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Programme of Events 2020-21

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Fri 2 Oct, '20
Postgraduate Welcome Conference 2020
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Speaker: Will Gildea

Title: 'Misfortune, Modality and Moral Status'

Respondent: Sameer Bajaj


Speaker: Beatrice Pagliarone

Title: 'On Thought Insertion'

Respondent: Chenwei Nie


Speaker: Irene Dal Poz

Title: 'Security Between Normality and Exceptionality'

Respondent: Miguel de Beistegui


Speaker: Chris Earley

Title: 'Hypothesis Generators: Insight and Autonomy in Contemporary Art'

Respondent: Eileen John

Tue 13 Oct, '20
CRPLA Reading Group: Philosophy in a Time of Crisis
Tue 27 Oct, '20
CRPLA Reading Group: Philosophy in a Time of Crisis
Tue 24 Nov, '20
CRPLA Reading Group: Philosophy in a Time of Crisis
Tue 8 Dec, '20
CRPLA Reading Group: Philosophy in a Time of Crisis
Mon 14 Dec, '20
4th Birmingham-Nottingham-Warwick Joint Graduate Conference
By Zoom

Further details to follow.

Tue 26 Jan, '21
CRPLA/Habitability GRP Seminar: Mark Bould (UWE), 'The Anthropocene Unconscious: Climate Catastrophe Culture'
Tue 2 Feb, '21
CRPLA Seminar on Art and the Digital: Eleen Deprez and Shelby Moser
Tue 2 Mar, '21
POSTPONED - CRPLA Seminar: Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé (Tulane) - Book Symposium
Tue 16 Mar, '21
CRPLA Seminar on Sustainability and Consumption: Kate Soper and Rachel Bowlby
Fri 26 Mar, '21 - Sat 27 Mar, '21
Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference 2020/21

Runs from Friday, March 26 to Saturday, March 27.

Theme: 'Continental Philosophy and Its Histories'

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Stella Sandford (Kingston University)

Dr Mogens Laerke (CNRS)

Dr Francey Russell (Columbia University)

Continental Philosophy often focuses its efforts on studying, comparing, and criticising the thought of past philosophers. One would be hard-pressed to find a thinker in the Continental tradition who has not understood and presented their own thought in relation to an Ancient Greek, or a Modern philosopher. But these philosophers do not approach historical figures as ‘historians of ideas’ or as ‘experts’ on a historical period. Rather, the new philosophy is seen as standing in contrast to, or as a continuation of, the problems and questions of the past. As such, Continental Philosophy often places a strong emphasis on the construction of, and the engagement with, its histories, thereby understanding and differentiating itself on the basis of traditions, schools, and systems, rather than theories, disciplines, and problems.

One of the aims of this conference is to investigate different ways in which Continental Philosophy engages with the thinkers that belong to its history: what is it to ‘read’ Plato, Spinoza, Kant, or Nietzsche in Continental Philosophy? How important is the canon and what is its methodological and philosophical significance? Should we keep putting forward various creative (mis)readings of the past philosophers or, as Husserl has suggested early on, is it better to get rid of the past and proceed afresh with a new method?

History, however, is more than a ‘tool’ utilised by Continental Philosophy. From Hegel’s Philosophy of History and Marx’s materialisation of it, to Heidegger’s distinction between Historie and Geschichte, and Adorno and Horkheimer’s Dialectic of Enlightenment Continental Philosophy makes the phenomenon (in contrast to the discipline) of history the very object of its investigations. Hence, we wonder: what does it mean to write a ‘philosophy of history’ and what possible form can such an enquiry take today?

But it must not be forgotten that Continental Philosophy can itself be seen as a period in the longer history of philosophy. This makes the very concept of Continental Philosophy open to inquiry by philosophers, but also to historians, sociologists, political scientists, etc. What does it mean to address Continental philosophy as a historical period? Can methods, approaches, traditions, and theories from other disciplines illuminate and inform philosophical understandings of Continental Philosophy? Can such approaches be helpful to disciplines other than philosophy? This is another crucial topic that this conference aims to investigate.

This conference is made possible by generous funding provided by the University of Warwick Philosophy Department and British Society for the History of Philosophy. It is an annual event within The Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy (University of Warwick).

Mon 19 Apr, '21 - Tue 20 Apr, '21
Midlands Music Research Network 1st Annual Conference
By Zoom

Runs from Monday, April 19 to Tuesday, April 20.

Fri 7 May, '21
Art and Mind Joint Event

Further details to follow.

Thu 3 Jun, '21 - Sat 5 Jun, '21
Conference: Hegel: Objectivity, idea and Nature
By Zoom

Runs from Thursday, June 03 to Saturday, June 05.

Tue 8 Jun, '21
CRPLA/CPKEP Joint Event: Naomi Waltham-Smith Book Launch
Tue 22 Jun, '21 - Thu 24 Jun, '21
Conference: 'The Varieties of Responsibility'

Runs from Tuesday, June 22 to Thursday, June 24.

Further details TBC.

Thu 24 Jun, '21 - Sat 26 Jun, '21
10am - 5pm
'"Blood on the Leaves / And Blood at the Roots": Reconsidering Forms of Enslavement and Subjection across Disciplines'

Runs from Thursday, June 24 to Saturday, June 26.

CRPLA Co-sponsored Conference

Sat 26 Jun, '21 - Sun 27 Jun, '21

Runs from Saturday, June 26 to Sunday, June 27.

Details to follow.