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Philosophy

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH IN MODERN PHILOSOPHY SEMINARS

Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP)
Kingston University London
Research Seminars, Semester 2, January-April 2011
Thursdays/Fridays, 6-8pm

Open to all

20 January
‘Hegel’s Other Woman: The Figure of Niobe in Hegel’s Lectures on Fine Art’
Andrew Benjamin (Aesthetics and Critical Theory, Monash University)
Venue: Art Workers Guild Lecture Hall, 6, Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

27 January
‘Lacan and the Cahiers pour l’analyse’
Tom Eyers (CRMEP, Kingston)
Venue: John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston

3 February
‘Basic Concepts of Transcendental Materialism’
Rainer E. Zimmermann (Philosophy, University of Applied Sciences, Munich)
Venue: Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH

10 February
‘”Look Out It’s Real”: Documentary Truth and Tear Gas’
Hito Steyerl (Artist, Berlin)
Venue: Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH

11 March
‘Assembling Untimeliness: On Gerhard Richter’s Paintings’
Paul Rabinow (Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley)
Venue: Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH

17 March
‘Disjunctive Captures of the Body and Movement’
Bojana Cvejic (CRMEP, Kingston University)
Venue: John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston

14 April
‘Eleven Theses on Marx and Marxism’
Étienne Balibar (University of Paris X and Irvine, University of California)
Venue: Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH

Dr Stella Sandford

Principal Lecturer in Modern European Philosophy
Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy
Kingston University

Holmwood House
Penrhyn Road Campus
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 2EE
+44 (0)20 8417 2088
www.kingston.ac.uk/crmep

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European Philosophy

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT CAMPAIGN – UPDATE 8th JUNE 2010

From http://savemdxphil.com/

Posted on 8 June 2010
http://savemdxphil.com/2010/06/08/announcement-8-june-the-crmep-is-moving-to-kingston-university/ by aletheiaticverse http://savemdxphil.com/author/aletheiaticverse/

The campaign to save our philosophy programmes has just won a partial but significant victory: Kingston University
http://www.kingston.ac.uk/ in south-west London announced today that it will re-establish our Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy http://www.web.mdx.ac.uk/CRMEP/ (CRMEP) at Kingston, by employing the four senior staff in Philosophy at Middlesex (Eric Alliez, Peter Hallward, Peter Osborne and Stella Sandford). Our MA and PhD programmes (full-time and part-time) will be re-launched at Kingston this September, and all current post-graduate students will be invited to move along with the staff. Institutions in France and Germany have also made significant new proposals for collaboration with the CRMEP, which may allow it to expand the European dimensions of its work considerably in the near future.

This remarkable turn of events would never been possible without the extraordinary local and international campaign that began six weeks ago, to save our philosophy programmes.

Like Middlesex, Kingston is a post-1992 university, with a commitment to widening participation in education. Unlike Middlesex, Kingston is expanding rather than cutting back its provision in humanities subjects, and it is investing in research in these areas. In addition to taking on CRMEP staff, Kingston will be making a number of other high-level appointments over the coming months, and is launching its own London Graduate School in conjunction with colleagues from several other Universities internationally.  We believe that Kingston will provide an enthusiastic and supportive base for the activities of the CRMEP.

Although we have not won all the demands made by our campaign, the move to Kingston is a major achievement. We have found a way to keep all of our postgraduate programmes open, and to keep most of the CRMEP staff together in a single unit. We have preserved a place in London for the unique academic community that has built up around the Centre and its distinctive research interests, and this will continue to be a place where the criteria for entry and participation remain as open as possible. The campaign has directly refuted the line that Middlesex managers have repeated for many years now – a variation of the line that ‘there is no alternative’ but to follow the neoliberal way of the world, and to close down small academic departments in favour of large vocational ones. The campaign hasn’t merely proved that ‘another way is possible’: it has helped to indicate what needs to be done to make such a way a reality, and shown that there are universities in the UK and in Europe that are willing to embrace it.

We hope that the campaign will continue, evolving to become one of several contributions from a range of institutions across London and the region to a broader and deeper struggle in support of philosophy, the humanities and public education more generally. Some of the protestors who made the biggest impact in our campaign came from supportive universities such as Sussex, KCL, SOAS, Westminster and Goldsmiths. This emerging network of education activists isn’t going to disperse, and is likely to play an important role in the struggles that will soon affect the entire sector. Although the closure of Philosophy at Middlesex is yet another indication of the ongoing commercialisation of education in the UK, our campaign, along with other recent mobilisations at universities up and down the country, has helped change the balance of power across higher education. The campaign to save philosophy at Middlesex has already made a powerful intervention in the fight for public education in general and for endangered humanities programmes in particular. The future looks challenging but there is now much to build on, at Middlesex, at Kingston and across the UK.

