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Section 8: Opportunities Outside the Classroom

Warwick hosts a wide variety of academic and academic-related events that are of interest to Philosophy and Literature students. Here is our selection of the best.

Martin Warner Fund for Philosophy and Literature

The Martin Warner Fund was founded in 2005, the year Mr. Martin Warner, one of the founders of the Philosophy and Literature BA degree at Warwick, retired from the University. It is funded by generous donations given by alumni and friends of the degree. The aim of the Fund is to promote the study of Philosophy and Literature at Warwick, with a special (though not exclusive) focus on undergraduate study. It aims to add value to the degree by funding activities that are not eligible for funding from other sources, and that are usually collective in nature. If you would like to apply for funding, you should apply to the convenors of the degree. For more information click here.

Phil/Lit Essay Prize

Funded by Phil/Lit alumnus Andy Charman, the Phil/Lit Essay Prize is an annual essay competition open to all students studying on one of the Phil/Lit degrees (BA, MA, PhD). You are asked to write an essay showing how studying Philosophy and Literature impacts on your life. The prizes are very generous. Each year Andy Charman comes to campus for a chance to meet the students and to award the prizes to the winners. Entering the contest is an excellent way to get involved in the degree outside the classroom. For more information click here.

Phil/Lit Special Events

Phil/Lit students participate in a number of special events aimed at exploring philosophy and literature outside the traditional classroom setting. In some years a Philosophy and Literature Weekend trip is organised, providing a very enjoyable opportunity for staff and students to get to know each other better in a relaxed atmosphere and to work in depth with an interesting text. In recent years this has taken the form of an improvisation- and performance-based workshop, focusing on, for example, Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Beckett’s ‘Lessness’. Such workshops have also been organised specifically for Phil/Lit first year students, working with, for instance, Gogol’s ‘Diary of a Madman’.

Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts (CRPLA)

CRPLA brings together scholars working in a wide range of disciplines in order to promote research across Philosophy, the Humanities, and the Arts. The departments associated with the Centre’s activities include Philosophy, English and Comparative Literary Studies, French, German, Italian and History of Art. CRPLA hosts a very exciting programme of visiting speakers, conferences and colloquia, pursuing interests in the ways philosophy interacts with literature and the arts. These events are informal but also intellectually very rewarding. You are warmly welcome to attend these events.

Warwick Writing Programme

The Warwick Writing Programme sponsors a wide range of events and visits by internationally renowned writers. Writers who have appeared include Monica Ali, A. S. Byatt, Umberto Eco, Carol Ann Duffy, Geoffrey Hill, Hanif Kureishi, Doris Lessing, China Miéville, Andrew Motion, Salman Rushdie, Jo Shapcott, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Fay Weldon. An archive of recordings and podcasts of events is available. For more information click here.

Student Societies

There are student societies dedicated to Philosophy and Literature, to Philosophy, and to Literature. The Philosophy and Literature Society organises social events as well as talks and tutoring sessions and you are encouraged to join in their activities and you are strongly encouraged to become a member.

Study Abroad Programmes

The Department of Philosophy participates in exchange schemes with Departments of Philosophy at North American Universities; the two currently in operation are with Queen’s University in Ontario and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This enables 2nd year Philosophy students (Single or Joint Honours) to spend a full year studying abroad. Modules and examinations taken at Queen’s and Madison usually count towards the Warwick degree, and applications from first year students who wish to spend their second year at one or other of these universities will be invited towards the end of Term 1, though if you think you might be interested it would be worthwhile discussing the matter with your Personal Tutor before then. Second year students may also apply to go to North America as an intercalated year (between your second and final year) or choose from our many Erasmus exchanges available at European Universities. These exchange years add a fourth year to your degree and do not count toward your degree classification; they can be extremely valuable experiences, especially for developing language skills:

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