Current and Recent Visitors
The Philosophy Department at the University of Sheffield welcomes applications from visiting scholars working in any area of philosophy. We also welcome inquiries about potential postdoctoral research applications. In recent years we have hosted visitors from China, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, United States, Denmark and Turkey. Some visitors come for short visits of a few days or weeks, others visit for a full semester or a year. All visitors are welcome to participate fully in the life of the department, including attending reading groups, departmental seminars, workshops, conferences, and other events.
If you would like to visit the department please contact the Director of Research, Stephen Laurence.
Dr Michael Messerli
Visiting June 2017 - March 2018 and August 2018 - March 2019
I came to Sheffield to take up a Swiss National Science Foundation post-doctoral position under the supervision of Luca Barlassina in June 2017. Sheffield has provided an ideal environment to carry out my research on decisions and hard choices. First, it is home of many distinguished philosophers working on ethics and practical rationality. Second, it is internationally renowned for work in cognitive science. I thus gained invaluable knowledge concerning both theoretical and empirical aspects my research topic and, even more importantly, I developed the capacity to combine these two research strands.
Last but not least, Sheffield’s post graduate community is incredibly rich, vibrant, diverse, and welcoming. I had the opportunity to engage in many rewarding philosophical discussions and to run a reading group on decision-making in which we discussed recent articles from philosophy, economics, and psychology. I strongly recommend any enthusiastic and open-minded young researcher to consider Sheffield for their post-doc.
During the Spring Semester 2018, I will be Adam Smith Guest Professor at the University of Bayreuth (Germany), where I will join the program in Philosophy and Economics. I will come back to Sheffield in August 2018 – 31st March 2019.
Visited July - October 2017
During my tenure as an academic visitor with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, I worked on my monograph on the interdisciplinary foundations for the science of emotion, my edited collection on shame, and continued my work as the founding president of the Society for Philosophy of Emotion and the founding editor for the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion, which included an NEH grant proposal on emotions and biases. I also had the opportunity to take advantage of the University’s generous resources, attended various conferences and events, including the 2017 Ideas Bazaar, and became friends with a number of students, scholars, and members of the community. Throughout my experience at Sheffield, I have come to greatly admire and appreciate both the Department and the University for their sincere interest in and desire to help those for whom they do the work that they do. Finally, I am excited about the future possibility of working with members of the Philosophy Department and the Sheffield community on a project about emotions, biases, and democracy for the 2018 Sheffield Festival of Mind, which was made possible by my participation in the Ideas Bazaar.
California State University, Long Beach
Visited August 2016-2017
I recently won a Fulbright Award to work on a book about William James. I applied to come specifically to Sheffield because I regard this department as the best in the world for studying classic American pragmatism. What is more, my book situates James’s thought in the context of broader trends in the 19th century, particularly in British philosophy. So Sheffield was also attractive to me because of its strengths in the history of that era more generally.
University of Duisburg Essen
Visited June - July 2016 and 2017
I visited the Philosophy Department at Sheffield in order to work with Eric Olson. Eric has done some widely influential work on personal identity. I am currently writing a book on personal identity and bioethics which is, to a significant part, inspired by Eric’s work. He therefore is an important research partner for me. During my stay at the department I enjoyed the good working conditions and the friendly, open atmosphere among my colleagues. I joined a reading group, spent much time working with Eric, visited several talks, and gave a talk myself. It was a good, productive time and I am looking forward to my next visit.
University of Tübingen
Visited November 2016
I visited Sheffield's philosophy department in order to work with Bob Stern on the topics of transcendental arguments and Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit". Both topics are central to my ongoing PhD project titled "Objective Validity in the Transcendental Arguments of Hegel and Fichte" which I am conducting at the University of Tübingen under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schlösser. Coming to Sheffield and working with Bob was thus a wonderful opportunity to expand and enrich my understanding of the philosophical issues at stake. From the start, I felt very welcome at Sheffield and enjoyed attending the various talks and reading groups (in my case, on Hegel and Pragmatism). Though my stay was brief, the discussions with Bob and my fellow grad students were of great benefit to the development of my project, besides being thoroughly enjoyable.
Visited October 2016
I am an emeritus professor from Aarhus University, Denmark. Over the last couple of years I have been cooperating with Professor Robert Stern organizing 4 conferences and editing an anthology on the philosophy of K.E. Løgstrup. I came to Sheffield to discuss with Bob, to take part in the reading group on Continental Philosophy and to organize 3 sessions for the Pragmatism reading group on works by John Dewey. I shall also give a lecture on Nature and Naturalism in the Centre for Nordic Studies.
