Andrea Mura (External member – Open University)
I am Research Fellow in Political Philosophy at the Open University’s Faculty of Social Sciences. My work lies in the intersections between Philosophy, Ethics, and Psychoanalysis.
Besides academic qualifications in philosophy in Italy and in the UK, I have gained clinical training in psychoanalysis at the Centre of Freudian Analysis and Research in London and the New Lacanian School in Rome. I published articles in international academic journals, including Comparative Philosophy, Journal of Political Ideologies, Language and Psychoanalysis, European Journal of Psychoanalysis, and I am the author of two monographs, The Symbolic Scenarios of Islamism: A Study in Islamic Political Thought (Ashgate, 2014) and Post-modernity: A Philosophical Introduction, (Ediesse, 2015; in Italian). In February 2014, I co-edited a Featured Guest Week, ‘Searching for a European Commons’ at openDemocracy, which included several video interviews I have been realizing on the theme ‘Indebted Citizenship’ (broadcast video interviews so far: David Harvey and Rosi Braidotti).
My work over the past years has inquired into the influence that theological-political questions have traditionally exerted upon ideas of power, sovereignty, and territory, highlighting the relationship between political and religious discourse from a comparative philosophy standpoint (with intersections between continental and Islamic perspectives).
Recent and forthcoming projects examine current re-elaborations of the notion of citizenship in the contemporary context of crisis in Europe, looking at the bio-political effects of austerity discourses (i.e., contemporary condition of indebtness) and re-emerging practices of cultural and social solidarity in the idea of so-called commoning. By drawing on the intellectual traditions of ‘Italian Thought’ and ‘French Thought’, particularly the theory of Jacques Lacan, attention is put on the role of anxiety as a central factor informing the libidinal economy mobilised by neo-liberal ideology.