Claire Jin Deschner

Doctoral Student / Graduate Research Assistant

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Claire Deschner is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Leicester, School of Business. She has graduated with a BSc in Psychology at the University of Hamburg and an MSc in HRM at the University of Leicester. Claire’s political interests lie in anti-racism, de-colonialism and queer-feminism. Her professional backgrounds are conflict facilitation for groups and diversity trainings for academic work. She has also many years of professional experience in waiting tables, bartending and working as club security. Claire is part of the performance group “Frau von Stuhl Kollektiv” in Hamburg Germany, which has been working on Hannah Arendt’s analysis of mass society and the public sphere.


Dr Keir Milburn

Professor Christopher Land


PhD Title: “The performative practise of prefiguration: performance hierarchies in anarchist organising.”

In her PhD Claire explores performance discourses in anarchist organising, looking at the values attributed to specific actions and the roles developing within collectives and networks through repeated performances. Claire uses critical performativity theory following Judith Butler, reproductive labour theory and transversality by Félix Guattari.
Empirically she focuses on the autonomous movement in Hamburg, Germany, using participative theatre methods and activist ethnography. Claire uses participative theatre workshops and activist ethnography combining elements of Participative Action Research and activist scholarship.

In her previous projects Claire has studied facilitation methods of radical self-organisation and performance norms within independent feminist social work organisations. Claire is interested in interdisciplinary and co-operative research methods and reflections on radical self-organising as sustainable and inclusive group processes.


Deschner, C & Dorion, L. (in press). Embeddedness in activist ethnography. Journal of Organizational Ethnography.

Deschner, C. (in press). Anarchist perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion. In M. Parker, K. Stoborod, T. Swann (Eds.), Management and Anarchism: The Politics in Organizing. London: Routledge.

Deschner, C. & Hurst, E. (2018). Decolonisation and Degrowth.

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