Professor of French Studies | Dean of Warwick in California
Professor Seán Hand is the founding Dean of the University of Warwick in California project. He was previously the founding Head of Warwick's School of Modern Languages and Cultures from 2014 to 2016. He joined the University of Warwick as a Professor of French Studies in 2005, and was Head of the Department of French Studies from 2008 to 2011.
Seán Hand has a B.A. (M.A. Oxon) and a D. Phil. from the University of Oxford, and a MBA and a D.Litt. from the University of Warwick. He is a Chevalier des Palmes Académiques, and a member of the Academia Europaea. He has been an Honorary Professor of Monash University; and a Visiting Fellow at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and the National University of Singapore. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a strategic reviewer for the AHRC, has acted as a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and has directed national projects funded by the AHRC and by HEFCE. He has been an assessor for the Irish Research Council, the Israel Science Foundation, and the South African National Research Foundation. He sits on several international advisory and editorial boards and is a recognised European Commission expert evaluator. He has been interviewed and consulted by press, radio, television and professional associations about contemporary French society and culture, and international capability.
Seán Hand's teaching covers literature, ideas and related developments from the early twentieth century to the present day, in both a French and a more international context. He supervises Masters and PhD dissertations, and mentors post-doctoral and early career fellows. He invites applications to work with him at doctoral or post-doctoral level, including in the areas of contemporary French theories, ethnographic writing, globalisation theory, Holocaust and post-memory writing, autobiography, cultural identity, and ethics.
Seán Hand's research, which has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, HEFCE, the AHRC, and the British Academy, examines radical writings in French of the past 100 years. He published the first two monographs in English on the autobiography, ethnography and criticism of Michel Leiris. He then brought the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas to a wider audience through translations, a Reader, a collection of critical essays, and a monograph on Levinas’s major texts. He more recently edited a major collection of new essays on post-Holocaust France and the Jews. He has additionally written on Derrida, Duras, Grimbert, Jabès, Lacan, Nancy, Stiegler, postmodernism, Jewish writing and historiography; and has translated Blondel, Deleuze, Kristeva, Irigaray, Levinas and Lyotard. He continues to work on theories of crisis and governance, post-genocide representations, and interpretations of Levinas.
- 2008: Emmanuel Levinas, London, Routledge, xiv + 138 pp., ISBN hardback 9780415402767, paperback 9780415402751. Kindle edition 2012, 0415402751. Chinese edition 2014, Chongqing, Chongqing University Press, ISBN-10: 7562484198, ISBN-13: 978-7562484196.
- 2009: Michel Leiris. Writing the Self, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, xii + 259 pp. Kindle edition B001GAQ494 and Online edition, of ISBN hardback 0521495741, paperback 0521026024.
- 2011: Facing the Other. The Ethics of Emmanuel Levinas, edited collection of critical essays, reprint edition, London, Routledge, 288 pp., ISBN 9780415592505. Kindle edition 2014.
- 2014 ‘Speech and Silence: Levinas and the Postwar Refounding of Ethics’, Levinas Studies, 9, 183-201.
- 2014 ‘Emmanuel Levinas’, in Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, ed. M. Kelly et al., Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, volume 4, pp. 194-97. ISBN hardback 0199747105.
- 2015: Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945-1955, eds Seán Hand and Steven T. Katz, New York, New York University Press, 256 pp., hardback 9781479835041, and kindle edition B00YDDKGSQ. Introduction pp. 1-25.
- 2015 ‘The Eros of Ethics: posthumous writings of Emmanuel Levinas’, in The Value of the Particular: Lessons from Judaism and the Modern Jewish Experience, eds I. Anderson and M. Zank, Leiden: Brill, pp. 150-69. ISBN 9004292683.
- 2016: Emmanuel Levinas, Difficult Freedom. Essays on Judaism, a translation, with glossary, further reprint (previously 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015), Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, xiv + 306 pp., ISBN 080185783X.
Email S dot Hand at warwick dot ac dot uk