Jasper Friedrich

Graduate Teaching Assistant

I am a doctoral student in political theory at Corpus Christi College and the Department of Politics and IR at the University of Oxford.

My work is concerned with the politics of emotions, mental health, reconciliation and political apologies, as well as theories of power. I draw on a wide range of sources in my writings, including critical theory and continental political philosophy, but also sociological and psychological theory, cognitive science, sociolinguistics and analytic philosophy of language among other things. Currently, I am working on a DPhil thesis titled The Miserable is Political: A Critical Theory of Anger and Depression. It explores how emotional reactions to injustice and exploitation are increasingly depoliticised through a ‘therapeutic’ politics and makes an argument for why and how we should re-politicise these emotions. I teach undergraduate tutorials in political theory and critical theory for various colleges at the University of Oxford.

For my DPhil, I am a recipient of a Clarendon Scholarship and the Corpus Christi–A. E. Haigh Scholarship. Previously, I completed an MSc Political Theory Research at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, with a thesis on the politics of mental health and generous funding from an Oxford–Trygfonden Scholarship. Before that, I studied International Relations and Linguistics at the University of Aberdeen and wrote an undergraduate thesis on state apologies for historical injustices.


Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

J. Friedrich (forthcoming). ‘Anger and Apology, Recognition and Reconciliation: Managing Emotions in the Wake of Injustice’. Global Studies Quarterly.

J. Friedrich (2022). ‘Settling Accounts at the End of History: A Nonideal Approach to State Apologies’. Political Theory. Online first. Available online or in PDF [open access].

J. Friedrich and R. Shanks (2021). ‘“The Prison of the Body”: School Uniforms between Discipline and Governmentality’. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. Online first. Available online or in PDF [open access].

M. Zoodsma, J. Shaafsma, T. Sagherian-Dickey and J. Friedrich. (2021) ‘These are not Just Words: A Cross-National Comparative Study of the Content of Political Apologies’. International Review of Social Psychology 34(1). Available online [open access].

Book reviews

J. Friedrich (forthcoming). Review of S. Elden, The Early Foucault (Cambridge: Polity, 2021). Foucault Studies.

J. Friedrich (2021). Review of M. Dean & D. Zamora, The Last Man Takes LSD: Foucault and the End of Revolution (London: Verso, 2021). Foucault Studies 31, pp. 257-261. Available online or as PDF [open access]. The Verso Blog published a response by Mitchell Dean to my review here.

Master’s Thesis

J. Friedrich (2021). Depression and Critique: Towards a Political Theory of Mental Health. MSc Thesis. University of Oxford. Available here.

Presentations and Talks

‘The Missing Link Between Self and Society in Rahel Jaeggi’s Critical Theory’. MANCEPT Workshops, September 7-9, 2022, University of Manchester.

Respondent to Nancy Fraser, ‘Struggle over Needs’. Critical Theory Summer School Berlin, July 4, 2022, Humboldt University Berlin.

‘Retheorizing Negative Emotions and Resistance’. Rethinking Resistance Conference, June 24, 2022, University of Oxford.

‘Political Emotions: A Phenomenological Approach’. Oxford Work in Progress Political Theory Seminar (OWIPT), June 16, 2022, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

Respondent to Nikolas Rose, ‘What Are We Doing When We Talk About “Mental Health”? Speaking of Suffering in the Time of COVID’. Oxford Critical Theory Seminar, May 17, 2022, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

‘Settler-Colonial Recognition and the Therapeutic Politics of Anger and Reconciliation’. Durham Political Theory Graduate Conference, April 6, 2022, University of Durham.

‘Anger and Apology, Recognition and Reconciliation: Managing Emotions in the Wake of Injustice’. Oxford Work in Progress Political Theory Seminar (OWIPT), February 23, 2022, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

‘Continuity through Contrition: A Nonideal Theory of State Apologies’. UCLA Graduate Conference in Political Theory, April 23-25, 2021, University of California, Los Angeles.

‘Settling Accounts at the End of History: A Nonideal Theory of State Apologies’. Political Apologies for Historical Wrongs Workshop, February 4, 2021, University of Aberdeen.

‘Dressing to Impress? A Foucauldian Analysis of Secondary School Uniform Policies’ (with Rachel Shanks). Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference: Opening up Education, September 5, 2020, Institute of Education, Dublin City University.

‘Uniform: Power and Control in Schools’ (with Rachel Shanks). Research seminar. April 29, 2020, School of Education, University of Aberdeen.


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