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Three New Additions to the Higher Education Debate.

1. Read this important report by Andrew McGettigan for the Intergenerational Foundation here.

2. Also see his recent article in Radical Philosophy, ‘Who let the dogs out? The privatization of higher education’ here.

3. Come to the following debate at the Wheatsheaf, London, on Tuesday 31st July 2012 at 8 p.m. on “What is the role of government in education?’”

See here for further details.

Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Conference – Power and Resistance

Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Conference – Power and Resistance 
15-16 June 2012
University of Sussex

Keynotes: Werner Bonefeld (York), Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths)

While governments around the world have initiated austerity measures on a grand scale and have even been ousted in favour of technocratic administrations, pockets of sustained resistance continue to manifest themselves. Whether it is the populist Occupy movement, ultra-left theorists of Communisation, anti-cuts protesters, or even the rioters who took to the streets of London and beyond, the struggle against the apparent status quo continues. When taken in the light of the Arab Spring, questions must be asked in regards to the relationship between resistance and revolution. These movements managed to turn a tide of resistance into a force for revolution. Is this a paradigm-shift in the way this relationship must be thought? Read more

2nd Brighton-Sussex Postgraduate Colloquium Day in Critical Thought

 Hosted by the Centre for Social and Political Thought, University of Sussex, and the Critical Studies Research Group, University of Brighton

June 21st, 2012; all talks will take place in Fulton 203, University of Sussex

 10.30 – 11.30 Panel 1:

Ian Sinclair (Brighton): ‘Reading Rancière’

Toby Lovat (Brighton): ‘Meillassoux on contingency and the absolute’

11.30 – 13.00 Panel 2:

Tim Carter (Sussex): ‘Love and its objects: Thoughts on a passage from Adorno’

Birgit Hofstaetter (Brighton): ‘Thinking with the movement of language: Adorno on music and philosophy’

Aidan Simpson (Sussex): ‘Ernst Bloch, utopia and activism’

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Social and Political Thought Research Seminar


January 11th Geoffrey M. Hodgson (Hertfordshire): “The Evolution of Morality and the End of Economic Man”

January 18th Andrew Edgar (Cardiff): “The Social Facticity and Autonomy of Sport: Discovering Adorno’s Critical Theory of Sport”

January 25th Alana Lentin (Sussex): “Good and Bad Diversity: The Crises of Multiculturalism as a
Crisis of Politics”

February 1st Sean Sayers (Kent): “Marx and Ethics”

February 8th Christopher Norris (Cardiff): Platonism in Music

February 15th Göran Therborn (Cambridge): “Cities of Power: How Power Manifests Itself in Built Forms”

February 22nd Samuel Knafo (Sussex): “Beyond the False Promise of Reflexivity : Towards a Methodology for Critical Theory”

February 29th Sue Currell (Sussex): “Social Work and Eugenic Resettlement in 1930s America: A Case Study in the Failure of Welfare

March 7th Graduate work in progress seminar

March 14th Darian Meacham (UWE): “L’Être hétérosexual c’est être homosexual médiatement’ (and other properly liberal ideas)” Read more

Valuing the Humanities

Valuing the Humanities (Podcast available here.)

A panel discussion organised by the British Philosophical Association with:

Martha Nussbaum (Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and
Ethics, University of Chicago)

Lord Rees of Ludlow (President of the Royal Society, Astronomer Royal, Master
of Trinity College Cambridge)

Richard Smith (Former editor, British Medical Journal; Director, Ovations

James Ladyman (Professor of Philosophy, University of Bristol; co-editor,
British Journal of the Philosophy of Science)

Friday 17 December, 2.30-5.00pm
Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, Clement House,
London School of Economics, Aldwych
Followed by a reception in the Senior Common Room

All Welcome. Download the poster here.

Podcast now available here.




As part of the event, WHY HUMANITIES? Onora O’Neill gave the following talk
on 4 November 2010, in Senate House, London held by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

You can find Onora O’Neill’s speech here:

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Talks in 2010

October 13th, 2010

“Education toward Heteronomy: University Reform and the Relevance of Critical Theory”

SPT Research Seminar: University of Sussex, Fulton 217 5-7 p.m. All Welcome.


October 26th, 2010

“The Work of Art and the Promise of Happiness in Adorno”

Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature & The Arts,

University of Warwick, 5.30-7.00 pm in room S 0.11, Social Studies Building.


November 13th, 2010

“Education toward Heteronomy: University Reform and the Relevance of Critical Theory”

Philosophy of Education Research Seminar Series.

Institute of Education, University of London.

5.30-7.15 p.m. Venue T.B.C.

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Social and Political Thought Research Seminar 2010-11

This year the Students have taken over the SPT Graduate Research Seminar.

Everyone is invited. AS the THE World University Rankings explained, Sussex is the 16th best University in Europe and “is famous for its world-leading chemistry department and radical leftist theory.” Enough said.

Seminars will be held in Fulton Building on Wednesdays during term:

13 Oct.     Gordon Finlayson (Sussex) “Education towards Heteronomy: A Critical Analysis of the Reform of UK Universities since 1978.”
20 Oct      Michael Albert, “Participatory Economics:  Imagining a Humane, Efficient, and Sustainable Economy” noon
27 Oct      David Owen (Southampton) “Realist Lost. Reality Regained.? Ethics and Politics in the Imagination of Raymond Geuss”
3 Nov       Leena Petersen (Sussex) “The Neglected Dimension. On a Critique of Life and Form”
10 Nov      t.b.a.
17 Nov      Andrew Chitty (Sussex) Fichte, “Marx and Alienation”
24 Nov      t.b.a.
1 Dec       Tarik Kochi (Sussex) ‘Recognition and the Other’s War’.

