Recent Doctor of Philosophy (University of Edinburgh), Master of Philosophy, author of five monographs and seven novels.
Current or recent work
2018-Ongoing, Philosophical Counsellor at The Philosophical Parlour and Livslinjen Institute, Stockholm.
April 2018, Guest Lecturer in Philosophy and History of Science and Technology at KTH University, Department of History of Science, Stockholm, Sweden.
February 2018, Invited Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science – Research Group Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program.
2017–Ongoing, French Language and Culture Teacher, Jensen International Gymnasium, Stockholm.
2014–2017, Casual Tutor and Lecturer in French Literature, Language, and Culture School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh.
May 2017, Visiting Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Department of History of Science, KTH University, Stockholm, Sweden.
Education and qualifications
2014–2017, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh. Fully funded with a Research Scholarship Award. Thesis in History of Ideas and Philosophy: Esprit de Corps: Birth and Evolution of a Polemical Notion (1721-2017; France, UK, USA), external examiner Prof. Richard Whatmore (St Andrews).
August 2016, Certificate (Honours) in Robotic and AI Ethics, Economics and Laws, School of Advanced Studies, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy.
2015, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.
2006–2007, Master 2 in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Sorbonne University, Paris I. Supervisor Prof. Renaud Barbaras. Dissertation on Deleuze’s concept of life lines, published as a book in French and translated/published in English (Deleuze Studies, Edinburgh University Press).
2002–2003, Master 1 in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Sorbonne University, Paris I. Dissertation on Lacan’s concepts of jouissance and capitalist discourse (with Marx and Heidegger), published as a book in French.
1992–1994, HEC graduate in Economics and Business, HEC-Paris (Jouy-en-Josas) “Best business school in Europe” (Financial Times).
Teaching in English, Swedish, or French
Philosophy of Science, Media, and Technology: Fourth-year lectures, KTH University, Stockholm.
French Language and Culture Teacher (Jensen International Gymnasium, Stockholm, Sweden).
French Literature, Language, Thought & Culture (University of Edinburgh): second- and fourth-year; supervision and examination of undergraduate essays, face-to-face or with online marking (Turnitin).
Creative Writing: international students, Oxbridge Academic Programs, Paris.
Creative Thinking and New Media: First- and second year, Ecole Média Art, Chalon-sur-Saône, France.
Prizes and funded research
The University of Edinburgh Research Scholarship Award – PhD scholarship (£78,000, 2014-2017)
Anthrobotics International Workshop – Eidyn Philosophy Research Centre Grant to initiate and organise a workshop (2017)
Anthrobotics – Researcher-Led Initiative Fund – University of Edinburgh Institute for Academic Development Grant – To create and manage the Anthrobotics interdisciplinary seminar and cluster at the University of Edinburgh, on human-machine-AI cohabitation (£2000, 2016)
60 Years of Essentially Contested Concepts International Workshop – Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict, University of Edinburgh (2016).
3-Minute Thesis Competition (Awarded First Prize) – School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Edinburgh.
Creation of Reality (CRAG) – To create and manage the CRAG (Creation of Reality) interdisciplinary research group and seminar program at the University of Edinburgh, on the various aspects of social creation Researcher-Led Initiative Fund from the University of Edinburgh (2015), French Institute in the UK Grant (2015), DELC Initiative Award (2015-2016), LLC Student-Led Initiative Fund (2014-2016). Total £5000.
L’Être et le Néon – L’Histoire culturelle des néons – Multimedia Conference– Nuit Blanche/Mairie de Paris (£4000, 2012).
Other professional activities
Founder of the Philosophical Parlour, Philosophical counsellor and convenor of philosophical debates (individuals and groups), at Livslinjen Institute and at Prince Philosopher (2018 inwards).
Administration and management – Founder and CEO (2013-2014), Haute Culture Books, Sweden; Editorial Director, Co-Founder and Co-Manager (2004-2012), Max Milo Editions, France. Two independent publishing houses, the first one still active and notorious.
Conference organisation – one-day workshop, ‘Anthrobotics – New Perspectives on Social Automata and Techno-social Cognitive Systems’, University of Edinburgh, March 2017; one-day workshop, ‘60 Years of Essentially Contested Concepts’, University of Edinburgh, December 2016; three-day conference, ‘Creation of Reality: Towards an Interdisciplinary and Comprehensive Understanding’, University of Edinburgh, December 2015; ‘L’histoire culturelle du Néon: une approche multimedia’, Institute de Physique du Globe, Nuit Blanche/Nuit des Savoirs, Mairie de Paris, October 2012.
