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Research interests

How do technological objects, artificial and linguistic structures shape human perception, emotion and interaction? What is at stake when engaging in cultural analysis today? In what ways is criticism a creative practice?  My work responds to these questions by pursuing research in Contemporary Thought, Cultural Studies, Literature and Media Studies.

My main research focus is the completion of a monograph that presents the bodily experience of shame as an affect shaped by the generative relationship between humanity and technology. It is from this vantage point that I rethink the ethical and political significance of the bodily automatisms (scruple, blushing, inhibition) that make shame and embarrassment so uncomfortably riveted to a feeling of singularity and isolation. My project is informed by Cultural Studies approaches to Cultural Politics and a wider range of critical and cultural theory, including emerging research paradigms such as affect theory and posthumanism.  

I am also involved in a number of editorial, research and translation projects that centre on the writings of the philosopher, literary author and anti-nuclear activist Günther Anders.

 

Teaching

I currently convene units in the area of Cultural Politics, Ethics and Digital Media & Technology Studies.

Prior to my current role, I taught in interdisciplinary contexts at a number of UK universities.

Key co-ordinates include: 

Winchester School of Art (2018; Global Media Management)

University of Bristol (2014-2018; English Literature and Community Engagement)

University of South Wales (2013-2015; Photography and Cultural Studies)

Cardiff University (2013-2018; Literature, Philosophy and Critical Theory)

I have also convened, co-organised and co-taught a number of summer schools, doctoral training days and conferences, including:

2017: ‘The Cultural Politics of Empathy’ (Doctoral and Postdoctoral training day; University of Basel, Switzerland)

2016: ‘Contemporary Perspectives on the Given and the Made’ (Two week course at summer school convened by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, together with Dr. Julius Greve)

2015: ‘Cultural Translations’ (Doctoral training day; Cardiff University)

2014: ‘Cultural Politics of Memory’ (three day international conference; Cardiff University organised together with Prof Chris Weedon)

 

 

Education/Academic qualification

Critical and Cultural Theory, PhD, Cardiff University

Critical and Cultural Theory, MA, Cardiff University

Cultural Criticism, BA (Hons), Cardiff University

External positions

Honorary Research Associate, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University

1 Nov 201830 Sep 2021

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radioactivity Social Sciences
critical theory Social Sciences
modernity Social Sciences
exile Social Sciences
history Social Sciences
dictionary Social Sciences
political economy Social Sciences
intellectual Social Sciences

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Research Outputs 2010 2019

Excerpt: Prometheanism: technology, digital culture and human obsolescence

Müller, C. J., 24 Apr 2017, 3AM Magazine.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteWebsite contributionResearch

Open Access

Günther Anders, smart technology and the rise of Promethean Shame

Müller, C. J., 13 Dec 2017, Rowman & Littlefield International Blog.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteWebsite contributionResearch

Open Access

Günther Anders: a philosopher for the modern age

Müller, C. J., 26 Oct 2016, rhystranter.com.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteWebsite contributionResearch

Open Access
English Translation
Modern Age
Philosopher

Prometheanism: technology, digital culture and human obsolescence

Müller, C. J., 2016, London ; New York: Rowman & Littlefield. 186 p. (Critical Perspectives on Theory, Culture and Politics)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Philosophy of Technology
Obsolescence
Shame
Digital Culture
Solitude

From radioactivity to data mining: Günther Anders in the Anthropocene

Müller, C. J., Aug 2019, In : Thesis Eleven. 153, 1, p. 9-23 15 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

radioactivity
Data Mining
Radioactivity
Pronoun
Constellation

Activities 2016 2018

  • 2 Editorial work

Rowman & Littlefield International (Publisher)

Chris Muller (Editor)
Nov 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Genealogy of the Posthuman (Journal)

Chris Muller (Editor)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work