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Dr Anna Westin (BA, Dip Appl. Ethics, Mag., MA, PG Cert HE, PhD) has completed a PhD in the philosophy of addiction, engaging in the existential and phenomenological approach of Kierkegaard and Levinas at St. Mary’s University, London. Anna has lectured at Richmond, The American University in London and St. Mary's University, Canterbury Christ Church University and London School of Theology. She is currently an Honorary Visiting Lecturer at University of Kent and Honorary Visiting Fellow at St. Mary’s University, Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery. She is also Director of The JAM Network UK, a creative anti-trafficking community, and involved in various independently affiliated research, writing and music projects.
2013-2017 St. Mary's University, London PhD in Philosophy and Ethics Addict or Addicted? Levinas and Kierkegaard's Hopeful Existential Phenomenology of Addiction
2014-2015 St. Mary's University, London PGCert in Higher Education Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
St. Mary's University, London MA in Bioethics and Medical Law Concentration in Human Rights Theory and Virtue Ethics.
2010-2011 Gothenburg University, Sweden Mag. in Practical Philosophy Concentration in Political Philosophy and Human Rights.
2009-2010 Memorial University, Canada Dipl. of Applied Ethics Concentration in Mental Health Ethics
2006-2010 Memorial University, Canada Bachelors of Arts Major in Philosophy, Minor in Psychology
UN B-Course in Human Rights, Gothenburg, Sweden (February 2011)
UN B-Course in Peace, Security and Disarmament, Stockholm, Sweden (April 2011)
Introduction to Somatic Experiencing Training / Somatic Experiencing Beginner 1 & 2
Areas of Research
Philosophy and theology of embodiment; existentialism; phenomenology; ethics; human rights and political philosophy; philosophy of psychology
Westin, A. (Forthcoming) Embodied Trauma and Healing: Critical Conversations on the Concept of Health and Rupture. Routledge.
Westin, A. (2020) An Existential Phenomenology of Addiction. London: Bloomsbury Press.
Westin, A. (Forthcoming) 'All Grown Up: When Film Does Philosophy'. Thinking Film. Eds. Richard Kearney and Murray Littlejohn. London: Bloomsbury Press.
Westin, A. (Forthcoming). 'Imagining Otherwise: Creative Arts as a Tool for Recovery’. Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking: The Victim Journey. Ed. Runa Lazzarino. Polity Press.
Westin, A. (Forthcoming 2022). 'Revealing Bodied Suffering: Anorexia in Levinasian Phenomenology.' Ed. Christine LeRoy Paris: Hermann Press.
Peer-Reviewed Articles (most recent)
Westin, A. 2018. 'Book Review: Hans Fink and Robert Stern (eds.) What is Ethically Demanded? K. E. Løgstrup's Philosophy of Moral Life'. In Studies in Christian Ethics. 31 (3), pgs. 329-332.
Westin, A. 2018. 'Despite Circumstance: The Principles of Medical Ethics and the Role of Hope'. In New Bioethics Journal. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/205028...
Westin, A. 2018. 'Can Evil Create? Levinas in Conversation with Tikkun Olam and Kierkegaard'. In Scandinavian Jewish Studies. 29(1). Available at: https://doi.org/10.30752/nj.68...
Westin, A. 2016. ’The Potentiality of A Healthy Self: Evaluating Progressively Empowered Internalisation and Diagnosis through the Lens of Existential Epistemology’. In The New Bioethics Journal. SAGE.
Westin, A. 2014. 'Are Evolving Human Rights Harmless? An Examination of English Legislation, Prostitution and its Effects on Relatedness'. In The New Bioethics Journal. SAGE.
Khalili, H. & Westin, A. 2010. 'Current trends in private psychology practice in Newfoundland and Labrador'. Psychopsis. Presented at the American Psychology Association in Washington D.C., 2010.
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