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Paul Ashton

BA(Hons) (Swinburne), GradDipEd(Monash)

Teacher, College of Arts & Education

Paul has taught political and social philosophy, sociology and cultural studies both in higher education and TAFE at LaTrobe, Swinburne, Victoria Universities and NMIT.

He is currently completing his PhD in social and political theory and is the contributing editor to The Praxis of Alain Badiou and The Spirit of the Age: Hegel and the Fate of Thinking. Paul acts in several editorial roles including as a co-founder and editorial director of an independent open access publishing house re.press, the first dedicated publisher of open access humanities monographs.

Paul is the founding co-editor of the open access peer-reviewed journal Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy and is also co-founder and steering group member of Open Humanities Press, a leading consortium of scholars, universities and libraries.

Before returning to VU to work in the Liberal Arts he established and coordinated the publishing stream of the Bachelor of Writing and Publishing at NMIT. As a leader in the field of open access publishing Paul has provided strategic and technical advice to numerous groups and organizations including his current role on the advisory committee of Monash University Press.

Publications

Refereed journal articles

Ashton, P, Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2007, 'The Spirit of the Age and the Fate of Philosophical Thinking', Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol. 3, Nos. 2-3, pp. 1-4

Ashton, P, 2007, 'The Beginning Before the Beginning: Hegel and the Activation of Philosophy', Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol. 3, Nos. 2-3, pp. 328-356

Ashton, P, Bartlett, AJ & Clemens, C 2006, 'Masters & Disciples: Institution, Philosophy, Praxis', Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol. 2, Nos. 1-2, pp. 1-8

Ashton, P & Rafferty, C 2002, 'The Metaphysics of Creativity: Nature, Art and Freedom in German Philosophy after Kant', Concrescence, vol. 3

Books

Ashton, P, Nicolacopoulos, T & Vassilacopoulos, G 2008, 'The Spirit of the Age: Hegel and the Fate of Thinking', re.press, Melbourne

Ashton, P, Bartlett, AJ & Clemens, C 2006, 'The Praxis of Alain Badiou', re.press, Melbourne

Reviews

Ashton, P 2006, 'Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegel's Philosophy', Environmental Ethics, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 121-4

Ashton, P 2005, 'Recollecting the Future (The Future of Critical Theory)', Cosmos and History, vol. 1, no. 2

Ashton, P 2005, 'Philosophy Without Foundations: Rethinking Hegel', Bulletin of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, nos. 51-52, pp. 100-107

Teaching responsibilities

Unit coordination

Undergraduate: Analyse Sociological Understandings of Human Relationships ADE1006

Undergraduate: Analyse Theories of Self ADE1008

Research grants

JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee), 'Living Books About Life: LiviBL', 2011, £90,000 (AUD$140,000)

Learnscope Grant, 'Pedagogical Perspectives on iPods and Podcasting: Making Technology Use Sustainable', 2006, $15,400

Internal VU Grant, 'Podcasting Project', 2006, $31,495

E-learning Grant, 'E-learning to Learn', 2006, $7,500

OTTE Innovation Grant, 'Flexible Delivery Model', 2006

E-learning Grant, 'Nature and its Human Transformations', 2005, $5,000

Professional memberships

  • Monash University Publishing Advisory Committee
  • Co-Editor of Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy (open access peer-reviewed journal)
  • Editorial Director of re.press (open access peer-reviewed book publisher)
  • Open Humanities Press Steering Committee (open access peer-reviewed book publisher)

General memberships

  • SPN (Small Press Network)
  • Hegel Society of America
  • Hegel Society of Great Britain
  • Joseph Needham Centre for Complex Processes Research

Conference presentations

Publishing

Ashton, P 2011, 'Open Access Publishing: New Models and Collaborations', Berlin 9, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Washington

Ashton, P 2011, 'Open Access and the Humanities', Higher Education Seminar Series, NMIT

Ashton, P 2010, 'Radical Publishing Past and Present: Open-access as Technology and Philosophy', The Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand (BSANZ) 2010 conference To Deprave and Corrupt: Forbidden, Hidden and Censored Books, 2010.

Ashton, P 2010, 'Digital Publishing: Current Developments in E-presses and E-journals', paper delivered as part of the Research Publication Support Scheme Seminar Series, University of Melbourne

Ashton, P 2006, 'New Directions in Academic Research: The Emerging Area of Open-Access Publishing', paper delivered at Victoria University

Social and political theory

Ashton, P 2007, 'Shadows of the Future: The Task of Thinking and the Tragedy of the Hegelian Philosopher', delivered to Hegel Seminar Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, University of Melbourne

Ashton, P 2006, 'Kojève the "Subject Supposed to Know": Against the Master-Slave Dialectic', delivered to the Lacan Circle of Melbourne

Ashton, P 2005, 'Too Early or Too Late: Hegel and Critical Theory', The Future of Critical Theory Conference, Ashworth Centre, the University of Melbourne

Ashton, P 2004, 'Hegel's Philosophy of Nature', Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney

Ashton, P 2001, 'The Metaphysics of Creativity: Nature, Art and Freedom in German Philosophy after Kant', delivered at The Liberation of Life, Australasian Association for Process Thought Bi-Annual Conference, Latrobe University

Pedagogy

Ashton, P 2010, 'Open Education Resources: A Review of Recent Developments', Arts and Social Sciences Faculty Conference, NMIT

Ashton, P 2006, 'Podcasting in Education', workshop delivered at Victoria University

Ashton, P 2006, 'Podagogy: Making Flexible Delivery Sustainable', Learning Matters Teaching and Learning Conference at Victoria University

Ashton, P 2006, 'Podcasting and Blogging: Increasing Flexibility Through Technology Use', Converge E-learning Conference

Appearances in the media

Paul has been interviewed numerous times with his work often featuring in the area of open access publishing. His development of OA publishing model (re.press) has been profiled in numerous media outlets and blogs including: The Age, Campus Review, THE (Times Higher Education), The Chronicle of Higher Education and Out of Ink (The Institute of Network Cultures).

Areas of expertise

  • Digital humanities
  • Open access
  • Philosophy (German philosophy, Hegel, political, environmental, ethics)
  • Publishing
  • Social and political theory

Contact details

+61 3 9919 7095