Simone Kotva

Researcher - Fagseksjonen
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Visiting address Blindernveien 9 Domus Theologica 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1023 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Academic interests

Philosophy of religion, French spiritualism, eco-theology, geopolitics, indigenous and "alternative" epistemologies. 


I joined the Faculty of Theology as Postdoctoral Research Fellow ("Ambivalence of Nordic Nature: Gift, Guilt, Grace" project) in November 2020. I received my Ph.D. from the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, where I am also currently Affiliated Lecturer and co-teach the Theology in the Anthropocene MPhil module together with Dr Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal. 

My first book, Effort and Grace: On the Spiritual Exercise of Philosophy (London: Bloomsbury, 2020), tackles the importance of Simone Weil’s concept of attention for critical theory and practice today, and situates it within the history of French reflexive or ‘spiritualist’ philosophy. I have also published widely on attention and environmental ethics, and am currently working, with Dr Alice Tarbuck, on a co-authored monograph addressing attention as a spiritual technology for the transformation of earth: Spellwork for a Damaged Planet: Magic and Ecology.

Other activities

Magic and Ecology 

Together with Dr Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal and Dr Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe I co-convened the CRASSH-funded MAGIC & ECOLOGY platform, featuring podcasts, webinars and artwork by Charlotte Rodgers. Please visit the MAGIC & ECOLOGY website for further details.

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Published Nov. 4, 2020 2:17 PM - Last modified Nov. 5, 2020 10:37 AM