Dissertation Fellow, Santa Barbara Center
W. Ezekiel Goggin
Ezekiel Goggin was a dissertation fellow during the inaugural year of the International Center for the Humanities and Social Change at the University of Santa Barbara (2017-2018). During his time at UCSB, Goggin worked on issues pertaining to the rhetorical use of “fake news,” the relationship of media and mediation to the formation of publics, and the psychology of self-deception. Goggin also took part in the 2018 Summer Institute of the Humanities and Social Change Foundation at Universitá Ca’ Foscari, Venice, where he presented an essay entitled “The Limits of Conviction: Hegel and Weber on the Possibilities of Modern Community.” During his time as a fellow he completed a draft of his dissertation the theme of sacrifice in the philosophy of GWF Hegel. Broadly speaking, Goggin’s research focuses on the relationship between religious imagination and modern accounts of human freedom –particularly at the intersection of German idealism, phenomenology, and theology. He is also interested in deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. His work has been supported by the University of Chicago Divinity School, the Udo-Keller-Stiftung Forum Humanum, and the Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion.