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

My research expertise is in modern German thought from the Enlightenment period to the late twentieth century. As an intellectual historian, I am chiefly interested in the question of how ideas have shaped and been shaped by broader historical developments in the German-speaking world.

A particular focus of my research to date has been the critical theory of the Frankfurt School and related figures, and the intellectual roots of their ideas in German idealism and romanticism, (neo-)Kantianism, psychoanalysis and Marxism. I have published widely on Bloch, Benjamin, and Adorno, and my first monograph, Ernst Bloch's Speculative Materialism: Ontology, Epistemology, Politics, is forthcoming with Brill.

My current project examines how biological ideas influenced the development of left-wing social and political thought in Germany and Europe more broadly from the foundation of biology as a science around 1800 to 1933 when the rise of the Nazi biological state transformed Europe's intellectual and political climate. This research is supported by funding from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Research interests

  • German idealism
  • romanticism
  • historical materialism
  • Frankfurt School critical theory
  • continental philosophy
  • utopianism
  • philosophy and the arts
  • intellectual history
  • history of science
  • history of ideologies

Teaching and supervision

Coordination:

  • GRMN1001 German 1
  • GRMN1002 German 2
  • GRMN2003 German 3

Teaching:

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

Current research students

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

Current projects

Concepts and Theories of Life from the Nineteenth Century to the Present: http://sydney.edu.au/intellectual-history/concepts-and-theories-of-life/index.shtml

Enlightenment and its Impact:http://sydney.edu.au/intellectual-history/enlightenment/index.shtml

The Politics of Life: Biological Thought and the European Left, 1800-1933:https://www.humanities.org.au/2018/05/24/announcing-2018-travelling-fellowships/

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). Abysmal Humanity: Anthropological Materialism in Georg Buchner and Walter Benjamin. In Corey McCall and Nathan Ross (Eds.), Benjamin, Adorno, and the Experience of Literature, (pp. 76-90). New York and London: Routledge.
  • 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]

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.

Edited Journals

  • Moir, C., Winter, B. (2017). Special issue of ANZJES. Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, 9(3).

2018

  • Moir, C. (2018). Abysmal Humanity: Anthropological Materialism in Georg Buchner and Walter Benjamin. In Corey McCall and Nathan Ross (Eds.), Benjamin, Adorno, and the Experience of Literature, (pp. 76-90). New York and London: Routledge.
  • 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., Winter, B. (2017). Special issue of ANZJES. Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, 9(3).
  • 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). 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.

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