Posts from April 2012

Transdisciplinary Problematics workshop, May 17-18 2012

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From our friends at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University

Workshop – Transdisciplinary Problematics
Anti-humanism and Gender Studies
17-18 May 2012, London

This two-day workshop will examine the notion of a transdisciplinary problematic, via the cases of anti-humanism and gender studies. The first day will approach theoretical anti-humanism from the standpoint of its destructive effect upon disciplinary fields in the humanities and as a radical problematisation of the discipline of philosophy in particular. The second day will focus on gender studies as a transdisciplinary problematic and on the transdisciplinary nature of the concept of gender itself. Topics will include the historical reconstruction of ‘gender’ as a boundary-crossing concept; the relation of its conceptual content to its functioning as a general concept across disciplines; the transformation of the disciplines in the humanities by ‘gender’ and gender studies; and the current productivity of ‘gender’.

Day 1: Anti-humanism
17 May 2012, 10.00–18.00
Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London WC1

Introduction: Peter Osborne & Eric Alliez (CRMEP, Kingston University)
Etienne Balibar (Philosophy, University of Paris X/Irvine)
‘Anti-Humanism, and the Question of Philosophical Anthropology’
Respondent: Patrice Maniglier (University of Essex)
Nina Power (Philosophy, Roehampton University/Royal College of Art)
‘Is Antihumanism Transdisciplinary?’
David Cunningham (English, University of Westminster)
‘Intersciences, Philosophy and Writing’
Respondent: Simon Morgan Wortham (English, Kingston University)

Day 2: Gender Studies
18 May 2012, 10.00–18.00
Large Common Room, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N

Introduction: Stella Sandford (CRMEP, Kingston University)
Tuija Pulkkinen (Women’s Studies, University of Helsinki)
‘Disciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity in Gender Studies’
Sara Heinamaa (Philosophy, University of Helsinki)
‘Sex, Gender and Embodiment: A Critique of Concepts’
Elsa Dorlin (Political Science, University of Paris VIII)
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Ken Corbett (Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis, New York University)
‘The Transforming Nexus: Psychoanalysis, Social Theory and Queer Childhood’
Respondent: Lynne Segal (Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, London)

The event is free, but registration is essential at the following website:

Further information and background texts, go to:

Other enquiries:

This is the third public workshop of the AHRC-funded project ‘Transdisciplinarity and the Humanities: Problems, Methods, Histories, Concepts’
2011–2013 (AHRC 914469)

Narratives of Suburbia conference

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Narratives of Suburbia

Friday 15th June 2012, 9.15am – 5.15pm
Room 354, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London

Programme: Narratives of Suburbia Programme[1]

The Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster is delighted to host the 17th Westminster Colloquium  entitled ‘Narratives of Suburbia’ on Friday 15th June 2012. The colloquium aims to assess contemporary representations of suburbia in British and North American fiction, with a particular focus on the exponential growth of suburbia since the Second World War and the fictional offshoots it has produced. By exploring the work of Anglo-American authors, the objective is to identify thematic and stylistic areas of convergence and  divergence.

John Beck (Newcastle)
Christine Berberich (Portsmouth)
Professor Neil Campbell (Derby)
Mark Clapson (Westminster)
Martyn Colebrook (Hull)
Martin Dines (Kingston )
Nick Hubble (Brunel)
Rupa Huq (Kingston)

Entrance is FREE but space is limited so please book your place in advance by contacting the organisers, Christopher Daley ( and Aisling McKeown ( Full programme to follow. 


The Display and Interpretation of Technology colloquium

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Wednesday 16 May 2012, 6.30 – 8.30 p.m.
The Boardroom, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

The Smithsonian-Westminster Colloquium invites you to a discussion forum with Dr Peter Jakab, Associate Director, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC

Other contributors include: Andrew Nahum, Senior Curator in Aviation, Science Museum, London; David Hendy, Professor of Media History, University of Westminster.

Peter Jakab is Associate Director for Collections and Curatorial Affairs and curator of World War I Aviation at the National Air and Space Museum.  His publications include Visions of a Flying Machine: The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990); The Published Writings of Wilbur and Orville Wright (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000; co-edited with Rick Young); and The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age (National Geographic Society, 2003; co-authored with Tom Crouch). At NASM he has curated numerous exhibitions, including The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age, which opened in 2003.

Open and free. No booking required, but RSVP appreciated.
Further information and RSVP: Helena Scott, email

PhD Opportunities at Westminster

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Social Sciences Humanities and Languages Studentships

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages at the University of Westminster is pleased to offer three research studentships for prospective PhD students from September 2012 for three years.

