Samuel O’Connor Perks
Born in Brighton in the UK in 1989, Samuel studied Philosophy at University of Sussex from 2009 until 2012. He then went on to study for a master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. He currently holds a PhD post which explores the intersection between theology and architecture at the KU Leuven. The title of the project is Apocryphal and Apostolic Modernism: Forgotten relations between religion and architectural modernism 1945-1970. The project is supervised by Rajesh Heynickx in the Department of Architecture and Stéphane Symons from the Institute of Philosophy, both of whom designed it, outlining its intellectual horizons. The research is made up of several concrete constellations which form the overarching theme of religiosity and architectural modernism. The aim is to offer an alternative narrative of the 20th century as a slow and steady movement towards secularization. Samuel is currently working on an article which focusses on the life and work of the French avant-gardist Dominican friar and painter: Marie-Alain Couturier (1897-1954). As an individual who resided within the nexus of the theological-aesthetic paradigm in 20th Century France, Couturier’s work is emblematic of the connections between the two domains which the project seeks to examine.