Isabel Jacobs (QMUL) - 2020-21 Students

Concrete Totality: Alexandre Kojève's Posthistorical Aesthetics

Situated at the borders of global intellectual history, philosophy and art theory, my PhD explores Russian-French philosopher Alexandre Kojève’s relation to the Avantgarde. With a focus on abstract painting, literature, photography and Surrealism, I analyse Kojève’s post-historical aesthetics in the context of his philosophical system. Reevaluating Kojève as a cross-cultural mediator in interwar Paris, my project seeks to elucidate how philosophy and visual practice inform each other.

Primary supervisor: Prof. Galin Tihanov, QMUL
Secondary supervisor: Dr Will McMorran, QMUL

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