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Nietzsche

CLOSURE OF PHILOSOPHY AT MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY – A MESSAGE FROM PETER HALLWARD

Dear friends and colleagues

I regret to say that Middlesex University has just decided, rather abruptly, to close all its Philosophy programmes and to shut down our Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP; http://www.web.mdx.ac.uk/crmep/)  

Staff include Eric Alliez, Peter Hallward, Mark Kelly, Christian Kerslake, Peter Osborne and Stella Sandford.  Some members of the Centre may be laid off more or less immediately, and some will remain temporarily, to teach out the programmes.

As you might expect we’re scrambling to put together a response, and to begin with we’re asking colleagues and friends to send a brief email or letter about the closure to the University administrators who have made this unexpected decision. If you have time to write such a message, please feel free to extract some points from a draft letter that a few of our most recent collaborators will be sending later today to Times Higher Education, below.

The main people involved in the decision are as follows:

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Michael Driscoll, m.driscoll@mdx.ac.uk <mailto:M.Driscoll@mdx.ac.uk>

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise, Waqar Ahmad, w.ahmad@mdx.ac.uk mailto:w.ahmad@mdx.ac.uk

Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Margaret House, m.house@mdx.ac.uk <mailto:m.house@mdx.ac.uk>

Dean of the School of Arts & Education, Ed Esche, e.esche@mdx.ac.uk mailto:e.esche@mdx.ac.uk

(The full set of emails is then: m.driscoll@mdx.ac.uk; w.ahmad@mdx.ac.uk <mailto:w.ahmad@mdx.ac.uk>; m.house@mdx.ac.uk; e.esche@mdx.ac.uk <mailto:e.esche@mdx.ac.uk>).

If you are able to send this sort of message, and are willing for your message to be posted subsequently on a campaign website or blog, please copy or blind-copy (BCC) it to our campaign email, savemdxphil@gmail.com   <mailto:savemdxphil@gmail.com> .

By tomorrow I expect we’ll have set up a petition to save the CRMEP, and will get back to you about this soon.

Although it may already be too late to save Philosophy at Middlesex, some decisive action now may help protect other vulnerable subjects at the University, and in the UK more generally. It’s been very encouraging, over the course of today, to receive dozens of messages of support and solidarity.

I’ll circulate more information about the campaign to save the CRMEP once we’ve had time to set up a basic website or blog.

All best,
Peter

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European Philosophy

PHILOSOPHY CLOSURE AT MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

Late on Monday 26 April, staff in Philosophy at Middlesex University in London were informed that the University executive are to close all Philosophy programmes: undergraduate, postgraduate and MPhil/PhD.

Philosophy is the highest research-rated subject at Middlesex University, with 65% of its research activity judged ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the UK government’s recent Research Assessment Exercise. It is now widely recognised as one of the most important centres for the study of modern European philosophy anywhere in the English-speaking world. Its MA programmes in Philosophy have grown in recent years to become the largest in the UK, with 42 new students admitted in September 2009.

Middlesex offers one of only a handful of programmes left in the UK that provides both research-driven and inclusive post-graduate teaching aimed at a wide range of students, specialist and non-specialist. It is also one of relatively few such programmes that remains financially viable, currently contributing close to half of its total income to the University’s central administration.

Needless to say, Radical Philosophy very much regret this decision to terminate Philosophy at Middlesex, and its likely consequences for the teaching of philosophy in the UK.

This is a shameful decision which essentially means the end of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, a hub for internationally renowned scholarship (http://www.web. mdx.ac.uk/ crmep/; staff include Eric Alliez, Peter Hallward, Mark Kelly, Christian Kerslake, Peter Osborne and Stella Sandford). This act of wilful self-harm by the University must be resisted.

Please join the facebook group and spread the word: http://www.facebook .com/group. php?gid=11910256 1449990

Campaign email: savemdxphil@ gmail.com

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Critical Hope

UTOPIA, DYSTOPIA AND CRITICAL THEORY

Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Graduate Conference
Thursday 13 May 2010
University of Sussex Center for Literature & Philosophy, Brighton

‘Utopia, Dystopia and Critical Theory’
A One-day Interdisciplinary Conference for Postgraduate and Research Students.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Peter Osborne (Middlesex)

’Knowledge has no light except that shed on the world by redemption’ Theordor Adorno, Minima Moralia (153)

1st CALL FOR PAPERS

Postgraduate and Research Students as well as early career researchers working in philosophy, social, political and/or literary theory are invited to submit an abstract of 200 to 400 words on any topic related to the conference theme, prepared for blind reviewing, for a 20-minute paper to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
Eight papers will be selected for three themed sessions, followed by a keynote talk.

