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Who’s Afraid of Philosophy?

19 May 2010 – 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?

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Nina Power – Stony Ground but not entirely: Beckett and the Humanities

2 December 2009 – Beckett’s relationship to what we might understand by ‘the Humanities’ is a vexed one. Beckett’s references are often classical (Dante, the Bible, Descartes), and yet he is heralded as the great forerunner of certain kinds of poststructuralist concerns regarding the death of the author, the opacity of meaning, and so on.