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Francesca Brencio


Francesca Brencio is Adjunct Researcher at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the Western Sydney University (Australia). She is member of the Oxford Phenomenology Network at the TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities at the University of Oxford and affiliate with two different research groups in Spain in philosophy and psychiatry, respectively at the University of Saragozza and at the University of Sevilla. 

She was Associate Lecturer in Aesthetics at the University of Perugia (Italy) from 2000 to 2007. She completed her PhD in 2006 at the University of Perugia (Italy) and, after a period of study in Theology at the Theological Institute in Assisi associated to Pontificia Universitas Lateranensis in Rome, she received her appointment at UWS in 2012. From February 2013 till February 2016 she has been Postdoctoral Visiting Research at the Faculty of Theology at Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg (Germany). From Summer Semester 2016 she has received a new appointment at the Faculty of Theology at Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg.

She was awarded National Special Prise both for her Master thesis (2001) and her PhD dissertation (2006) by the Collegio Siciliano di Filosofia and by the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici of Naples.


Her field of research is mainly related to Heidegger Studies, with different focuses: Heidegger’s relationship with German Idealism, with special attention to the role played by Hegel and his concept of negativity; Heidegger’s interpretation of poetry, in particular of Hölderlin; Heidegger and the ontology of art; Heidegger’s relationship with theology. Recently her work focused on the relationship between phenomenology and psychiatry with a particular attention to Heidegger’s existential analytic of human being and its implication for psychiatry, focusing on melancholia, anxiety, trauma and temporality.

She has published in Italian, English and Spanish on a wide range of topics related to Heidegger’s thinking, in several collaborative book projects and philosophical and medical journals.

She is author of three monographs in Italian: Heidegger, Hegel e la negativita’ (Arcacne, Roma 2010); Scritti su Heidegger (Aracne, Roma 2012); La pieta’ del pensiero. Heidegger e i Quaderni Neri (Aguaplano, 2015 – editor and co-author).

She is one of the invited authors of The Oxford Handbook in Phenomenological Psychopathology for Oxford University Press, editing by Giovanni Stanghellini, Matthew Broome et al. forthcoming in 2016.


She is member of the many philosophical societies across the word (The British Society of Phenomenology, The Nordic Society for Phenomenology, International Institute for Hermeneutics, Internationale Hegel Geselleschaft e V. (Berlin), Italian Society of Sexology and Sexual Education) and part of Scientific Committee of Philosophy Journals (Heidegger Studien; Differenz. Revista Internacional de estudios heideggerianos y sus derivas contemporáneas de la Universidad de Sevilla; Umweg).

Field of specialization: Heidegger Studies, Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, Philosophy of religion, Philosophy of Psychiatry





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