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.
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