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 with UCL's BASc Programme. 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.

Tim's 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. Tim has a wide range of research interests (masks, evil, silence, for example) and is currently finishing a book on risk, narcissism and literary games that get out of hand. 

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.

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 also 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.