Simone Kotva

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Visiting address Blindernveien 9 Domus Theologica 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1023 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic interests

Theological and earth ethics, Christian mysticism, climate colonialism, French spiritualism 


I joined the Faculty of Theology as Research Fellow 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 current research is funded by the University of Oslo (UiO:NORDIC), where I convene an interdisciplinary team of PhD students on the ECODISTURB project. My research is situated at the intersection of philosophy, theology and ecology. I specialise in the theory and history of spiritual exercises and how these relate to earth ethics, and have also co-authored articles with colleagues in literary criticism and the philosophy of religion. My published work focuses on resourcing pre-modern, romantic and non-Western religious philosophies in order to develop alternative accounts of agency based on dependency and receptivity, in dialogue with new materialism, queer and decolonial theory. 

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. It is the first book in English to address the continued relevance of this important movement in recent intellectual thought.

I am currently completing a monograph on theology and earth ethics: Ecologies of Ecstasy: Mysticism, Agency and the More-than-Human, thinks with Michael Marder’s "vegetal being" as a hermeneutic for inquiring more deeply into mysticism’s techniques of ecstasy and passive awareness. Together with literary critic and poet Dr Alice Tarbuck I am also co-editing Magic and Ecology: Spellwork for a Damaged Planet, a collection of articles and essays from the recent Magic and Ecology project (funded by the Cambridge University Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, CRASSH). 


Tags: Systematic Theology, Philosophy of Religion


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