Sunday, May 18, 2014

Many thanks to Durham University's Students' Union

... for kindly awarding me two prizes. I won a prize for runner-up for best feedback and won the Lecturer of the Year award for my faculty (details here). I cannot believe my good luck and so grateful to my excellent students!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I got it right: no 'Polish precedent' for Romanian and Bulgarian migration to UK

. . . as I argued for here and now confirmed by latest official statistics. Of course, this is all contra the claims by Migration Watch - widely cited by the right wing press - that the UK would see a tidal wave of 50,000 migrants. Time for them to own up to getting it wrong?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Palgrave Ethics and Public Policy series

The Palgrave Ethics and Public Policy book series will publish high quality scholarly research monographs and edited books aimed at academics and postgraduates. We welcome timely contributions from a broad range of disciplines and methodological approaches. The volumes in this series will explore the relation between ethics and public policy across a wide range of issues, including abortion, capital punishment, citizenship, climate change, drug offending, euthanasia, health care, immigration, multiculturalism, prostitution, and terrorism.

Interested authors should contact me directly me here

"Philosophy Never Sleeps!"

. . . has been my personal motto -- perhaps mantra -- for many years. Graduate student days saw all-nighters an at least once, sometimes twice, per week occurence. While skipping sleep altogether like that is now past history, I've regularly gone for long spells on only 4 or 5 hours of sleep over a week.

Perhaps now I should new studies suggesting sleep is not taking seriously enough - and that even if should be prescribed (see here). Philosophy might never sleep - there is always more to say, to develop, to engage - but perhaps philosophers should.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Nussbaum conference in Durham [UPDATE]

I’m hosting a special two day conference “Overcoming Intolerance: Nussbaum and Her Critics” in the Kenilworthy Room at St Mary’s College, Durham on 23rd—24th May 2014. The conference will explore key themes and issues in the work of Martha C. Nussbaum (Chicago).

The first day will have four papers focusing on her recent The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age (Harvard University Press, 2012). Speakers include Professor Maleiha Malik (Law, KCL), Professor Peter Jones (Politics, Newcastle), Dr Clare Chambers (Philosophy, Cambridge) and me. Nussbaum will reply to each paper before the floor is opened for questions.
 
The second day will have two roundtables exploring wider issues and their implications. The first is “Political Emotions” led by Sara Protasi (Philosophy, Yale) with responses by Dr Phil Horky (Classics, Durham) and Nussbaum. The second roundtable is on “Capabilities and Political Liberalism” led by Professor Mozaffar Qizilbash (Economics, York) with responses by Dr Maria Dimova-Cookson (SGIA, Durham) and Nussbaum.

The conference website – with registration information – can be found HERE 

Overcoming Intolerance: Nussbaum and Her Critics
23rd—24th May 2014
Durham University

Friday, 23rd May 2014
St Mary’s College, Durham University
 
10.30am – tea/coffee
10.45—11.00am – welcome (Thom Brooks & Mozaffar Qizilbash)

 Paper 1
Chair: Thom Brooks (Durham)
11.00—11.30am – Maleiha Malik (KCL)
11.30—11.40am – Martha Nussbaum, ‘Reply’
11.40am—12.00noon – discussion
 
Paper 2
Chair: Mozaffar Qizilbash (York)
12.00—12.30pm – Peter Jones (Newcastle)
12.30—12.40pm – Martha Nussbaum (Chicago), ‘Reply’
12.40—1.00pm – discussion
 
1.00—2.00pm – lunch
 
Paper 3
Chair: Anna Jobe (Durham)
2.00—2.30pm – Thom Brooks (Durham)
2.30—2.40pm – Martha Nussbaum (Chicago), ‘Reply’
2.40—3.00pm – discussion
 
3.00—3.30pm – tea/coffee
 
Paper 4
Chair: Thom Brooks (Durham)
3.30—4.00pm – Clare Chambers (Cambridge)
4.00—4.10pm – Martha Nussbaum (Chicago), ‘Reply’

4.10—4.30pm – discussion
4.30—5.00pm – round-up/close
 
Saturday, 24th May 2014
St Mary’s College, Durham University
10.30—11.00am – tea/coffee
11.00am – brief welcome (Thom Brooks & Mozaffar Qizilbash)
 
11.00—12.30noon - Panel 1 on Political Emotions
Sara Protasi (Philosophy, Yale)
Phillip Horky (Classics, Durham)
Martha Nussbaum (Chicago)
Chair: Thom Brooks (Durham)
 
12.30—1.30pm – lunch
 
1.30—3.30pm - Panel 2 on Capabilities and Political Liberalism
Maria Dimova-Cookson (SGIA, Durham)
Mozaffar Qizilbash (Economics, York)
Martha Nussbaum (Chicago)
Chair: Thom Brooks (Durham)
 
3.00-3.30/4.00pm close
 
 
Generous financial support received from: Harvard University Press and Durham University’s Durham Law School (and its Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice; Islam, Law and Modernity Group; Law and Global Justice Group), the Institute for Advanced Studies, Philosophy Department and School of Government and International Affairs.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Hegel Society of Great Britain conference - Hegel's Political Philosophy

The 2014 HSGB conference is now open for registration. The theme is Hegel's Political Philosophy, and the speakers are as follows:

Thursday 4th September
1.30-3.00 Dean Moyar (Johns Hopkins, Baltimore): “Law as the Public Conscience: A Hobbesian Theme in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right”
3.30-5.00 Jean-François Kervégan (Paris 1): “Hegel’s Political Epistemology”
5.30-7.00 Frank Ruda (Freie Universität, Berlin): “What Is to Be Done (with Hegel’s Monarch)?”

