My main research focus is the completion of a monograph that presents shame as an affect shaped by the generative relationship between humanity and technology. It is from this vantage point that I rethink the ethical and political significance of the bodily automatims (scruple, blushing, inhibition) that make the feeling of shame and embarrassment so uncomfortably riveted to a feeling of singularity and isolation. Main points of reference include: affect theory & empathy, 20th Century French and German Thought (esp. Phenoenology, Existentialism and Poststructuralism), money, fashion & the phenomenon of (literary) style. Please contact me for further information and drafts of forthcoming publications in this area.
I am also preparing a number of journal articles on Phenomenology and on Postwar American fiction.
I am convening the workshop The Cultural Politics of Empathies (20 June 2017, University of Basel), together with Dr Andrea Zimmermann (University of Basel). Guest speakers: Dr Carolyn Pedwell (University of Kent); Prof Chris Weedon (Cardiff University). Application deadline: 30 April 2017 (Outline and Programme). The workshop is hosted by the SLSAeu (European Society for Science Literature and the Arts) and is linked to the 11th SLSAeu confernce: "Empathies" (21-24 June 2017). See: http://www.empathies2017.com/
Credo Credit Crisis: Speculations on Faith and Money, ed. by Aidan Tynan, Laurent Milesi and Christopher John Müller (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).
Money facilitates the rites and rituals we perform in everyday life. More than a mere medium of exchange or a measure of value, it is the primary means by which we manifest a faith unique to our secular age. But what happens when individual belief (credo, ‘I’ believe) and the systems into which it is bound (credit, ‘it’ believes) enter into crisis? Where did the sacredness of money come from, and does it have a future? Why do we talk about debt and repayment in overtly moral terms? How should a theological critique of capitalism proceed today? With the effects of the 2008 economic crises continuing to be felt across the world, this volume brings together some of the most important contemporary voices in philosophy, literature, theology, and critical and cultural theory to assert the need to interrogate and broaden the terms of the theological critique of capitalism.