Dr. Rachel Elliott



My research focus is the phenomenology of groups, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. My areas of specialization are continental philosophy, especially that of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, the philosophy of music, and social and political thought. My past research has centered on music as an entry point for understanding the nature of co-perception; I am particularly interested in improvised music and the emergence of new social and aesthetic forms. My future research will build on my study of musical interaction to address themes related to embodiment and inclusion vis-à-vis envisioning futures in times of uncertainty. I also make radio documentaries and am co-creator of a digital audio magazine featuring emerging Canadian talent (stay tuned).


Foreword. Sounding the City. by Jen Reimer and Max Stein. Guelph ON: Publication Studios, 2018: 7 – 10.

“Suspending the Habit Body through Immersive Resonance: Hesitation and Constitutive Duet in Jen Reimer and Max Stein’s SiteSpecific Improvisation.” Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation. Vol. 12 (2). 2018.

“The Significance of Meaningless Gestures in Derrida and Husserl.Glimpse. Vol. 17. 2016: 20 – 26.

Recent Talks

“Togetherness in the Future,” Dimensions of Togetherness: Oppression and Transformation in Space and Time and Corporeality, CSWIP, Canadian Philosophical Association. (UQÀM, June 4, 2018)

“Risking the Habit Body through Immersive Resonance: Hesitation and Constitutive Duet,” Duquesne Women in Philosophy Conference (Duquesne University, April 7, 2018).

“Transforming the Habit body: Site-Specific Improvisations in Urban and Virtual Environments,” Still Listening: A Conference in Memory of Pauline Oliveros (McGill University, June 1 3, 2017).

“Trembling in Time: Music as Subjectivity in Hegel’s Aesthetics,Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (University of Calgary, May 31June 2, 2016).

“Improvising on Air: Discursive Improvisation and the Listening Audience,” International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (University of Guelph, April 8, 2016).

“Ownness, Body, and Affect in Plato’s Republic,Ancient Philosophy Society (University of Kentucky & Transylvania University, April 9-12, 2015)


Brandon University, Brandon Manitoba

70:269 Continental Rationalists (2020)

70:265 Political Philosophy (2020)

George Brown College, Toronto Ontario

COMM 1007, College English (2019)

COMM 1003, English Skills (2018)

University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario

PHIL 3050, Philosophy of Art (2016)

Dawson College, Montréal Québec

345-BXH-DW, Environmental Ethics (2012)

345-101-MQ, Knowledge and Community (2009 & 2011)

345-102-MQ, Listening to the World (2010) 

345-BXH-DW, Environmental Ethics (2009 & 2010)

345-101-MQ Introduction to Philosophy (2008)

345-102-MQ, Faith and Reason (2008)

345-BXH-DW, Consciousness and Oppression (2008)

Radio Documentaries