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Alex Serafimov

ESRC PhD Student, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Alex Serafimov is an ESRC PhD student at the School of Politics and International Relations. He has a First Class BSc Econ Degree in International Politics from Aberystwyth University, and an MA with Distinction in Research Methods (Politics and International Relations) from Durham University.

Alex is a member of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ), and the Nottingham Centre for Normative Political Theory (CONCEPT).

PhD research topic: The Reason/Emotion dualism in Western Political Thought and Practice

Alex's PhD research focuses on the reason/emotion dualism in Western political thought, and how this dualism is reflected in psychiatric and psychotherapeutic practices historically, and today.

Teaching Summary

M11001 Political Theory: From Ancient to Modern

M12009 Democracy and its Critics

  • The Antidemocratic Trend in Western Political Thought: An Analysis of Key Primary Texts and the Case-study of Women's Democratic Participation

G. M. Trevelyan Prize Competition, Trevelyan College Senior Common Room, Durham University, 2015

  • "Every housewife should have one!" Psychosurgery, Reason and Emotion, Gender and Deviance

International Graduate Conference in Philosophy 2016: Madness, Disorder, and Society, University of Essex, 7 May 2016

  • The Lobotomy as Medical Social Control

Social Sciences: Difference Approaches, Different Solutions? An Inter-disciplinary Dialogue sponsored by th CSSGJ and ESRC, University of Nottingham, 1 July 2016

  • Lobotomy as Social Control: Reason and Emotion, Gender and Deviance

Paper presented at the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, University of Nottingham, 24 October 2016

  • Change Society or Change Yourself? Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as Applied Stoicism

Paper presented at The Nottingham Centre for Normative Political Thought, University of Nottingham, 7 June 2017

  • Social Change as Therapy: Political Transformation and Mental Health

Unraveling the Politics of Disarray, Fifth Annual Postgraduate Conference in Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham, 15 June 2017

  • Creating Stoics: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Self-Mastery and the Reason/Emotion Dualism

Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference, University of Exeter, 29-30 June 2017

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