Luis de Miranda, PhD
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Luis de Miranda is currently a Creative and Philosophical Inspirer, founder of The Philosophical Parlour in Stockholm, Sweden.
April 2018, Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy and History of Science, KTH University Stockholm.
February 2018, Visiting Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.
2014 – 2017, Casual Tutor and Lecturer in French Thought, Literature, and Language, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh.
April 2017, Visiting Lecturer in Digital, Technological, and Media Culture, Department of History of Science, KTH University, Stockholm, Sweden.
Education and Qualifications
September 2014 – November 2017, PhD in Philosophy, Politics, and Global Intellectual History, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh. Fully funded with a Research Scholarship Award. Thesis: Esprit de Corps, external examiner Prof. Richard Whatmore (St Andrews).
August 2016, Certificate (Honours) in Robotic Ethics, Economics and Laws, School of Advanced Studies, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy.
June 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, published as a book in French and translated/published into English.
2002–2003, Master 1 (Mention) in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy Philosophy, Sorbonne University, Paris I. Dissertation on Lacan, published as a book in French.
1992–1994, Diplôme HEC in Economics and Business, HEC-Paris (Jouy-en-Josas) “Best business school in Europe” (Financial Times).
Philosophy of Science and Technology: Fourth-year engineering module ‘Science and fiction’, lecturer, KTH University, Stockholm, Sweden.
Creative Writing (in English): International High School Students, Oxbridge Academic Programs, Paris.
Creative Thinking and New Media: First- and second year, Ecole Média Art, Châlon-sur-Saône, France.
French Language: Jensen Education, International Gymnasium, Stockholm (ongoing part-time).
Second- and fourth-year (grammar; translation; conversation), University of Edinburgh.
French Literature, Thought & Culture (University of Edinburgh): second-year module on History of French Literature since the Medieval Period (From Marie de France to Flaubert); second- and fourth- year modules on Language via Culture and Society, University of Edinburgh; supervision and examination of undergraduate essays, face-to-face or with online marking (Turnitin). Lecture convenor for Comparative Analysis of Texts: ‘Corruption of Beauty and Beauty of Corruption in Baudelaire and Flaubert.’
research prizes and funded academic projects
Esprit de Corps – The University of Edinburgh Research Scholarship Award – Prestigious PhD scholarship (£78,000, 2014-2017)
Anthrobotics International Workshop – Eidyn Philosophy Research Centre Grant to initiate and organise a workshop (£400, 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 (£1900, 2016)
60 Years of Essentially Contested Concepts International Workshop – Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict (£300, 2016).
3-Minute Thesis Competition (Awarded First Prize) – School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Edinburgh (Books Voucher, 2016).
Creation of Reality (CRAG) – To create and manage the CRAG (Creation of Reality) interdisciplinary seminar and conference at the University of Edinburgh, on the various aspects of social creation Researcher-Led Initiative Fund from the University of Edinburgh (£1500, 2015), French Institute in the UK Grant (£1000, 2015), DELC Initiative Award (£1500, 2015-2016), LLC Student-Led Initiative Fund (£800, 2014-2016).
L’Être et le Néon – L’Histoire Culturelle des Néons – Conference Multimedia – Nuit Blanche/Mairie de Paris (£4000, 2012).
Other Professional Activities
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 several 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
Keynote speaker – 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).
Invited speaker – KTH University, Örebro University, and Skövde University (Sweden, 2016-2017); 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) – Spanish, Italian, Swedish, German (intermediate reading and speaking) – Latin, Ancient Greek (basic).
IT – Knowledge of both Mac and Windows operating systems; Microsoft Office; Turnitin, basic website design; iMovie, GarageBand, basic HTML, 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).
Conference and Seminar Papers (since 2012)
(February 2018) ‘“The Isolation Syndrome of Automation”: on Cobots, Humans, and Well-Belonging’, Robophilosophy Concefernce 2018, University of Vienna, Austria. (Invited speaker).
(November 2017) ‘“The Isolation Syndrome of Automation”: on Cobots, Humans, and Well-Belonging’, 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.)
(April 2012) ‘Numérisme et créalisme: la dialectique du siècle à venir?’, Repenser nos forms de vie à l’aune des nouvelles technologies, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France. (Invited speaker).