Dr. Janae Sholtz

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Coordinator of Women's Gender Studies


Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Memphis (Memphis, TN) - 2009
  • M.A. Philosophy, New School University (New York, NY) – 2002
  • B.A. in Philosophy & B.A. in English Literature, Rhodes College (Memphis, TN) – 1998


About Dr. Sholtz

Dr. Janae Sholtz is one of Alvernia's Neag Scholars and the author of The Invention of a People, Heidegger and Deleuze on Art and the Political. Dr. Sholtz has published research in the areas of feminist theory, philosophy of art, and social and political philosophy.She has written articles for Evental Aesthetics, Deleuze Studies, Journal of Continental and Comparative Philosophy, philoSOPHIA, and is currently co-editing two books on Deleuze and Guattari and feminist thought, one entitled Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Feminism: Alliances and Allies for Bloomsbury and one entitled Infinite Eros: Deleuze, Guattari, and Feminist Couplings.

Dr. Sholtz, associate professor of philosophy, teaches in major areas of philosophy such as Ancient Philosophy, the History of Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Art and Feminist Theory. She researches primarily in Twentieth Century and Contemporary Continental Philosophy and is interested in how different forms of expression and activity generate new modes of thinking and how the development of new concepts, new ideas, and new ways of thinking can become catalysts for transforming our understanding of human nature, the position of the human vis-à-vis nature, and non-human beings. She has a strong interest in aesthetic practices both in the art world and everyday life, and how the affects created through these practices contribute to a new ethos that can be shared and transmitted on social and political levels.

Dr. Sholtz is interested in investigating the nature of the creative event in Deleuze. The event is at once an instance of the generation of sense (thought) and also the production of the affect (sensibility). These two elements of the event are highlighted respectively in Deleuze’s Logic of Sense and Logic of Sensation. The future direction of her research will be to analyze these two works in light of the ineluctable intertwined relation of affect-event. She has always been fascinated with the intersection between art and philosophy; this has been the motivating factor in much of what she has been drawn to, intellectually and in life.

Dr. Sholtz’s teaching interests are congruent with her research, though not limited to this arena. She is always exploring new ways to connect her own specific areas of interest to the broader field of philosophy and relishes the opportunity to expand her base of expertise. She is interested in developing courses that serve to stimulate a wide undergraduate audience to philosophical questioning and inspire students to continue along the path of philosophical inquiry. Dr. Sholtz incorporates literature, film, contemporary events and social critique into her lectures in order to provide multiple points of access to the material and generate what has been called the origin of philosophy, wonder.

In addition to philosophy, Dr. Sholtz is a health enthusiast. She enjoys spinning, running, kickboxing, TRX, kettlebell , swimming, and yoga. Her other passion is traveling to new places and countries. Her goal is to always discover one new place every year.

Areas of Specialization

  • Twentieth Century and Contemporary Continental
  • Feminist Theory
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Ontology
  • Ethical Theory



  • The Invention of a People, Heidegger and Deleuze on Art and the Political (Edinburgh Press, March 2015)
  • "Bruising the Rose: Becoming Beautiful in Gordon Bearn’s Life Drawing: A Deleuzian Aesthetics of Existence,” Comparative and Continental Philosophy, forthcoming 2014
  • Review of Marcel Hofman, Foucault and Power: The Influence of Political Engagement on Theories of Power, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, September 2014
  • Gregory Flaxman. Gilles Deleuze and the Fabulation of Philosophy. University of Minneapolis Press, 2012. Philosophy in Review, V. 34, No 3-4, 2014
  • Review of John Sallis’ Logic of Imagination: The Expanse of the Elemental. (Indiana Press UP: 2012) in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Spring 2013
  • “Heidegger and Deleuze,” (co-author: Leonard Lawlor). The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger. Eds. François Raffoul & Eric S. Nelson. Continuum Press, Spring 2013
  • “What is Philosophy for Deleuze and Foucault?” (co-author: Leonard Lawlor). Between Deleuze and Foucault. Eds. Daniel Smith, Thomas Nail and Nicolae Morar. Continuum Press, Spring 2013
  • Review of Anthony Hatzimoysis. The Philosophy of Sartre, Acumen, 2011. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, May 2012
  • “Reflections on Continental and Feminist Pedagogy: Heidegger and Anzaldua.” PhiloSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism. Volume 2. Issue 1. January 2012
  • Article-length review of Gilles Deleuze: The Intensive Reduction. Constantin Boundas, Ed. Perspectives: International Postgraduate Journal of Philosophy. V.III, Autumn 2010


