Dr Sarah Fine

Dr Sarah Fine is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, King’s Collge London. She specialises in political philosophy. Her research to date has focused on the ethics of migration, and particularly the question of whether states have a moral right to exclude non-citizens. Sarah co-edited (with Lea Ypi) Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership (Oxford University Press, 2016). In recent years, she has been thinking about methodology in political philosophy, and about work at the intersection of philosophy and the arts.

Sarah Fine has been working with the UK’s leading human rights theatre company, ice&fire, playwright Amy Ng and director Donnacadh O’Briain, on a theatre project to develop a fun, irreverent and accessible play on the themes of freedom of movement and the politics of exclusion. FLYING CIRCUS AIRLINES will be performing at the Being Human Festival in November 2019. 

Sarah has collaborated with choreographer Sivan Rubinstein on her project MAPS, exploring an imagined world without borders through music and dance. 

In 2019-20, Sivan will be an artist in residence at King’s, working on a piece exploring the human experience of climate change through dance, focusing on the voices of young people. 

These themes come together in ‘Discovering Home’, an upcoming event at the Being Human Festival 2019.

Sarah is also a Fellow at the Forum for European Philosophy, an educational charity championing public philosophy. She organizes and chairs panel events on all sorts of topics, bringing philosophical discussions to a wide audience. The events are free, open to all, and made available as podcasts. Examples include recent podcasts on DANCE and on PROTEST ART.

Sarah is involved in a collaboration between the Centre for Performance Philosophy at Surrey and Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts, King’s College London. Together with Dr Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca, we organized a pilot workshop on Dialogue in April 2019 at King’s, and will be organizing further events in the year ahead. 

Sarah is also working on a series of events with The Photographers Gallery in collaboration with the Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts at King’s, on the ethics of photography. The first event was The Ethics of Capturing.
As part of the Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts Artist in Residency Programme 2018, artist Jort van der Laan participated in Sarah’s module on the ethics of migration. His work on the topic appeared in the Freedom of Movement exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and at the Migration, Meaning, Time exhibition in Bush House in 2019.