European Studies is pleased to welcome Title VIII-supported summer research scholar Costica Bradatan - Associate Professor in the Honors College at Texas Tech University. Bradatan’s research at the Center aims to illustrate how the concept of “dying for an idea” has the potential to shape intellectual history and the dissemination of knowledge. He will focus on Jan Patocka as an exemplary case of intellectual whose dedication to an idea and his subsequent sacrifice has impacted the broader political and intellectual context of his contemporaries. The case study will be part of a book project contracted with IB Tauris in London.

Bradatan recently published an op-ed for on a related topic - “Politics of Tibetan Self-immolations.” His past contributions include essays and book reviews for Dissent, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Times Literary Supplement, Times Higher Education, The Australian, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Globe & Mail and other similar venues.

He is the author or editor (co-editor) of seven books, mostly recently Philosophy, Society and The Cunning of History in Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2012), as well as of several dozens of scholarly papers, essays, encyclopedia entries, book translations and book reviews. Bradatan has also edited a number of volumes as special journal issues on such topics as sacrifice, marginality, mimesis and culture, philosophy as literature, and East-European philosophy.

Prior to coming to Texas Tech, Bradatan was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Cornell University’s John S Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines (2003-2004) and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Miami University's Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies (2004-2006). In 2009-2010 he held a Solmsen Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities and in Fall 2012 he will be a Distinguished Guest Fellow at Notre Dame University's Institute for Advances Study (NDIAS). He has taught, in various capacities, at universities in Europe (United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania) and Asia (India and Turkey).

Bradatan received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Durham (UK) in 2004.