Humanities Professor Robert King receives major awards for summer workshops to further his research

Following recent news of being selected as a fellow for the World Congress Summer School with the Association for Social Economics, Professor Robert King, Ph.D. has also been selected to participate in the National Humanities Center Summer Institute in Literary Studies at Research Triangle Park in Durham, North Carolina.  Additionally, Dr. King has been awarded a stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to participate in their Summer Institute for Experimental Philosophy at the University of Arizona.

As a visiting scholar at the NEH Summer Institute for Experimental Philosophy, Dr. King will join 25 scholars from around the nation to cover central debates in experimental philosophy, an emerging movement that explores judgments about philosophically important concepts by conducting experiments to elicit people’s philosophical intuitions. The movement represents the best current paradigms of research at the intersections of philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, and experimental science.  The summer institute is designed to engage faculty in experimental work in both their research and in their undergraduate teaching. Representing Sierra Nevada College, Professor King will join some of the most prominent practitioners and critics of experimental philosophy.

During the National Humanities Center Summer Institute in Literary Studies, Dr. King will join a small group of scholars from across the U.S. to explore research at the intersection of literature, criticism, politics, and philosophy.  Specifically, the Institute will examine the writings of internationally famous author J.M. Coetzee. The Institute will focus chiefly on the two most prominent and frequently discussed aspects of his novels, their deep moral seriousness, and their unusual literary form. Participants will discuss a variety of topics including: literary form, modernism and postmodernism, and the relation between philosophical critiques of political orders and the place of politics, especially oppositional politics, in political novels like Coetzee’s.

Last year Dr. King was selected as a participant in the Unseld Lecture Series at the University of Tubingen, Germany.  He received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Florida. He went on to earn an M.A. in Literature, Theory and Cultural Studies, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue University. King’s writing has been published in several journals. He is the book review editor for the Journal of Philosophy: a Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry. In addition, King is working with Darrell Arnold of St. Thomas University, Miami, on a book currently under review at Routledge entitled Traditions of Systems Theory: Major Figures and Developments. This spring King is teaching World Civilizations, Renaissance and Reformation, Literary Criticism, and Language, Thought and Culture at Sierra Nevada College.