Dr Cat Moir

BA, PhD (University of Sheffield), MA (College of Europe)
Lecturer
Chair of Germanic Studies Department

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Before joining the Department of Germanic Studies at Sydney in 2015, I held lectureships at the universities of Cambridge and Durham in the UK. I completed my PhD in Germanic Studies at the University of Sheffield in 2014, with a thesis on the philosophy of twentieth-century German thinker Ernst Bloch. The monograph resulting from that research, Ernst Bloch's Speculative Materialism: Ontology, Epistemology, and Politics, is under contract to appear in Brill's Historical Materialism book series.

My research is broadly concerned with the history of ideas in Europe during the 'long' nineteenth and 'short' twentieth centuries (roughly 1780-1989). A particular focus has been the thought of the Frankfurt School and related figures, and the roots of its particular brand of critical theory in German idealism, romanticism, Kantianism, and Marxism. I am also interested in the relationship between literature/art and philosophy on the one hand, and science and ideology on the other.

In addition to ongoing work on Bloch, which includes a number of translation and collaborative volume projects, my current research examines the impact of biology on European left-wing social and political thought from its foundations as a science around 1800, to 1933 when the rise of the Nazi biological state transformed Europe's intellectual and political landscape. Archival work on this project is supported by an Australian Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship.

Research interests

  • German idealism and romanticism
  • historical materialism
  • Frankfurt School critical theory
  • utopianism
  • environmental humanities
  • literature and philosophy
  • history of science
  • history of ideologies

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • GRMN2642 German Culture and Society 1789-1918
  • GRMN3010 Translating German Culture
  • GRMN3011 Power and Protest in 20th Century Germany
  • GRMN3686 Modern German Thought

Supervision

I would be happy to supervise Honours and postgraduate research students working in any area of German or comparative history or thought in the late eighteenth, nineteenth, or twentieth centuries.

Current research students

Project title Research student
The Kantian Sublime in European Romantic Literature Nanda Jarosz JAROSZ

Current projects

  • Biological Thought and the European Left
  • Concepts and Theories of Life (with Dalia Nassar, Philosophy): http://sydney.edu.au/intellectual-history/concepts-and-theories-of-life/
  • Reform, Revolution and Crisis in Europe (with Bronwyn Winter, European Studies): http://sydney.edu.au/arts/conference/reform-and-revolution/
  • Enlightenment Thinking (project led by Jennifer Milam): http://sydney.edu.au/arts/slam/research/projects/enlightenment_thinking.shtml

Associations

  • International Society of Intellectual History (ISIH)
  • Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Association (INCSA)
  • German Studies Association of Australasia (GSAA)
  • German History Society (GHS)
  • Association of German Studies of the UK and Ireland (AGS)
  • German Studies Association (GSA)
  • Modern Languages Association (MLA)

In the media

Interview with Nyx: a noctournal on Bloch’s materialism and language:

https://nyxnoctournal.org/2016/03/10/the-bloch-series-5-cat-moir-on-blochs-materialism-language/

International Collaboration

  • International Member of the Ernst Bloch Centre, London

Selected Grants

  • 2016 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Collaborative Research Grant (co-lead investigator) on Concepts and Theories of Life
  • 2016 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Small Grant, Natural History and German Colonialism
  • 2013-2014 Leverhulme Trust (UK) Study Abroad Scholarship, for research on Bloch’s Hegel reception at the Hegel Archive, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany
  • 2010 Sylvia Naish Fellowship in Germanic Studies, Institute for Modern Languages Research (IMLR, formerly IGRS), London

Forthcoming Publications

Monographs:

Ernst Bloch’s Speculative Materialism: Ontology, Epistemology, Politics(Leiden: Brill), under contract

Edited volumes:

(with Henk de Berg, Sheffield)Ernst Bloch between Hegel and Marx(Leiden: Brill), under contract

Translations:

Ernst Bloch’s Utopian Materialism: Selected Essays(Leiden: Brill), under contract

Edited volumes:

(with Henk de Berg, Sheffield) Ernst Bloch between Hegel and Marx (Leiden: Brill), under contract

Chapters in edited volumes:

‘Ernst Bloch and The Principle of Hope’ in SAGE Handbook of Political Theory (SAGE), accepted for publication

'The Historical Fallacy: Hermann Oncken and the Problem of Fiction in Thomas More's Utopia' in The Oxford Handbook of Thomas More's Utopia, eds. Cathy Shrank and Phil Withington, in progress.

‘Beyond the Turn: Ernst Bloch and the Future of Speculative Materialism,’ in Poetics Today, 37:2 (in press).
‘The Birth of Materialism out of the Spirit of Expressionism,’ in Johan Siebers (ed.), Revue internationale de philosophie (in press).
Edited volumes
(with Henk de Berg, Sheffield) Ernst Bloch between Hegel and Marx (Leiden: Brill), under contract

