Position: Senior Lecturer and Head of School
Phone: +44 (0)1248 382768
Location: T24, Main Arts
My research interests are principally in theories of psychoanalysis and philosophy and their application to cultural phenomena, especially to the built environment and architecture, and also to the psychological motivations for religious belief and experience.
I read philosophy for my first degree, shortly followed by an MA in psychoanalytic studies, and doctoral research on Nietzschean philosophy and its influence on the analytical psychology of C.G. Jung. After completing my PhD I became a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, UK; and later, a research fellow at the Universities of Monash and La Trobe, Victoria, Australia. I was appointed to the Bangor faculty in 2007.
I am co Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Jungian Studies. I guest lecture at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, and I am a qualified counsellor (psychodynamic; BACP and WPF accredited).
- Continental philosophy (especially Nietzsche)
- Depth psychology (psychoanalysis, analytical psychology, archetypal psychology, and object relations: especially Freud, C.G. Jung, Hillman, Winnicott, Bollas)
- Aesthetic experience (especially in relation to architecture)
- Mental health and its relationship to religion/spirituality (especially deconstructing phenomena of ‘madness’, ‘inspired states’, ‘creativity’; and psychological diagnoses of ‘religious’ experience)
When I’m not working I’m usually watching American football, and following its strategic game-play (I’m a life-long fan and obsessive of the Cincinnati Bengals, and of course support Bangor University’s own team, the MudDogs!)
Please enquire about my availability for doctoral (PhD) supervision. I teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students. I currently supervise a number of MRes and MARes students in addition to the following PhD research students.
- Martin Gledhill: The Biography of the Tower: Architecture and C.G. Jung.
- Joshua Duff: The Death of God Motif in the Subversive Philosophical Anthropologies of Nietzsche and St. Paul
- Lucie Hill: Creativity and Madness in Fine Art: C.G. Jung and Aesthetics
- Nikolai Blaskow: Ressentiment: Towards a Christology without enemies: The case of Friedrich Nietzsche versus René Girard.
- Eric Scott Krasny: Archetypal Roots of English Mysticism in William Law.
- Emma Buchanan: Jung and post-apocalyptic narratives (College of Arts and Humanities Scholarship)
- Joshua Andrews: Finding Meaning in Despair: A Re-evaluation of the Buddhist-Kierkegaard Dialogue
I have supervised the following successful doctoral (PhD) theses. The majority have since been published as monographs.
- ‘A Kindred Spirit in the Shadows: C.G. Jung’s unfounded rejection of Søren Kierkegaard’ (Amy Cook, PhD 2014)
- ‘Transcendent Experience, Process, and Praxis within the ‘Transcendence Movement’ (Keith Beasley, 2013)
- ‘The Christian Platonism of George Grant: following Simone Weil from the cave to the cross’ (Brad Jersak, PhD, 2012)
- ‘A revised epistemology for an understanding of spirit release therapy, according to the conceptual framework of F.W.H. Myers’ (Terence Palmer, PhD, 2012)
I teach the following undergraduate taught modules.
- Psychology of Religion (VPR2209/VPR3309)
- Existentialism (VPR1103)
- Death of God (VPR1104)
- Paradoxes of Self (VPR2203/VPR3303)
- Independent Study (VPR2207)
- Head of School
- University Ethics Board
- University Student Services Task Group
- University Student Mental Health Strategy Group
- University Senate Committee
- Director of Postgraduate Studies, School of Philosophy & Religion
- Senior Tutor, School of Philosophy & Religion
- Personal Tutor
I am an Honorary Counsellor working in the University student counselling services
Editor-In-Chief (since 2010), International Journal of Jungian Studies (ISSN 1940-9052/1940-9060; peer-reviewed, 3 issues per year. http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rijj20/current#.VJP7XT3pAA
- Since 2014, Editorial Board, Behavioral Science (ISSN 2076-328X); peer reviewed, open access.
- Since 2013, Editorial Board, Quandrant (ISSN 0033-‐5010).
- Since 2012, Editorial Board, Spring, Journal of Archetype and Culture, (ISSN 1934-2039/1934-2047
- 2017: ‘Outstanding Pastoral Support’, Bangor University Student-Led Teaching Award.
- 2016: ‘Wildcard Award’, Bangor University Student-Led Teaching Award.
- 2014: Teaching Fellowship, Bangor University Award (for outstanding contribution to teaching, £1000)
- 2013: Mythos Grant, visiting scholarship, Opus Archives and Research Center, Santa Barbara ($4500).
- 2013: ‘Teacher of the Year’, Bangor University Student-Led Teaching Award.
- 2013-2017: Shortlisted for various Bangor University Student-Led Teaching Awards, including Outstanding Pastoral Care, Dissertation/Supervisor of the Year, Teacher of the Year
- 2012: Artellus Small Grant (£2000).