Thorsten Botz-Bornstein

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Born in 1964 in West-Germany. 1983: Entering the UNIVERSITY OF MÜNSTER (Germany) as a RUSSIAN PHILOLOGY major finishing with a pre-diploma (GRUNDSTUDIUM).

1985-90: PHILOSOPHY major at the SORBONNE (Paris-I), entering as a freshman and finishing with a Maîtrise.

1990-93: Graduate student at OXFORD UNIVERSITY (England). Ph.D. thesis on Derrida and Wittgenstein. Ph.D. (D.Phil.) from OXFORD UNIVERSITY in 1993.

Professional Experience

1993-1997: Four years of postdoctoral research with scholarships from the Finnish government held at the UNIVERSITIES OF HELSINKI and TAMPERE (Finland). Research on Russian Formalism and Russian/Baltic Semiotics in the Baltic countries and St. Petersburg (Russia). Teaching at the University of St. Petersburg.

1997-1999: Scholarship from the MAISON DES SCIENCES DE L'HOMME of Paris for a research on the "French connections" of Kuki Shuzo. Lecturer of German at the University of St. Etienne (France).

2000: Habilitation* at the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) of Paris. Adjunct teacher at the EHESS.

2000-2004: 3 Years of research on Nishida Kitaro in Japan at the KYOTO TECHNICHAL INSTITUTE (Japan Foundation), the NICHIBUNKEN CENTER and the JAPANESE-GERMAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE in Kyoto.

2005-2006 (24 months): Employed as a consultant by the research centre "Cognition and Language" (CSCL) of ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY (Hangzhou, China) financed by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

2007-2009: Assistant Professor of Philosophy at TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY (Historically Black University, Alabama, USA)

2009: Associate Professor of Philosophy at the GULF UNIVERSITY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (GUST) in Kuwait.

2010: Summer research fellowship from GUST for research at the UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI IN ST. LOUIS, USA.

2011: Korea Foundation Fellowship for three months summer research at DAEJIN UNIVERSITY (Seoul, South Korea).

2012: Summer Fellowship from the Finnish Government (CIMO) for research at the ARCHIVE OF FINNISH ARCHITECTURE in Helsinki.

2015: Remarque Sabbatical Fellowship from NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (Spring Semester) for research at NYU.

*The habilitation is a kind of "second Ph.D." that has the "double weight" of a Ph.D. thesis and that can be submitted and defended not earlier than six years after having obtained the Ph.D. In many European countries only holders of the habilitation are entitled to apply for positions of "professor" (I am aware that by now some countries have "internationalized" their systems and offer alternative -- American-style -- tenure track options).


Some seminars taught:

1996: COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL DE PHILOSOPHIE, PARIS: 'De l'aliénation à la déconstruction: du formalisme russe à Andrei Tarkovski'.

1999: COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL DE PHILOSOPHIE, PARIS: 'Autour d'Ingmar Bergman: une stylistique de rêve'.

2000: COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL DE PHILOSOPHIE, PARIS: 'Chôra et idylle: l'espace du rêve'.

2001: COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL DE PHILOSOPHIE, PARIS: 'Nishida Kitaro: intuition, lieu, rêve'.

2004: EHESS PARIS: 'Pan-Asianisme et Eurasianisme: développements philosophiques de l'espace culturel en Russie et au Japon 1900-1945'.