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Warwick Education Studies events at the Festival of Social Sciences!

Join our Education Studies staff running events across this national festival. Our events include

‘Mental Health and Philosophy: The Disquieted Life Podcast Series’, and

‘Cracking: an audio play on fathers’ mental health’.

Events are wholly online and open to the public! For the full Warwick schedule and how to participate see:

Thu 12 Nov 2020, 11:00 | Tags: Emma Williams, Events, Society Strand, interdisciplinary

Mental Health in Education: New Perspectives from Philosophy

Colloquium 17 June 2020, University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is hosting a one-day colloquium, jointly funded by the British Academy and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, to explore therapeutic philosophical traditions in light of educational issues, and in response to calls by policy makers that schools should be teaching about mental health. Philosophers, psychoanalysts and education researchers will bring their experience and expertise to the conversation. There will be a special focus on Wittgenstein and Stanley Cavell.

Speakers: Josh Cohen (Goldsmiths), Richard Gipps (Oxford), Joanna Moncrieff (UCL), Adrian Skilbeck (IOE/Winchester), Paul Standish (IOE), Emma Williams (Warwick), and ‘in conversation’ with Adam Phillips (psychoanalyst and writer).

 Register on Eventbrite (use the password ‘therapy’) or sign up here.

Spaces are limited, so early registration is encouraged.

There is no fee for attending the colloquium. Lunch will be provided.

Organised by Emma Williams, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick.

Fri 28 Feb 2020, 14:19 | Tags: Emma Williams, Research

Is philosophy therapeutic, and can it help promote good mental health in secondary schools?

Dr Emma Williams (Associate Professor, Education Studies) has been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme grant to examine the perceived mental health crisis in young people, and whether philosophy can help to promote wider understandings of mental health in schools. Her project will result in a series of podcasts that examine concepts such as ‘anxiety’ and ‘perfectionism’ using philosophical perspectives.

Williams’ research will develop the ideas of the American philosopher Stanley Cavell (1926-2018), who proposed a conception of philosophy as the ‘education of grownups.’ Her 18-month project will commence in March 2020. A series of interdisciplinary workshops for researchers working at the intersections of education, therapy and philosophy will be running at Warwick. If you are interested in hearing more about the project and being involved in the events please contact Dr. Williams (

Wed 11 Sep 2019, 17:44 | Tags: Emma Williams, Events, Research

Dr. Emma Williams hosts ‘Writers and their Education’ Colloquium

Dr. Emma Williams hosts ‘Writers and their Education’ Colloquium

Professor Homi Bhabha among one of the distinguished keynotes and speakers at Dr. Emma Williams' colloquium on 'Writers and their Education', held at Oriel College, Oxford 20-21st September 2018.

Fri 28 Sep 2018, 08:46 | Tags: New Students, Emma Williams, Events, Alumni

CES Assistant Professor Dr Emma Williams Keynote speaker at Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain Annual Conference

The Philosophy of Education of Great Britain Annual Conference will be held from 31st March-2nd April at New College, Oxford. CES Assistant Professor Dr Emma Williams is a keynote speaker at the conference along with with Professor James Tooley (Newcastle University, UK) and Professor Jan Masschelein, (University of Leuven, Belgium). Dr Emma Willaims will be exploring ideas from her book 'The Ways We Think' in relation to the kind of thinking that can and should be 'common' to schools today.

More details about the conference can be found here.

Thu 09 Mar 2017, 11:32 | Tags: Emma Williams

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