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Edita Wolf: Research & CV

PhD Research at CEFRES

Seneca, Tragedy & Judgement

Research Area 2: Norms & Transgressions

Photo Edita WolfThe research project seeks to analyse the stakes behind the concept of judgement in the light of Seneca’s tragedies. In such works, judgement stands as a decision-making process within the frame of Stoicism, as a decision of the judicial authority under the Roman Empire and last, as a part of tragedy as genre. Legal procedure formalising the decision making, the new constellation of the judicial field in the imperial era raised new questions about the nature of judgement in general, including that of moral and aesthetical judgement. The aim of this research is to explore how the formalising of assessing and decision making processes, especially in legal procedure, are being questioned–since they are at the origin of European law. This will lead to reflecting upon judicial authority and judgement. Grounded in the study of classics, this survey of the judgement in the works of Seneca should enable to look into the precondition of social sciences topics and the study of law, without being embedded in their methodology.

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Filip Vostal – Research & CV

“Slowing down” Modernity: Risky, Futile or Progressive?

Research Area 2: Norms & Transgressions


Pic Filip VostalFilip has gained his PhD in Sociology form the University of Bristol. His doctoral research critically engaged with some leading authors on social time and acceleration in late capitalism (particularly Hartmut Rosa) and examined how and with what consequences acceleration imperative plays out in contemporary academia.

Filip’s current research still revolves around theories of social acceleration, its socio-theoretical purchase and epistemological limits. He is also exploring possible intersections of acceleration theories and science and technology studies (STS).

As a postdoctoral researcher at CEFRES, Filip s will investigate both progressive potentials as well as risky pitfalls of the so-called ‘slow ideology.’ His research will focus primarily on the question as to whether abounding calls for slowing down (modernity/ modernization) contain any progressive – and transgressive – element or whether they paradoxically account for concealed engines of social acceleration dynamic and/or dangerous political currents in the form of parochial and localist fundamentalism.

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