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IAS Launches WIRL-COFUND Scheme for 2019

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) is delighted to announce the fourth and final call for WIRL-COFUND Fellowships

Five 2-year independent Fellowships will be available to outstanding early career researchers, funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions COFUND scheme. Successful candidates will start in September 2020.

We welcome applicants to be hosted in Philosophy - please contact Professor Fabienne Peter (as Head of Department ) and your desired mentor prior to applying.

Deadline for applications is 30 November 2019. Full details of the scheme can be found at

Tue 08 Oct 2019, 16:59 | Tags: Postgraduate Research Staff Funding

Launch of New Research Centre

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the establishment of a new research centre, the Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy. The new Centre aims to provide a unique forum for discussion and research in 19th and 20th century European philosophy, including interdisciplinary research with scholars across the humanities and social sciences.It will organise regular seminars, workshops and conferences to promote scholarly and innovative work in the field of post-Kantian European philosophy and provide a stimulating research environment for MA and PhD students and for Faculty.

Mon 30 Sep 2019, 14:51 | Tags: socialsciences, Home Page, Postgraduate, Research, PKEP

Professor Quassim Cassam Receives Funding Award from the Ideas Fund, Warwick Ventures

Professor Quassim Cassam has been awarded funding from The Warwick Ventures Ideas Fund (which supports research in Arts and Social Sciences) for his research project 'Professional Virtues in Modern Medicine'. This is one of only seven projects to receive total funding amounting to over £58k from the first tranche of awards given by the Ideas Fund. Each project was assessed on its potential social, cultural and political impact, in addtion to an alignment with the support that Warwick Ventures can offer.

This funding award will also support a one day Philosophy Department workshop on 'Professional Virtues in Modern Medicine' scheduled for November 2018. Further details and speakers for the day will be announced shortly.

Wed 02 May 2018, 15:27 | Tags: Home Page, Research

Warwick Research Development Fund (RDF): Strategic Awards Now Open for 2018/19

The aim of the Research Development Fund (RDF) is to increase the University's capacity and capability to undertake world-class, innovative and exciting research by providing pump-priming funds. The deadline for submitting applications for the 2018/19 Strategic Awards is Thursday 7 June 2018 at 4pm.

Thu 05 Apr 2018, 12:33 | Tags: socialsciences Home Page Research Staff

Inaugural Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference (WCPC): 27-29 June 2018

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?

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