Two events with Graham Parkes

INSIGHTS lecture on the 23rd of March 2023:

Professor Graham Parkes (Vienna), an eminent scholar of East Asian classical philosophy, Heidegger, and Nietzsche, will speak on

“Can humanity survive the Anthropocene?

It depends on who we think we are”

Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building

23/3 @ 5.30pm

Please, register here:


In addition to his Insights lecture on 23/3, Professor Graham Parkes (University of Vienna) will also lead on a seminar-style reading session of classical Chinese texts (in translation) with focus on environmental ethics.

Classical Chinese Philosophy and the Climate Crisis

Professor Graham Parkes—University of Vienna, Austria

Friday 24th March, 14:00-15:30,

KEVII.2.01 (King Edward VII Building), Newcastle University

Attached is the poster and an abstract with further information.  The event is free and open to everyone.

Here you can find the essays that we will discuss during the event:

Philosophy day trip to Bamburgh, May 2023

For current undergraduate students of Newcastle Philosophy:

Philosophy Day-Trip  2023

Bamburgh Pavilion,

Bamburgh, Northumberland

Monday 15th May 2023

We’ll hire a bus to take us there & back.

Register your interest as soon as possible, at the Reception on Floor 9 of the Henry Daysh, or at, so we can get an idea of how many people will come. We’re asking for £10 to cover the cost of the day, which you can give directly to Alex, Louisa, and the others at Reception.

            Any questions, write to,, or, or visit us in person.

For more information on the venue, cf.

Music and the Unconscious – 12th May 2023 – Symposium


“Music – A Gateway to the Unconscious?”  

Newcastle University – 12th May:  

The most profound legacy of Freud is perhaps his conception of the unconscious. Freud is one of the most significant figures in affording a conceptual legitimacy to the idea, now taken for granted, that there are hidden forces operating within ourselves, shaping our desires, actions, and beliefs. Understanding the effects and the nature of those hidden forces that shape human existence, now bundled together under the concept of the unconscious, entails a greater understanding of what it means to exist as a human. Prior to any investigation of the unconscious, however, and especially given its subliminal nature, one must ask themselves how it is possible to access it at all.  

Before creation, there is desire. Before the artist touches the canvas, before the musician picks up his instrument, there is an impulse. As social animals, humans are inclined toward communication, but we are forced to relay our deepest emotions through language, a communicative device that is often felt as restrictive. The Arts are understood as a set of mediums that enable a transcendence of the barriers of language. A painting and a piece of music are united by their ability to convey an idea with much more vigour and immediacy than can a string of sentences, and more significantly, they are united by their resistance to translation into language; an explanation of either will always involve a reduction. Given this status of the Arts, as a method of transcendence, perhaps it is here we should seek access to the unconscious.  

In a new publication, entitled Listening to the Unconscious, Stephen Overy and Kenneth Smith explore the ways in which music acts as an analogy for, and an account of, the unconscious, and discuss whether the unconscious is the fount of musical creativity. In conjunction with the release of this publication, a workshop is to be held to gather together other thinkers interested in the intersection of psychoanalysis with popular music, or with the wider Arts. We invite speakers who wish to present their own works that they feel would complement such a discourse. Example topics may include: 

  • The nature of the unconscious;  
  • The intersection of the unconscious with music, and the wider Arts, e.g., do the Arts constitute a gateway to the unconscious? 
  • The intersection of the unconscious with creative acts more generally.

Works that might take a critical or refutative stance are also welcomed and encouraged.  

Declarations of interest, along with any further queries, should be submitted to: 

The deadline for submissions is 6th April (06/04/2023).  

Undergraduate Conference in Continental Philosophy, University of Warwick

Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy
University of Warwick
Undergraduate Conference in Continental Philosophy

Submissions are invited for the Warwick Undergraduate Conference in Continental Philosophy to be held on June 7, 2023 at the University of Warwick. 
The conference will provide an opportunity for undergraduate students interested in Continental Philosophy to present and discuss their work. 
Eligibility: Current undergraduate students in philosophy and cognate disciplines may submit, as well as students who have completed their undergraduate studies within the past three years and are not presently enrolled in a postgraduate degree. 
Essays can concern any topic or figure in the tradition of Continental European Philosophy, broadly construed, including, but not limited to thinkers such as Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Arendt, Adorno, Benjamin, Foucault, Irigaray, and Deleuze. 
Submissions should not exceed 3000 words. 
The deadline for submission is midnight April 15, 2023. We plan to notify those whose papers have been accepted by May 1, 2023. 
Please send submissions (in .docx or .PDF) by email to
Submissions should be anonymized, so that the essays themselves do not contain student’s name or institutional affiliation. This information should be included in the body of the submission email only.  
We anticipate that travel bursaries will be awarded to students whose papers are accepted to defray the cost of traveling to the conference.

Any questions can be directed to Andrew

Andrew Huddleston
Professor of Philosophy

Director, Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy

University of Warwick

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, MMU

“Call for Abstracts

2nd Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University

26th – 27th January 2023

The theme for 2023 is open. So, please write on anything you philosophically desire!

Fellow undergrads – whether you’re in your First Year or Second Year or Final Year –, please submit an abstract of 200-250 words to us by 5th December 2022. We will inform you by 23rd December 2022, if you have been chosen to present.

Undergrad students selected to present at the conference will speak for 20 minutes. So, papers should be between 1500 and 2000 words.

Conference Information:

4 Keynote Speakers

Prof. Adrian Moore (University of Oxford)

Adrian Moore is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. His publications include: The Infinite (Routledge, 3rd edition, 2019); Points of View (OUP, 1997); Noble in Reason, Infinite in Faculty: Themes and Variations in Kant’s Moral and Religious Philosophy (Routledge, 2003); The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics: Making Sense of Things (CUP, 2012); Language, World, and Limits: Essays in Philosophy of Language and Metaphysics (OUP, 2019); and Gödel’s Theorem: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2022). Moore is Bernard Williams’s literary executor. He is Philosophy Delegate to Oxford University Press, and Co-Editor of MIND.

Dr. Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (University of Sheffield)

Komarine Romdenh-Romluc is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Sheffield. Her principal research interests are in the body, and what it is to be the sort of embodied creatures that we are. That led her quite early on in her academic life to the phenomenological tradition, and its rich history of thinking about embodiment. Romdenh-Romluc has written extensively about Maurice Merleau-Ponty,and is currently writing a book about Frantz Fanon’s philosophy.

Prof. Yujin Nagasawa (University of Birmingham)

Yujin Nagasawa is H.G. Wood Professor of the Philosophy of Religion and Co-Director of the Birmingham Centre for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Maximal God: A New Defence of Perfect Being Theism (OUP, 2017), Miracles: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2017), The Existence of God: A Philosophical Introduction (Routledge, 2011) and God and Phenomenal Consciousness (CUP, 2008). Nagasawa currently leads the Global Philosophy of Religion Project, a major research initiative funded by the John Templeton Foundation.


Talks in Term 3

Research Group for Critical Theory and Practice & Department of Philosophy


Spring/Summer 2022

Term 3

Week 1 —Wednesday 27th April 2022 – Tom Greaves (UEA), ‘The Elemental and the Ephemeral’, 5pm–7pm, HDB3.76

Week 2 — Wednesday 4th May – Isabel Millar (Kent/GCAS), 5pm–7pm, HDB3.76

Week 4 — Wednesday 11th May 2022 – Arthur Bradley (Lancaster), ‘In the Theatre of Sovereignty’, 3pm–5pm [n.b. the earlier time], HDB3.76

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