Prof. E.A.V. Matthies-Boon (Vivienne)
Professor - Philosophical ethics and political philosophy
Associate professor - Philosophical ethics and political philosophy
6525 HT NIJMEGEN
6500 HD NIJMEGEN
Prof. dr. Vivienne Matthies-Boon has an interdisciplinary background which is grounded in German Critical Theory, Political Science (esp Middle East Studies and International Relations) and Sociology (esp Social Theory and Medical Sociology). Her primary interests are in the phenomenological experiences of injustice - and particularly how trauma, health, wellbeing and existential vulnerability affect and are affected by political structures and mobilisation. She is thus keen on re-engaging existentialist, phenomenological work on anxiety, fragility, trauma, death, illness and health with historical materialist work on social and political structures.
- 2022 - xxxx Condemned to Freedom? A Phenomenological Analysis of Long Covid Experiences in the Netherlands and Germany This research examines the multilevelled experiences of existential fragility and injustice that Long Covid patients experience in the Netherlands and Germany. Through lifestory interviews this research will explore mechanisms of bodily doubt, social death and political vulnerability as experienced by Long Covid patients in the Netherlands and Germany. Such a comparative phenomenological analysis is useful since both Covid and Long Covid political and medical policies have remarkably differed in these North European countries, which impact the experiences of these patients significantly.
- 2013 - 2022 Breaking Intersubjectivity A Critical Theory of Counter-Revolutionary Trauma in Egypt Based on life story interviews with Egyptian activists this research not only develops a critical theoretical critique of the concept of PTSD, but also develops a new understanding of trauma as traumatic status subordination. Trauma is a political tool wherein the victim is left unable to manifest or orient him or herself (or themselves) in the world. He or she is helpless. This project navigates the ways in which the Egyptian military has imposed multilevelled traumatic status subordination on Egyptian activists, resulting in the destruction of their lifeworld: a deep disorientation wherein the very potentiality to even imagine another future is destroyed under the weight of demoralisation,. More information