Anarchist Studies Network

A PSA Specialist Group for the Study of Anarchism.


ASN members secure £250k research grant from the ESRC. See here

Rowman & Littlefield Int publish two book series by ASN members Saul Newman and Ruth Kinna


Jamie Heckert is an activist, scholar and yoga teacher living in the south of England. He intended to study chemistry and environmental studies when we went off to do his liberal arts degree at Grinnell College (USA), but found himself focusing on psychology and gender & women's studies. His postgraduate studies in sociology at the University of Edinburgh combined interviews and personal insight with feminist, (post)anarchist and queer theories to rethink (sexual) politics. This scholarly work has always been intertwined with the evolution of his activism: organising Pride events with increasing ambivalence, teaching sex education with joy and exploring how it feels to put anarchy into practice. Jamie attempts to do this, in part, by weaving together personal stories and cultural analyses with academic theory and spiritual wisdom to create consciously performative lectures, participatory workshops and engaging writing. As well as contributing to numerous scholarly and movement publications, Jamie is a founding member of the Anarchist Studies Network, co-editor (with Richard Cleminson) of Anarchism & Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power, editor of a special issue of Sexualities, and Love Life columnist for the web magazine Bella Caledonia. He's held positions at Napier University (Sociology), the University Kent (Law) and Essex University (Business School). He currently lives in Poole, England, where he listens, writes and invites the impossible.


Major Works: Edited Collections & Thesis

Heckert, J. and Cleminson, R.(eds.) (2011) Anarchism & Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power. New York/London: Routledge.

Heckert, J. (ed)(2010) Special issue of Sexualities on Anarchism & Sexuality. London: Sage. Online.

- - - . (2005) "Resisting Orientation: On in the complexities of desire and the limits of identity politics". Self-published PhD thesis University of Edinburgh. Online.

Journal Articles

Heckert, J., Shannon, D. and Willis, A. (2012) "Loving-Teaching: Notes for Queering Anarchist Pedagogies" Educational Studies 48(1):12-29.

Attwood, F. et al (2011) "Engaging with the Bailey Review: blogging, academia and authenticity" Psychology and Sexuality 3(1): 69-94.

- - - . (2010) "Relating Differently.” Sexualities 13(4):403-411. Online.

- - - . (2010)"Anarchist roots & routes." European Journal of Ecopsychology 1:19-36. Online.

Book Chapters

- - - . (forthcoming) "Erotic Anarchy". In R. Graham (ed.) Anarchism: A Documentary History Of Libertarian Ideas, Volume Three: The Anarchist Current (1974-2007). Montréal: Black Rose Books.

Heckert, J. (2011) "Ethics, Relationships & Power: An Introduction". In J. Heckert and R. Cleminson (eds.) Anarchism & Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power. London/New York: Routledge.

- - - . (2011) "Fantasies of an Anarchist Sex Educator". In J. Heckert and R. Cleminson (eds.) Anarchism & Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power. London/New York: Routledge.

- - - . "On Anarchism: An Interview with Judith Butler". In J. Heckert and R. Cleminson (eds.) Anarchism & Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power. London/New York: Routledge.

- - - .(2011) "Sexuality as State Form". In D. Rousselle and S. Evren (eds.) Postanarchism: A Reader. Ann Arbor/London: Pluto Press.

- - - (2010) "Listening, Caring, Becoming: Anarchism As an Ethics of Direct Relationships". In B. Franks and M. Wilson (eds.) Anarchism and Moral Philosophy. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

- - - . (2010) "Intimacy with Strangers/Intimacy with Self: Queer Experiences of Social Research." In K. Browne and C. Nash (eds.) Queering Methods and Methodologies: Queer Theory and Social Science Research. Farnham: Ashgate.

- - - . (2010). "Love without Borders? Intimacy, Identity and the State of Compulsory Monogamy." In M. Barker, D. Langdridge (eds.) Understanding Non-Monogamies, New York: Routledge. Online.

- - - . (2009). "Nurturing Autonomy." In D. Cowan (ed.) Bournemouth and Poole's Green Book. Wimborne: South Coast Press. Online.

- - - . (2004). "Sexuality Identity Politics". In J Purkis and J Bowen (eds) Changing Anarchism: Anarchist theory and practice in a global age, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Minor Works: Blogs, Magazines, Zines, etc

Heckert, J. (2012) "Gender", Lexicon pamphlet series, Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS). Online.

Heckert, J. (2011-12) "Love Life", a relationships and politics advice column at Bella Caledonia. Online.

Picksley, J., Heckert, J. and Motta, S. "Feminist love, feminist rage; or, Learning to listen" in Interface: a journal for and about social movements 3(2):303 – 308. Online.

Barker, M. and Heckert, J. (2011). "Privilege & Oppression, Conflict & Compassion", The Sociological Imagination. Online.

Heckert, J. (2010) "Transition Forerunner Colin Ward: A Life in Review." Permaculture Magazine 65: 70-71. Online.

Feigenbaum, A., Heckert, J. and Kanngieser, A. (2010). "The antagonistic university? A conversation on cuts, conviviality and capitalism." The Sociological Imagination. Online.

Heckert, J. (2009). “Queerly erotic: an open love letter to Ursula Le Guin” Fifth Estate 45(1). Online.

- - - . (2002). "Maintaining the Borders: identity & politics", Green Pepper, Autumn 2002 - Online.. Rmanian Translation "mentinerea granitelor: identitate si politica" (2004) - Online. French translation “Le maintien des frontières: identité et politique” (2006) - Online.


Email: <>