Consulting Editor for Quarto Books/Ivy Press, 30-Second AI and Robotics, to be published in 30 languages in 2019.
Professional associations – TRANSOR (Trans-disciplinary Network in Social Robotics).
Translation – of Darcey Steinke’s Milk into French, with translation Grant from Centre National du Livre (Adoration, Max Milo, 2005).
Cultural Reporter, Journalist and Book Critic – Interviews of Saramago (Nobel Prize), Joyce Carol Oates, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Serres, Jim Harrison, etc. (1997-2003).
Engagement & esteem
Invited speaker, University of Vienna, Lund University, Stockholm University, KTH University, Örebro University, and Skövde University (Sweden, 2016-2018); Master Class on Creative Writing, Stockholm University (Sweden, 2014); What is Crealism?, University of Reykjavik (Iceland, 2010); Solitudes, French Literature International Symposium, Amsterdam University (Netherlands, 2008); École Normale Supérieure, Paris and Université de Lille (France, 2011-2012).
Invited public speaker – All for One, But Which One? Just Festival, Edinburgh (Scotland, 2016); A Cultural History of Neon Signs, Explorathon, Edinburgh (2015); L’être et le néon, Nuit Blanche/Nuit des Savoirs, Paris (France, 2012).
Media – Several interviews, Radio, TV, etc. (totalling 10 hour+): The Times Scotland, The Oxford Philosopher, World Literature Today, Robohub, Futurism, France Culture, Dark Zero, France 2, Digitally Downloaded, Altantico, Typographical Era, Open Democracy, La Tribune, BFM, Pantheon-Sorbonne Magazine; opinion pieces in mainstream newspapers: Le Monde, Libération.
Languages – French, Portuguese (native) – English (near native) – Swedish, Spanish, Italian, (good reading and speaking) – German, Latin, Ancient Greek (basic).
IT – Knowledge of both Mac and Windows operating systems; Microsoft Office; Turnitin, basic website design; iMovie, GarageBand, basic HTML and Python programming.
Music – Conservatoire Municipal; 6-year theory and 4-year violin practice.
Video – Short-movie writer and director, among others Jesus and Nietzsche: Interview (+41,000 views and 90% of likes on YouTube).
Dr Luis de Miranda, Annotated List of Publications
sole-authored research books
(2012) L’être et le néon. Paris: Max Milo. A cultural, social, and philosophical history of neon signs in the twentieth century, and a cosmology.
(2010) L’art d’être libres au temps des automates. Paris: Max Milo. A cultural and philosophical history of computers and digital media.
(2008) Une vie nouvelle est-elle possible? Deleuze et les lignes. Caen: Nous. A philosophical analysis of Deleuze and Guattari’s theories of lines. English translation published by Deleuze Studies (2013).
(2007) Peut-on jouir du capitalisme? Lacan avec Heidegger et Marx. Paris: Punctum. A philosophical and political analysis of Lacan’s concepts of jouissance and capitalist discourse. Swedish translation ongoing (by Lund University researcher Dr Anna Cabak Rédei).
(2003) Ego Trip: La société des artistes-sans-oeuvre. Paris: Max Milo. A philosophical and socio-political essay, a rereading of Debord’s concept of spectacle in the era of digital networks.
(2011-ongoing) Qui a tué le poète? Paris: Max Milo. A philosophical novella on the rarefaction of spaces of sublimity and poetic utopia. English translation published by Snuggly Books (2017), trans. Tina Kover. Several ongoing translations and publications (Swedish, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Hindi, Korean…).
(2008) Paridaiza. Paris: Plon. A philosophical novel inspired by my research on videogames and digital cultures. English translation ongoing (by Tina Kover).
(2002) Moment magnétique de l’aimant. Paris: La Chasse au Snark. A novella on human migrations and identity. Based on my experience of growing in France as a child of non-French citizens.
(2001) A Vide. Paris: Denoël. A philosophical novel on capitalism and financial speculation.
(2000) Le Spray. Paris: Calmann-Lévy. A philosophical tale on the fear of aging and the cult of youth.
(1998) La Mémoire de Ruben. Bruxelles, Gamma Press. A novel on friendship. Translated into Arabic and published by Walidoff Editions, Tunisia (2010)
(1997) Joie. Paris: Le Temps des Cerises. A novel inspired by my research on the intellectual history of the psychological effects of music.
