Janelle Pötzsch studied Philosophy and English at the Ruhr-University Bochum. She obtained a PhD in philosophy on the moral issues surrounding sweatshop labour. Her research focuses on business ethics and political philosophy. She is currently a member of a MERCUR research group on the ethics of immigration at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KWI) Essen, Germany. Other research interests include history of ideas, feminist philosophy, and philosophical themes in literature.


 

Vita

  • Since 2017 research assistant of the MERCUR research group on the ethics of immigration at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KWI) Essen, Germany
  • 2013 - 2016 editorial assistant for JGPS (Journal for General Philosophy of Science) of the Chair of Philosophy and History of Science, RUB
  • 2009-2014 Dissertation with the topic "Sweatshops - 'Unrechtssystem' oder Chance? Eine ethische Analyse der Ausbeutungsproblematik"
  • 02/2009 - 2016 research assistant at the Chair of Philosophy and History of Science, RUB
  • Summer semester 2007 - 2009 tutor at the Institute for Philosophy I
  • Summer semester 2007 - winter semester 2008/09 M.A.-Studies Philosophy and English | M.A.-thesis: "Weltarmut - Gründe und mögliche Adressaten"
  • Winter semester 2003/04 - 2006/07 B.A. -Studies Philosophy and English | B.A.-thesis: "Die ungerechten Staatsformen und Seelenverfassungen in Platons Staat"
     

Publications

Books

  • Janelle Pötzsch (ed.): Jonathan Swift and philosophy. Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield 2016.
  • Janelle Pötzsch: Sweatshops - 'Unrechtssystem' oder Chance? Eine ethische Analyse der Ausbeutungsproblematik. [Dissertation] Mentis 2016.
  • Nicolas Michaud / Janelle Pötzsch (eds.): Dracula and Philosophy. Open Court 2015.

Articles

  • "Hearing Whos and Minding Others - Care Ethics in Dr Seuss", in: Jacob Held (ed.): Dr Seuss and Philosophy. Rowman & Littlefield 2017. (forthcoming)
  • "Finding Happines at Hartfield”, in: Mimi Marinucci (ed.): Jane Austen and Philosophy. Rowman & Littlefield 2016, S. 69-80.
  • “Weaving the world: The spider in Swift’s ‚The Battle of the Books’“, in: Janelle Pötzsch (ed.): Jonathan Swift and Philosophy. Rowman & Littlefield 2016, pp. 155-168.
  • “Kantian Ethics in Gulliver’s Travels: Are the Houyhnhnms role-models?”, in: Philosophy and Literature (2015), Vol. 39(1): 259-266.
  • "Vampirism and its Discontents“, in: Michaud/Pötzsch (eds.): Dracula and Philosophy. Open Court 2015, 259-266.
  • "George’s Marvelous Medicine, or: What should we do about global hunger?“, in: Jacob Held (ed.): Roald Dahl and Philosophy. Rowman & Littlefield 2014, S. 149-160.
  • "How Much Are Your Grandchildren Worth?”, in: Nicolas Michaud (.): Jurassic Park and Philosophy. Open Court 2014, S. 239-247.
  • "How to raise a monster“, in: Nicolas Michaud (ed.): Frankenstein and Philosophy. Open Court 2013, S. 105-115.
  • "Market and Society - Are They Really Separate Spheres?“, in: Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs, (2012) 55,4: 50-62.
  • "Language Games in 'The Big Bang Theory'", in Dean Kowalski (ed.): The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy. Wiley/Blackwell 2012, pp. 161-174 (German edition: "Wittgenstein und Sprachspiele in 'The Big Bang Theory'“, in: The Big Bang Theory und die Philosophie. Rowohlt 2015, pp. 221-238.


 

Talks

  • "Corporate Responsibility – can we learn from history?”, Association for Legal and Social Philosophy Annual Conference (24 -25 June 2013). University of Stirling.
  • "Rather a bad job than no job? Why we should care about exploitation”, MANCEPT workshops in political theory (04.-06. September 2013), University of Manchester.
  • "Strukturelle Ungerechtigkeit und die Rolle von Unternehmen”, Workshop Verantwortung und Konsum (10 - 11 February 2014), KWI Essen.
  • "Sweatshop labour, structural injustice, and the role of corporations”, Konferenz "The Buck stops where? Responsibility in the Global Economy" (21 May 2014), University College London.
  • "Sweatshops, exploitation, and structural injustice”, Association for Legal and Social Philosophy Annual Conference (1 -2 July 2014), University of Leeds.
  • "What’s wrong with corporate charity?”, Conference “Why Charity? The politics and ethics of charity” (7 –8 July 2014), Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics & Ethics, University of Brighton.
  • "Liberating for whom? Biotechnologies and women’s status”, Society for Women in Philosophy Ireland Annual Conference (21 -22 November 2014), University College Dublin.
  • "Corporate (ir-)responsibility: The case of corporate philanthropy”, Workshop "Corporate (Ir-)Responsibility and its Consequences in a Globalized World" (20 -21 February 2015), Faculty of Management and Economics, Ruhr-University Bochum.
  • "Leihmutterschaft und Gender - Potentiale und Probleme". 3. Tagung für Praktische Philosophie (1 -2 October 2015), Universität Salzburg
  • "Immigration and Economic Justice", MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory (11th - 13th September 2017), University of Manchester.
  • „Über Jane Austen“ ["About Jane Austen"], talk and reading session in the Literaturhaus Oberhausen, 20th October 2017.

 

Dr. Janelle Pötzsch


Fakultät III, Institut für Philosophie I
GA 3/147
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
Email: janelle.poetzsch@ruhr-uni-bochum.de