Recent Conference Presentations

  • “The Joining of Heidegger and Deleuze on the Plateaus of Axelos and Klee- reprised” – Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences Annual Conference, October 2014
  • “Deleuze’s Transmutation of the Free Indirect” – Narrative and Image, PACT Conference, Los Angeles, October 2014
  • “Elucidations of the Minor: Free Indirect Discourse and the Machinic” – Approaching the Liminal: Pushing the Boundaries of Continental Philosophy, 1st Annual Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Conference, September 2014
  • “The Joining of Heidegger and Deleuze on the Plateaus of Axelos and Klee” – NTPA, April 2014
  • “The Ecstasies of Diagram, Art, and Life: Rhythmic Being Beyond the Frame” – Geo-Aesthetics Conference, March 2014
  • “Permeable Place and a Community-In-Between: Deleuze and Fluxus” – Place, PACT Conference, San Francisco, September 2013
  • “Fluxus and Deleuze: Art can be community can create community as in-between” – International Deleuze Studies Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, July 2013
  • “Beyond Heidegger’s Differential Ontology, The Deleuzian Complication” – Heidegger Circle, Spring 2013
  • “Perverse Thought: Deleuzian Cosmic-Immanence” – NTPA, Spring 2013
  • “Heidegger and Deleuze,” – Between Deleuze and Foucault Conference, Purdue, November 2012
  • “From Earth to Cosmos, Shattering Elemental Logic” – The Elemental, PACT Conference, Hawaii, September 2012
  • “The People are Missing: Heidegger and Deleuze”– International Deleuze Studies Conference, Tulane University, June 2012 
  • “Beyond Heidegger’s Differential Ontology, The Deleuzian Complication – reprised”– International Deleuze Studies Conference, Tulane University, June 2012 
  • “Beyond Heidegger’s Differential Ontology, The Deleuzian Complication” – NTPA, April 2012
  • “Heidegger, Feminism and Intersectional Consciousness” – PhiloSOPHIA, Vanderbilt University, May 2011
  • “The Diagram in the Image: A Provocation of Thought” – The International Image Conference, UCLA, December 2010
  • “We are the ‘They’: A Query about Feminist Pedagogy” – Feminism in Practice Conference, Lehigh University, Fall 2010
  • “You’re Not Like the Others, That’s How I Can Love You: Nietzsche and Irigaray” – NTPA, April 2010 
  • “Heidegger’s Nietzsche: the Completion of Metaphysics and the Importance of Art” - NTPA, March 2009
  • “Reflections on Feminism, Luce Irigaray and Gilles Deleuze” - Research in Progress Speaking Series, University of Memphis, October 2007
  • “Wondering about Alice through the Looking Glasses of Irigaray and Deleuze” - Irigaray Circle, New York, Fall 2007
  • “Deleuze’s Art: Thinking through the Diagram” - Collegium Phaenomenologicum, Italy, July 2007
  • “The Provocations of Art: Thinking the Unthought in Deleuze’s Aesthetics” - Research in Progress Speaking Series, University of Memphis, March 2007
  • Irigaray’s Diotima, A New Ethics from an Age Old Theme: Eros” - Rhodes College, November 7, 2006
  • “Crossing Boundaries and Re-conceiving Limits: Judith Butler, Luce Irigaray and Gilbert Simondon” - Tennessee Philosophical Association, October 2006
  • Response to Levi Bryant’s “Hegel’s Critique of the In-Itself: Notes towards an Immanent and Relational Ontology” - NTPA, May 2008 
  • Response to Julie Kuhlken’s “Kant, Heidegger, and Human Freedom: The Nationalization and Denationalization of Patriotism” - NTPA, May 2008


Contact Information

Janae Sholtz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Francis Hall 229



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