Friday 5th September
9.30-11.00 Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt, Berlin): “Normativity and History”
11.30-1.00 Sebastian Stein (Heidelberg): “Untouchable Dogma or Historical Relativity? On the Revisability of the Philosophy of Right’s Institutions”
Susanne Hermann-Sinai (Leipzig / Oxford): “Does Hegel have a Notion of Practical Knowledge?”
2.00-3.30 Thom Brooks (Durham): “Justice for Stakeholders: Lessons from Hegel’s Philosophy of Right”

The conference will take place at Magdalene College, Cambridge. The deadline for registration is 1st August 2014.

For further details, and to register, please go to:
http://hegel-society.org.uk/conferences/2014

Friday, May 02, 2014

Nussbaum conference at Durham University on 23-24 May 2014


I’m hosting a special two day conference “Overcoming Intolerance: Nussbaum and Her Critics” in the Kenilworthy Room at St Mary’s College, Durham on 23rd—24th May 2014. The conference will explore key themes and issues in the work of Martha C. Nussbaum (Chicago).

The first day will have four papers focusing on her recent The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age (Harvard University Press, 2012). Speakers include Professor Maleiha Malik (Law, KCL), Professor Peter Jones (Politics, Newcastle), Dr Clare Chambers (Philosophy, Cambridge) and me. Nussbaum will reply to each paper before the floor is opened for questions.

The second day will have two roundtables exploring wider issues and their implications. The first is “Political Emotions” led by Sara Protasi (Philosophy, Yale) with responses by Dr Phil Horky (Classics, Durham) and Nussbaum. The second roundtable is on “Capabilities and Political Liberalism” led by Professor Mozaffar Qizilbash (Economics, York) with responses by Dr Maria Dimova-Cookson (SGIA, Durham) and Nussbaum.

The conference website – with registration information – will be up and running shortly. Please note this in your diaries and spread the word!
 
 
 
Overcoming Intolerance: Nussbaum and Her Critics
 
23rd—24th May 2014
Durham University
 
Friday, 23rd May 2014
St Mary’s College, Durham University
 
10.30am – tea/coffee
10.45—11.00am – welcome (Thom Brooks & Mozaffar Qizilbash)
 
Paper 1
Chair: Thom Brooks (Durham)
11.00—11.30am – Maleiha Malik (KCL)
11.30—11.40am – Martha Nussbaum, ‘Reply’
11.40am—12.00noon – discussion
 
Paper 2
Chair: Mozaffar Qizilbash (York)
12.00—12.30pm – Peter Jones (Newcastle)
12.30—12.40pm – Martha Nussbaum (Chicago), ‘Reply’
12.40—1.00pm – discussion
 
1.00—2.00pm – lunch
 
Paper 3
Chair: Anna Jobe (Durham)
2.00—2.30pm – Thom Brooks (Durham)
2.30—2.40pm – Martha Nussbaum (Chicago), ‘Reply’
2.40—3.00pm – discussion
 
3.00—3.30pm – tea/coffee
 
Paper 4
Chair: Thom Brooks (Durham)
3.30—4.00pm – Clare Chambers (Cambridge)
4.00—4.10pm – Martha Nussbaum (Chicago), ‘Reply’
4.10—4.30pm – discussion
 
4.30—5.00pm – round-up/close
 
Saturday, 24th May 2014
St Mary’s College, Durham University
 
10.30—11.00am – tea/coffee
11.00am – brief welcome (Thom Brooks & Mozaffar Qizilbash)
 
11.00—12.30noon
Panel 1 on Political Emotions
Sara Protasi (Philosophy, Yale)
Phillip Horky (Classics, Durham)
Martha Nussbaum (Chicago)
Chair: Thom Brooks (Durham)
 
12.30—1.30pm – lunch
 
1.30—3.30pm
Panel 2 on Capabilities and Political Liberalism
Maria Dimova-Cookson (SGIA, Durham)
Mozaffar Qizilbash (Economics, York)
Martha Nussbaum (Chicago)
Chair: Thom Brooks (Durham)
 
3.00-3.30/4.00pm close
 
Generous financial support received from: Harvard University Press and Durham University’s Durham Law School (and its Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice; Islam, Law and Modernity Group; Law and Global Justice Group), the Institute for Advanced Studies, Philosophy Department and School of Government and International Affairs.
 

 

 

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Cornwall and the "Life in the UK" citizenship test

My recent article about the Life in the UK citizenship test and the need for its revision post-recognition of the Cornish as a protected minority is still receiving coverage...at least in Cornwall.