(2019) AI and Robotics, 30-second collection. London, Quarto Books. To be simultaneously published in several languages/countries, including Swedish.
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
(Forthcoming) ‘Big Data, Small Concepts: Histosophy as an Approach to Longue Durée History’, Global Intellectual History. With Dr. Emile Chabal.
(2017) ‘La mystique de l’esprit de corps chez Bergson et Deleuze/Guattari’, Deleuziana.
(2016) ‘Life is Strange and “Games are Made”: A Philosophical Interpretation of a Multiple Choice Existential Simulator with Co-Pilot Sartre’, Games and Culture.
(2015) ‘Esprit de Corps and the French Revolutionary Crisis: A Prehistory of the Concept of Solidarity’, Forschungsportal (University of Vienna, Austria).
(2013) ‘Is a New Life Possible? Deleuze and the Lines’, Deleuze Studies.
Articles & chapters in refereed books
(2017) ‘On the Concept of Creal: The Politico-Ethical Horizon of a Creative Absolute’, in The Dark Precursor: Deleuze and Artistic Research, ed. Paulo de Assis & Paolo Giudici. Louvain: Leuven University Press.
(2016) ‘We, Anthrobot: Learning from Human Forms of Interaction and Esprit de Corps to Develop More Diverse Social Robotics’, in What Social Robots Can and Should do. Amsterdam: IOS Press. With Dr. Ram Rammamorthy and Dr. Michael Rovatsos.
Conference and seminar papers (since 2015)
(February 2018) ‘Cosmic Anthrobots: Conjecturing Our Mode of Collaboration With Robonauts’, Robophilosophy Conference 2018, University of Vienna, Austria. (Invited speaker).
(January 2018) ‘Cosmic Anthrobots: Conjecturing Our Mode of Collaboration With Robonauts’, Lund University Seminar (Invited speaker).
(November 2017) ‘The Isolation Syndrome of Automation: Splendours and Miseries of Technological Co-Creation’, Stockholm University, Sweden. (Invited speaker).
(July 2017) ‘Anthrobots or Worldformers? The agency to come’, Society for French Studies Conference, Durham University, UK. (Invited speaker).
(May 2017) ‘Anthrobotic Intelligence as a Response to Artificial Intelligence, Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference, Göteborg University, Sweden.
(March 2017) ‘We, Anthrobot: Learning From Human Forms of Interaction and Esprit de Corps to Develop More Diverse Social Robotics’, Anthrobotics International Workshop, University of Edinburgh, UK.
(December 2016) ‘Big Data, Small Concepts: Histosophy as an Approach to Longue Durée History’, 60 Years of Essentially Contested Concepts. With Dr. Emile Chabal.
(Oxtober 2016) ‘We, Anthrobot: Learning From Human Forms of Interaction and Esprit de Corps to Develop More Diverse Social Robotics’, Robophilosophy Conference 2016, University of Aarhus, Danemark. (Invited speaker.)
(November 2015) ‘Esprit de Corps: The Secret of Collective Action’, How to Act Together, University of Belgrade, Serbia.
(November 2015) ‘On the Concept of Creal: Ethical Promises of a Non-Teleological Creative Universal’, Dare Conference: Deleuze and Artistic Practice, Orpheus Institute, University of Ghent, Belgium.
(October 2015) ‘Out of Focus: Sartre’s Existentialism Through the Lens of the Videogame Life is Strange’, French Media Research Group Conference, University of Newcastle, UK.
(September 2015) ‘Towards a New Frontier of the Self? A Genealogy of Esprit de Corps’, Society for European Philosophy Conference, University of Dundee, UK.
(July 2015) ‘Digital History as Methodology’, Society for the Study of French History, St Andrews University, UK.
(June 2015) ‘Can Esprit de Corps Recreate our Lives?’, Deleuze Studies International Conference, Konstfack University College, Stockholm, Sweden.
(April 2015) ‘Esprit de Corps: a Prehistory of the Notion of Solidarity’, Graceh Conference, University of Vienna, Austria. (Invited speaker).
(March 2015) ‘Esprit de Corps: A Universal Anti-Universalist Concept’, Cultural Literacy in Europe, University of Birkbeck. (Invited speaker).
(January 2015) ‘One for All, All for the Nation: the French Invention of Esprit de Corps in the 18th century and Its Propagation into English’, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Oxford University, UK. (Invited speaker.)