about elese

Dr Elese Dowden is a Pākehā woman from Tāmaki-makaurau in Aotearoa New Zealand. She has an MA in political philosophy from the University of Auckland and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Queensland. Elese is the founder of the Australasian Posthumanities, which is a digital network of thinkers who exist to make the arts and humanities radically accessible.

Presently, Elese lives on the lands of the Boonwurrung language group in Naarm / Melbourne, where she organizes the Australasian Posthumanities, writes product guides for Cosier.co, rolls up her sleeves for Startup Victoria, and works as a philosophy coach with people from all over the world.


Elese is a restless writer-poet, a creative thinker, a dreamer of dreams, and an organ-player in perpetual motion towards the refrain, in perpetual collaboration with her garden. She has been diagnosed with endometriosis and ADHD, but considers the latter [a perceptual gift], and the former [a reminder to slow down and listen to her body]. Elese enjoys a challenge and has recently taken up rugby as both an ode and an affront to her conceptions of identity and femininity.