Other Speakers this year will include

Chris Arthur

Stefano Giacchetti Ludovisi

Goran Therborn

Ruth Kinna

Goran Theborn

Alberto Toscano

Peter Thomas

Darrow Schecter


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Launches and Relaunches: Phenomenology Conference at Sussex University

Thursday, May 20th: ROOM: ESSEX HOUSE 18


10:00-11:00 Registration + Coffee

11:00-11:15 Plenary Session Welcome by Christos Hadjioannou, Alexandra Popescu and Joseph Ward

11:20-12:40 Session 1 – Phenomenology and Husserl

Chair: Zoe Sutherland

Speaker 1: Andreas Vrahimis (London Consortium)
Title of paper: Dummet’s View of the Origins of Phenomenology
Speaker 2: Bradley Tuck (University of Sussex)
Title of paper: The Politics of Phenomenology: Husserl’s New Beginning

12:40-13:40 LUNCH

13:40-15:00 Session 2 – Hermeneutic issues in Phenomenology

Chair: Sam Reznek

Speaker 1: David Egan (Oriel College, Oxford)
Title of paper: Recollection and authenticity in Wittgenstein and Heidegger
Speaker 2: Sophie Vlacos (University of Cardiff)
Title of paper: Phenomenology of the Word; A Hermeneutic Approach

15:00-15:20 COFFEE BREAK

15:20-16:40 Session 3 – Issues of Embodiment

Chair: Chris O’ Kane

Speaker 1: Aaron Wendland (Somerville College, Oxford)
Title of paper: Freedom as Response-ability in Being and Time
Speaker 2: Denisa Butnaru (University of Strasbourg)
Title of paper: Disrupted Intentionality and its Implications for a Phenomenology of Embodiment

16:40-17:00 COFFEE BREAK

17:00-18:30 Keynote Speaker

Lawrence Hatab (Old Dominion University)
Title of paper: Dasein: The early years

Chair: Joseph Ward

18:30-18:40 Closing Remarks

Friday, May 21st: ROOM: FRISTON 112

9:00-9:30 Registration and Coffee

9:30-10:50 Session 1 – Heidegger and Aesthetics

Chair: Zoe Sutherland

Speaker 1: Joe Ward (University of Sussex)
Title of paper: Heidegger on Art and the Beautiful

Speaker 2: Jonathan Conley (Boston College)
Title of paper: Art, Truth, and the Interrogative Mode

10:50-11:00 COFFEE BREAK

11:00-12:20 Session 2 – On the verge of the in-apparent: Ereignis and Cinematography

Chair: Alexandra Popescu

Speaker 1: Andreea Parapuf (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Title of paper: Phenomenology and Tautological Thinking in the Later Heidegger

Speaker 2: Timothy Secret (University of Essex)
Title of Paper: Phenomenology as Archi-cinematography?

12:20-13:20 LUNCH

13:20-14:40 Session 3 – Phenomenology and Literature

Chair: Jana Elsen

Speaker 1: Christina Andrews (University of St. Andrews)
Title of paper: Merleau-Ponty and the Novelistic: Literature as Philosophy

Speaker 2: Claire Guerin (St. John’s College, Oxford)
Title of Paper: Beauvoir reading Husserl: Phenomenology and Fiction- a privileged relationship?

14:40-14:50 COFFEE BREAK

14:50-16:10 Session 4 – Phenomenology and the singular

Chair: Gabriel Martin

Speaker 1: Bernard Cosgrave (University College Dublin)
Title of paper: Levinas’ Launching and Re-launching: Constantly the Same

Speaker 2: Alexandra Popescu (University of Sussex)
Title of paper: Community of Singularities: A Derridean alternative to the Levinasian ‘gap’ between ethics and politics

16:10-16:30 COFFEE BREAK

16:30-18:30 Keynote Speaker – Philosophy Society of the University of Sussex

Robert Bernasconi (Pennsylvania State University)

Title of Paper: Totality and Infinity and its reception

Chair: TBA

18:30-18:45 Best Paper Prize and Closing Remarks

18:45- 20:00 Drinks at IDS Bar (Sussex Campus)

20:30 Dinner in Brighton and party! (Place to be announced)

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Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Conference

Studies in Social and Political Thought Annual Conference
Thursday 13 May 2010
University of Sussex Centre for Literature and Philosophy

‘Utopia, Dystopia and Critical Theory’
A one-day Interdisciplinary Conference for Postgraduate and Research Students

Keynote Speakers:
Peter Osborne (Middlesex)
Nina Power (Roehampton)
Keston Sutherland (Sussex)

Please see further details and register to attend at:
or email

-registration is free of charge
-book soon to avoid disappointment as places are limited

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in Studies in Social & Political Thought, a graduate journal published by the Centre for Social and Political Theory at the University of Sussex since 1990 (

‘Knowledge has no light except that shed on the world by redemption’
(Adorno, Minima Moralia)

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