Goldsmiths Department of Visual Cultures letter

3 May 2010

Dear Michael Driscoll, vice-chancellor of the university,
Waqar Ahmad, deputy vice-chancellor, research and enterprise, Margaret
House, deputy vice-chancellor, academic, and
Ed Esche, dean of the School of Arts & Education

The Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, wishes to add its voice to the national and international outcry at the University Executive’s planned closure of Philosophy at Middlesex. We feel this decision is shortsighted in the extreme and will impact directly and detrimentally on the reputation of the University and indeed on international research in continental philosophy and the wider humanities.

The work of those in the Centre for Europeran Philosophy at Middlsex plays a crucial role in disciplines beyond philosophy, including visual culture. Indeed, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the philosophers at Middlesex along with its wider graduate community, constitutes the most dynamic and important group working in the field today.

We ask that the University executive reverse this decision and turn back from what can only be seen as an attack on the very idea of what a University stands for.

Yours sincerely

Dr Jorella Andrews – Head of Department
Dr Gavin Butt
Professor Alexander Duttman
Kodwo Eshun
Andy Lowe
Dr Jean-Paul Martinon
Dr Simon O’Sullivan
Brendan Prendeville
Professor Irit Rogoff
Astrid Schmetterling
Dr Derval Tubridy
Dr Lynn Turner
Dr Eyal Weizman
Dr Nicole Wolf

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