Dr Alex Thomson has been at the University of Edinburgh since January 2006. From 2010 to 2014 he was Postgraduate Director of the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.
After completing his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2001, Alex Thomson held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, before appointments as a lecturer at the University of Bristol and the University of Glasgow. Between July 1999 and January 2001, he was editor of Edinburgh Review.
He also holds an MA (Hons) in English and Scottish Literature from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in English Literature from the University of Sussex.
Dr Thomson is currently supervising projects on:
Christos Hadjiyiannis - A Re-examination of the work of T.E. Hulme
Corey Gibson - Endless Flyting: The Formulation of Hamish Henderson’s Cultural Politics
Silvia Villa - The Concept of Canon in Literary Studies: Critical Debates 1970-2000
Greg Thomas - Concrete Poetry in England and Scotland 1962-1975: Ian Hamilton Finlay, Edwin Morgan, Dom Sylvester Houedard and Bob Cobbing.
Lila Matsumoto - Poetic Experiments and Transnational Exchange: the little magazines Migrant (1959-60) and Poor.Old.Tired.Horse (1962-67).
Nathalie Ingrassia - Norman MacCaig and the Fascination of Existence
Dr Alex Thomson's general research interests lie in literature and philosophy since the romantic period. In particular he works on 19th and 20th century Scottish literature and thought, in continental philosophy, and in political theory.
He has written books on the thought of Jacques Derrida and Theodor Adorno. Particular interests at the moment are the history of Scottish philosophy since the Enlightenment, the relationship between devolution and contemporary Scottish literature, the poetry and influence of Hugh MacDiarmid in Britain.
Dr Thomson remains interested in the possibilities of dialogue between the tradition of modern social and political theory and the post-phenomenological tradition in twentieth century French thought, and in the so-called agonist and realist challenges to liberal political philosophy - but equally in what continental thinkers might learn from the liberal side.
Dr Thomson is happy to supervise research in any area of modern or contemporary Scottish Literature, but particularly in twentieth century Scottish fiction and poetry, in Scottish modernism, and in the history of ideas in Scotland. He also welcomes proposals relating to my interests in twentieth century French thought, in the work of the Frankfurt School, as well as interdisciplinary projects linking literature to philosophy and/or political theory.