I am a lecturer in contemporary European philosophy at the University of Melbourne.
Following a first degree in theoretical physics, I studied philosophy, art history and psychology at the universities of Magdeburg and Jena (Germany), completing a Magister Artium with a thesis on the relation between individualistic and collective language use in the late Wittgenstein. As a graduate student at University College London my research initially focused on the conception and role of language in Heidegger’s Being and Time (MPhil). Using this as a starting point, my PhD developed a phenomenological conception of language that critically combines Heidegger’s conception of language with those found in Merleau-Ponty and Wittgenstein. Before coming to Melbourne in 2011 I held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for two years at the University of Eastern Piedmont (Italy), where I worked on pictorial representation, focusing in particular on painting as a model and the nature of embodied representation.