Black Vellum, Schism 2, forthcoming 2023.

The Wake and the Manuscript, Anti-Oedipus Press, forthcoming 2022.

Plague Theatre, Equus Press, 2022.

Burton’s Anatomy, Schism Neuronics, 2022.

The Reading Room. Schism Neuronics, 2021.

The Reaches. Schism Neuronics, 2021.

The Sick List. Boiler House Press, 2021.

Wretch. Schism Neuronics, 2020.

Cynicism. MIT Press, 2020.

The Cynical Educator. Mayfly Books, 2017.

with Roy Goddard Education and Philosophy: An Introduction. SAGE, 2017.

Benign Violence: Education in and beyond the Age of Reason. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.


Wretch will be published as Ruin in Spanish translation by Ediciones Vestigio (Bogotá, Colombia) in 2022 (tr. Ramiro Sanchiz).

Cynicism is out in Japanese translation (シニシズム) published by Newton Press (Tokyo, Japan) in 2021 (tr. Masamichi Ueno) and will be followed by a Chinese edition in due course.


A Visitor to a MuseumPsycho Holosuite, 23 September 2022; ‘Burton’s Anatomy (excerpt)Minor Literature[s], 11 Feb 2022; ‘Instructions for the Encounter‘ In Edia Connole & Gary J. Shipley (eds) Acéphale & Autobiographical Philosophy in the 21st Century. Schism Press, 24 June 2021; ‘DamflaskMinor Literature[s], 12 May 2021; ‘Reducido‘ [trans. Ramiro Sanchiz] In Contaminación Futura: Volumen 2. MIG21 Editora, 2021; ‘The Great Ask3:AM Magazine, 5 January 2021; ‘The word is done‘ on Sentences from a book by Ansgar Allen & Emile Bojesen, Hoopoe Industries, 6 November 2020; ‘Brass, 28 October 2020; ‘Driftworks seriesMinor Literature[s], 2020 {‘Island‘ 22 October; ‘Mountain‘ 15 October; ‘Foam‘ 8 October; ‘Cordite‘ Driftworks, Minor Literature[s], 1 October 2020; ‘Vapour‘ 24 September 2020.’Crossbow‘ 27 August; ‘Collapse‘ 20 August; ‘Terraqueous‘ 6 August; ‘Lamplighters‘ 30 July; ‘The garden‘ 9 July}; ‘Minimal ArrangementsSeiren Quarterly, 11 September 2020; ‘64720 AUSELFFUCK, 26 August 2020; ‘A Distended CrustInvert/Extant, 21 July 2020; ‘The sun with fliesStone of Madness Press, July 2020; ‘The draw of itQueen Mob’s Teahouse, 22 April 2020; ‘Three daysBerfrois, 20 April 2020; ‘On Concrete‘ on Concrete by Vomir/Emile Bojesen, Hoopoe Industries, 17 April 2020; ‘Whereas I wear grey trousers’ In C. Patracchini (ed) Felt: Aesthetics of Grey. ZenoPress, 2018; ‘G_____’ Queen Mob’s TeaHouse, 24 April 2018; ‘G_____’ ZenoPress Online Magazine, 30 January 2018.


The Pig Farm | Extract‘ June 2022 (& Vimeo); ‘WRETCH published nearly 2 years ago today‘ May 2022; ‘bone bite snare by Michael Mc Aloran | out now at Erratum Press‘ April 2022; ‘bone bite snare by Michael Mc Aloran | a peek inside the book‘ April 2022; ‘Plague Theatre: Out now‘ March 2022; ‘Last Days of Pompeii by Steve Hanson | out now at Erratum Press‘ March 2022; ‘Affirmations EP by f.eks‘ March 2022; ‘Erratum Reprints coming soon‘ March 2022; ‘Erratum readying for 2022‘ March 2022; ‘The more feculent part‘ January 2022; ‘Deschooling Society by Emile Bojesen‘ Vimeo, November 2021 (& YouTube); ‘The Reading Room | Launch video‘ November 2021; ‘Ice | The Reaches‘ July 2021; ‘The Sick List Launch | Intro Video‘ June 2021; ‘Trailer for Effects by f.eks‘ March 2021; ‘WRETCH a short film‘ May 2020; ‘Trailer for WRETCH‘ March 2020.


