Dr Nathaniel Barron

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Teaching Associate in Sociology

Contact details

Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Nathaniel Barron joined the Department in August 2019. He previously worked at Richmond & Hillcroft Adult Community College, teaching in various areas of Philosophy, including Ancient Philosophy, Political Philosophy, and the Philosophy of Religion. His research is primarily focused on German Social Thought and Continental Philosophy.

Feedback and office hours

Office hours for semester 1: Monday: 2pm – 3.30pm, Thursday: 3pm – 4.30pm


  • PhD, University of Central Lancashire
  • MA, University College London (distinction)
  • BA (Hons), Southampton Solent University (first class)


Nathaniel completed his PhD in Philosophy in 2018. His thesis considers the place of language in Ernst Bloch's speculative materialism, and situates Bloch’s theorisation of language in the Marxist and Continental tradition. Nathaniel has been a Visiting Fellow at the Hegel Archive, Bochum, the Walter Benjamin Archive, Berlin, and the Ernst Bloch Centre, Ludwigshafen.

He is currently preparing a chapter for a forthcoming publication with Routledge: "Anticipation, Creativity and Design", and he is editing his PhD thesis for publication with Brill as part of its Ernst Bloch Bibliothek Series. From 1 September 2019 to 31 May 2020, Nathaniel will be a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Modern Languages Research and the Ernst Bloch Centre for German Thought at the School of Advanced Studies, University of London. There he will be conducting research on Enzo Traverso’s concept of “post-fascism”.


  • The Sociological Imagination
  • Modern Sociological Theory
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Introduction to Social Divisions

Postgraduate supervision

  • Classical Social Theory
  • Marxism
  • The History of German Sociology
  • Ernst Bloch and Utopian Social Theory
  • Critical Theory

Doctoral research

PhD title
Language in Ernst Bloch’s Speculative Materialism: A Reading of Anacoluthon


  • The concept of “post-fascism”
  • Marxism
  • The History of German Sociology
  • Ernst Bloch and Utopian Social Theory
  • Critical Theory



Language in Ernst Bloch’s Speculative Materialism, Leiden: Brill (Forthcoming) 

Journal articles

Anacoluthon in Ernst Bloch’s Ontology of Not-Yet Being: Reading a Trace (2017), Bloch-Almanach, 34, pp. 243-254

Book Chapters

Intuiting Creativity’s Necessity: Ernst Bloch & German Idealism” in Anticipation, Creativity and Ontology: Making the Present from the Future, eds. J. Brassett & J. O’Reilly. London: Routledge (Forthcoming)