UCL European Institute


Dr Tim Beasley-Murray



Associate Professor of European Thought and Culture

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Tim Beasley-Murray is Associate Professor of European Thought in the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and Culture. He is also Academic Director of the UCL Introductory Programme, Director of the PhD Programme in Creative Critical Writing, and Academic Director of the new Creative Humanities BA that will launch in 2023. His research operates on the borders of literature, philosophy and political theory and deals  with European culture broadly, especially French, German, Russian, and Czech and Slovak.

His doctoral dissertation explored conceptions of the experience of modernity and means of making sense of that experience in the thought of Mikhail Bakhtin and Walter Benjamin.  A revised version of this came out as Mikhail Bakhtin and Walter Benjamin: Experience and Form with Pagrave in 2007.

He has continued to work on both these thinkers: an article on motifs of seed and sperm in Benjamin appeared in Modernism/Modernity in 2012; and a piece on conceptions of reticence in Bakhtin was published in Common Knowledge in 2013.

In addition, he has published articles and book chapters on, inter alia: the political philosophy of revolution with particular reference to 1989, psychoanalytic and post-colonial approaches to Habsburg culture, a variety of topics in Czech and Slovak literature, and children's literature.

He is currently working on a larger project that examines the relation between silence and speech with reference to Thucydides, Hobbes, Schmitt, Arendt, Heidegger, Bakhtin, Serres and others.