Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design
Ben teaches across Levels One, Two and Three on the Historical and Theoretical studies side of the course. He is leader of the Level Two module Contextualising Graphic Design.
Ben is currently in the final stages of his PhD at the University of Nottingham on the work of the American cultural theorist Philip Rieff, which has the working title Authenticity, Artifice and Tradition in the work of Philip Rieff. This is an interdisciplinary project that ranges across aesthetics, social theory and theology. Key reference points for the research include:
- Friedrich Nietzsche
- Soren Kierkegaard
- Gershom Scholem
- Charles Taylor
- Alasdair Macintyre
- Marcel Gauchet
- Franz Kafka.
Ben's teaching ranges broadly across the history of art and design with particular attention to the wider contextual issues underpinning these areas. His research is broadly situated within the area of cultural theory rather than pertaining specifically to design. Current research is on the work of Philip Rieff.