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Karolina Enquist Källgren

Universitetslektor

Karolina Enquist Källgren
Universitetslektor
Idé- och lärdomshistoria
karolina.enquist.kallgren@lir.gu.se
031-786 5226

Postadress: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Besöksadress: Lundgrensgatan 7 , 412 55 Göteborg


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40530 Göteborg
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Om Karolina Enquist Källgren

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Karolina Enquist Källgren arbetar som universitetslektor i idéhistoria och som biträdande studierektor på Europaprogrammet.

Jag disputerade i maj 2015 på en avhandling om den spanska filosofen María Zambrano. Avhandlingen har titeln. Subjectviity from Exile, Place and Sign in the works of María Zambrano.

Jag är intresserad av forskning kring exil, samt av forskning om idéinnehåll i debatten om klimatförändring. Jag är intresserad av medeltida tänkande och då framförallt kärleksnarrativ, samt hur dessa omsätter eller representerar filosofiska ståndpunkter. Jag arbetar just nu med ett mindre projekt om begreppet 'Umwelt' i den spanska tidskriften Revista de Occidente. Projektet är finansierat av Stiftelsen Helge Axel Jonsson.

Sedan hösten 2014 är jag medlem av redaktörsgruppen för María Zambranos samlade verk, Fundación María Zambrano. Från våren 2011 är jag också medlem av Grup d'Estudis Fenomenològics, vid Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Barcelona. Under hösten 2010 - våren 2011 innehade jag ett STINT-stipendium placerat vid Universidad de Barcelona. Vid sidan av min forskning skriver jag essäer och skönlitteratur. 2009 hade min pjäs Drömtydning premiär på Teater Arcadia i Göteborg.

Presentation:

Karolina Enquist Källgren works as assistant professor in History of Ideas, and as Co-Director of Studies at the Centre of European Studies.

I earned my doctoral degree in 2015 with a thesis on the Spanish philosopher María Zambrano. The thesis investigates notions of subjectivity and exile in the works of the author, and in relation to among others Aristotle and Kant. The thesis has the title Subjectivity from Exile, Place and Sign in the Works of María Zambrano.

My research interests lies in the areas of exile studies, forms of reason as for example 'poetic reason' and medieval thinking, in for example love narratives. I am in addition interested in the idea contents in more recent debates on climate change. I am currently working on a small project on the concept of Umwelt in the Spanish journal Revista de Occidente, funded by Stiftelsen Helge Axel Jonsson.

I am, since autum 2014, a member of the editorial group publishing the collected works of María Zambrano on behalf of the Fundación María Zambrano. Since spring 2011, am I in addition a member of the Grup d'Estudis Fenomenològics, at the Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Barcelona. During autum 2010 - spring 2011, I held a STINT-schoolarship placed at Universidad de Barcelona, Spain. Apart from research I in addition write essays and literature. My theater play Drömtydning (Interpretation of Dreams) premiered at Teater Arcadia, Gothenburg, in 2009.

Abstract doctoral thesis:

The thesis investigates the formation of a notion of subjectivity in the works of the Spanish philosopher María Zambrano (1904-1991). Zambrano is one of the most important 20th Century Spanish philosophers, whose elaborations on subjectivity, society and poetry have influenced both political and aesthetic philosophy. Zambrano critiques the idea of an ideal subject as one of the fundamental problems of the modern European world-view, and at the root of the 20th century wars – civil wars in Europe as well as world wars. Zambrano fought on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, at the end of which she went into a 47 year long exile. With this critique she is commonly read as one of many European philosophers criticizing the transcendent ideal subject and opting for a rethinking of ontology and metaphysics. What has however not been thoroughly investigated up until now is the alternative notion of subjectivity posed by Zambrano. For this objective this thesis analyses prominent figures in Zambrano’s works – such as confession, soul, heart, awakening, place and sign. In order to examine Zambrano’s notion of subjectivity it moreover explores the metaphysical conditions of the possibility of subjectivity.
 

Exile is a theme in Zambrano’s thought, but also and prominently a context through which the thesis interprets Zambrano’s figures. By following the paces of Zambrano’s exile, from her home in Madrid before the Spanish Civil War, to Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Rome and France, a part of the common European and Latin American intellectual history is outlined. The life in exile made Zambrano travel between countries and continents, and similarly her position in relation to the European philosophical canon can be seen as ambiguous. Her theory of subjectivity is elaborated in relation to among others Kant, Aristotle, and Heidegger and in relation to the Spanish philosophers José Ortega y Gasset and Xavier Zubiri, as well as the Cuban poets of the Orígenes group. Though a philosopher by schooling her language is best described as literary, sometimes poetical and towards the end of her life distinctly influenced by religious and mystic figures.
 