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in Studies and Social & Political Thought, a graduate journal published by the Center for Social and Political Theory at the University of Sussex since 1990 (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/cspt/1-6-1.html).

The deadline for submissions is 04 April 2010. Notification of acceptance will be sent out within a week. Abstracts or questions should be addressed to: sspt2010@googlemail.com

Possible topics include:

Feminist Futures
Science Fiction, Cultural Politics and the Political Imagination
Utopia and/or Dystopia
Crisis (of Capitalism/Feminism/the State/Marxism/Critical Theory etc)
Ends (of History/Ideology/Capitalism/Communism/Neo-Liberalism/Postcoloniality etc)
Immanent and Transcendent Criticism
Environment, Catastrophe, Risk
Futures (of Critical Theory/Post-modernity/Europe/Islam/Secular
Humanism/Globalisation etc)
Infinity and Totality
Representations of Transcendence/Utopia/Dystopia/Apocalypse
Negative Theology
Iconography, Idolatory and Ideology Critique

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Rhizome

FROM STRUCTURE TO RHIZOME

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN MODERN EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHY
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

International Conference

From Structure to Rhizome: Transdisciplinarity in French Thought, 1945 to the Present – Histories, concepts, constructions

Cine Lumière, The French Institute
17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT
tel. 020 7073 1350
http://www.web.mdx.ac.uk/crmep/EVENTS/

Friday 16 & Saturday 17 April 2010

In the final decades of the twentieth century, the great books of postwar French theory transformed study in the humanities in the Anglophone world. These texts were all, in one way or another, transdisciplinary in character.

Yet their reception has primarily taken place in an array of specific disciplinary contexts, isolated from a broader understanding of the intellectual dynamics, forms, significance and innovative potential of their transdisciplinarity itself. This conference aims to address this situation. Each speaker will reflect on the transdisciplinary functioning of a single concept in French thought since 1945, with respect to a founding text, a particular thinker or a school of thought.

Speakers:

Éric Alliez (CRMEP, Middlesex University) ‘Rhizome’

Etienne Balibar (University of Paris X/Irvine UC) ‘Structure’

Andrew Barry (Oxford University) ‘Network’

Tom Conley (Harvard University) ‘Writing’

François Cusset (University of Paris X) ‘Theory’

Patrick Guyomard (University of Paris VII) ‘Object a’

Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond (University of Nice) ‘Science’

Alain de Libera (EPHE, Paris/University of Geneva) ‘Subject’

Peter Osborne (CRMEP, Middlesex University) ‘Transdisciplinarity’

Michèle Riot-Sarcey (University of Paris VIII) ‘History’

Stella Sandford (CRMEP, Middlesex University) ‘Sex’

£45 / £20 students – includes drinks reception, 16 April: launch of the CRMEP/AHRC website for ‘The Cahiers pour l’Analyse, 1966–1969’

Advance registration: please write to Tom Eyers, at: TE122@mdx.ac.uk<mailto:TE122@mdx.ac.uk>.

Cheques should be made payable to ‘Middlesex University’. Send to: Professor Peter Osborne, CRMEP, Middlesex University, Trent Park campus, Bramley Road, London N14 4YZ, United Kingdom.

http://www.web.mdx.ac.uk/crmep/EVENTS

Supported by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy

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Capitalism

THE END OF CAPITALISM? REVOLUTION AND REPETITION

Tate Britain. Auditorium
Tuesday, 8 December 2009, 18.30–20.00

Kojin Karatani: ‘The End of Capitalism? Revolution and Repetition’
Capitalism may be on the verge of extinction, but it will not end by itself, because states do everything possible to prolong its life. Setting out from Marx’s discussion of repetition the The 18th Brumaire, this talk will outline a series of historical forms of repetition – repetition in the state, in capital and in revolution – and a new periodization of stages of capitalist development based on modes of exchange, in order to propose a new definition of the historical present.
Kojin Karatani is the author of Architecture as Metaphor (1995) and Transcritique: On Kant and Marx (2003) and a founder of the New Associationist Movement in Japan.