PlinthHoopoe Industries, 17 March 2021; ‘Sentences from a book‘ Ansgar Allen & Emile Bojesen, Hoopoe Industries, 6 November 2020. [Pre-mastered version released on, privately December 2018 – made public May 2020.]; ‘Driftworks’ (words by Ansgar Allen, sound by Emile Bojesen), Hoopoe Industries/Minor Literature[s], 2020.


The Prodigious Earth‘, ‘Morant‘, ‘bone bite snare‘ and ‘Last Days of Pompeii: Vol.1′ Erratum Press, 2022; Erratum Reprints series covers 2022; ‘Burton’s Anatomy‘ Schism Neuronics, 2022; ‘The Reading Room‘ Schism Neuronics, 2021; ‘Deschooling Society‘ by Emile Bojesen, Hoopoe Industries, 25 October 2021; ‘The Reaches‘ Schism Neuronics, 2021 / ‘Ice‘ by Emile Bojesen at Geräschmanufaktur, 16 June 2021; ‘Effects‘ by f.eks, Hoopoe Industries, 22 March 2021; ‘Plinth‘ Hoopoe Industries, 17 March 2021; ‘Sentences from a book‘ Hoopoe Industries, 2020; ‘Wretch‘ Schism Neuronics, 2020; ‘Driftworks‘ Hoopoe Industries, 2020.


Interviewed for ‘Americans’ distrust in institutions and one another is fueling cynicism. Is it all bad?USA Today, 27 July 2022.

Interviewed for ‘New Sheffield-based press hopes to infiltrate literature with “calculated acts of cultural barbarism”Now Then, 20 May 2022.

Interview with Mike Corrao on Full Stop Podcast #16, 25 Feb 2022 (also online here).

Author interview by David Vichnar and Narmin Ismiyeva at Equus Press, 4 Feb 2022.

Interviewed for ‘Is this the end of American optimism?’ Vox, 29 Oct 2020.

Interviewed on ‘Start the Week: Classics and class‘, BBC Radio 4, 25 May 2020.

Provocation: by reforming assessment, do we conceal power relations in the university?Confronting Assessment, University of Sheffield, 1 March 2017.

CHC Episode 7: The Examined LifeCHILDHOOD: History and Critique, Society for the history of childhood and youth, 23 February 2015.


‘A Study in Failure: Thomas Bernhard’s bleak novels force us to confront the futility of intellectual life’ New Humanist, November 2021.

Five books by Thomas Bernhard‘ and ‘Six Questions for Ansgar Allen‘, February 2021.

‘Dogs and philosophers: Ancient cynicism was a radical, transgressive philosophy. Can it be reclaimed for the 21st century?’ New Humanist, November 2020. Posted online as: ‘What can we learn from ancient cynicism’, 28 December 2020.

with Emile Bojesen ‘The Noble Critic of Online Education: Agamben and Techno-FascismBerfrois, 1 June 2020.

Medieval Sickness and Modern Education‘ Medium, 24 March 2020.

Extinction Rebellion and European NihilismBerfrois, 24 October 2019.

The school that helped make Milo YiannopoulosBerfrois, 8 May 2018.

Toby Young: what is ‘progressive eugenics’ and what does it have to do with meritocracy?The Conversation, 5 January 2018. Translated into Estonian by Marek Laane. ‘Ansgar Allen: mis on «progressiivne eugeenika» ja kuidas see seondub meritokraatiaga?Postimees: Arvamus, 20 January 2018.

