Who’s Afraid of Philosophy?
Event Date: 19 May 2010
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall, London,
In response to the recent plans by Middlesex University to close down its philosophy department, this event seeks to provide a forum to discuss the current conditions under which philosophical research is supported and engaged with; what role does philosophy play in contemporary society, and how should this be appropriately nourished?
Within the context of priority shifts and general cuts to higher education funding, the discussion uses the immediate conditions at Middlesex to consider a broader threat to critical thought, lending a voice to the current debates and protests undertaken by students and tutors at the Middlesex campus.
The panel was chaired by Dr Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths) with interventions by Prof Alexander Garcia Duttmann (Goldsmiths), Prof Peter Osborne (Middlesex), Dr Nina Power (Roehampton University), Prof Alex Callinicos (Kings College), Ali Alizadeh (Middlesex) and others.
Organized by InC (Continental Philosophy Research group).
For more info about the protests ongoing at Middlesex University visit the campaign website .