FullSizeRenderDr Matthew Chrulew is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University, where he leads the Posthumanism and Technology research program. He received his Masters from University of Western Australia and his PhD from Monash University, and was previously a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion at Macquarie University. His research is situated at the intersection of posthumanism, animal studies and the environmental humanities, combining critical theory, cultural studies and philosophy to investigate human relationships with animals and the environment. He is an Associate Editor of Environmental Humanities journal, which he has helped to grow from its establishment in 2012 to its impending entry into the stables of Duke University Press. Dr Chrulew’s essays have been published in Angelaki, SubStance, New Formations, Foucault Studies, Australian Humanities Review, Humanimalia, Antennae, Critical Research on Religion, The Bible and Critical Theory, and the collections Animal Death and Metamorphoses of the Zoo. His short stories have been published in Aurealis, ASIM, Pseudopod, Macabre, The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror, Canterbury 2100 and Cosmos, and his novella The Angælien Apocalypse was a finalist in the Aurealis Awards. He is the editor (with Chris Danta) of issue 43.2 of SubStance on Jacques Derrida’s The Beast & the Sovereign lectures, (with the HARN collective) of Animals in the Anthropocene (Sydney University Press, 2015), and (with Deborah Bird Rose and Thom van Dooren) of Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death and Generations (Columbia University Press, forthcoming). With Jeffrey Bussolini and Brett Buchanan he has edited three issues of Angelaki on the work of Dominique Lestel, Vinciane Despret and Roberto Marchesini (forthcoming). His current research focuses on the development of philosophical ethology, a field of empirical and conceptual inquiry into questions of animal behaviour, culture, technology and subjectivity.

POSITION Research Fellow
FACULTY Faculty of Humanities
SCHOOL Humanities Research and Graduate Studies
CAMPUS Bentley Campus

CCAT Programs: Posthumanism & Technology



Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Chrulew, M., B. Buchanan, and J. Bussolini. “On Asking the Right Questions: An Interview with Vinciane Despret,” Angelaki 20:2 (2015): 165-178.

Chrulew, M. “The Animal Outside the Text: An Interview with Dominique Lestel,” Angelaki 19:3 (2014): 187-196.

Chrulew, M. “The Philosophical Ethology of Dominique Lestel,” Angelaki 19:3 (2014): 17-44.

Lestel, D., J. Bussolini and M. Chrulew. “The Phenomenology of Animal Life,” Environmental Humanities 5 (2014): 125-148.

Chrulew, M. “‘An art of both caring and locking up’: Biopolitical Thresholds in the Zoological Garden,” SubStance 43:2 (2014): 124-147.

Chrulew, M. “Pastoral Counter-Conducts: Religious Resistance in Foucault’s Genealogy of Christianity,” Critical Research on Religion 2:1 (2014): 55-65.

Chrulew, M. “Preventing and Giving Death at the Zoo: Heini Hediger’s ‘Death Due to Behaviour’,” Animal Death, ed. Fiona Probyn-Rapsey and Jay Johnston (Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2013), pp. 221-238.

Chrulew, M. “Suspicion and Love,” Foucault Studies 15 (2013): 9-26.

Chrulew, M. “Animals in Biopolitical Theory: Between Agamben and Negri,” New Formations 76 (2012): 53-67. [Italian translation: “Gli animali nella biopolitica, fra Agamben e Negri,” trans. Elisa Giuliana, Animal Studies. Rivista italiana di antispecismo 4 (2013): 58-79.]

Chrulew, M. “Managing Love and Death at the Zoo: The Biopolitics of Endangered Species Preservation,” Australian Humanities Review 50 (2011): 137-157.

Chrulew, M. “Hunting the Mammoth, Pleistocene to Postmodern,” The Journal for Critical Animal Studies IX:1/2 (2011): 32-47.

Chrulew, M. “Reversing Extinction: Restoration and Resurrection in the Pleistocene Rewilding Projects,” Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies 2:2 (2011): 4-27.

Chrulew, M. “The Pauline Ellipsis in Foucault’s Genealogy of Christianity,” Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, 11:1 (2010): 1-15.

Chrulew, M. “From Zoo to Zoöpolis: Effectively Enacting Eden,” Metamorphoses of the Zoo: Animal Encounter after Noah, ed. Ralph R. Acampora (Lexington Books, 2010), pp. 193-219.

Chrulew, M. “Feline Divinanimality: Derrida and the Discourse of Species in Genesis,” The Bible and Critical Theory 2:2 (2006): 18.1-18.23.

Chrulew, M. “‘The only limitation is your imagination’: Quantifying the Medieval and Other Fantasies in Dungeons and Dragons,” Medievalism and the Gothic in Australian Culture, ed. Stephanie Trigg (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols and Melbourne: University of Melbourne Press, 2005), pp. 223-40.



Despret, V. “The Otter and the Fish Farmer,” trans. M. Chrulew, Angelaki 20:2 (2015): 115-118.

Despret, V. “Who Made Clever Hans Stupid?” trans. M. Chrulew, Angelaki 20:2 (2015): 77-85.

