Profile Dr. Ridvan Askin

Ridvan Askin is a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in North American and General Literature. He studied at the Universities of Vienna, Freiburg, and Essex and holds an MA in Philosophy, English, and Portuguese from the University of Freiburg and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Basel. He was employed as Teaching and Research Assistant and MA Coordinator at Freiburg’s North American Studies Section before transferring to Basel in 2009. In 2011 he spent six months as Short Term Research Scholar at The Pennsylvania State University funded by an SNSF mobility grant. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies during the academic year 2016-17 and an External Junior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies from June to September 2019.

His first book, Narrative and Becoming (2016), elaborates a transcendental empiricist concept of narrative arguing for an understanding of narrative as fundamentally nonhuman (instead of human), unconscious (instead of correlated to consciousness), and expressive (instead of representational). He is the co-editor of three essay collections and a journal special issue: New Directions in Philosophy and Literature (2019), The Aesthetics, Poetics, and Rhetoric of Soccer (2018), Literature, Ethics, Morality: American Studies Perspectives (2015), and Aesthetics in the 21st Century (2014, Speculations 5). He is also the translator of several of Steven Shaviro’s essays published as Die Pinocchio Theorie (2018). Currently, he is at work on his second book, a reconsideration of the romantic project and its repercussions for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries tentatively titled “Transcendental Poetics and the Futures of American Romanticism.”

He is the convener of the New Developments in Theory lecture series inaugurated in 2014. The series hosts two internationally renowned thinkers every year and consists of a public lecture integrated into the English Department’s Introduction II: Literary Theory course in spring and a public lecture and PhD workshop in fall.

His main research interests are aesthetics, contemporary North American fiction, Gilles Deleuze, philosophy and literature, narrative theory, romanticism, and the transcendentalists.