Research

Walker’s research has largely been organized around six major areas of investigation, which continue to inform his teaching and writing on thought, literature, and criticism in Japan, Europe, and North America:

  • The development of Marxist theory after the critique of essentialism – psychoanalysis, capital and its ‘outside’, the politics and theory of the subject.

  • Investigations of the national question today on a world scale: nationalism, language, globalization and the postcolonial.

  • The status of ‘theory’ within the humanities today; the critical analysis of ‘area studies’ within the contemporary university; the constitution of the ‘human sciences’ in the history of knowledge-production.

  • Literary criticism as a mode of social-political analysis and historiographical intervention, the intersection of philosophy and philology.

  • The contemporary analysis of the political conjuncture after neoliberalism: populism, late fascism, and the cultural politics of the new right.

  • Philosophy, criticism, and literature’s relation to a politics of emancipation in the wake of 1968.