Monthly Archives: October 2017

Another undergrad philosophy conference: Southampton

Another possible conference for at least third years to consider going to:

Southampton Undergraduate Philosophy Conference 2018 – Call for Papers

On January 4th to 5th 2018, Philosophy at Southampton will host a conference for upper level undergraduate students. The event will involve presentations by Southampton faculty – Professor Aaron Ridley, a specialist in aesthetics and the history of philosophy (especially Nietzsche), and Dr Giulia Felappi, a specialist in philosophy of language and metaphysics. In addition, there will be up to 6 sessions for student presentations.

We invite submission of papers by undergraduate students suitable for 20-30min presentation. Submissions will be blind-reviewed. You must ensure that you remove any identifying information from your submission. Send your paper as an attachment to Tracy Storey: In the accompanying email, include your name, institution, year of study, and programme of study.

The deadline for submissions is November 27th 2017. We aim to communicate our decisions by December 4th 2017.

The conference will be free and open to all. Philosophy at Southampton will cover the costs of meals for presenters and provide them with bursaries toward the costs of travel and accommodation.

We particularly encourage submissions from members of underrepresented groups in philosophy. The conference will be organised in accordance with the BPA-SWIP best practice guidelines.


To register, please contact Tracy Storey at the above email address with your name and affiliation.


The event is wheelchair accessible, as is the dinner venue. Service animals are welcome. An induction loop can be made available. A quiet room can also be made available. If you have any queries or requests relating to accessibility, please get We will seek to accommodate any requests we receive in advance.


The University Nursery is OFSTED-regulated and offers a limited number of places for children aged between four months and five years. Advance booking is required for this service and is made on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. We can also support parents in making alternative arrangements.

BCUR 2018

I would like to encourage all stage 2 and stage 3 students who are involved in their projects to think about presetting at this conference. If you are interested, drop me a lien so we can chat about — there may be support financially as well to attend.

BCUR 2018 will be held at the University of Sheffield

Updated list of Wednesday afternoon events

A late addition to the list of Wednesday afternoon talks, to which you are welcome, on Wednesday 8th November at 2pm, in BSTC 2.39, Roger Burrows speaks on Nick Land and the ‘dark Enlightenment’, architecture, and many other things besides:

The updated list of events is as follows:
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 2–4pm
Room: BSTC 2.39 (Barbara Strang Teaching Centre), Central Campus, Newcastle University
Readings: Where they are not obvious, recommended readings associated with each talk will be communicated nearer the time by individual lecturers. For the reading groups, students may collectively choose the text they study.

— Introductions are primarily for MLitt students and interested undergraduates.
—‘Talks in apostrophes’ are Work in Progress talks to which all, including staff, are invited.

Semester I

4 25/10 Michael Lewis (Newcastle), Introduction to Italian Thought: Agamben’s What is Philosophy?
5 1/11 Michael Bavidge (Newcastle), Introduction to Wittgenstein
6 8/11 **STOP PRESS!*** Prof. Roger Burrows (Newcastle), ‘Urban Futures and the Dark Enlightenment’
7 15/11 Stephen Overy (Newcastle), Introduction to Psycho-analysis and the Unconscious
8 22/11 Miriam Baldwin (Newcastle), Introduction to Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy
9 29/11 Michael Lewis (Newcastle), ‘Paolo Virno’s Essay on Negation: From Anthropology to Politics’
10 6/12 Stephen Overy (Newcastle), ‘Three Manifestations of Time in Vintage Wine’
11 13/12 Essay and Book Review advice session (Mlitt’s only)

Philosophy events, around Newcastle, theoretical and social

Newcastle students! Please come along to the events organised by the Newcastle University Philosophy Society.

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Many other philosophical events take place around the North East:

Newcastle Philosophy Society ( and the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle ( are para-academic institutions and may be investigated with profit, even though they have no connection with Newcastle University.

Newcastle University Philosophy Society

The Philosophy society is rising from the ashes like a glorious phoenix and we need people to come along to events and help get the ball rolling again.

We know that a problem people have had with the course in prior years has been the lack of cross year integration and social events, but now there is a solution! We plan to step into the void and fix this issue, giving you a pace to meet like-minded people and relax with your coursemates.

If you have any interest in philosophy outside of your course, or just want to socialise please do consider joining.

Our plan for the year is as follows:

· Our famous “Think and Drink” events: every Monday night.

· Bi-Weekly socials.

· A monthly reading group based upon books chosen by members.

· End of Term Formal Balls.

Membership is £5 and gives you free access to the socials, and the reading group, plus reduced ticket price for the Balls. For any more information please check our Facebook page.

Also consider giving us a like on Facebook, a follow on Twitter or just have a gander at our Instagram. Facebook: Twitter:


TV and Film online

Newcastle University people! Have you heard of Box of Broadcasts? An excellent service offered through the Newcastle library catalogue. They record huge numbers of television programmes, including films on TV, including vaguely philosophical and totally philosophical things, and make them available online, for free, with no TV licence (to the best of my knowledge) needed.

As long as you swear it’s for ‘educational purposes’, you’re fine: and if you can watch anything and not learn something from it, you probably shouldn’t be watching anything.

Stay sane and well during your first weeks at university/the first weeks of term.