Fluent in Dutch and German.
I convene the Religious Studies Research Colloquium and I am a regular visiting lecturer at institutions in the UK and abroad. My teaching interests are in religious studies, history of philosophy, metaphysics, critical theory, philosophy of communication and rhetoric. In the year 2015-2016 I am teaching SOC2510, Contemporary Social Theory, in the Department of Criminology and Sociology.
My main research interests are in metaphysics and critical theory. Metaphysics tries to answer the question what it means to be; this question is in a way inconstructable; our understanding of existence is informed by this "inconstructable question" (Bloch). Theory is critical when it aims 'to liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them' (Horkheimer). In my work I develop a contemporary form of critical theory that contributes to this aim and takes its starting point from key themes in the philosophy of Ernst Bloch. It is developed along three axes: the ontology of indeterminate being; the unconscious and the body; the critique of ideology. Critical theory needs to be infused with a utopian perspective to be able to address contemporary modes of enslavement and to remain an open practice of questioning.
Siebers, Johan (2016) "Die Welt gut im Gang": der Friedenstopos in Blochs Philosophie. In: Jahrbuch der Ernst Bloch Gesellschaft 2016. BJB (20). Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg. (Accepted/In press)
Siebers, Johan and Akkerman, Stevo (2016) Bij Shell werd ik de Marxist die ik nu ben. Trouw, Amsterdam.
Siebers, Johan and Barron, Nathaniel (2014) Johan Siebers on Bloch, hope and Utopia. Nyx, A Noctournal .
Douglas, Anne and Ravetz, Amanda and Genever, Kate and Siebers, Johan (2014) Why drawing, now? Journal of Art & Communities, 6 . pp. 119-131. ISSN 1757-1936
Siebers, Johan (2014) The Use of the Pen: A Philosophical Improvisation. Critical Muslim, 12 . pp. 141-149. ISSN 2048-8475