Luis de Miranda


Present Positions


  • 2014–2017 | PhD student, The University of Edinburgh, UK. Thesis: ‘Esprit de Corps: Birth and Evolution of a Polemical Notion (France, UK, USA; 1721–2017)’ PhD submitted March 2017; viva in June 2017. Under offer for publication with academic press.
  • 2014–2017 | Initiator and Manager of the Crag Research Group and of the Anthrobotics Cluster, The University of Edinburgh. Organised 3 international conferences and workshops, and several seminars.
  • 2014–2017 | Tutor and Lecturer, The University of Edinburgh, KTH University Sweden.


Degrees and Recognitions


  • 2016 | Certificate with Honours, Summer School in The Regulations of Robotics in Europe: Legal, Ethical and Economic implications, School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
  • 2016 | First Prize in the 3-Minute-Thesis Competition of the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh.
  • 2015 | Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, HEA, UK.
  • 2007 | Master 2 in Philosophy, Paris I–Sorbonne, Paris, France. Dissertation published as a book in French and translated as a peer-reviewed article in English (see below).
  • 2003 | Master 1 in Philosophy, Paris I–Sorbonne. Dissertation published as a book in French (see below).
  • 1994 | Master of Business Administration, HEC–Paris (‘Best business school in Europe’, Financial Times), Jouy-en-Josas, France.


Recent Research Awards


  • 2016 | The University of Edinburgh Researcher-Led initiative fund, awarded to the Anthrobotics Cluster.
  • 2014–2017 | The university of Edinburgh Research PhD Scholarship Award.
  • 2015–2017 | UK French Institute Sponsorships, awarded to The Crag.
  • 2015 | The University of Edinburgh Researcher-Led initiative fund, awarded to The Crag Research Group.
  • 2014–17 | DELC Initiative awards, University of Edinburgh.
  • 2014–2016 | The LLC Student-Led Initiative Fund, The University of Edinburgh.


Teaching Experience and Teaching Accreditations


  • 2017 | ‘Science goes Fiction’ Course, Lecture on the history and philosophy of technology, related to AI and anthrobotics, KTH University, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2016–2017 | Lectures on French literature, the University of Edinburgh.
  • 2014–2016 | Tutor in French literature, French language Courses, Undergraduates year 2 and 4, University of Edinburgh.
  • 2015 | Creative Writing, Ethics and French Philosophy Courses (in English), Oxbridge Academic Program, Paris, France.
  • 2015 | Associate Fellowship Accreditation (UK Higher Education Academy).
  • 2014 | Creativity Course, École Media Art, Châlon-sur-Saône, France.
  • 2013 | Literature and French class, substitute teacher, Lycée Saint-Louis, Stockholm, Sweden.


Other Extra-Academic Work Experience


  • 2012–2014 | Founder and manager of Haute Culture Books, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2004–2012 | Editorial director, book editor, strategic adviser, and co-owner, Max Milo Editions, Paris, France.
  • 1997–2003 | International Cultural reporter, book critic, journalist. Interviews of José Saramago (Nobel Prize), Pierre Bourdieu, Joyce Carol Oates, Michel Serres, Jim Harrison, Jonathan Franzen, Jonathan Coe, etc.


Peer-Reviewed Articles or Chapters

  • 2018 (to be published)| ‘Big Data, Small Concepts: Histosophy as an Approach to Longue-Durée History’, Global Intellectual History,with Dr. Emile Chabal.
  • 2017 (to be published) | ‘On the Concept of Creal: Ethical Promises of a Non-Teleological Creative Universal’, in The Dark Precursor: Deleuze and Artistic Research, Orpheus Institute Series, Leuven University Press.
  • 2016 | ‘We, Anthrobot: Learning from Human forms of Interaction and Esprit de Corps to Develop More Diverse Social Robotics’, in What Social Robots Can and Should Do, IOS Press. With Dr. Ram Ramamoorthy and Dr. Michael Rovatsos.
  • 2016 | ‘Life is Strange and “Games are Made”: A Philosophical Interpretation of a Multiple-Choice Existential Simulator’, Games and Culture.
  • 2015 | ‘Esprit de Corps and the French Revolutionary Crisis: A Prehistory of the Concept of Solidarity’, Forschungsportal, the University of Vienna.
  • 2013 | ‘Is a new life possible? Deleuze and the lines’, Deleuze Studies.


