Position: Professor and Deputy Head of School
Phone: +44 (0)1248 382768
Location: T24, Main Arts
My research interests are principally in theories philosophy and psychoanalysis 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 have recently published a monograph Architecture and the Mimetic Self: a psychoanalytic study of how buildings make and break our lives (Routledge: London and NY) - which was shortlisted for an international award. I'm currently undertaking research for a monograph on Nietzsche and architecture.
My monograph Nietzsche and Jung: The whole self in the Union of Opposites (Routedge: London and NY) has been translated into three languages.
I am a member of the Peer Review College (Home/EU and International) of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Between 2010-2019 I was Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Jungian Studies. I am a qualified counsellor (psychodynamic; BACP and WPF accredited).
- Analytical psychology / psychoanalysis
- C.G. Jung
- Philosophy of Architecture
- Philosophy of Place
- Mental health and its relationship to existentialism and religion
When I’m not working I’m usually watching NFL football (I’m a life-long fan and obsessive of the Cincinnati Bengals, and support Bangor University’s own team, the MudDogs). I'm also an avid follower of Aussie Rules Football (AFL) and F1 motor racing.
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 happy to consider research proposals for PhD study in the following areas: Nietzsche; Aesthetics; C.G. Jung; Freud; Psychoanalytic Studies; Philosophy and Architecture; Philosophy and Place; Psychoanalysis and Film; Psychoanalysis and Religious Experience.
I am currently sole supervisor for the following PhD research projects.
- The Biography of the Tower: Architecture and C.G. Jung (Martin Gledhill).
- Ressentiment: Towards a Christology without enemies: The case of Friedrich Nietzsche versus René Girard (Nikolai Blaskow)
- The Natural Science and Nietzsche's Will to Power. (Capt. Paul Curtis)
- Nietzsche, Christianity, and the Will to Power as a Spiritual Approach to Life (Mark Z. Wright)
- Believing in Russia: Religious Policy after Communism (Geraldine Fagan)
I have supervised (as sole supervisor) the following successful doctoral PhD theses. The majority have since been published by the student as monographs.
- Jung and post-apocalyptic zombie narratives (College of Arts and Humanities Scholarship) (Emma Buchanan)
- The Archetypal Shadow: The instinct of selfishness in the work of Robert Moore and Jacob Boehme (Eric Scott Krasny)
- The Death of God Motif in the Philosophical Anthropologies of Nietzsche and St. Paul (Joshua Duff)
- C.G. Jung's Reception of Picasso and Abstract Art (Lucie Hill)
- The Unitive Self in Mental Health, Society, and Politics (Russell Razzaque)
- An Analysis of the Potential Relationships Between Buddist Thought and Kierkegaardian Philosophy (Joshua Andrews)
- A Kindred Spirit in the Shadows: C.G. Jung’s unfounded rejection of Søren Kierkegaard (Amy Cook)
- Transcendent Experience, Process, and Praxis within the ‘Transcendence Movement’ (Keith Beasley)
- The Christian Platonism of George Grant: following Simone Weil from the cave to the cross(Brad Jersak)
- A revised epistemology for an understanding of spirit release therapy, according to the conceptual framework of F.W.H. Myers (Terence Palmer)
- The Trinity and the Vindication of Christian Paradox (Brant Bosserman) (co-supervised)
- Grace Beyond the Grave: A biblical, theological, and practical evaluation of post-mortem evangelisation (Jonathan Stephen) (co-supervised).
I teach the following undergraduate taught modules.
- Psychology of Religion (VPR2209/VPR3309)
- Existentialism (HPS-1005)
- Death of God (HPS-1004)
- Paradoxes of Self (HPS-2011/ HPS-3011)
- Serial Killers (HPS-2015 / HPS-3015)
- Independent Study (VPR2207)
- Dissertation (HPS-3006)
Grant Awards and Recognition
- 2021: Bangor University Student Led Teaching Award: Thesis/Supervisor of the Year.
- 2019: Bangor University Student Led Teaching Award: Teacher of the Year.
- 2018: £75,000 Corporate Grant, All Saints Educational Trust. PI.
- 2018: Bangor University Student Led Teaching Award: Thesis/Supervisor of the Year.
- 2017: Bangor University Student Led Teaching Award: Outstanding Pastoral Support
- 2016: Bangor University Student Led Teaching Award: Wildcard Award
- 2014: Bangor University Teaching Fellowship Award/ £1000
- 2013: $4500 Mythos Grant/ Visiting Scholarship, Opus Archives and Research Center USA.
- 2013: Bangor University Student Led Teaching Award: Teacher of the Year
- 2012: £2000 Artellus Small Grant. PI
- 2013-2021: Shortlisted for various other Bangor University Student Led Teaching Awards, in various categrories.
I am currently working on three projects.
1. 'RE-Connect': A research and outreach programme (funded by All Saints Educational Trust) to establish a pedagogical network for the teaching of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Ethics in Schools across North Wales and the West of England.
2. Nietzsche and Architecture : Research into the influence of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche on architectural design and practice.
3. Architectural history of the former asylum/hospital at Denbigh