This article is a translation of the original entry on Mirt Komel in Slovenian
Mirt Komel, Slovenian philosopher, novelist, sociologist, playwright, essayist, translator, * 21 August 1980, Šempeter pri Gorici.
Komel is currently employed as assistant professor in philosophy at the University of Ljubljana (Faculty of Social Sciences, Department and Chair of Cultural Studies) and researcher at the Center of Cultural and Religious Studies (University of Ljubljana, Institute for Social Sciences).
He has published numerous scientific texts in political theory, social anthropology, and theoretical psychoanalysis in international and Slovenian scholarly journals (e.g. Problems, Journal for the Critique of Science), as well as several scientific monographs. Three of them (Attempt of a Touch/Poskus nekega dotika, 2008, Discourse and Violence/Diskurz in nasilje, 2012, Socratic Touches/Sokratski dotiki, 2015) hinge on the main axis of his research: an attempt at a philosophical reconceptualization of touch and tactility informed with insights from the contemporary humanities and social sciences.
Komel is also a prolific writer, known to the local and international public for his prose, plays, and essays. His essayistic contributions appear in Mladina, Delo, Mediawatch, and Tribuna.
He is an active participant of many civil initiatives and movementns. He is co-founder and active member of the International Hegelian Society Aufhebung. He is also co-founder of the Society of Humanists of Goriška (Društvo humanistov Goriške), co-founder (and vice-president in 2006-2009) of the Youth Club of the Society of Slovenian Writers (Društvo slovenskih pisateljev), co-founder (and member in 2010-2013) of the Likej Association.
Komel attended the Nova Gorica High School. In 2005, he received a BA in sociology from the University of Ljubljana with a thesis on the Mythologics of the Social Contract. In 2010, he was awarded a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Ljubljana, having written his dissertation on The Philosophical Aspects of the Relationship between Discourse and Violence (advisors: philosopher Dr. Mladen Dolar, sociologist Dr. Mitja Velikonja, anthropologist Dr. Karmen Šterk). In 2008, he was visiting scholar at the University of Sarajevo (Faculty of Political Science).