Authored publications | Books


  • 2018–2019 | Thesis under first offer for publication with an academic press.
  • 2012 | L’être et le néon (a cultural, intellectual and philosophical history of neon signs), Max Milo, Paris, France.
  • 2011 | Qui a tué le poète? (a novella), Max Milo, France. Translated into Turkish (Galata Editions, 2012), and English (Who Killed the Poet, Snuggly Books, USA, 2017). Currently being translated into other languages.
  • 2010 | L’art d’être libres au temps des automates (a cultural, intellectual, and philosophical history of digital machines and computers), Max Milo, France. Currently being translated into English.
  • 2008 | Paridaiza (a novel), Plon, Paris, France, to be translated into English and published in 2018.
  • 2008 | Une vie nouvelle est-elle possible? Deleuze et les lignes, academic essay, Nous, Caen, France. Translated into English as Is a New Life Possible? Deleuze Studies, Edinburgh University Press, 2013.
  • 2007 | Peut-on jouir du capitalisme ?, philosophical and political essay, Punctum, Paris, France.
  • 2003 | Ego trip, ou La Société des artistes sans oeuvre, philosophical and cultural essay on identity and digital narcissism, Max Milo, France.
  • 2002 | Moment magnétique de l’aimant (a novella), La Chasse au Snark, Paris, France.
  • 2001 | A vide (a novel), Denoël, Paris, France.
  • 2000 | Le Spray, (a novella), Calmann-Lévy, Paris, France
  • 1998 | La Mémoire de Ruben (a novella), Gamma Press, Belgium. Translated into Arabic, (Walidoff Editions, Tunisia, 2010).
  • 1997 | Joie, a novel, Le Temps des Cerises, Paris, France.


Book Chapters and Books as Principal Editor


  • 2019 | AI and Robotics, consulting Editor and co-author, international outreach project with Quarto Books and Ivy Press, contract signed.
  • 2012 | ‘A Thousand Years of Fluoritude’, in Néon, Le néon dans l’art des années 1940 à nos jours, Exhibition Catalogue, Archibooks, Paris, France. I helped curate this international exhibition and the text is based on my philosophical history of neon signs, L’être et le néon. Translated into English and Italian.


Publications as a translator


  • 2013 | Felicity, Haute Culture books. Translation from French into English of Un Coeur simple, a tale by Gustave Flaubert.
  • 2005 | Adoration, Max Milo, France. Translation from English (USA) into French of Milk, a novella by Darcey Steinke.


Invited Talks and Master Classes


  • 2017 | Anthrobotics, KTH University, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2017 | Anthrobotics, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
  • 2016 | Anthrobotics, University of Skövde, Sweden.
  • 2016 | Public presentation, PhD related: ‘All for One, but Which One?’, Just Festival, Edinburgh, UK.
  • 2015 | Public presentation: ‘A Cultural History of Neon Signs’, Explorathon, Edinburgh, UK.
  • 2015 | ‘What is crealism?’, Oxbridge Academic Program, Paris, France.
  • 2014 | Master class on creative writing, Stockholm University, Sweden.
  • 2014 | Master class on creation and crealism, Ecole Media Art, Châlon-sur-Saône, France.
  • 2012 | Creative Writing Master class, Clandestino Institut, Göteborg, Sweden.
  • 2012 | ‘L’être et le néon’, Institut de Physique du Globe, Nuit des Savoirs, Nuit Blanche, Paris, France.
  • 2012 | ‘The cultural history of neon lights’, Public Seminar, Café des Fous, Paris, France.
  • 2011 | ‘Avez-vous le sens des créalités?’, University of Lille, France.
  • 2010 | ‘What is crealism?’ University of Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • 2008 | French literature Symposium on Solitude, Guest of Honour, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Selected Conference Presentations


