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Hi! I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at City University of New York, Graduate Center. I work at the intersection of philosophy of mind (particularly emotion), epistemology, and cognitive science. In 2023-2024 I will be a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto.


My postdoctoral project is entitled "How we feel the future: hope, anxiety, and hypothetical thinking" and concerns the emotion-cognition interactions at play in our apprehension of future possibilities and their value for us. 


I completed my PhD jointly at the Institut Jean Nicod in Paris and at the Interdisciplinary Center For Affective Science in Geneva, under the supervision of Jérôme Dokic and Fabrice Teroni. In 2019-2020 I was a Visiting Fellow at the New York University Philosophy department, hosted by Jane Friedman. 

 

EDUCATION

PHD, PHILOSOPHY (2021)

Joint PhD in Philosophy and Cognitive Science - Institut Jean Nicod and University of Geneva. Dissertation awarded with highest honors.

MASTER OF SCIENCE (2013)

Philosophy of Mental Disorder, King’s College London, UK. Awarded with Distinction

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (2022)

Paris-Sorbonne VIII, Paris, FR

BACHELOR OF ARTS, PHILOSOPHY (2011)

Paris-Sorbonne IV, Paris, FR

 

PAPERS

Vazard, J. (2019). Passions et Psychopathologie, In Origgi, G. (ed.), Dictionnaire des Passions Sociales. Presses Universitaires de France.

Vazard, J. & Deonna, J. (2019). Darker Sides of Guilt, In Cokelet, B. & Maley, C. (eds.), Moral Psychology of Guilt. Rowman and Littlefield.

Vazard, J. (2018). Epistemic Anxiety, Adaptive Cognition, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Discipline Filosofiche: Philosophical Perspectives on Affective Experience and Psychopathology, 137.

Vazard, J. (2018). « Anxiété », version académique, In Kristanek, M. (ed.), l’Encyclopédie philosophique. URL: http://encyclo-philo.fr/anxiete-a/

 

EDITED VOLUMES

WORRY AND WELL-BEING

Synthese Topical Collection on "Anxiety: its Nature, Value, and Challenges", co-edited with Charlie Kurth.

Vegas Scream
 

SELECTED TALKS

Joint Meeting Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SPP) and the European Society (ESPP), University of Milan, Italy - July 22nd

Emotions and Deviations in Prospective Cognition

International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE), University of Southern California, Los Angeles - July 15th 2022

Desirable futures: Reframing the Role of Hope in Depression

Groupe de Recherche en Epistémologie, Collège de France – Paris, December 2020

Questioning one’s Mind: Epistemic Anxiety and the Virtue of Epistemic Cautiousness

Philosophy of Psychology Seminar, New York University – New York, February 2020

Am I wrong about this? Epistemic anxiety as an interrogative attitude

Western Michigan University Philosophy seminar – Kalamazoo, November 2019

Anxiety and Irrational Questioning

European Society for Philosophy & Psychology Annual Conference – Athens, September 2019

Feeling epistemic gaps: feeling confused and the benefits of deep inquiry

European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotion (EPSSE) Annual Conference – Pisa, June 2019

Possible Threats and Open Questions: Active doubt as Interrogative attitude

Swiss Center for Affective Science, Workshop “Cultivating negative emotions” – Geneva, June 2019

What we do when we doubt: Open Questions and Epistemic Anxiety

University of Neuchâtel, Philosophy Research Seminar – March 2019

Is Doubt an Emotion?

Swiss Center for Affective Science Annual Research Forum – Geneva, February 2019

What is anxiety? 

University of Geneva, Thumos Research Seminar – Nov. 2018

Unreasonable Doubt as a Failure of Affective Experience

University of Basel, Cognitive Irrationality Research Seminar – May 2018

Adaptive Cognition, Epistemic Anxiety, and OCD

British Society for the History of Philosophy Annual Conference – Durham, April 2018

From Habits to Compulsions: Losing control?

Agency Lab Seminar, Institut Jean Nicod, Ecole Normale Supérieure – Paris, September 2017

Metacognitive Feelings and the Sense of Control

 

TEACHING

"It is obvious that Ms. Vazard loves to teach! Her enthusiasm and liveliness are very pleasant in class, she also knows the subject very well and explains the important concepts in a clear manner. I also sincerely appreciate (finally) having female teachers in the field of philosophy, which allows me to project myself into the future in philosophy"

"Thank you for your work! Your attitude, always kind and caring, is admirable and inspiring!"

– Anonymous Student Reports

Fall 2021

PRIMARY INSTRUCTOR, "ART AND EMOTION"

Graduate Philosophy course (Master and Advanced Bachelor students) on the topic of "Art and Emotions" (Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Aesthetics). University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Spring 2019

TEACHING ASSISTANT, "META-ETHICS"

Advanced Undergraduate course in Meta-ethics (Value theory, Ethics, Moral Philosophy). University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Fall 2015 to Spring 2016

LECTURER IN FRENCH

Taught four undergraduate courses in French Language and Culture at Boston University and Simmons College, Boston, USA.

Fall 2015 to Summer 2016

WORKSHOP LEADER

Designed and led ten workshop sessions of ethics and moral psychology in French for a large audience of advanced students of French of all ages and backgrounds. Hosted by the French Cultural Center in Boston, USA.

 

PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY

Happy Teenager

BLOG POST

Sand Dunes

PODCAST

Hand Hygiene

BLOG POST

Imagining with Hope

A post on hopeful imaginings, their characteristics, and epistemic value, written together with Steve Humbert-Droz, and published in "The Junkyard", a scholarly blog devoted to the study of imagination.

From Eco-Anxiety to Eco-Hope

In this podcast series in french, several researchers discuss the role of emotions in our management of the climate crisis. In the episode "From Eco-anxiety to Eco-hope", I share some thoughts on the nature of anxiety, and its positive counterpart: hope.

OCD and Anxiety

A post on Epistemic Anxiety and Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, published in “Imperfect Cognitions”, a blog dedicated to irrational beliefs, cognitive distortions, delusions, etc.

 

WORK IN PROGRESS

Vazard, J. “The Doxastic Base of Emotions of Uncertainty” (under review)

Vazard, J. "Desirable Futures: Episodic Future Thought, Hope, and Depression" (under review)

Vazard, J., Humbert-Droz, S. “What Role for Imagination in Hope?” (in progress)

Vazard, J. "From Eco-Anxiety to Eco-Hope" (in progress)

Vazard, J. "Emotions of Uncertainty and Affective Forecasting" (in progress)

 

CONTACT

Merci pour votre envoi !

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