I argue in this thesis that at the core of Zambrano’s thinking is a notion of subjectivity that maintains the possibility of human agency at the same time as it questions the very idea of subject unity. The subject is a constant process of creation, and as such it cannot be conceived of as fixed unity. At the same time the subject is embodied and in a place. The human condition is played out in Zambrano’s works as a tragic measuring of forces between placed, embodied being and transcendence. This analysis of Zambrano’s theory of subjectivity is thus an investigation of the tension between placed being and transcendence.


Keywords: Zambrano, Spanish Civil War, exile, subjectivity, place, sign, transcendence, Kant, Aristotle, José Ortega y Gasset, Xavier Zubiri, Orígenes  


Essäer:

'Det personliga livets slut,' i Subaltern, 2015:4.

‘Demiurgen eller det omänskliga måttet, till ett modernitetens gudsbegrepp,’ i Subaltern, 2014:4.

‘Orientalism och myt hos María Zambrano, om annan kunskap,’ i Kulturen, 2008:2.

‘Poetisk flykt genom det materiella,’ i Feministisk Kulturtidskrift, 2008:1.

‘Oren, kropp, våld motstånd?’ i Feministisk Kulturtidskrift, 2007:3.

‘Identitet av glas,’ i Feministisk Kulturtidskrift, 2006:3-4.
 

Senaste publikationer

The presence of Aristotle in the works of María Zambrano
Karolina Enquist Källgren
Aurora , Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2016
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

Stil i Horace Engdahls Den sista grisen
Karolina Enquist Källgren
Ord&Bild, Artikel i övriga tidskrifter 2016
Artikel i övriga tidskrifter

Universitetet som medium
Karolina Enquist Källgren
Lychnos, Recension 2016
Recension

'Islas de Puerto Rico' - Obras Completas de María Zambrano vol. II
Karolina Enquist Källgren, Jesús Moreno Sanz, Sebastián Fenoy Gutiérrez
Barcelona, Galaxia Gutenberg, Textkritisk utgåva 2016
Textkritisk utgåva

Dödsrädsla och livsriktning, om det personliga livets slut
Karolina Enquist Källgren
Subaltern, Artikel i övriga tidskrifter 2015
Artikel i övriga tidskrifter

Political Personas and the Fundaments of Democratic Society – On the Ethical Ontology of María Zambrano
Karolina Enquist Källgren
Ideas in History, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2015
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

Religion and a Critique of the Concept of Materialism A Commentary to Fredrika Spindler’s Paper on the Ambiguity of Religion in Spinoza
Karolina Enquist Källgren
Ambiguity of the Sacred, phenomenology, politics, aesthetics : [phenomenology, politics, aesthetics] / edited by Jonna Bornemark & Hans Ruin, Huddinge, Södertörn philosophical Studies, Kapitel i bok 2012
Kapitel i bok

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2016

The presence of Aristotle in the works of María Zambrano
Karolina Enquist Källgren
Aurora , Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2016
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

Stil i Horace Engdahls Den sista grisen
Karolina Enquist Källgren
Ord&Bild, Artikel i övriga tidskrifter 2016
Artikel i övriga tidskrifter

Universitetet som medium
Karolina Enquist Källgren
Lychnos, Recension 2016
Recension

'Islas de Puerto Rico' - Obras Completas de María Zambrano vol. II
Karolina Enquist Källgren, Jesús Moreno Sanz, Sebastián Fenoy Gutiérrez
Barcelona, Galaxia Gutenberg, Textkritisk utgåva 2016
Textkritisk utgåva

2015

Dödsrädsla och livsriktning, om det personliga livets slut
Karolina Enquist Källgren
Subaltern, Artikel i övriga tidskrifter 2015
Artikel i övriga tidskrifter

Political Personas and the Fundaments of Democratic Society – On the Ethical Ontology of María Zambrano
Karolina Enquist Källgren
Ideas in History, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2015
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

2012

Religion and a Critique of the Concept of Materialism A Commentary to Fredrika Spindler’s Paper on the Ambiguity of Religion in Spinoza
Karolina Enquist Källgren
Ambiguity of the Sacred, phenomenology, politics, aesthetics : [phenomenology, politics, aesthetics] / edited by Jonna Bornemark & Hans Ruin, Huddinge, Södertörn philosophical Studies, Kapitel i bok 2012
Kapitel i bok

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