Joseph Grim Feinberg

Joseph Grim Feinberg, Ph.D.

Address: Jilská 1, Praha 1, 110 00

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1. Current Position

Research fellow, Department for the Study of Modern Czech Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

2. Areas of Specialization

Czech Marxist humanism (esp. Karel Kosík, Robert Kalivoda, Ivan Sviták); dissident thought and analyses of Soviet–type society (e.g. Václav Havel, the Budapest School); theories of political collectivity (e.g. "the people," "civil society," "the proletariat")–.

3. Areas of Competence

Political theory; critical social theory; surrealism; aesthetics and politics.

4. Previous and Other Employment

Researcher, Institute for Sociology, Slovak Academy of Sciences (fall 2013 – fall 2017).

Visiting lecturer, University of Vienna, Department of European Ethnology, Spring 2013.

Graduate instructor, University of Chicago, 2005–2010

5. Education

2014 – Anthropology, University of Chicago (Ph.D.)

2006 – Anthropology, University of Chicago (M.A.)

2002 – Philosophy and Anthropology, Grinnell College (B.A.)

6. Stipends, grants, stays abroad

Czech Science Foundation research grant, "Unity and Multiplicity in Contemporary Thought," 2017–2019 (researcher on 3–member team).

Slovak Research and Development Agency grant, "Democracy and Citizens in Slovakia: A half–Century of Change," 2013–2017 (researcher on 8–member team)

Thessaloniki, Greece: School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University, 26.6.2015 – 2.7.2015.

Research stay in Budapest, November 2013.

Fulbright–Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, Slovakia, 2010–11.

Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for Russian language study, University of Chicago, summer 2005.

Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for Czech language study, Masaryk University, Brno. Summer 2004.

7. Publications

7.1. Book–Length Work

Co–editor (with Pavel Siostrzonek) of: G. M. Tamás, K filosofii socialismu (Toward a Philosophy of Socialism). Trans. Pavel Siostrzonek. Prague: Filosofia, 2016.

Editor and translator of: Ivan Sviták, The Windmills of Humanity: On Culture and Surrealism in the Manipulated World. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 2014.

7.2. Scholarly Articles

"Básník a lid. Bedřich Václavek mezi literaturou a folklorem" ("The Poet and the People: Bedřich Václavek between Literature and Folklore"). In: Česká literatura, 65 (2017), no. 6, pp. 823–845.

"The Uncivilized Society of Czechoslovak Tramps: An Exploration in Proletarian Fantasy." In: Studia Ethnologica Pragensia, 3 (2017), no. 2, pp. 30–50.

"Človek alebo občan? Alebo, či v reformnom procese šlo vôbec o občiansku spoločnosť..." ("Human Being or Citizen? Or, Was the Czechoslovak Reform Process Really about Civil Society?"). In: Miroslav Tížik and Norbert Kmeť, eds., Príliš ľudská tvár socialismu? Reforma zdola a okolnosti reformného procesu v Československu v roku 1968, Bratislava: Institute for Sociology (forthcoming).

"Z trosek civilizace. Barbarská filosofie G. M. Tamáse" ("On the Ruins of Cilization: The Barbarous Philosophy of G. M. Tamás"). In: G. M. Tamás, K filosofii socialismu (Toward a Philosophy of Socialism), trans. Pavel Siostrzonek. Prague: Filosofia, 2016, pp. 9–30.

"'Jeden veľký kolektív'. Folklór ako vystúpenie a organizácia" ("'One Big Collective': Folklore as Performance and Organization"). In: Sociológia – Slovak Sociological Review, vol. 48, no. 4 (2016), pp. 357–376.

"Cestami emancipací" ("The Order of Emancipation"; interview with Agnes Heller). In: Filosofický časopis, vol. 63, no. 3 (2015), pp. 325–338.

"Ještě mladší Marx, antipolitik a antiobčan" ("The Even Younger Marx, Anti–Political and Anti–Civic"). In: Filosofický časopis, vol. 63, no. 3 (2015), pp. 357–377.

