Ernst Bloch Centre Transfers to the IMLR

Friday 15 July 2016

Founded in 2007 at the University of Sheffield, the Centre for Ernst Bloch Studies has transferred to the IMLR, where it will be known as the Ernst Bloch Centre for German Thought.

The Centre has already played an important role in the renaissance of interest in Bloch’s philosophy, and aims to further explore the relevance of Bloch’s utopian philosophy for core areas of practical and theoretical philosophy as well as wider intellectual, social and cultural themes. It hosted international conferences in 2009 and 2010, organised the AHRC research network The Return of Religion as well as lectures, talks and seminars in conjunction with the German Department at Sheffield University, where it also funded a PhD project on materialism in the context of the contemporary revival of materialisms in the humanities.

At the School of Advanced Study, the Centre will continue its in the form of research projects and by facilitating doctoral and post-doctoral work within its subject area. The Centre will also host the IMLR’s long-standing German Philosophy Seminar. The Centre’s members collectively lead the Bloch Bibliothek project, which aims to provide a translation and commentary on Bloch’s collected work, and involves a growing group of translators and scholars nationally and internationally. The outcomes will be a monograph series, published by Brill, and a digital platform for Bloch scholarship.

Johan Siebers (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Middlesex University and an Associate Fellow at the IMLR) will head the Centre at the IMLR and is General Editor of the Bloch Bibliothek. Peter Thompson, initiator and previous director of the Bloch Centre at Sheffield, has been appointed an Associate Fellow at the IMLR. He co-edited The Privatization of Hope, published by Duke University Press in 2013, with Slavoj Žižek, and is a regular contributor to The Guardian and commentator for other media outlets on issues of religion, Marxism, Bloch and contemporary critical theory. Further information and a list of planned events can be found on the Centre’s webpage.