop, University of Nottingham, 2015;
  • ‘Why foreknowledge does not entail problematic predestination’, Necessary Connections Conference, University of Glasgow, 2014;
  • ‘The Intention Problem: What Philosophers Cannot Do’, University of Glasgow, 2014;
  • ‘The Time Traveller, the Fortune Teller, and the Banana Peel that foiled them’, Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) New Zealand Conference, University of Auckland, 2013;
  • ‘Foreknowledge and Metaphysical Fatalism’, Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Postgraduate Conference (APPC), University of Melbourne, 2013.

Committees and reviewing

Philosophy Staff-Student Panel (2015/16 and 2016/17)
UG Marketing and Recruitment Committee (2016/17)
Extenuating Circumstances Committee (2016/17)

This year I'm teaching MA Analytic, Feminist Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language/Logic and first year modules in Free Will and Descartes.

My previous teaching experience has included:

  • the philosophy of time travel
  • epistemology
  • ancient philosophy
  • philosophy of religion
  • moral philosophy
  • history of philosophy
  • philosophy of mind

The bulk of my research has concerned time and time travel, foreknowledge, fate and free will.

Currently I'm investigating links between philosophy and popular culture. Specifically, I'm interested in how pre-theoretic philosophical notions (or 'folk intuitions') are revealed and utilised by speculative fiction (including literature, film, TV and video games).

This is part of a broader effort to foster a bi-directional dialogue between academics and the creators and consumers of pop culture.

Research interests

  • time travel
  • foreknowledge
  • fatalism and free will
  • metaphysics
  • epistemology
  • philosophy of religion
  • ancient/medieval philosophy
  • feminist philosophy

Areas of expertise