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 and Cullen, Anthony and Guest, Carly and Kerin, Lughaidh and Peyrefitte, Magali and Rodriguez, Sara and Seoighe, Rachel (2018) Exploring the impact of contemplative methods in HE learning and teaching. In: 2018 Annual Learning and Teaching Conference: Pedagogies Fit for 21st Century Learning, 7 Sept 2018, Middlesex University, London, UK.
Bergman, Mats and Kirtiklis, Kęstas and Siebers, Johan , eds. (2018) Models of communication: theoretical and philosophical approaches. Routledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education (15). Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138294554
Siebers, Johan (2018) Being as communication: an exploratory model. In: Models of Communication: Theoretical and Philosophical Approaches. Bergman, Mats and Kirtiklis, Kęstas and Siebers, Johan , eds. Routledge Studies in European Communication Research and Education (15). Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138294554 (Accepted/In press)
Siebers, Johan (2018) Ernst Bloch's geist der utopie after a century: a Janus-Faced reading on the Trail of Hope. In: Back to the Future: Tradition and Innovation in German Studies. Silberman, Marc , ed. German Life and Civilization, 68 (68). Peter Lang, New York, pp. 37-62. ISBN 9781788743044
Siebers, Johan (2017) Das merke des lesens: Blochs randbemerkungen zu Hegels phänomenologie des geistes. In: Bloch Almanach. Kufeld, Klaus , ed. Periodikum des Ernst-Bloch-Zentrums der Stadt Ludwigshafen, 34 . Aisthesis Verlag, pp. 263-274. ISBN 9783849812553