Dr Andrea Mura

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Position Senior Lecturer in Political Theory
Email a.mura (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Andrea Mura

Andrea Mura is member of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies and the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought at Goldsmiths where he co-convenes the annual research Seminar ‘Critiques of Violence’.

Andrea has research and teaching interests in continental philosophy, comparative political thought and postcolonial theory.

Research interests

His work engages with contemporary debates on populism, hyper-nationalism, indebtedness, religious radicalisation, and, more generally, processes of subjectification and biopolitics following contemporary paradigms of crisis (terrorism, financial crisis, migrant crisis, and pandemic crisis). These themes have been investigated through an open dialogue between philosophy, social theory and psychoanalysis as well as speculative canons in continental philosophy and contemporary Islamic thought.

He is now working on two monographs on the eschatology of neoliberalism, borders, and the aesthetic of radicalization.

Taking direct engagement with Ernesto Laclau’s theory of discourse and hegemony, past publications have pursued a thorough study of the ways in which religion, law and social change have long shaped each other in Islamic settings, contributing to the emergence and ideological development of Islamist thought and political theology, especially in reference to the controversial notion of ‘Islamic state’.

Resulting from this research, his monograph, 'The Symbolic Scenarios of Islamism', strives to expose the way that traditions and practices of citizenship outside the European context have been contributing to rearticulate and challenge western modern political doctrines, as well as conventional ways of conceiving political space.



Mura, Andrea . 2015. The Symbolic Scenarios of Islamism: A Study in Islamic Political Thought. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781472443892

Edited Journal

Mura, Andrea and Gentili, Dario, eds. 2014. Introducing Teatro Valle – Searching for a European Commons, openDemocracy, .

Book Section

Mura, Andrea . 2019. Religion and Islamic Radicalization. In: Yannis Stavrakakis, ed. The Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalytic Political Theory. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138696310

Mura, Andrea . 2019. Teologia Politica e Islamismo: Tra universalismo e caduta apocalittica nel pensiero di Sayyid Qutb. In: Elettra Stimilli, ed. Teologie e politica: Genealogie e attualità. Macerata, Italy: Quodlibet. ISBN 9788822902429

Mura, Andrea . 2017. Orient, Orientation, and the Western Referent: From Comparative to World Thought. In: Lucian Stone and Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh, eds. Manifestos for World Thought. London: Rowman & Littlefield International, pp. 3-21. ISBN 9781783489510

Mura, Andrea and Teti, Andrea. 2016. Sunni Islam and Politics. In: Jeff Haynes, ed. Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics. London: Routledge, pp. 83-101. ISBN 9781138826991

Gentili, Dario and Mura, Andrea . 2015. Ein Theater-Commons kommt zur Welt. Die Stiftung Teatro Valle Bene Comune. In: Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, eds. Die Welt der Commons: Muster gemeinsamen Handelns. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, pp. 132-135. ISBN 9783839432457

Mura, Andrea and Gentili, Dario. 2015. The Birth of a Theater Commons. In: David Bollier and Silke Helfrich, eds. Patterns of Commoning. Amherst, Massachusetts: The Commons Strategies Group. ISBN 978-1937146832

Mura, Andrea . 2015. Disorienting Austerity: The Indebted Citizen as the New Soul of Europe. In: Engin Isin, ed. Citizenship After Orientalism: Transforming Political Theory. Houndmills, Basingstoke Hampshire; New York, NY: Palgrave. ISBN 978-1-137-47950-1


Mura, Andrea . 2016. National Finitude and the Paranoid Style of the One. Contemporary Political Theory, 15(1), pp. 58-79. ISSN 1470-8914

Mura, Andrea . 2015. Debito e Comune: Per un’etica del non-tutto [Debt and the Commons: For an Ethos of not-all]. Aut Aut, 365, pp. 84-98.

Mura, Andrea . 2015. Il neoliberismo e il paradigma dell’indebitamento: Una lettura psicoanalitica [Neoliberalism and the paradigm of indebtedness: A Psychoanalytic Reading]. LETTERa: Quaderni di clinica e cultura psicoanalitica, 5, pp. 193-210.

Mura, Andrea . 2015. Lacan and Debt: The Discourse of the Capitalist in Times of Austerity. Philosophy Today, 59(2), pp. 155-174. ISSN 0031-8256

Mura, Andrea and Gentili, Dario. 2014. The Austerity of the Commons: A Struggle for the Essential. openDemocracy,

Mura, Andrea . 2014. The Inclusive Dynamics of Islamic Universalism: From the Vantage Point of Sayyid Qutb’s Critical Philosophy. Comparative Philosophy, 5(1), pp. 30-55. ISSN 2151-6014

Mura, Andrea . 2014. Islamism Revisited: A Lacanian Discourse Critique. European Journal of Psychoanalysis, Winter(1), pp. 107-126.

Mura, Andrea and Teti, Andrea. 2013. Convergent (Il)liberalism in the Mediterranean? Notes on Political Trends in Egypt and Italy. European Urban and Regional Studies, 20(1), pp. 120-127. ISSN 0969-7764

Mura, Andrea . 2012. The Symbolic Function of Transmodernity. Language and Psychoanalysis, Autumn(1), pp. 67-86. ISSN 2049-324X

Mura, Andrea . 2012. A Genealogical Inquiry into Early Islamism: The Discourse of Hasan al-Banna. Journal of Political Ideologies, 17(1), pp. 61-85. ISSN 1356-9317


Mura, Andrea . 2014. Rosi Braidotti on crisis, capital and austerity - Interview by Andrea Mura.

Further profile content

Media engagements

Supervision & Teaching

Andrea welcomes PhD proposals in the fields of Comparative Political Thought, Continental Philosophy, Postcolonial Theory, and Psychoanalysis.

Andrea teaches in the areas of Political Theory and Comparative Political Thought. Before joining Goldsmiths, he taught at the University of Aberdeen, the Open University, and the University of Exeter.