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Karen Simecek

Associate Professor and Director of Student Experience and Progression (DSEP) for the philosophy department. I am a Senior Fellow of HEA (SFHEA).


My research interests are in Philosophy of Poetry (including performed poetry), Philosophy of Voice and the Emotions. I am working on issues around the value of reading and performing poetry in terms of how this experience can enhance our understanding of ourselves and contribute to our sense of moral progress. You can read more about my research in this interview by Richard Marshall for 3:AM Magazine and listen to an interview by Toby Tremlett for Common Room Philosophy.

I am a Trustee of the British Society of Aesthetics. I am an associate editor for Estetika: the European Journal of Aesthetics, the Poetry category editor on Philpapers and a member of the editorial board for Bloomsbury Studies in Philosophy and Poetry (editors James Reid and Rick Furtak).

Current Projects

Past Projects



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  • Philosophy of Lyric Voice: the cognitive value of page and performance poetry (2023), Bloomsbury.

Articles and book chapters

Special Journal Issues

Book reviews and review chapters

Public-facing work

Karen Simecek

Tel: 024 7652 4321

Office: S2.61

Drop in times (for Advice and Feedback)

I am currently on research leave.


Philosophy through Film

Philosophy in Education (co-taught with Dr Emma Williams)

Reason, Argument and Analysis

Issues in Contemporary Aesthetics


Stratford Girls' Grammar School, 2016

The Kingsley School, 2018

Harris Academy, 2019