Selected grants

2017

  • Enlightment Thinking; Milam J, Caine B, Gaukroger S, Sluga G, Nassar D, Waldow A, Borghesi F, Moir C; DVC Research/Sydney Research Excellence Initiative 2020 (SREI).
  • Understanding Europe: 3 x 2cp units (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Winter B, Moir C, Morgan P, Karalis V, Sorbera L, Stott C, Walsh A, Alba A, Rubino A; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.
  • Conceptions and Theories of 'Life' from the Nineteenth Century to the Present; Moir C, Nassar D; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Moir, C. (2018). Ernst Bloch and The Principle of Hope. In Beverley Best, Werner Bonefeld and Chris OKane (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, (pp. 199-215). London: Sage Publications.
  • Moir, C. (2013). The Education of Hope: On the Dialectical Potential of Speculative Materialism. In Peter Thompson and Slavoj Žižek (Eds.), The Privatization of Hope, (pp. 121-143). Chicago: Duke University Press. [More Information]
  • Moir, C. (2011). Faith in Translation: Translational Resonance and Scriptural Representation in Islam and Christianity. In Stephen Hutchings, Chris Flood, Galina Miazhevich and Henri Nickels (Eds.), Islam in its International Context: Comparative Perspectives, (pp. 214-230). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journals

  • Moir, C. (2017). Speculation, Dialectic and Critique: Hegel and Critical Theory in Germany after 1945. Hegel Bulletin, 38(2), 199-220. [More Information]
  • Moir, C. (2017). The Politics of Prophecy: Reformation Memory and German Exceptionalism in Weimar Thought. Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies (ANZJES), 9(3), 7-25.
  • Moir, C. (2016). Beyond the Turn: Ernst Bloch and the Future of Speculative Materialism. Poetics Today, 37(2), 327-351. [More Information]
  • Moir, C. (2016). Casting a Picture. Anthropology & Materialism: A Journal of Social Research, 2016 (3), 1-18. [More Information]
  • Moir, C. (2016). Walter Benjamin and the Remains of a Philosophy of History: A Review of Walter Benjamin: An Introduction to His Work and Thought by Uwe Steiner. Historical Materialism-Research in Critical Marxist Theory, 24(4), 221-233. [More Information]
  • Moir, C. (2013). Ernst Bloch und die Zukunft des spekulativen Materialismus. Bloch-Almanach, 32, 163-179.
  • Moir, C., Siebers, J. (2012). Aufenthalt im Unerhorten: Blochs Hebel-Lekturen (1926-1965). Bloch-Almanach, 31, 89-108.
  • Moir, C. (2011). Revolution, Revelation and Reformation: Towards a Blochian Critique of East German Folk Atheism. Track Changes, Summer(2011), 93-113.
  • Moir, C., Siebers, J. (2011). Ubersetzung als Utopie bei Bloch: Uber die Schwierigkeit des Uberschreitens. Bloch-Jahrbuch, 32, 189-194.
  • Moir, C. (2009). Translational Resonance: Authenticity and Authority in the Bible and the Quran. New Voices in Translation Studies, 5(2009), 29-45.

2018

  • Moir, C. (2018). Ernst Bloch and The Principle of Hope. In Beverley Best, Werner Bonefeld and Chris OKane (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory, (pp. 199-215). London: Sage Publications.

2017

  • Moir, C. (2017). Speculation, Dialectic and Critique: Hegel and Critical Theory in Germany after 1945. Hegel Bulletin, 38(2), 199-220. [More Information]
  • Moir, C. (2017). The Politics of Prophecy: Reformation Memory and German Exceptionalism in Weimar Thought. Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies (ANZJES), 9(3), 7-25.

2016

  • Moir, C. (2016). Beyond the Turn: Ernst Bloch and the Future of Speculative Materialism. Poetics Today, 37(2), 327-351. [More Information]
  • Moir, C. (2016). Casting a Picture. Anthropology & Materialism: A Journal of Social Research, 2016 (3), 1-18. [More Information]
  • Moir, C. (2016). Walter Benjamin and the Remains of a Philosophy of History: A Review of Walter Benjamin: An Introduction to His Work and Thought by Uwe Steiner. Historical Materialism-Research in Critical Marxist Theory, 24(4), 221-233. [More Information]

2013

  • Moir, C. (2013). Ernst Bloch und die Zukunft des spekulativen Materialismus. Bloch-Almanach, 32, 163-179.
  • Moir, C. (2013). The Education of Hope: On the Dialectical Potential of Speculative Materialism. In Peter Thompson and Slavoj Žižek (Eds.), The Privatization of Hope, (pp. 121-143). Chicago: Duke University Press. [More Information]

2012

  • Moir, C., Siebers, J. (2012). Aufenthalt im Unerhorten: Blochs Hebel-Lekturen (1926-1965). Bloch-Almanach, 31, 89-108.

2011

  • Moir, C. (2011). Faith in Translation: Translational Resonance and Scriptural Representation in Islam and Christianity. In Stephen Hutchings, Chris Flood, Galina Miazhevich and Henri Nickels (Eds.), Islam in its International Context: Comparative Perspectives, (pp. 214-230). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Moir, C. (2011). Revolution, Revelation and Reformation: Towards a Blochian Critique of East German Folk Atheism. Track Changes, Summer(2011), 93-113.
  • Moir, C., Siebers, J. (2011). Ubersetzung als Utopie bei Bloch: Uber die Schwierigkeit des Uberschreitens. Bloch-Jahrbuch, 32, 189-194.

2009

  • Moir, C. (2009). Translational Resonance: Authenticity and Authority in the Bible and the Quran. New Voices in Translation Studies, 5(2009), 29-45.

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