Annual Birmingham-Nottingham-Warwick (BNW) Graduate Conference: Thursday 14 June 2018 at The University of Nottingham
The second annual BNW Graduate Conference 2018 taking place on Thursday 14 June 2018 will provide an opportunity for students from each University to present their current work, and to receive informed feedback from a dedicated respondent who works in another Department but in a similar discipline. This conference will allow participants - those giving presentations - respondents and audience members - the opportunity to engage and benefit from research-focused discussions, and will help develop the foundations for innovative excellence in research and collaboration. The proceedings will include a keynote speech, delivered by a member of staff from Nottingham's Philosophy Department, which will highlight current research interests at the University.
Organisers from Warwick University are Simon Wimmer, Giulia Luvisotto, Chenwei Nie and Leonello Gambi. https://bnwgraduateconference.weebly.com/
Title: 'Identity and Community: Metaphysics, Politics, Aesthetics'. Keynote Presentation by Professor Alison Stone (Lancaster). Panel Discussion with Professor Miguel de Beistegui (Warwick) based on his forthcoming book 'The Government of Desire: A Geneology of the Liberal Subject', alongside Daniele Lorenzini (Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles/Columbia University) and Federico Testa (Warwick/Monash).
The history of the concept of identity is marked by a fundamental tension: between the individual as subject, and the example of the group; between identity as an inherent or essential nature or specified as a ratified connection. The relation between identity and community, the relational qualities of each, and the content which they encompass has been subject to repeated reformulation throughout history. On the one hand, it has been argued that the subject itself has been constituted in a new way by concrete changes in the way in which we live: by modernism, capitalism, or new technologies. On the other, new examinations of history have drawn into question narratives regarding different nations, classes, genders and cultures.
The identity of individuals, and the aspects of their lives which are to be considered constitutive of that identity, is an issue which is central to a host of complex political and ethical issues. What does it mean to have an identity: to belong to a nation or a continent, to a race, gender or religion? And what is the connection of this belonging and our individual existence and consciousness? During an ongoing refugee crisis, rising nationalism and within an increasingly globalised world, how have the metaphysical and political boundaries of identity shifted?
Art and aesthetics share this tension. The place of the work of art and the individual artist within a genre or movement remains an open question - whether the author is dead, the work a manifestation of the group; whether the ideas behind the artwork are more important than the socio-economic foundation from which it arises. Corollary to this, discussions of art and the political have opened questions concerning the relation of aesthetics to community, and the possible connection of new identities and new forms of, or values within, aesthetics. Does art play a mediating role in the formation of the new community, allow for the expression of a communal voice, or reveal the individual identity then imitated by the mass?
February 2018 marks the publication of two important philosophical texts by Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson, both published by Bloomsbury Academic.
‘Bergson: Thinking Beyond the Human Condition’ is described by the publishers as an elegant overview, bringing Bergson to a new generation of readers. ‘Ansell-Pearson contends that there is a Bergsonian revolution, an upheaval in philosophy comparable in significance to those that we are more familiar with, from Kant to Nietzsche and Heidegger, which make up our intellectual modernity’.
‘Nietzsche’s Search for Philosophy: On the Middle Writings’: PDF eBook. The publishers observe that ‘this study explores key aspects of Nietzsche’s philosophical activity in his middle writings, including his conceptions of philosophy, his commitment to various enlightenments, his critique of fanaticism, his search for the heroic-idyllic, his philosophy of modesty and his conception of ethics, and his search for joy and happiness. The book will appeal to readers across philosophy and the humanities, especially to those with an interest in Nietzsche and anyone who has a concern with the fate of philosophy in the modern world’.
The inaugural Warwick Continental Philosphical Conference (WCPC) will take place on 27-29 June 2018, and is entitled 'Identity and Community: Metaphysics, Politics, Aesthetics'. The Key Note presentation will be by Professor Alison Stone (Lancaster) on the topic of Hegel and Colonialism, and she will also be participating in a round table discussion on a closely related topic on 27 June, which will be open to the public. Professor Stone has published widely on Hegel's philosophy of nature and that of other German idealist and Romantic Thinkers, such as Schelling, Schlegel, Novalis and Hölderlin.
Additionally, Professor Miguel de Beistegui will lead a Panel Discussion based upon his forthcoming book 'The Government of Desire: A Geneology of the Liberal Subject' (Chicago University Press) alongside Daniele Lorenzini (Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles/Columbia University) and Federico Testa (Warwick/Monash). Professor Bestegui has published widely on Martin Heidegger, phenomenology and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze.
Continental philosophy offers unique insight into questions of subjectivity, with the possibility of critically engaging both identity and community in their own terms, without privileging one or the other; of opening new avenues for connections to be drawn between art and politics.
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The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2018 which should be sent to WCPC@warwick.ac.uk. A certain number of bursaries will be available to cover transport within Europe. If you would like to be considered for such a bursary, please make this clear in your submission mail.
This conference is made possible with the generous support of the Warwick Philosophy Department and the Humanities Research Centre.
CRPLA is seeking proposals for AY 2015-2016 speakers
Warwick's Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts (CRPLA) is seeking proposals for speakers and small workshops for AY 2015-2016. We are specifically interested in supporting speakers and events that would be of wide interest to graduate students, and interdisciplinary student-groups from grads in Philosophy, Film, English, Art History and Modern Foreign Languages. The CRPLA welcomes proposals such as those offering to host single speakers (UK based or low-budget travel), a graduate supported forum or seminar, a small panel, or an efficient conference platform. Proposals costing up to£150-£200 (max) may be funded in full. Any proposal involving more than a single funded visiting speaker is likely to require some independent fundraising. This is certainly possible from other University sources (e.g. IAS, HRC and/or Dept budgets) once CRPLA backing is secured, given sufficient lead time. Please make sure that your proposal, besides being interesting and relevant, is realistically and fully costed, and allows time for such further fund-raising if required. Ask yourself how much transport (return train tickets to Coventry, taxis, catering for lunch, dinner and/or tea and coffee, and accommodation, where required, will cost).
Please also note that the CRPLA invites speakers from the UK to present their research during the Autumn and Spring terms. Generally talks do not run past week 3 of the Summer term. We encourage you to suggest interesting speakers for this fortnightly event to speak at Warwick in AY 2015-16.
All proposals should include a brief summary of the specific theme, its direct relation to the interests of both the CRPLA and its graduate community, and a proposed itinerary and detailed budget, if applicable. The latter must include all possible costs, as listed above. All graduates students, from any of the above named departments, are encouraged to apply. Please send any questions, your suggestions for visiting speakers, and workshop proposals to the CRPLA Graduate Representatives, Johannes Niederhauser and Joseph Shafer, to the following email address, we've set up for this purpose: CRPLAgradreps@gmail.com