Philosophy for contemporary challenges


Marina Garcés (IP) Philosopher and associate professor of Arts and Humanities Studies at the Open University of Catalonia, where she directs the Master of Philosophy for contemporary challenges. Promoter of the collective project of critical thinking Espai en Blanc, she is the author, among others, of the books Un mundo común (2012), Filosofía inacabada (2015), Fuera de clase (2016), Ciudad Princesa (2017) or Nueva ilustración radical ( Ciutat de Barcelona Essay Award, 2018) or, very recently, the Escuela de aprendices (2020).

Eduard Aibar professor of science and technology studies at the Department of Arts and Humanities of the Open University of Catalonia and a member of the MUSSOL research group on philosophy for contemporary challenges. He teaches in the Degree in Humanities, in the Degree in Anthropology and Human Evolution, in the Master’s Degree in Philosophy for Contemporary Challenges and in Contemporary History. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Maastricht University (Netherlands), at the University of Salamanca and at the University of Barcelona. He was Vice-Rector for Research at the UOC during the period 2005-2009 and director of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute of the UOC and of the Doctorate Program in Information and Knowledge Society, in other periods. He has developed research mainly on social aspects of science and technology. He has recently focused on the study of open science and technology and has led two research projects on the role of Wikipedia in public communication of science and in university teaching.

Susanna Tesconi has a degree in Philosophy of Language from the University of Pisa, Italy and a PhD in Education from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​researcher, researcher, teacher and creator of learning environments. His work is inspired by the interaction between people and technology in contexts of experiential learning. Currently, she is a professor at the Open University of Catalonia, a member of the Mussol research group and her research activity focuses on the study of arts, design, contemporary philosophical and techno-scientific thought from a perspective that integrates the educational practice and the design of learning environments with the production of theoretical reflection. His main interests are linked to the generation of educational environments and artifacts that, from a socio-constructivist approach, allow exploring the educational potential of the relationships between disciplinary fields.

Antonio Casado da Rocha, PhD in Philosophy and professor at the University of the Basque Country. He investigates communities of practice and contemporary ethical questions, students with groups that commit themselves mutually to the objective of sharing, endowed with repertoire of practices that configure the seva moral identity, and understand ethics with the modes of life that they teach. encourage us to manage the passat, transform the present and imagine the future. The founding member of the Eszena Arteak-UNEA Unibertsitate Association (Arts Escèniques de la Universitat) and the Joxe Azurmendi Chair of Contemporary Thought.

Ignasi Gozalo Salellas. Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and Llicenciat in Audiovisual Communication from the Pompeu Fabra University, he is currently lecturer at the Studies of Information and Communication Sciences and the Master of Philosophy for contemporary representatives of the Open University of Catalonia. He has been Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and Visiting Professor at the Ohio State University and Bryn Mawr College. He has been Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and New York State University (Stony Brook). It develops the seva research between the ambits of thought and visual culture with a special emphasis on the archeology of contemporary and modern mithjans. He is co-author of the audiovisual series What to do: America in the Trump era (2018) and the book The Trump Symptom (2019). He is a regular collaborator of mitjans with Diari Ara, La Maleta de Portbou, CTXT, Público, La Marea and FronteraD.

Christine Hentschel is a professor of criminology: security and resilience at the Social Sciences Department at Universität Hamburg. Her research revolves around affective publics, apocalyptic imaginations, contemporary right wing sentiments and reasoning as well as critical security. She joined the group after a research stay in Barcelona in Spring 2021. In the summer term 2022 she is a fellow at the Kaete Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Postapocalyptic Studies (CAPAS) in Heidelberg where she develops a range of critical devices for reading apocalyptic imaginations in the face of ecological devastation.

Irene Gómez Franco. Collaborating professor at the Open University of Catalonia and associate professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has a PhD with a Summa cum laude mention from the Technical University of Berlin and the UNED, she has been a Marie Curie fellow in the ENGLOBE project with a contract as a European researcher at the Technical University of Berlin (2010-2013). She has been a professor at the European Business School Grande École, Paris (2019-2020), a researcher hired by the University of Potsdam, Germany (2017-2018), a postdoctoral fellow in the Marie Curie WORLDBRIDGES program, and a visiting professor at the National University of Mexico (2017-2018). She has published in international scientific journals and volumes in the field of moral and political philosophy. Her most recent book, Debts pending (2020), Plaza y Valdés-CSIC editores, is dedicated to the extension of the capabilities approach by integrating a concept of prospective responsibility within the framework of intergenerational justice.

Marc Boqué Peña. Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Zaragoza and Degree in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona. Collaborating professor in the Arts and Humanities Area of ​​the Open University of Catalonia. His latest publications are Boqué, M. (2020). “Memory as a metaphysical factum” in Giorgio Colli’s philosophy of expression “. Logos. Anales Del Seminario De Metafísica, 53, 141-158 and “Who made Einstein imagine flashes of light in the windows of trains seen from the platforms?” Thémata. Revista de Filosofía, 53, 63-86.

Borja Muntadas Figueras. Collaborating Professor at the UOC, in the Studies of Arts and Humanities and in those of Psychology and Educational Sciences. He has been Visiting Professor in the Master of Law and Biofuels at UFU (Brazil). Member of the Editorial Board of LAECC and coordinator of the LIBRANT publishing house. Post-doctorate in Philosophy and Law (UFU), Doctor in Contemporary Philosophy (UB), Graduate in Philosophy (UB) and Diploma in Business Sciences (UPC). He is the co-author of The Cage of Time. (2020) and author of Inmediatez. Capitalism and Accelerated Lives (2016).

Alba G. Torrents. Alba Torrents has a doctorate in Philosophy from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and in Social Communication from the National University of Córdoba. Currently, she works as a teacher in the Department of Philosophy at the UAB. She is also a collaborating professor of the Master of Philosophy for Contemporary Challenges at the Open University of Catalonia. She has worked as a researcher at the Center for Research and Study of Culture and Society (CIECS) in Argentina and has been a visiting researcher at the University of Kyoto Seika.

María García Pérez. Doctor of Philosophy with cum laude from the University of Granada and Bachelor of Philosophy from the University of Murcia, with research stays at the Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC), she is a collaborating professor at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) , (University Master’s Degree in Philosophy for Contemporary Challenges and Degree in Social Education), collaborating professor at the National Distance University (UNED) and member of the editorial committee of the magazine Thought on the margin. His lines of research are: ontology, political ontology, biopolitics, thought of difference, community and impolitic thought, fundamentally. She is the author of the book Politics of Love (2020) and various articles in scientific journals on philosophy and political philosophy.

Berta Subirats Ribas. She has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona and a master’s degree in Contemporary European Philosophy from Kingston University and Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint Denis. She has worked in the cultural sector, both in public institutions (CCCB; Barcelona City Council) and in the private sector (Fundació Víctor Grífols y Lucas, Benecé, ICC Consultors). Currently, she is enrolled in the Humanities and Communication doctoral program at the Open University of Catalonia with a research project on the role of violence in politics.

Victor Hermoso. Graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona and Humanities from the Open University of Catalonia, extraordinary prize in the Master of Contemporary Thought at the University of Barcelona. He has worked as an educator and researcher at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) and as a professor of philosophy in post-secondary education. His interests focus on contemporary philosophical thought, particularly political thought, science and technology studies, posthumanism, and postcontinental realism. Currently, he is carrying out research on political emancipation and technological development from the perspective of Science and Technology Studies (STS) in the doctoral program in Humanities and Communication at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. He also regularly collaborates with the Limit Group and the Materia Oscura publishing house.

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