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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).

Profile

My research interests are in Philosophy of Poetry, Aesthetics, Moral Reasoning and the Emotions. I am working on issues around the value of reading poetry in terms of how this experience can enhance our understanding of ourselves and contribute to our sense of moral progress. My current focus is on the potential value of the performed poem, which I connect with the idea of shared emotion. 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.

Before joining the department in 2014, I was a postdoctoral researcher on the AHRC-funded interdisciplinary project 'the Uses of Poetry', University of Birmingham, where I worked with colleagues from literary studies, psychology and education to investigate the benefits of reading poetry for life-long learning.

I am a member of the executive committee for the European Society for Aesthetics and also served as secretary for the society (2018-2020). I'm the Poetry category editor on Philpapers.

Current Projects

Publications

Peer reviewed articles and book chapters

Special Journal Issues

  • The Uses of Poetry, special issue of Changing English (2016), guest edited with Kate Rumbold, vol. 23 (4)

Book reviews and review chapters

Public-facing work

Karen Simecek

K.D.Simecek@warwick.ac.uk

Tel: 024 7652 4321

Office: S2.61

Drop in times (for Advice and Feedback) TBC

Modules

Philosophy through Film

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

Reason, Argument and Analysis

Issues in Contemporary Aesthetics

Outreach

Stratford Girls' Grammar School, 2016

The Kingsley School, 2018

Harris Academy, 2019