Isabel Jacobs, BA, MA
PhD Student in Comparative Literature
Situated at the borders of global intellectual history, philosophy and art theory, my PhD explores Russian-French philosopher Alexandre Kojève and the avant-garde. With a focus on abstract art, literature, photography and Surrealism, I analyse Kojève’s post-historical aesthetics in the context of his philosophical system. Reevaluating Kojève as a cross-cultural mediator in interwar Paris, my project seeks to elucidate how philosophy and visual practice inform each other.
In 2021, I co-hosted the international workshop “Kojève: Here and Now”. As a Fellow at the German Center for Art History in Paris, I examine various archival resources, including Kojève’s unpublished manuscripts and his extensive collection of photographs and postcards at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
I hold a MA in Russian and East European Literature and Culture from UCL SSEES (Dean’s List) and a BA in Philosophy and Slavic Studies from Heidelberg University, Germany. I am an Editor at the Journal of the History of Ideas Blog and a contributor to the East European Film Bulletin. Currently, I am co-editing a Special Issue on Kojève and Russian Philosophy, forthcoming later this year.
My research is funded by the London Arts & Humanities Partnership.
COM300: The Scene of Writing
Global Intellectual & Art History; Alexandre Kojève; Aesthetics; Philosophy of Science; Russian & East European Thought; Surrealism; Exile & Migration; Semiotics; Soviet Underground; Experimental Film.
“From the Inexistent to the Concrete: Kojève after Kandinsky.” Book section in Alexandre Kojève, a Man of Influence (forthcoming).
“Epileptic Seismograph: Franciszka and Stefan Themerson’s Europa (1931).” East European Film Bulletin 118 (2021).
“Reality as Representation? Ernst Cassirer and Alexandre Kojève on Indeterminism.” Journal of the History of Ideas Blog (2021).
“Rediscovering Boris Poplavsky: poet, exile and enfant terrible of Russia’s Silver Age.” Calvert Journal (2021).
“Communist Visions, Spectacles and After-Images.” Studies in Eastern European Cinema 12, no. 4, 185–8 (2021).
“Soviet Parallel Cinema.” East European Film Bulletin 109 (2020).
“Vasmi, Richard Rudolf'ovič.” Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon. Berlin; Boston: K. G. Saur (2020).