After Freshers’ Flu: The University, 25 September 2017.

The redemptive impulse: rethinking our relation to, 20 September 2017.

with Emile Bojesen ‘Taking a Position Against Grammar 18 April 2017.

The Suckitude of the U.K. Christmas, 22 December 2016.

All Roll Over and None Fall 24 August 2016.

with Emile Bojesen ‘Schools like prisons, prisons like schools’ openDemocracy, 12 February 2016.

On Leaving 5 June 2015.

Forcing a smile: the plight of today’s educatorDiscover Society, 1 February 2015. Issue 17

The objects of researchTimes Higher Education, 6 November 2014.

‘In praise of the economically illiterate academic’ openDemocracy, 4 April 2014.

Academic writing – why bother?openDemocracy, 5 March 2014.

Forget MeritocracyResearch Intelligence. Issue 120, Spring 2013, 27-8.

Foucault, disciplinary power and the dangerous 7 April 2013.

Foucault and the World University: Ansgar Allen 4 February 2013.

The solitary academic: a dying breed openDemocracy, 14 February 2013.

The heart of British schools and Gove’s ‘dark place’openDemocracy, 3 September 2012.

The British public elects their JesusopenDemocracy, 26 July 2012.

You never will be a rock star“: Britain, social mobility and the exploitation of hope’ openDemocracy, 11 November 2011.


with Sarah Spencer ‘Regimes of Motherhood: Social class, the word gap, and the optimisation of mothers’ talk’ The Sociological Review, 70(6), 1181–1198, 2022.

Principles of Abject Criticism‘ Issue 1, The Educator, 2020.

with Emile Bojesen ‘Bartleby is Dead: Inverting common readings of Melville’s Bartleby the ScrivenerAngelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 24(5), 61-72, 2019.

‘The Culture of Education: Ancient Cynicism and ‘the scandal of the truth” Materiali Foucaultiani. 7(13-14), 75-92, 2018.

with Emile Bojesen ‘The Economic Problem of Masochism in Education’ Confero: Essays on Education, Philosophy and Politics 6(1), 55-85, 2018.

‘Beckett and the plight of the educator’ Other Education. 7(2), 88-96, 2018.

‘The End of Education: Nietzsche, Foucault, Genealogy’ Philosophical Inquiry in Education. 25(1), 47-65, 2018.

‘Awaiting Education: Friedrich Nietzsche on the Future of Our Educational Institutions’ Philosophical Inquiry in Education. 24(2), 197-210, 2017.

‘Education, Mastery and the Marquis de Sade’ Other Education, 5(2), 39-55, 2016.

‘Out of weakness: the ‘educational good’ in late antiquity’ Pedagogy, Culture & Society  24(2), 239-254, 2016.

The Cynical EducatorOther Education 4(1), 4-15, 2015.

with Roy Goddard ‘The domestication of Foucault: government, critique, war’ History of the Human Sciences 27(5), 26-53, 2014. 

The Examined Life: On the Formation of Souls and SchoolingAmerican Educational Research Journal 50(2), 216-250, 2013.

Cultivating the myopic learner: the shared project of high and low-stakes assessmentBritish Journal of Sociology of Education 33(5), 641-659, 2012.

‘Life without the ‘x’ factor – meritocracy past and present’ Power and Education 4(1), 4-19, 2012.

Michael Young’s The Rise of the Meritocracy: a Philosophical CritiqueBritish Journal of Educational Studies 59(4), 367-382, 2011.

The idea of a world university: can Foucauldian research offer a vision of educational futures?Pedagogy, Culture & Society 19(3), 367-383, 2011.

The Foucauldian Peacekeeper: on the dispersion of power and the futility of change’ Power and Education 1(2), 226-237, 2009.


Editorial. Radicalism, Education and Political PracticePower and Education, 5 (3), 262-267, 2013.