  • 2017 | ‘Anthrobotic Intelligence as a Response to Artificial Intelligence’, Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference, University of Göteborg, Sweden.
  • 2016 | ‘We, Anthrobot: Learning from Human forms of Interaction and Esprit de Corps to Develop More Diverse Social Robotics’, Robophilosophy Conference, Aarhus University, Denmark.
  • 2015 | ‘Esprit de Corps: The Secret of Collective Action’, How to Act Together, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade, Serbia.
  • 2015 | ‘On the Concept of Creal: Ethical Promises of a Non-Teleological Creative Universal’ | Dare 2015, Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium.
  • 2015 | ‘Out of Focus: Existentialism Through the Lens of the French Videogame Life is Strange’, University of Newcastle, UK.
  • 2015 | ‘Towards a New Frontier of the Self? A Genealogy of Esprit de Corps’ Society for European Philosophy, University of Dundee, UK.
  • 2015 | ‘Can Esprit de Corps Recreate Our Lives?’, Deleuze Studies International Conference, Konstfack University College, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2015 | ‘The birth and growth of ‘esprit de corps’: studying the impact of an idiom and an idea on French History’, Society for the Study of French History Conference, University of St Andrews, UK.
  • 2015 | ‘Esprit de corps: a universal anti-universalistic concept’, Cultural Literacy in Europe Conference, University of Birkbeck, UK.
  • 2015 |‘Esprit de corps: A Prehistory of the notion of Solidarity’, Graceh Conference, University of Vienna, Austria.
  • 2015 | ‘One for all, all for the Nation: the 18th century French invention of ‘esprit de corps’ and its propagation into the English language’, British Society For Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Oxford University, UK.
  • 2012 | ‘Numérisme et créalisme: la dialectique du siècle à venir?’, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.
  • 2012 | ‘Les creations de réalités’, Colloque Frontières, Université de Pau, France.
  • 2011 | ‘The crealist mode of power’, University of Toronto, Canada.


Selected Interviews of Luis de Miranda and Press Articles


  • 2017 | ‘We need to talk about Wall-E’, about Luis de Miranda and anthrobotics, in the UK Times (Scottish Edition).
  • 2010–16 | Interviews of Luis de Miranda in The Oxford Philosopher, France Culture, Futurism, Robohub, Pantheon-Sorbonne Magazine, Dark Zero, Digitally Downloaded, Atlantico, Typographical Era, Open Democracy, La Tribune, BFM…

2011 | ‘Pour un moratoire sur les prix littéraires’, Le Monde.

  • 2011 | ‘Un héros philosophique’, Libération.
  • 2011 | ‘La speculation, maladie mentale de la Terre’, Libération.
  • 2010 | ‘Wikileaks: Qui règne par le code tombera par le code’, Libération.
  • 2008 | ‘Une civilisation de la fête et de l’oubli, Le Monde.


Conferences or Workshops Organised, Seminars or Talks Convened


  • 2017 | ‘We, Anthrobot’, Anthrobotics International Workshop at The University of Edinburgh, sponsored by Eidyn, Crag Research Group, LLC, School of informatics, The School of Philosophy, Oxford Human Centred Computing Group, French Institute UK.
  • 2016–2017 | Anthrobotics Seminar and reading group, The University of Edinburgh.
  • 2016 | 60 Years of Essentially Contested Concepts at The University of Edinburgh, sponsored by Eidyn, The School of Philosophy, Crag Research Group, the Centre for The Study of Modern Conflict.
  • 2015 | Creation of Reality International Conference | The Crag Research Group, The University of Edinburgh.
  • 2015–2017 | Crag Interdisciplinary Seminar, University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • 2012 | ‘L’être et le néon’, Multimedia public conference, Institut de Physique du Globe, Nuit des Savoirs/Nuit Blanche, Paris, France.


Recent Consultancies and Artistic Projects


  • 2017–2018 | Editorial adviser, book on AI and Robotics, Ivy Press, UK.
  • 2016 | Editorial adviser, Teaminside, Paris, France.
  • 2012 | Historical adviser, First major international exhibition on Neon Art, Maison Rouge, Paris, France.
  • 2004–2014 | Writer and director of short movies, including Nietzsche and Jesus: Interview (40,000 views on YouTube).


Languages, hobbies, etc.


  • Fluent (writing and speaking): French, English, Portuguese.
  • Good skills in Swedish, Spanish, Italian.
  • Basic German, Latin and some Ancient Greek.
  • Occasional musician (piano, guitar), walks in forests.
  • Father of a 4-year-old daughter.

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