Bloch Centre People


Peter Thompson (Associate Fellow at the IMLR, initiator of the Bloch Centre) co-edited The Privatization of Hope, published by Duke University Press in 2013, with Slavoj Žižek. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and commentator for other media outlets on issues of religion, Marxism, Bloch and contemporary critical theory.

Johan Siebers (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Middlesex University and an Associate Fellow at the IMLR) is General Editor of the Bloch Bibliothek. His work on Bloch, in the form of a range of externally funded interdisciplinary research projects, has also made significant contributions to Connected Communities, the RCUK’s research programme.

Cat Moir (Lecturer in German at the University of Sydney) completed her doctorate on materialism in the context of the contemporary revival of materalisms in the humanities in 2013, which will be published in the Bloch Bibliothek. She is currently working with Henk de Berg (Sheffield) on an edited volume entitled Bloch between Hegel and Marx, which will appear in the Brill ‘Historical Materialism’ series.

Current Visiting Fellows

Jeremy Coleman is a Teaching Assistant in the Music Department, University of Aberdeen, and a Visiting Fellow at the Ernst Bloch Centre for German Thought (IMLR). He received his PhD in Musicology from King’s College London for research on Wagner, supervised by Michael Fend and John Deathridge (2016). Prior to that, he read Music at Clare College, Cambridge, and continued studies there at graduate level. His various research interests centre on social and material approaches to 19th-century music history, with particular focus on French and German composer-critics. He is pursuing two main projects: a study of musical production and criticism during the Vormärz and July Monarchy, and a more theoretical contribution to Marxist music historiography.  In general, he seeks to use critical theory and philosophy, especially Marxist thought, in order to shed new light on the more traditional concerns and materials of music history. His research has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Royal Musical Association and Music & Letters, and he has presented on various topics to international conferences in UK, USA, Belgium, Italy and Poland. He is also in demand as a pianist and accompanist, specialising in song accompaniment and opera repetiteurship. [September 2017-June 2018]