Category Archives: UK philosophy

Women in Philosophy workshop @ Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group is proud to announce its annual Spring Workshop on Philosophical Methodologies on Friday the 16th of May 2014 at the University of Edinburgh.
We have decided to address the issue of philosophical methodology, following the success of previous EWPG Spring workshops, which have respectively focused on the under-representation of women in philosophy, the ethics and aesthetics of pornography, and implicit bias. This issue of philosophical methodology has become a lively discussion point in philosophy departments and blogs due to the question of whether the nature of philosophical discourse is exclusionary either in the way philosophy is written or in the way it is done in more public events, such as conferences, seminars and workshops, not to mention in educational settings.
We hope this event will contribute to helping raise awareness about philosophical methodology and how it relates to both philosophical feminism and improving the situation of women in philosophy departments.
Confirmed speakers are:
Catarina Dutilh Novaes (Groningen)
Amia Srinivasan (Oxford)
Nancy Bauer (Tufts)
Eric Schliesser (Ghent)
For registration details, see the following page:
There is a £5 registration fee, which includes lunch and refreshments. There will also a workshop dinner for an additional £20, which will be paid on the day in cash. If you wish to attend the workshop please register by 9th May 2014.
We have a limited amount of Analysis Trust bursaries to cover postgraduate participation and accommodation, and we invite postgraduate students to submit expressions of interest to respond to the speakers’ talks. If you would like to be considered for a postgraduate bursary, please submit a short statement (max. 300 words) detailing your motivation to do so to the following address:
The deadline for submissions is the 15th of April. For more information on the Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group, see the following page:
We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the workshop’s sponsors: the Analysis Trust, the Scots Philosophical Association, the Society for Women in Philosophy – UK, and the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh.


Evaluating philosophy

Below is a message from James Ladyman that just went out on Philos-L about a forthcoming volume of The Monist which looks pretty interesting, on the topic of ‘evaluating philosophy':

In the UK since 1986 funding for research as opposed to teaching has been allocated to philosophy departments on the basis of an evaluation of the quality of the philosophical research submitted by them in the so-called ‘Research Assessment Exercise’ (RAE). There have been six RAEs but they are to be replaced by the so-called ‘Research Excellence Framework’ that will incorporate a measure of the ‘impact’ of the research carried out on non-academic ‘users’ and the wider economy and society. The latter has been the subject of intense debate amid concern that evaluating philosophy in this way will discriminate against profound, esoteric and technical philosophical work that may be of the greatest intellectual value, in favour of accessible and directly applicable work, even though the medium and long term practical effects of the former may be greater although completely unpredictable. This special issue is not concerned with ‘evaluating philosophy’ in the sense of peer review for journals or presses or the routine criticism and appraisal that we engage in when we write about each other’s work, but rather with the overall assessment of the performance of philosophy individuals/departments for the purposes of allocating funding by civil servants. In other words, ‘evaluating philosophy’ for the purposes of public policy decision making, rather than value judgments about philosophy per se. The former has of course relied on the latter as in the past UK RAEs which were based ultimately on peer review although modulated by evaluations based on numbers of postgraduates and activity levels which are not judgments of philosophical quality directly.) The UK is important because it is perceived to be a pioneer in research excellence measurement and its systems have been emulated in the past. The aim of this issue is to consider the theoretical and practical merits and demerits of different approaches to the evaluation of philosophy.

The deadline for contributions, according to Prof. Ladyman, is the end of April.

Continental philosophy job @ Warwick

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick (my department) has a job posting for an assistant professor in ‘continental philosophy’, a welcome move ‘to increase the department’s research strengths in continental philosophy, and to support and help expand the continental philosophy MA programme’.

Interested parties should see the application info here.  The deadline for applications is 14th December 2012.

It’ll be exciting to see who’ll be joining us in the near future!

BLOG: Groundwork

A quick plug for a new blog (new to me, anyway) run by students at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University: Groundwork.  The CRMEP is undoubtedly a hotspot for research in “continental philosophy” in the UK, and I’m sure this blog will showcase its vibrance and conceptual productivity.

See especially this interview with the (relatively) new Professor of Modern European Philosophy at the CRMEP, Catherine Malabou, in which she discusses – it has been brought to my attention – the concept of ground in relation to Heidegger and Deleuze, for those of you who were intrigued by the connection I vaguely gestured at in my previous post.

SEP-FEP conference 2012 @ MMU

This year’s joint conference of the Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy will be held from 5th to 7th September at Manchester Metropolitan University.  This year’s keynotes will be Shaun Gallagher, Alphonso Lingis and Catherine Malabou – three very interesting and distinguished speakers.

There’s no specific theme this year, and the deadline for submissions is 31st May 2012.

For more info, see the SEP website’s call for papers.

CFP: MindGrad 2011, University of Warwick, 3rd-4th December

As a soon-to-be Warwick research student, I thought I’d disseminate this call for papers from Pete Fossey for Warwick’s annual philosophy of mind postgraduate conference.  It’s a good event, so if you’re a postgrad researcher working in the philosophy of mind (and it seems fairly difficult not to be working in the philosophy of mind these days if one is vaguely analytically orientated, ‘content’ being the buzzword of the day), then send something in!

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Call for Papers: MindGrad 2011

This year’s MindGrad conference will take place on the 3rd-4th of December, at the University of Warwick, UK; our guest speakers are Prof. Michael Tye (University of Texas) and Dr. Lucy O’Brien (UCL).

MindGrad is a postgraduate conference in the philosophy of mind, broadly construed; in previous years, we have been pleased to accept papers on topics as diverse as the mind-body problem, the location of bodily sensations, and personal identity in the context of dreams. We will consider well-written submissions, from graduate students, on any topic broadly related to philosophy of mind.

Papers should be suitable for presentation in 40 minutes, and prepared for anonymous review. Please use the following link to submit your paper, as a PDF, via the EasyChair Conference System:

**The deadline for submissions is October 14th**

The authors of papers selected for presentation will hear from us by October 30th at the latest. Travel and accommodation subsidies for graduate speakers will be available.

We are grateful for support from the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society.

SEP-FEP Annual Conference – abstracts and early-bird registration

Abstracts are now available from the 90 speakers who’ll be delivering papers and presentations at the Annual Conference of the Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy, taking place at York St. John University between 31st August and 3rd September.  The papers are on a vast array of different topics; the conference theme is the extremely open ‘Philosophy and…’, with the organisers hoping to attract papers concerned with or influenced by the interdisciplinary potential of European philosophy. The speakers are equally diverse, with more or less established names alongside newcomers and postgraduate researchers.  There are also several panel discussions, including a panel on women in professional philosophy centred around the work of keynote speaker and noted feminist philosopher Michèle Le Doeuff (CNRS, Paris).  The other keynotes are Lacanian critical theorist Joan Copjec (University of Buffalo) and ‘object-oriented’ philosopher Graham Harman (American University, Cairo).

I’m pretty excited about this, since it’s not everyday that a major conference in your field turns up on your doorstep. Early-bird registration is available until 1st July, so if you want to attend this five-day event relatively cheaply I suggest you register sooner rather than later.  Info on registration can be found here.