Study Level: Research Postgraduate
Politics & International Relations
Cultural & Media Studies
The University of Aberdeen welcomes PhD research proposals under thetheme of Spinoza and Political Affect. Political affect has recently become an important topic in continental philosophy.
The philosophy of affect investigates what constitutes relations within and between bodies вЂ“ physically, metaphysically, and socially вЂ“ and how those relations determine action and thought. Its adherents seek to overcome the cognitivist model of the subject, and instead to understand subjectivity to emerge from these socially embedded and affectively interrelated bodies. The philosophy of political affect investigates how these relations, emergent subjectivities and processes determine political actions, decisions, and communities. This way of thinking draws on the work of Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, process philosophy, theorists of the embodied/embedded mind, feminist philosophy, and philosophies of the non-human. Many strands of this thinking are rooted in, and explicitly drawn from, the 17th century philosophy of Baruch Spinoza, with his theories of the individual, of collective bodies, and of power, conatus, and the affects being particularly relevant.
For further information please contact Dr Beth Lord; firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply for an Elphinstone PhD Scholarship, you should apply for a PhD via our online system, in the Programme Details Section:
- Name of the lead supervisor in the Name of Proposed Supervisor field
- Enter 'Elphinstone PhD Scholarship’ in the Scholarship/Studentship Title field
- Name the project title in your Research Proposal and upload to the application Portal
- Candidates should simultaneously register their desire to be considered by emailing the Graduate School Administrator, Ann Marie Johnston, at email@example.com