Assistant Professor, Humanities
PhD (Chicago); MA (Chicago)
7-352H, City Centre Campus10700 – 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB780-633-3914
In his research and teaching, Sean Hannan tries to track how ideas emerge, survive, and transform across a diverse range of historical periods and geographical regions. He is especially interested in the different ways people have thought about "time" over the course of history. Time is so intimately involved in our everyday lives (we all feel the crunch of the ticking clock), yet when we try to define what it is we come up puzzled. By studying the history of thought about time, and how that history is intertwined with broader developments in culture, politics, and religion, he hopes to challenge students to think a bit more deeply about how different aspects of time condition their own day-to-day lives.
Available to supervise senior students' independent study.
Teaching and Research Interests
As Sean Hannan tries to put his research interests to work in service of his teaching, he introduces students to a wide range of ideas and perspectives, while focusing on particular issues and conflicts as they arose in specific contexts. With expertise in the fields of the late antique Mediterranean and medieval European worlds, his intent is to help students bridge the gap between Classics and History.
Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers
Hannan, Sean. “To See Coming: Augustine and Heidegger on the Arising and Passing Away of Things.” Medieval Mystical Theology: The Journal of the Eckhart Society 21, no. 1 (2012): 75-91.
Hannan, Sean. “Scripture, Death, and Time in Book XIII of Augustine’s City of God.” Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, October 2015.
Hannan, Sean. “John Henry Cardinal Newman and Satire.” Seminar on the Thought of John Henry Newman, Merton College, Oxford University, July 2015.
Hannan, Sean. “The Proliferation of Mental Images in Book XI of Augustine’s De Trinitate.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2014.
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