The Studentships are for full-time study in any of the School’s six Departments and include a fee waiver (Home/EU rate), plus a £5000 maintenance grant per year, for a maximum of three years. Please note that only Home/EU students are eligible to apply.

As part of the scholarship terms successful candidates will be required to contribute to teaching and research activities (up to 60 hrs per year), for which mentoring and development support will be provided.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 1 June 2012.

If your are applying for the English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies research area, your application will also be considered for the English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies Studentship and you do not have to submit two separate applications.

English, Lingusitics and Cultural Studies Bursaries

The Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster is pleased to offer three bursaries for prospective PhD students.

Applications are invited for awards which are tenable for up to three years for full-time study (pro-rata both in amount and length for part-time students). Please note that only home/EU students are eligible to apply

English Literature after 1800

Areas of staff expertise include: the literature and culture of the nineteenth century, the gothic, modernism, the avant-garde, Scottish writing, modern poetry, life writing, contemporary fiction, critical theory, aesthetics, the literature of London.

Museums and Galleries in the 21st century

To consolidate the postgraduate community of our MA Museums, Galleries, and Contemporary Culture, taught in partnership with Tate and Museum of London, the department would welcome prospective PhD students with a particular interest in developing projects on audiences, digital culture, and curating.

Based in the heart of London, the department has an active research culture which includes regular seminars and conferences, and a lively research student community. In addition to this, staff and PG students are part of the University’s Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture.

For further information please contact:
Dr Leigh Wilson, PhD Coordinator
Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies
32-38 Wells St, London W1T 3UW

T: +44 (0)20 7 911 5000 Ext 2365

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 1 June 2012.

Please note that your application will also be considered for the SSHL Studentship and they you do not have to submit two separate applications.

Postcards from another person’s reality

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A great article on the BBC website about Alexa Wright’s A View for Inside. Here’s a snippet: `A View From Inside’ is an exploration of some alternative perspectives on reality. Her thought provoking portraits offer a window into the unique realities experienced by Theresa and nine other people who have been affected by a psychotic `disorder’ such as bipolar or schizophrenia. Alexa Wright’s aim is two fold. “One is bringing issues of mental health into the public domain, she said. ‘But the other is to look at our notion of reality. What is reality, we all operate in society on the basis that what we consider real is the same as what someone else might. But it’s interesting to look at a reality that only one person is privy to but for them is absolutely real when they are experiencing it.’

Read the full article here:

Blank Identification seminar, Bergen, Norway, April 28th

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April 28th 2012, 1-5pm
Hardaland art Centre, Klosteret 17, PB 1745 Nordnes, 5816 Bergen, Norway

In conjunction with the exhibition A neutral, flexible structure by Martin Torgersrud, Hardaland Art Centre is staging a seminar, Blank Identification, touching on the themes of photography, abstraction and economy. The seminar comprises four lectures, and an open discussion with the audience of the ideas put forward by our guests, with all the digressions and associations that come with it. 

Morten Torgersrud, artist, Kirkenes, Norway/Stockholm, Sweden
Matt Packer, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork
Arne Skaug Olsen, art critic, Bergen
David Cunningham, Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture, London

The seminar will be held in English. Participation is free, but due to limited avaliable seats we encourage everyone interested to notify us before April 25th to hks [at]
The seminar is supported by Bergen Academy of Art and Design.

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Alan Morrison Royal Society lecture, April 27

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Sir George Cayley (1773-1857), the Father of Flight

Friday 27th April, 1.00-.200 pm
The Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

This Royal Society lecture discusses Cayley’s pioneering aviation work, and his roles as an inventor and as founder of the Royal Polytechnic Institution in Regent Street. Cayley’s work will be related to the scientific and intellectual milieu of the day, and to debates regarding the public engagement with science and technology. The lecture will be delivered by Alan Morrison, who is an Honorary Fellow in the IMCC at the University of Westminster, as well as a Lemelson Center Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He curated the exhibition ‘Sir George Cayley: the Father of Flight’ shown at the RAF Museum Hendon.

The lecture is open and free to the public – there is no need to book, and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reminder: Whitechapel Salon with Peter Osborne on Money, Thurs 5th April

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Thursday 5 April 2012, 7pm
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1
Price: £7.00 / £5.00 concessions (includes free glass of wine).

This season’s Whitechapel Salon organised by the IMCC in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery is on ‘Cultures of Capitalism’.  The fifth salon turns to that social and economic form at the very heart of capitalist cultures: Money. In the light of contemporary crises in financial capitalism, Professor Peter Osborne, Director of the Centre for Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, and author of books including The Politics of Time, Philosophy in Cultural Theory, and Conceptual Art, will be in discussion with David Cunningham about money, cultural form, and the nature of the ‘real’ today.

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