Heterotopias of the Mind, a Philosophical and Psychological Journey


6.00 - 7.30 pm


admission free

A panel discussion which invites Dr Marie Guilott, Dr Bettina Zengal, Dr Jörg Schaub and Constantin Mehmel to offer their insights on Michael Foucault’s concept of heterotopia. Together they will explore Foucault’s ideas about ‘other’ spaces – these worlds within worlds that mirror what is outside, while also offering sanctuary from the outside world, such as an inner garden.

What is the role of the inner garden? How can we access it? And to what extent can discovering our inner space be a healing process, especially in emotional pain?

These questions and more will be discussed with our panelists, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Join us via the Zoom link here.

Admission Free


Dr Bettina Zengel is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex. She earned her PHD at Northern Illinois University.

Bettina Zengel is interested in how our motivation and emotions influence our memory. Her work includes the effect of self-protection on recall for positive and negative feedback, the fading of affect for autobiographical events, and nostalgia.
Dr Zengel has published widely including in journals such as the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Memory.

She is currently finalising research projects related to nostalgia.

Dr Marie Guillot is a lecturer in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex. She earned her PHD at the Institut Jean Nicod.

Dr Guillot’s interests include the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language, and their intersection with epistemology, metaphysics and the philosophy of psychology. Her work covers the first person, indexical concepts, de se content, subjectivity, self-knowledge, selfhood, personal identity, phenomenal consciousness, and phenomenal concepts. She is also interested in aesthetics and in the politics of language use.

Dr Guillot has published in numerous journals and is co-editing a book on the phenomenology of “mineness” for Oxford University Press.

Constantin Mehmel is a postgraduate research student in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex. They earned their MA at the University of Warwick.

Constantin Mehmel’s research interests include the Philosophy of Emotion, the Philosophy of Psychiatry, Queer and Feminist Theory and Social Cognition. They are currently developing a novel philosophical account of experiences of orientation and disorientation. Constantin has an article featured in The Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry.

They also have a forthcoming publication entitled “Grief, Disorientation, and Futurity”. 


Dr Jörg Schaub is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex.

He received a doctoral degree in philosophy from Goethe-University, Frankfurt.

Dr Jörg Schaub’s current research focuses on aesthetics and democratic politics, critical theory (especially Honneth), contemporary political philosophy, and German Idealism (especially Hegel).He is the author of the monograph Justice as Reconciliation: John Rawls’ Political Liberalism and has published articles in journals such as European Journal of Philosophy , European Journal of Social Theory, Critical Horizons, Res Publica, and Mittelweg.

Dr Schaub is co-editor of the Essex Studies in Contemporary Critical Theory.