Ramon del Castillo

  • Madrid
  • Spain
Cultural areas
Classical Music, Cultural Anthropology, Film, History, Literature, New Media, Philosophy, Music, Theatre, Urban Sociology, Visual Arts


Ramón del Castillo (Madrid, 1964) is Professor of Contemporary Philosophy and Cultural Studies for the Schools of Art History, Anthropology, English Studies and Philosophy in UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia). He has been invited lecturer in Duke University, New School for Social Research (New York), University College London, as well as in diverse Universities in Japan, Italy, Germany, Australia, Argentina and México. Since 1995 he published books and numerous works on the history of American culture, especially on the delusions of the liberal imagination, the relation between religion politics, ethics and war, and the conflict between phycology and psychoanalysis. He also translated into Spanish Fredric Jameson’s Postmodernism and Terry Eagleton’s The Idea of Culture. He also wrote on Eagleton “The illusion of Aesthetics” (prologue to the Spanish version of Eagleton’s The Ideology of the Aesthetics) and “Cultural Supplements: A Fable on the Fall of the Left”. In 2005 he organized Memories of the Future, a workshop on Science Fiction and politics, and he is now directing in Madrid both a group on Post-humanism and a permanent seminar on the history of psychology. He has also explored the relation between comedy and tragedy (as in his recent preface to Simon Crithley’s Tragedy and Modernity), laugh and absurdity, slapsticks and cartoons, and he is finishing a book titled Wittgenstein and His Relation to the Joke. He also  collaborated with Spanish National Public Radio (Classic Music Channel) with 17 programmes on the American composer Elliot Carter and tXXth Century Music both USA and Europe. He regularly writes essays on music in magazines and books edited by musical centres, festivals and orchestras (as “The Idea of Dialogue” on Glenn Gould and autism). He was teaching humanities for musicians in the Barenboim-Said Foundation at Sevilla, and now he is teaching soundscape theory for students of electroacoustic music in Madrid. Next autumn he will publish “Delirious Gardens”, an introductory study into the history of gardens and heterotopia. Recently he lectured in Japan on Science-Fiction and Utopia, revisting the works of Raymond Williams and Fredric Jameson.