Dr Kurt Borg

Dr Kurt Borg

Dr Kurt Borg

 B.A. (Hons)(Melit.),M.A.(Melit.),Ph.D. (Staffs)


Room 11
Porta Cabins Blk A
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3203
I am a Lecturer in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Malta. I completed a PhD in Philosophy at Staffordshire University, with a thesis on the ethics and politics of narrating trauma in medical and legal institutional contexts, drawing on the work of Michel Foucault and Judith Butler. I graduated with a BA (Hons) and an MA in Philosophy at the University of Malta, the latter with a dissertation on the relation between Foucault's ideas on power and ethics.

My research interests revolve around the interface between ethics and politics. I am interested in the history of ethics (especially ancient ethics) and ethical theory (ethics of care, vulnerability, relationality, embodiment and affect), as well as applied ethics and ethics education. I have a strong interest in Foucault's work, particularly his ideas on discourse, power relations, subjectivity and ethics. I draw on these ideas in my work on power relations in the context of education, psychology, medicine and disability studies. I am also interested in the philosophy of education, both its history and current debates in educational theory.

My main area of specialisation is contemporary continental philosophy (particularly Foucault and Butler). However, I adopt an interdisciplinary outlook that brings philosophy in dialogue with the social sciences. Towards this aim, I use philosophical inquiry in relation to approaches such as discourse and narrative analysis to study critical issues in education and narratives of illness, disability and trauma.

Between 2019-2020, I was a Research Support Officer at the Faculty for Social Wellbeing, and between 2014 and 2019 I was the Programme Officer of the University's Programme in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (PLAS).
  • Contemporary Philosophy (Michel Foucault, Judith Butler)
  • Ethics
  • Social and Political Theory
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Narrative Analysis (Illness, Disability, Trauma)
  • Discourse and Power
  • Subjectivity

BAJADA, G., CALLUS, A. and BORG, K., 2021. Unpretentious education: a Foucaultian study of inclusive education in Malta. Disability & Society, ([Online First]),.

BORG, K., 2020. Foucault on Drugs: The Personal, the Ethical and the Political in Foucault in California. Foucault Studies, (28), pp. 142-164.

BORG, K., 2020. Foucault, the Politics of Ourselves, and the Subversive Truth-Telling of Trauma: Survivors as Parrhesiasts. In: M. FAUSTINO and G. FERRARO, eds, The Late Foucault: Ethical and Political Questions. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 251-268.

BORG, K., 2020. Review of Shelley L. Tremain, Foucault and Feminist Philosophy of Disability (2017). Disability & Society, 35(7), pp. 1197-1199.

BORG, K., 2019. 'The Unconfessable Remains Unconfessed': Reading Gender, Mourning, and Relationality in 'In the Name of the Father (and of the Son)' through the Work of Judith Butler. In: S. BONANNO, ed, 'Jiena (x')jien?': Is-Suġġett fin-Narrattiva Kontemporanja Maltija. Midsea, pp. 57-70.

BORG, K. and AQUILINA, A., 2019. Editorial: Aesthetics. antae, 6(2-3), pp. 68-73.

BORG, K., 2018. Narrating Disability, Trauma and Pain: The Doing and Undoing of the Self in Language. Word and Text: A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics, 8(1), pp. 169-186.

BORG, K., 2018. Narrating Trauma: Judith Butler on Narrative Coherence and the Politics of Self-Narration. Life Writing, 15(3), pp. 447-465.

AQUILINA, A. and BORG, K., 2017. The CounterText Interview: Judith Butler. CounterText, 3(2), pp. 115-129.

BORG, K., 2017. On Friendship and Mourning the Death of a Friend: Reading Brodu's Debut Album. antae, 4(2-3), pp. 180-191.

BORG, K., 2017. Review of Stuart Elden, Foucault’s Last Decade (2016). Foucault Studies, (22), pp. 263-268.

BORG, K., 2016. 'I cannot imagine myself not [being] a writer...': an interview with Kenneth Wain. Threads, 4, pp. 41-57.

BORG, K., 2015. Conducting Critique: Reconsidering Foucault's Engagement with the Question of the Subject. Symposia Melitensia, 11, pp. 1-15.

  • ATS5506 - Comprehending the Mediterranean and Its Philosophical Heritage
  • ATS5511 - Sexuality, Gender and the Body in the Mediterranean
  • DBS5010 - Conceptualising Disability
  • EDS3304 - Technology Education for Democratic Citizenship
  • EDS5001 - Themes in Education 1
  • EDS5004 - Research Component A: Preparing for the Dissertation
  • EDS5011 - Beyond the Standard Curriculum: Discussing Critical Incidents in the Ethics Classroom
  • EDS5012 - Becoming a Responsible Citizen
  • EDS5013 - Understanding the Self and Others
  • EDS5017 - Ethical Theories for Teaching Ethics
  • EDS5019 - Teaching Controversial Issues in the Ethics Classroom
  • EDS5022 - Exploring Curriculum Issues in the Teaching of Ethics
  • IAL5001 - Themes in Education 2
  • LLI5009 - Subject-based Pedagogy and Methodology
  • PHI1018 - Ethics for Social Wellbeing
  • PHI3042 - Structuralism, Post-Structuralism and Critical Theory
  • SOC5009 - The Body, Medicine and Health