‘Ancient Schools and the Challenge of Cynicism’ In Avi Mintz (ed) A History of Western Philosophy of Education in Antiquity (500BCE-500CE). London: Bloomsbury, 2021.

‘Entwicklungspsychologie’ In: Krönig, Franz Kasper (ed) Kritisches Glossar Kindheitspädagogik. Weinheim: Beltz Juventa, 2018.

Psychology and Education: Unquestionable Goods’ In. T. Williams, T. Billington, D. Goodley. & T. Corcoran (eds) Critical Educational Psychology. Wiley, 2016.

‘The Idea of a World University’. In M. Murphy (ed) Social Theory and Educational Research, volume 4: Governance and Management: Performativity, audit cultures and accountability. pp. 23-38. London: Sage, 2013.

with Anderson, K., Bristol, L., Downs, Y., O´Neill, D., Watts, R. & Wu, Q. (2009) ‘Resisting the Unethical in Formalised Ethics: Perspectives and Experiences’. In Satterthwaite, Piper, Sikes (eds) Power in the Academy, 135-152. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books Ltd, 2009.


‘Leadership’ In M. Cheeseman, F. Collignon & J. Miller (eds) Dictionary of Neoliberal Terms: Volume Five. Spirit Duplicator, forthcoming.

‘Strategy’ In M. Cheeseman, F. Collignon & J. Miller (eds) Dictionary of Neoliberal Terms: Volume Four. Spirit Duplicator, 2020.

Schooling‘ In. E. Burman & D. Cook (eds) The SAGE Handbook of Children and Childhood Studies: Volume 4. SAGE, 2020.

‘Education’ In M. Cheeseman, F. Collignon & J. Miller (eds) Dictionary of Neoliberal Terms: Volume Two. Spirit Duplicator, 2019.

Meritocracy‘ In M. Peters (Ed) Encyclopaedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer, 2016.

‘Michel Foucault’. In D. Phillips (ed) Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy. SAGE, 2014.

Using Foucault in educational research British Educational Research Association on-line resource, 2012. Translated into Greek by Antonis Galanopoulos: ‘Χρησιμοποιώντας τον Φουκώ στην εκπαιδευτική έρευνα‘,, 2013.


‘Performances for the End of Time’ Heavy Feather Review, January 2023.

Gentleman OverboardFull Stop, 18 May 2022.

‘Books to Purge with: on Thomas Bernhard’s The Cheap Eaters’ New Humanist, November 2021. Posted online 20 January 2022.

Forms of Education: Rethinking Educational Experience Against and Outside the Humanist LegacyDiscourse.

Rituals Performed in the Absence of GanymedeFull Stop, 20 May 2021.

Raising Free PeoplePedagogy, Culture & Society, 30(4), 613-6.

Terminal ParkFull Stop, 18 January 2021.

NihilismFull Stop, 14 November 2019.

The Experience of Education in Anglo-Saxon LiteratureBritish Journal of Educational Studies, 67(3), 411-413, 2019.

Against Meritocracy: Culture, power and myths of mobilityBritish Journal of Educational Studies, 66(2), 284-285, 2018.

Happiness, Hope and Despair: Rethinking the Role of EducationPolicy Futures in Education, 15(6), 803-804, 2017.

Against Value in the Arts and EducationEducational Philosophy and Theory, 49(10), 1045-1046, 2017.

‘Book Review: A Companion to FoucaultPhilosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, 2015.

Ideas of Education: philosophy and politics from Plato to DeweyBritish Journal of Educational Studies 62(3), 355-357, 2014.

Meritocratic education and social worthlessnessBritish Journal of Educational Studies 62(2), 225-226, 2014.

Confucius, the Analects and Western EducationBritish Educational Research Journal 40(5), 908-909, 2014.

The Cambridge Introduction to Michel FoucaultPower and Education 1(3), 358-360, 2010.

Why Foucault? New directions in educational researchPedagogy, Culture & Society 16(3), 315 – 320, 2008.