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Dr. A.C. (Alex) Thinius

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Philosophy and Public Affairs

Visiting address
  • Oude Turfmarkt 141
Postal address
  • Postbus 94201
    1090 GE Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    I am a philosopher, researcher, and teacher with a specialization in conceptualizing the complex dynamics of embodied, material, ideal, social, and cultural phenomena. My core specialization is in theorizing sex-gender.

    I am also a trained socio-cultural anthropologist and musician. I live with my partner in North Holland, where we share a home with two cats.

    Feel free to drop me a line, if you're curious about my work or interested in collaborating. I am always interested in a chat.

    Research interests:
    Phenomenology; Existentialism; Critical Theory; Philosophy of Science; Gender Studies; Enactivism; 4ECognition; Philosophy of Culture; Social Philosophy; Metaphysics; Aesthetics; Decolonial Theory; Genre Theory


    Research Projects

    I am currently preparing a postdoc research project. The project has at the moment two potential further directions: Either, I will focus on further integrating the methodology and conceptualization of existential situations with the tools of systems theorizing; Or, I will develop these by addressing normative questions and potentials of transposing the structure of critique in ordinary practices to emancipatory change.

    I have completed and successfully defended my PhD research project on what it means to be of a particular gender, with a dissertation entitled "Genders as Genres: Understanding Dynamic Categories", supervised by Prof. dr. Beate Rössler and Prof. dr. Robin Celikates (FU Berlin). A publication of the book is in process and the dissertation is thus embargoed until further notice; until then, please get in touch with me if you are interested in my work.

    My research is supported by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, I am hosted by the Department of Philosophy.

  • CV

    Academic Employment, Affiliation, and Education

    • Since 2021  Associate Researcher at ASCA, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    • 2021-2022 Lecturer, Department of Literary & Cultural Analysis and Dept Philosophy, UvA
    • 2016-2021   PhD researcher at ASCA, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    • 2016 Lecturer (Lehrauftrag) Uni Münster, and guitar teacher at music school in Hagen.
    • 2015   Research Master of Arts in Philosophy, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
    • 2012-2015   Study Philosophy, Musicology, and Music at Universities Münster, Bochum, ArtEZ Arnhem, and RU Nijmegen
    • 2012   Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and in Cultural- & Socialanthropology, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster


    Teaching Experience

    • Guest lectures on Judith Butler and Hannah Arendt (ReMA Philosophy at UvA; and BA program at Ciee)
    • Workshops on conceptions of gender (with dr. Katrine Smiet, at Nederlandse Organisatie voor Gender Studies).
    • 2021 UvA, Teaching Assistant, pan-humanities Master elective course "Art & Activism", taught by dr. Sruti Bala & dr. Elize Mazadiego.
    • 2019  UvA, Bachelor Philosophy thesis supervision (with dr. Karen Vintges), "Sexual violence and hegemonic masculinity: An analysis of Connell's concept of 'hegemonic masculinity'" [“Seksueel geweld en hegemonische mannelijkheid: Een analyse aan de hand van het begrip 'hegemonische mannelijkheid' van Connell.”]
    • 2018   University of Bochum: with Laura Martena MA (Uni Köln), Department of Philosophy, BA introduction to philosophy of science "Conspiracy theories -- introduction to theory and practice of critical thinking" ["Verschwörungstheorien -- Einführung in die Theorie und Praxis kritischen Denkens"]
    • 2016   University of Münster: with Dr. Matthias Freise, Department for Political Science, BA general studies “Interpretations of Sex in Philosophy & Cultural Studies” [""Natürlich, wild, frei': Zentrale Interpretationen von sex in Philosophie und Cultural Studies"]
    • 2016   University of Münster: Center for Philosophy of Science, BA general studies “Scientific Facts or Artefacts of Science? Scientific Realism Contested” ["Wissenschaftliche Fakten oder Artefakte der Wissenschaft? Wissenschaftlicher Realismus und seine Herausforderungen"]
  • Publications


    • Seidel, M., & Thinius, A. (2016). A Snowslide of Entities: Does Sosa’s Existential Relativism Provide a Barrier Against Being Buried? In A. Bahr, & M. Seidel (Eds.), Ernest Sosa: Targeting His Philosophy (pp. 101-118 ). (Münster Lectures in Philosophy; Vol. 3). Springer. [details]


    • Thinius, A. C. (2021). Trans* in digital communication: Conceptualizing dialectic aspects of sharing. Abstract from ASCA Workshop 2021, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


    • Thinius, A. C. (2019). What Kind of Situation is the Body in de Beauvoir?. Paper presented at Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex. UK Sartre Society Annual Conference 2019, Oxford, United Kingdom.


    • Thinius, A. C. (2018). Caring in two modes of slowness: Existentialism and masculinities in Qu Xiao-Song’s Ji #3 and Bohren & der Club of Gore.. Paper presented at AS SLOWLY AS POSSIBLE, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Thinius, A. C. (2018). Ethnopluralism and the concept of plurality: Continuities and discontinuities with ALT. Paper presented at 2018 OZSW Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Thinius, A. C. (2018). If everything is violence is anything? Bodies and subjectivities as candidates for structural violence.. Paper presented at ASCA International Workshop 2018: Dissecting Violence, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Thinius, A. C. (2018). Social kinds, Hermeneutics, and Historical Essentialism: Bach, Mikkola, Stone. 15. Paper presented at Summer University 2018: The Biological and the Social between 1900 and Today , Budapest, Hungary.


    • Thinius, A. C. (2016). Diversity and Essence: How to rethink essentialism with Jean-Luc Nancy. Paper presented at The Future of Diversity, Tübingen, Germany.


    • Thinius, A. C. (2015). Perspectivism – Old wine in a new bottle? A philosophical view on the 'ontological turn' in cultural anthropology. Paper presented at OZSW Graduate Conference Theoretical Philosophy, Nijmegen, Netherlands.


    • Thinius, A. C. (2014). Pornographic Artefacts and Porn: Social recognition and successful intentions. Poster session presented at OZSW conference 2014, Nijmegen, .


    • Thinius, A. C. (Composer), Liesenfeld, J. (Composer), de Jong, N. (Designer), & Lütke, S. (Producer). (2017). Aleion: inzwischen. Digital or Visual Products, Fattoria Musica Records.


    • Thinius, A. (2017-2019). Representative for ASCA at AIHR PhD council, and board member of ASCA., .
    • Thinius, A. (2012-2021). Associate member, Zentrum für Wissenschaftstheorie (ZfW), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.


    • Thinius, A. (visiting researcher) (1-9-2019 - 31-12-2019). Massachusetts Institute of Technology (visiting an external institution).
    • Thinius, A. (participant) (21-11-2018). Postgraduate Seminar Philosophy, Sheffield. Paper presentation "Genders as types in pre-conceptual experience. Heinämaa's essential gender types and the influence of concepts on the (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Thinius, A. (visiting researcher) (23-9-2018 - 20-12-2018). University of Sheffield (visiting an external institution).
    • Kornel, A. (participant) & Thinius, A. (participant) (17-9-2017). "einfach, leicht, minimal? Simplizität in der Musik." Symposium of the Dachverband der Studierenden der Musikwissenschaften (DSVM) and the Department for Musicology at Münster University., Münster. Guitar performance of 'Ji#3 (Silent Mountain)' for Attila Kornel's paper "Chinesische Stille als musikalische Simplizität am Beispiel von 'Ji #3 (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).


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