Andreas Karoutas

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College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Politics
Department: Politics
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Political Thought

SHORT-BIO:

I graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2011 with a BScEcon (Hons) degree in International Politics and International History, where I was taught by Professor Ian Clark and Professor Jenny Edkins -- whose internationally recognized handbooks we read tutorial classes. I completed my UG dissertation in critical historiography under the supervision of Dr Patrick Finney on the subject of Nationalism in the Teaching of the Balkan 'Other' in Greek School Education 1830-1930. On the recommendation of, and with references from, Prof Edkins, I then studied MA Critical Global Politics at the University of Exeter, graduating in 2012. It was during my MA that Dr Andrew Schaap introduced me to the ideas of Jacques Rancière, whose (anti-)philosophy of 'politics' I found fascinating. My MA dissertation on ethical consumerism explored consumption and peer-to-peer funding using the internet under a Baudrillardian post-modern prism. It was actually really terrible - so please never ask me about it! Nevertheless, this brief engagement with post-modern and post-structuralist literature spurred me to continue my exploration of 20th century French philosophy. On the recommendation of Dr Schaap, I decided to stay at the University of Exeter for a PhD -- despite initially planning my stay at Exeter to be a short one. My PhD is co-supervised by Dr Andrew Schaap and Dr Alex Prichard, and I couldn't have asked for better supervisors if I had searched the whole world. I will be academically indebted to them and forever beholden to the philosophical and political ideas they introduced me to, shaping my passion for the possibilities and prospects of anarchism and radical democratic politics.

Prior to my studies in Aberystwyth, I studied towards a BSc degree in Computer Games Development. It was not to be, but the experience helped me understand the place of technology and the importance of hard science in our contemporary world. Also, video games are really important as philosophical, educative and experiential devices! I am just as happy to discuss the philosophy of Dark Souls, or the gameplay mechanics of Breath of the Wild and the level design of Mario 64, so if there are any gamers reading this: all your base are belong to us.