Despret, V. “Models and Methods: Sketch of a Field Study,” trans. M. Chrulew, Angelaki 20:2 (2015): 37-52.

Lestel, D. “Like the fingers of the hand: Thinking the human in the texture of animality,” trans. M. Chrulew and J. Bussolini, French Thinking About Animals, ed. Louisa Mackenzie and Stephanie Posthumus (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2015), pp. 61-73.

Lestel, D. “The Infinite Debt of the Human Towards the Animal,” trans. M. Chrulew, Angelaki 19:3 (2014): 171-181.

Lestel, D. “Mirror Effects,” trans. M. Chrulew, Angelaki 19:3 (2014): 47-57.

Llored, P. “Zoopolitics,” trans. M. Chrulew and B. Buchanan, SubStance 43:2 (2014): 115-123.



HARN (Human Animal Research Network) Editorial Collective. “Introduction,” Animals in the Anthropocene (Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2015), pp. vii-xxiv.

Buchanan, B., M. Chrulew and J. Bussolini. “Editorial Introduction: Vinciane Despret,” Angelaki 20:2 (2015): 1-3.

Chrulew, M., J. Bussolini and B. Buchanan. “Editorial Introduction: Dominique Lestel,” Angelaki 19:3 (2014): 11-13.

Buchanan, B., J. Bussolini and M. Chrulew. “General Introduction: Philosophical Ethology,” Angelaki 19:3 (2014): 1-3.

Chrulew, M. and C. Danta. “Introduction: Fabled Thought: On Jacques Derrida’s The Beast & the Sovereign,” SubStance 43:2 (2014): 3-9.

Chrulew, M. “The Power of Silence: Review of Kalpana Rahita Seshadri, HumAnimal: Race, Law, Language,” Humanimalia 5:2 (2014): 155-161.

Chrulew, M. “Review of Charlie Blake, Claire Molloy and Steven Shakespeare, eds., Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism,” Anthrozoos 27:2 (2014): 315-318.

Chrulew, M. “Two by Two,” Antennae 25 (2013): 50-54.

Rose, D. B., T. van Dooren, M. Chrulew, S. Cooke, M. Kearnes and E. O’Gorman. “Thinking Through the Environment, Unsettling the Humanities,” Environmental Humanities 1 (2012): 1-5.

Chrulew, M. “Unreal Zoos: Review of Stephen Spotte, Zoos in Postmodernism: Signs and Simulation,” Society & Animals 18 (2010): 97-100.



Chrulew, M. “The Mamontogist’s Tale,” Cosmos online (forthcoming 2015).

Chrulew, M. “Down Below,” (26 September 2013).

Chrulew, M. The Angælien Apocalypse (Twelfth Planet Press, 2010).

Chrulew, M. “Schubert by Candlelight,’ Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears, ed. Angela Challis & Marty Young (Brimstone Press, 2010), pp. 413-427. [Reprint, Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror, ed. Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications, 2011), pp. 223-236.]

Chrulew, M. “The Nullarbor Wave,” Worlds Next Door, ed. Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing, 2010), pp. 185-194.

Chrulew, M. “Head 2,” Moonlight Tuber 1 (2010): 45-50.

Chrulew, M. “The Beast-Machine Fableaux,” Antennae 9 (2009): 99-103. [Podcast, Terra Incognita Speculative Fiction 16 (15 February, 2010).]

Chrulew, M. “The Gnomogist’s Tale,” Canterbury 2100, ed. Dirk Flinthart (Agog! Press, 2008), pp. 201-208.

Chrulew, M. “Smoke,” Midnight Echo 1 (2008): 47-52.

Chrulew, M. “Head,” Dog vs Sandwich 11th February 2008. [Reprint, 100 Lightnings, ed. Stephen Studach (Paroxysm Press, forthcoming).]

Chrulew, M. “Between the Memories,” Aurealis 38/39 (2007): 3-20. [Reprint, Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror Volume 3, ed. Angela Challis (Brimstone Press, 2009), pp. 33-56.]

Chrulew, M. and R. Boer. “Rapturama,” The Worker’s Paradise, ed. Russell B. Farr and Nick Evans (Ticonderoga Press, 2007), pp. 137-161.

Chrulew, M. “How I Learned to Keep Tidy,” Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine 31 (2007): 31-42. [Reprint, Best of ASIM vol. 2: Horror (2010): 106-117.]

Chrulew, M. “In Memoriam,” Shadowed Realms 8 (Nov-Dec 2005). [Podcast, Pseudopod 235 (24 June, 2011).]

Chrulew, M. “Where Warriors Wait,” Aurealis 33/34/35 (2004): 199-215.

Chrulew, M. “The Destination of the Dimension Differentiator,” Fables and Reflections 5 (2003): 45-48.

Chrulew, M. “Roach Theory,” Fables and Reflections 5 (2003): 23-31.

Chrulew, M. “The Gap in Space at Read and Walcott Streets,” Fables and Reflections 1 (2001): 10-17.

Chrulew, M. “Well 51,” The Rhizome Factor 6 (2001): 12-20.


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