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 and Scholars

Cat Moir is Lecturer in Germanic Studies at the University of Sydney, where she also contributes to the European Studies programme. Her research is broadly concerned with the history of ideas in Europe from the late 18th to the late 20th century. A particular focus has been 20th-century critical theory and its intellectual roots in German idealism and romanticism, historical materialism, (neo-)Kantianism, and psychoanalysis. Her first book, Ernst Bloch’s Speculative Materialism: Ontology, Epistemology, Politics, forthcoming with Brill, provides a new interpretation of Bloch’s philosophy that situates it in the context of historical debates about the relationship between natural science and materialist philosophy. Moir's current project, 'Biological Thought and the European Left, 1800-1933', examines how progressive social and political thought in Europe was influenced by scientific biology from its emergence as a distinct discipline around 1800, to 1933 when the rise of the Nazi biological state fundamentally changed the European intellectual and political landscape. [January-March 2019]

Bodi Wang is a PhD student and Research Assistant at the TU Dortmund University. For her undergraduate degree, she studied philosophy at the Renmin University of China and completed her Masters degree at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. In 2016, she started her PhD research under the supervision of Professor Christian Neuhäuser focusing on the epistemic problem of social integration. The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung has supported her research with a doctoral scholarship since 2017. Her research interests include philosophy of history, social philosophy (especially critical theory) and analytical philosophy with particular focus on ethics/politics of knowledge. She will conduct her research project under the supervision of Dr Johan Siebers at the Bloch Centre for German Thought. [September 2018-February 2019]

Past Visiting Fellows and Scholars


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]