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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 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 an ordinary member of Trustees Committee for the British Society of Aesthetics. I am also 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 and a member of the editorial board for Bloomsbury Studies in Philosophy and Poetry (editors James Reid and Rick Furtak).

Current Projects


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) TBC


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