Lucy McCormick

Research title: Silent transmission: the influence of Buddhist traditions on Georges Bataille's 'La pratique de la joie devant la mort'

Research Summary

My research focuses on the previously-unexamined influence of Buddhist concepts and practices on the work of interwar avant-garde writer and thinker Georges Bataille. More broadly, I am interested in the history of European appropriation of Buddhism as an other through which to understand the self, which is exemplified by avant-garde interactions with Buddhist concepts through the lens of colonial European understandings of self and identity.



College of Arts Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Glasgow (2019 - 2022).

Allan Inglis Travel Scholarship, University of Glasgow (2019).

Peter Davies Scholarship in French Studies, University of Glasgow (2018 - 2019).

French Studies Departmental Bursary (Fees), University of Warwick (2009 - 2010).


Weaponising Satori: Japanese Zen in Georges Bataille’s ‘War’ (European Network of Japanese Philosophy, Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest: '(Counter)Influences', 1 - 4 February 2022)

Silent Transmission: The Emergence of Buddhist Concepts in Georges Bataille (RSE Existential Philosophy Research Network, Sorbonne University: 'Altérité et pensée du dehors: La pensée existentielle en Europe et ailleurs', 23rd march 2019). 

Refuge in Exile: Explorations of the Self in French Interwar Travel Writing (Institut français d’Ecosse: Edinburgh Interdisciplinary Seminar, 30th November 2018).



School of Critical Studies

Religions in Asia 

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

French Culture 

French Language 

Comparative Literature 

Learning Enhancement and Development Service

Academic Writing Skills Programme

College-wide academic skills classes

1-1 student tutorials. 

In addition to my experience, I am an Associate Fellow of Glasgow's Recognising Excellence in Teaching