Professor Johan Siebers

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Professor Johan Siebers
Doctorate (Philosophy), Leiden University; MA (Philosophy), Radboud University Nijmegen; Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Position/Fellowship type:
Director, Ernst Bloch Centre for German Thought
Fellowship term:
08-Jan-2015 to 08-Jan-2025
Institute of Languages Cultures and Societies
Home institution:
Middlesex University
Ernst Bloch Centre for German Thought Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies University of London Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
+44 7809 469 795
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Classics, Communications, Culture, Language and Literature (German), Literatures in a modern language, Philosophy
Summary of research interests and expertise:

My work concerns the philosophy of speech: what does it mean that we are speaking beings? I address this topic across a range of philosophical and theoretical paradigms, research themes, projects and interests: 1. Post-Kantian German Philosophy (especially the thought of Ernst Bloch) 2. Philosophy of Language and Communication 3. Rhetoric (and its relation to philosophy) 4. Psychoanalysis and unconscious communication 5. Critical Theory 6. Anticipation, Futurity and Temporality 7. Dialogue 8. Process Philosophy 9. Philosophical Anthropology 10. Art Practice as Research and Participatory/Co-Created Research 11. Metaphysics 12. Orality and literacy 13. Sex Talk 14. Rhetoric of Death and Dying

Project summary relevant to Fellowship:

I lead the Ernst Bloch Centre for German Thought and convene the London German Philosophy Seminar at the Institute of Modern Languages Research. At Middlesex University London I am a member of the Language and Communication Research Cluster and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion.

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Empedocles: European Journal for Philosophy of Communication

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Research Projects & Supervisions

Available for doctoral supervision: Yes

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The EBG organises annual conferences and other events; we also publish the Jahrbuch der Ernst-Bloch-Gesellschaft (Königshausen & Neumann).

Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication

The journal Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication publishes work at the interface of philosophy and communication theory. 

German Philosophy Seminar 2020/2021: Martin Buber's Philosophy of Communication

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