"Human, All Too Human? (Introduction and Homage to Ivan Sviták.)" In: Ivan Sviták, The Windmills of Humanity: On Culture and Surrealism in the Manipulated World, ed. Joseph Grim Feinberg. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 2014.

"Returning Folklore to the People: On the Paradox of Publicizing Folklore in Post–Communist Slovakia." In: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Volkskunde, vol. 116, no. 3+4 (2013), pp. 404–427.

"The Civic and the Proletarian." In: Socialism & Democracy, vol. 27, no. 3 (November 2013), pp. 1–31.

"Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Folk?" In: Slovenský národopis, vol. 61 (2013), no. 5, pp. 548–560.

"Verejnosť bez seba" ("The Public beside Itself"). In: Kritická teória Jürgena Habermasa v sociologickom výskume, ed. Miroslav Tižík. Bratislava: Institute for Sociology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, 2013, pp. 104–109.

"Má folklór právo existovať? K teórii a metodológii ľudového realizmu" ("Does Folklore Have the Right to Exist? Toward a Theory and Methodology of Popular Realism"). In: Teória Pierra Bourdieua ako inšpirácia pre sociologický výskum, ed. Miroslav Tížik, Bratislava: Institute for Sociology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, 2013, pp. 120–136.

"The Unfinished Story of Central European Dissidence." In: Telos 145, winter 2008, pp. 47–66; originally published in: Slovo (Bratislava, Slovakia), Nos. 22, 24, 26–27, and 29, 2007. Greek translation published as Δημοκρατία χωρίς δήμο: Νεοφιλελευθερισμός εναντίον κοινωνίας, trans. Gerasimos Lykiardopoulos (Athens: Erasmos, 2012). Revised Czech translation in: Dějiny – teorie – kritika, 2014, no. 2, pp. 293–318.7.3. Reviews and Notes

7.3 Reviews

Review of Reading Václav Havel, by David S. Danaher. In: Slavic and East European Journal (forthcoming).

"People, Multitude, Society." In: Review of Radical Democracy and Collective Movements Today: The Biopolitics of the Multitude versus the Hegemony of the People, ed. Alexandros Kioupkiolis and Giorgos Katsambekis. In: Contradictions, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 207–215. Abridged in: Chronos, July 2015 (online at–grim–feinberg–people–multitude–society.html).

Review of Songbook: How Lyrics Became Poetry in Medieval Europe by Marisa Galvez. In: Journal of Folklore Research Reviews, posted March 18, 2015.

"Může nás ještě inspirovat Pražské jaro?" ("Can the Prague Spring Still Inspire Us?"). Review of Inspirace Pražské jaro 1968. Literární noviny – sborník statí, ed. Eva Červinková et al., in: Listy, no. 6 (2014), pp. 90–91.

Review of John Bolton, Worlds of Dissent. In: Dějiny – teorie – kritika, 2013/1, pp. 177–188.

Review of The Big Red Songbook, ed. Archie Green et al. In: Journal of American Folklore, 123, no. 488 (spring 2010), pp. 233–5.

"Folklore has Always Been Modern: A Review of Recent Multilingual Publications from the Czech Republic." In: Journal of Folklore Research Reviews, 13 April, 2009.

7.4. Literary and Theoretical Essays (selection)

"Mechanismus iluze" ("The Mechanism of Illusion"), in: A2, 2017, no. 9, pp. 18–19.

"Goodbye, Internationalism! On the Anti–Multicultural Left in East–Central Europe." In: Political Critique, 8. 6. 2017 (online at–internationalism–on–the–anti–multicultural–left–in–east–central–europe/; also in Czech: "Sbohem internacionalizme!", in: A2, 2017, no. 7, pp. 18–19; and online at Pole blog:–internacionalizmus–antimultikulturnej–lavici–ktora–vzyva–narod/).