Eric Alliez, Peter Hallward, Peter Osborne and Stella Sandford

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Philosophy

MIDDLESEX PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT CLOSURE – VIDEO

A video of interviews with those protesting to save Middlesex University Philosophy Department from closure: http://vimeo.com/11523774

More information about the protest & campaign here: http://savemdxphil.com/

Update 9th May 2010:

There was a very interesting article in The Observer today about leading academics backing student and staff actions to save philosophy at Middlesex University. Slavoj Zizek and Alain Badiou (amonsgt others) have spoken out about the importance and quality of philosophy at Middlesex University.

The article can be found on p.8 in the hard copy version of The Observer:

Doward, J. (2010) Academic revolt over philosophy cutbacks, The Observer, 9th May, p.8.

However, the online version has a different title:

Doward, J. (2010) Middlessex University cuts spark international protest from philosophers, The Observer, 9th May, online at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/09/middlesex-university-cuts-protest-philosophers

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Philosophy

RADICAL PHILOSOPHY 161

May/June 2010 OUT NOW

Claudia Aradau, The Myth of Preparedness

Eric Alliez, What is – or What is Not – Contemporary French Philosophy, Today?

Stuart Elden, Reading Schmitt Geopolitically

Kolja Lindner, Marx’s Eurocentrism: Postcolonial Studies and Marx Scholarship

Lynne Segal, Feminism Did Not Fail

Andrew McGettigan on Brecht and Benjamin’s Chess Games

Toni Prug, Student Control in Croatia

Stuart White, Colin Ward, 1924-2010

Esther Leslie on The German Issue and Gudrun Ensslin’s Letters

Alex Callinicos on Cohen’s Why Not Socialism?

Chris Wilbert on Brett Buchanan’s Onto-Ethologies

Mark Fisher on Jim McGuigan’s Cool Capitalism

Antonio Venezia on Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza

Matthew Charles on Wizisla’s Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht

Available £6 / $13 from all good booksellers, including Waterstones, Tate, LRB, ICA.

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Forthcoming highlights:

Stella Sandford on De Beauvoir’s Second Sex

David Cunningham on Wu Ming and the Historical Novel of Capitalism

John Kraniauskas on James Ellroy’s Underworld USA Trilogy

Peter Hitchcock on new books on the `World’

Michael Newman on Perry Anderson’s The New Old World

Owen Hatherley on Walter Benjamin and Architecture

Nina Power on Sara Ahmed’s The Promise of Happiness

Current and back issues now available exclusively to all subscribers online; soon to be available as searchable pdfs. Including articles, from 1972-2008, by Alliez, Badiou, Balibar, Bhabha, Bourdieu, Buck-Morss, Butler, Canguilhem, Cassin, Connolly, Critchley, Didi-Huberman, Feyerabend, Foucault, Groys, Hallward, Harootunian, Haug, Horkheimer, Lacoue-Labarthe, Laplanche, Lazzarato, Le Doeuff, Macherey, Malabou, Negri, Osborne, Ranciere, Robbins, Segal, Sloterdijk, Sohn-Rethel, Spivak, Stengers, Virilio, and many others.

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European Philosophy

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MIDDLESEX PHILOSOPHY CLOSURE

From p.hallward@mdx.ac.uk

Dear all

Further to my last message, about the closure of Philosophy at Middlesex: all of us who teach philosophy at Middlesex have been overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of support from students and staff at other universities that we’ve received in the last 24 hours. Middlesex students are mobilising quickly, and we will meeting tomorrow and in the coming days to discuss how best to organise a forceful campaign to save Philosophy at Middlesex, and more importantly, to protect other vulnerable departments in similar situations both at Middlesex and in universities across the UK. 

I promise to keep future messages about this to a minimum, but here are a few more bits of information:

There’s now a petition to save Philosophy at Middlesex, at: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-middlesex-philosophy.html

Middlesex Philosophy students have set up a Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=119102561449990 (3600+ members in the first day).

Nina Power, who graduated with a PhD in Philosophy from Middlesex a couple of years ago, has a Guardian comment piece on the closure, at: www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/apr/29/philosophy-minorities-middleqsex-university-logic

We will be posting new information about the campaign on our temporary blog, at  http://mdxphilcampaign.blogspot.com/, and hope to replace this soon with a campaign website. 

If you haven’t yet written to the people behind this decision, they are: 

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Michael Driscoll, m.driscoll@mdx.ac.uk;

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

Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Margaret House, m.house@mdx.ac.uk

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

The full set of emails is then: m.driscoll@mdx.ac.ukw.ahmad@mdx.ac.uk;m.house@mdx.ac.uke.esche@mdx.ac.uk

This fight is only just beginning,

Yours in solidarity,
Peter

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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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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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