Dr Kaan Özkan
Visited July 2016- July 2017
Kaan received his PhD from Ankara University, Turkey. He was awarded a grant for post doctorate research from TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey). Kaan is going be in the Department for a year, collaborating with Komarine Romdenh-Romluc. He said "I chose the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, because there are distinguished academics whom I can collaborate with in my field of study. Besides, University of Sheffield is one of the leading universities in the UK."
His main interests are phenomenology (especially Maurice Merleau-Ponty) and philosophy of mind. In his recent research, he is trying to bring phenomenology into relationship with neuroscience in the context of perception.
Visited February 2016
I enjoyed a month as a guest researcher in Sheffield. My affiliation with the Department of Philosophy mainly involved work on the philosophy of Danish thinker K.E. Løgstrup. Here, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield has established itself as the main base for Løgstrup research outside of Scandinavia, and for that reason it is a very important partner for Aarhus University, which is the home of the Løgstrup Archive and Løgstrup research through many decades. I also worked with the Centre for Nordic Studies at the University of Sheffield where I gave a talk on Norwegian novelist (and a philosopher in his own right) Karl Ove Knausgård and his works.
Munich School of Philosophy
Sheffield strikes me as an unusually vibrant research environment with so many interesting things going on.
Visited July 2015 - September 2016
As part of my postdoctoral project, I was concerned with overcoming a divide in classical pragmatism itself (concerning "the Peirce in Dewey", if you like) — something I felt could not be adequately done in Germany. For the very same reason, I didn’t want to locate my project in the United States, because I felt (from the outside, things may well be different in different places) that I had to choose either a "Deweyan" or a "Peircean" as my academic host. I had already come across Chris Hookway’s work, in which I particularly appreciated the non-partisan approach and also the continuous application of pragmatist themes to issues in mainstream philosophy (epistemology in particular). I had gathered that there was a lively pragmatist community in Sheffield, thus I applied for a research grant from the German Research Foundations to come to Sheffield for 15 months. I had, of course, meticulously worked out that that was the exact amount of time I needed to answer all my questions and finish my research articles — and I regret not having been more generous with myself, not least because I would have liked to spend more time in Sheffield.
While I have been here I have written, reworked and co-authored various articles. I have been participating in the pragmatism reading group, attending the CogSci seminars, going to the departmental meetings and to other events in Sheffield to broaden my philosophical horizon. I was given the opportunity to do one of the sessions in the department's Philosophy at the Showroom series. I found an active literary scene in Sheffield and I have enjoyed using Sheffield as a base to travel to other places to attend conferences (in the UK, France, Canada, Germany). I, of course, also spent a fair amount of time in the Peak District with my truly philosophical dog Humphrey: for although I agree with Dewey who said that "the dog is never pedantic nor academic", I am also convinced, with Peirce, that he "has the same emotions of affection as I" and thus helps me greatly in inquiry.
University of Waikato
Visited January to June 2015
Cathy's research interests center around bridging the thought of Charles Peirce to contemporary analytic philosophy. During her 5 month visit she greatly enjoyed the department's rich menu of reading groups (particularly pragmatism and feminism), and also presenting at two conferences organized by Sheffield faculty: Idealism and Pragmatism: Convergence or Contestation? Ethics, Social Thought and Religion (Paris, May 2015, organised by Robert Stern) and Rethinking Modern Philosophy: Origins, Connections and Traditions (Sheffield, June 2015, organized by Jeremy Dunham).
University of Waterloo
I chose Sheffield for my 2013-2014 sabbatical because I wanted to work on pragmatism with Chris Hookway and on feminist philosophy with Jenny Saul. I brought with me an old book project I hoped to finish up in what I imagined would be the relative isolation of an unfamiliar department. However, I was never isolated. Sheffield is an amazing, active department with topnotch academic staff and post-grads. I quickly got swept up in a number of reading groups, workshops, conferences and an ongoing research project (on pragmatism and idealism). As I result, I never did finish the old book project, but I wrote several new papers, since published, and undertook a new book project that I hadn't expected to work on --- Beyond the Binary: Thinking About Sex and Gender (Broadview, 2016). I continue to benefit from the research I did and the connections I made while at Sheffield. (I'm currently co-editing a volume with Sheffield PhD alumnus Albert Atkin, for instance.) I try to return to Sheffield each year to renew those connections and to benefit from the stimulating intellectual life of the department.