"An Austere Place of Refuge," in: LeftEast, Feb. 15, 2016 (online at–austere–place–of–refuge/; [published in abridged form by Political Critique, Feb. 26, 2016,–place–of–refuge/; in German translation in Le monde diplomatique, Deutsche Ausgabe, April 2016, pp. 6–7; in Czech in: A2, 8/2016, pp. 18–19; in Greek on, March 18, 2016).

"Europe and Its Ends," in: Heathwood, October 19, 2015 (online at–and–its–ends/).

"Hľadá sa novosť starých revolúcií" ("Seeking the Newness of Old Revolutions"), in: Pravda, Nov. 19, 2014, pp. 34–35.

"Ideologie 'tavicího kotle'" ("The Ideology of the 'Melting Pot'"), in: A2, no. 20, 2014, p. 29.

"Boli všetky revolúcie zradené?" ("Have All the Revolutions Been Betrayed?"): interview with Ágnes Heller, in: Pravda, Aug. 25, 2014, pp. 22, 27.

"Kritérium neolyrického věku" ("Criterion of the Neo–Lyrical Age"), in: Tvar, no. 9, 2014 pp. 10–11.

"The Indiscreet Charm of Aristocracy", in: Chronos (in English and Greek):–the–indiscreet–charm–of–aristocracy.html. (In Czech: "Nápadný půvab aristokracie," by Analogon, No. 69, 2013, also online at–pvab–aristokracie.)

"Why I Emigrated from America." In: The Montréal Review, December 2012.

"We Have Been Naught." Regular column on the history of labor songs; in: Malmoe, May 2011 – March 2013, in: Pravda, Sept. 2014 – present (now entitled "O hlase").

"Cars Can Never Run Cleanly: The Automobile as an (Anti–)Social Form,", 8 November 2010. (In Slovak: "Nikdy nebudú na čistý pohon: Automobil ako (proti)spoločenská forma," trans. Leo Singer, in: Nové slovo, no. 9, 2010.)

"Academic Grants Foster Waste and Antagonism, Not Scholarship." In: Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 17, 2010.

"Democracy against Politics: Problems and Potential of a New Radical Tendency in Latin America." In: Against the Current, XXIII(4), September/October 2008.

"Kundera a gýč [Kundera and Kitsch]," in: Nové slovo, no. 44, 2006.

"We Are the Dialectic: An Essay for Positive Politics." In: Socialism & Democracy, vol. 23, no. 1 (March 2009), pp. 124–8.

7.5. Popularization and Public Appearances (selection)

"Česko na cestě: Vize a milníky." Invited participant, conference, Prague, Oct. 30, 2017.

"Soukromé vlastnictví. Filosofická perspektiva." Invited lecture, Autonomní sociální centrum Klinika, Prague, Oct. 10, 2017.

"Ruiny." Invited panelist, public discussion on folklore and politics, Rimavská Sobota, Sept. 9, 2017.

Guest on television program Večera s Havranom [(episode: "Akú Ameriku potrebuje Európa?"), RTVS channel 2, Nov. 8, 2016.

"Nové vlny, stará vlna" ("New Waves, Old Wave"), "Vlny" symposium, Gymnázium Jana Keplera, Nov. 17, 2015.

8. Editorial and Professional Organizational Work

Editor: Contradictions: A Journal for Critical Thought/ Kontradikce. Časopis pro kritické myšlení (since 2016).

Co–editor of book series "Emancipace a kritika" ("Emancipation and Critique"), Filosofia publishing house, Prague.

Conference: 1968 – 1989: Paris – Prague (Prague, November 2017; member of organizing committee)

Conference: Slovenská verejnosť, diskurz a politika na sklonku 60. rokov 20. storočia (Bratislava, November 2014; member of organizing committee).

Conference: 1989: Thinking Revolution in East–Central Europe, (Prague, October 2014; member of organizing committee).

Conference: Karel Kosík and Dialectics of the Concrete (Prague, June 2014; member of organizing committee).

Conference: Jürgen Habermas's Critical Theory in Sociological Research (Bratislava, November 2012; member of organizing committee).

Conference: The Theory of Pierre Bourdieu in Sociological Research (Bratislava, November 2011; member of organizing committee).


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