Peter Osborne, Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University and an editor of the journal Radical Philosophy will act as Chair and Respondent.

The Auditorium, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1
£8 each talk (£6 concessions) or £25 for all 4 (£20 concessions)
Tate.org.uk/tickets or tel. 020-7887-8888

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Tate Britain

Tate Britain

ANTHROPOLOGIES OF THE PRESENT

 

Two Talks in the Series ANTHROPOLOGIES OF THE PRESENT
Tate Britain, London SW1

Tuesday, 17 November 2009, 18.30–20.00

Kristin Ross, ‘Democracy for Sale’
Setting out from the controversy over Ireland’s ‘no’ vote to the European constitution, this talk will consider the current global stakes of the more radical form of democracy associated with the Paris Commune. Kristin Ross is Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University. Her books include The Emergence of Social Space (1988) and May ‘68 and its Afterlives (2002).

Tuesday, 8 December 2009, 18.30–20.00

Kojin Karatani, ‘The End of Capitalism?’
Capitalism may be on the verge of extinction, but it will not end by itself, because states do everything possible to prolong its life. This talk will consider the role of the state in this context and the counter-politics it provokes. Kojin Karatani is the author of Architecture as Metaphor (1995) and Transcritique: On Kant and Marx (2003) and a founder of the New Associationist Movement in Japan.

Peter Osborne, an editor of the journal Radical Philosophy, will act as Chair and Respondent.

The Auditorium, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1
£8 each talk (£6 concessions) – price includes drink reception afterwards
Tate.org.uk/tickets or tel. 020-7887-8888

Anthropologies of the Present at Tate Britain: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/eventseducation/talks/anthropologiesofthepresent.htm
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Power to the People?


…masses, proletariat, workers, soviets, nation, community, subalterns, multitude, commons…

Saturday 9th May 2009
Radical Philosophy Conference, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London

BOOK NOW!

£25/£10 unwaged

Registration and further details: matt.charles@blueyonder.co.uk

Cheques payable to `Radical Philosophy Ltd’ should be sent to: 
Radical Philosophy Conference, Peter Osborne, CRMEP, Middlesex University, Trent Park Campus, Bramley Road, London N14 4YZ

 


PROGRAMME:


Plenary (chair: Peter Osborne, RP)
Gayatri Spivak (Columbia University, NY): ‘They, the People’

 


1. The General Will (chair: Peter Hallward, RP)


David Andress (Portsmouth): ‘The General Will on the Street: Parisian Activism, Sovereignty and Power, 1789–93’

 

Sophie Wahnich

(CNRS, Paris): ‘How Do the People Make Themselves Heard?’

 


2. Urban Collectivities (chair: David Cunningham, RP)

AbdouMaliq Simone (Goldsmiths): ‘Urban Intersections and the Politics of Anticipation’

Erik Swyngedouw (Manchester): ‘Reflections on the Post-Political City’

 

3. Population & Biopolitics (chair: Claudia Aradau, RP)

Couze Venn (Nottingham Trent): ‘Biopolitics, Diasporas and (Neo)Liberal Political Economy’

Encarnacion Gutierrez Rodriguez (Manchester): ‘Feminist Strategies Revisited – Sexopolitics, Multitude and Biopolitics’

 


4. Class, Commons & Multitude (chair: Esther Leslie, RP)

 

Massimo De Angelis

(UEL): ‘Crisis, Tragedies and the Commons’

Daniel Bensaid (University of Paris-VIII), ‘Can We (Still) Break the Vicious Circle of Domination?’

 

 

‘Power to the people!’ was once a revolutionary slogan, but reference to government by the people and for the people soon became an empty cliché of the post-revolutionary status quo. The people has become a notoriously ambiguous and contested term, for which numerous alternatives have been proposed: the proletariat, the workers, the masses, the soviets, the nation, the community, the multitude, the commons… And now? How might we assess the different  conceptions of political change embodied in these often conflicting ideas? What is the political and philosophical significance of `the people’ today?

 

£25/£10 unwaged

Registration and further details: matt.charles@blueyonder.co.uk

Cheques payable to `Radical Philosophy Ltd’ should be sent to: Radical Philosophy Conference, Peter Osborne, CRMEP, Middlesex University, Trent Park Campus, Bramley Road, London N14 4YZ

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