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Dr. Tim Beasley-Murray

Slawistik und Osteuropa-Studien
University College London
Affiliated Alexander von Humboldt Fellow
Sept. 2009 - Dez. 2010

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  • Sept. 2009 - Dez. 2010


I was born in the Congo. Later, I read Modern and Medieval Languages (Czech, German, and Russian) at Cambridge, and then spent a year at the École normale supérieure in Paris, before joining the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, in 1996 as Lecturer in Slovak Studies. My doctoral dissertation was on conceptions of experience and form in the thought of Mikhail Bakhtin and Walter Benjamin. In October 2008 I was made Senior Lecturer in European Thought and Culture.

I am interested in and have published on: Hannah Arendt, Mikhail Bakhtin and Walter Benjamin; Aesthetics and literary theory; political philosophy; Habsburg culture and psychoanalysis; Modernism and the historical avant-gardes; Czech, Slovak and German-language literature; Postcolonialism and Central European culture.


Publikationen (Auswahl):


  • Mikhail Bakhtin and Walter Benjamin: Experience and Form, London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 0230535356. 214pp.


  • 'The Revolutionary Moment and the Lost Treasure of Democracy; 1989 in the Light of Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin and Slavoj Zizek' in Peter,L., Rady,M. (ed.) Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution in Hungary and Central Europe: Commemorating 1956. SSEES Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe series. London: UCL-SSEES
  • 'Smejuci sa Benjamin a melancholicky Bachtin: problemy nevyberovej pribuznosti' ['Laughing Benjamin and Melancholy Bakhtin: Problems of an Unelective Affinity'] Slovak Review of World Literature Research 16(1), 73-80
  • ´German-language Culture and the Slav Stranger Within´, Central Europe 4(2), 133-147 2006, 'Medzi zufalstvom a nadejou (Poezia rezistencie Jana Brocku)' ['Between Hope and Despair: Jan Brocko's Poetry of Resistance'] in Mikula,V., Robertsova,D. (ed.) Styridiate roky v slovenskej literature. Bratislava: Univerzita Komenskeho, 107-116
  • 'The Avant-garde, Experience and Narration in Bohumil Hrabal’s Obsluhoval jsem anglického kralé in Short,D. (ed.) Bohumil Hrabal (1914-1997). Papers from a symposium.. SSEES Occasional Papers No.63. series. London: School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, UCL, 83-95
  • The Path Towards Socialist Realism in Czechoslovakia, 1945-48. Chapter 41 in Pynsent,R. (ed.) The Phoney Peace. Power and Culture in Central Europe, 1945-49. SSEES Occasional Papers series. London: SSEES, 465-476.
  • 'Politika mimezis vo filosofii Waltera Benjamina' ['The Politics of Mimesis in the Philosophy of Walter Benjamin'] in Sprusanka,B., Kanuch,M. (ed.) Mimezis a representacia. Bratislava: Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, 73-90
  • ´Contemporary Slovak Literature, the Devilish Pact with Theory, and the Genitalists´ in Williams,K. (ed.) Slovakia after Communism and Meciarism. SSEES Occasional Papers series. London: SSEES, 79-88
  • ´Postmodernism of Resistance in Central Europe: Pavel Vilikovsky's Vecne je zeleny...´ The Slavonic and East European Review 76(2), 266-278





Silence, Noise, Voice

This project is an interdisciplinary enquiry into the phenomenon of silence in intellectual-historical, political, ethical, aesthetic, psychoanalytic and intersubjective contexts. I am interested in: the relationship between silence, noise, voice and meaning; what is not said because it need not be said; what is not said because it cannot be said; silence that silences the other; silence that allows the other to speak; the relationships between silence and violence, silence and death, silence and the body; political regimes of silence and voice. The thinkers with whose ideas my work engages include: Hannah Arendt, Mikhail Bakhtin, Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, Martin Heidegger, Thomas Hobbes, Plato, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Michel Serres, and Thucydides.