Autobiographical Turns in Theoretical Texts; Bodies in Crisis as Generators of Knowledge
Dennis Schep (born in the Netherlands in 1985) has founded the annual theatre festival "Morgensterren" in 2005 and published the literary magazine "Paperwaste" in 2006. Since April 2011 he has organized various classes at The Public School Berlin. Since the beginning of 2012 he writes political commentaries for several Dutch newspapers and websites.
In 2006 Dennis started his BA "Language and Culture Studies" at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Within the framework of his BA he spent two semesters at the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2007/08. After finishing his BA in 2009, he enrolled in two unrelated MA programs: "Intercultural Communication Studies" at the
European University Viadrina, and "Media and Communications," a low residency MA program at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Within the framework of his studies at the Viadrina he spent one semester abroad at the University of Buenos Aires. In 2011 he finished both MA programs. In April 2012 he joined the PhD-Net "Das Wissen der Literatur" at the Humboldt University, where he started working on his dissertation project. Since October 2012, Dennis Schep is a doctoral candidate at the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School at the Free University of Berlin.
In his dissertation project, Dennis Schep focuses on autobiographical fragments in theoretical texts by those authors that do not subscribe to a strong conception of authorship, such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Hélène Cixous and Avital Ronell.
His research revolves around the following paradox: while autobiographical writing has been problematized by some tenets of post-structuralist theory (where Nietzsche is understood as a proto-post-structuralist), precisely those authors that are responsible for this problematization tend to employ autobiographical fragments in their texts.
He will investigate the epistemological effects of the incorporation of literary forms of knowledge in theoretical texts and the conflict between the autobiographical knowledge claim that takes the author's life as its object and the theoretical knowledge claim whose object transcends the particularity of this life. As this question can only be answered through a historically informed understanding of the triangular relations between autobiography, authorship and philosophy, his project will consist of two parts: a diachronic investigation that foregrounds the historical development of this triangular constellation, and a synchronic investigation in which the rhetorical strategies employed by the authors comprising his corpus take center stage.