Transversal Space at Middlesex University!

In response to the planned closure of Middlesex Philosophy the students have occupied Mansion House on Trent Park campus. Today we announce the opening of an experimental and communal space for educational presentations and conversations at the interface between philosophy, theory, activism and art. Transversal Space is an alternative educational experience in which the boundaries between disciplines and the relations between students and teachers are blurred. Relationships and ideas are explored in an open and collective way continuing the ethos of our philosophy department and its series of events.

A program of events for the weekend (7-9/5) is now being set up. Please come and join us on the beautiful Trent Park campus. A free shuttle bus will take you here from Oakwood station on the Picadilly line (penultimate stop in Northern direction). Let us know if you have suggestions for the program & join us at any point during the weekend.

Contact us on this email and on, or call Josefine 07863565557 or Vijak 07825109703

FULL TIMETABLE (Latest updates in BOLD. Do check back for updates!)

Friday, 7 May 2010

2.00 p.m. – Middlesex Philosophy student Pavel Khazanov will be giving a paper entitled ‘Prophecy and Heresy: the ethics of metaphor in Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow

3.30 p.m. – A close reading of the Introduction to Being and Nothingness by Middlesex Philosophy students Lord Johann Vadseth Holby, Maria Louise Rosbech, and Shanna Caughey

5.30 p.m. – ‘Spinoza for Everyone’ seminar given by Knox Peden, a big name in French philosophical scholarship. We are lucky to have him!

7.30 p.m. – Reading Group on Impolitical Unconscious.

9.30 p.m. – A close reading of the Introduction to Being and Nothingness by Middlesex Philosophy students Lord Johann Vadseth Holby, Maria Louise Rosbech, and Shanna Caughey

10.30 p.m. – GHOSTS: A documentary about the death of Chinese Migrants in the UK. (Brought forward!)

Saturday, 8 May 2010

We’re planning an experimental format for the programme on this day. The programme will run from 3pm – 11pm and we will have a multi-faceted event, including the following presentations and much more:

3.00 p.m. – Anindya Bhattacharyya (CRMEP) – The History of Calculus

4.30 p.m. – Ali Alizadeh and Hamed Yousesi – Politics in Iran. Suggested reading here.

5.00 p.m. – Alex Callinicos (Professor of European Studies, King’s College London)

6.30 p.m. – Alice Moss (CRMEP), Steve Gormley (University of Essex) and Timothy Secret (University of Essex)  on the topic of Voting in European Philosophy

8.00 p.m. – Two Parallel Events: (i) Screening of film(s) on Haiti with introduction by Peter Hallward (ii) Ed Moltby – Marxism and Ecology

10.00 p.m. – Contemporary dance/film interventions

Sunday, 9 May 2010

12.00 p.m. – Daniel Remwick –  Criminalising Dissent

1.00 p.m. – Plenary Discussion on University Occupations and Protest Movements

2.00 p.m. – Andrew McGettigan (Central Saint Martins) – Political Remembrance: The Place of Proust in Walter Benjamin’s Concept of History (New Title!)

3.00 p.m. – Simon Brind – Thinking Like a Bastard

4.00 p.m. – Ozlem Onaran – Global Crises and Socio-economic Alternatives

5.00 p.m. – Jim Wolfreys – Horizontal Power and Social Movements

6.00 p.m. – Tom Eyers (CRMEP) on Lacan’s ‘Ecrit’ “The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalyis”

7.00 p.m. – Concurrent activities: (i) Film Screening – Coca Cola Case; (ii) Lynne Segal (TBC)

8.00 p.m. – Vijak Haddadi – Participation from Plato to the Present

** PLEASE INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS (both through Facebook and by word of mouth) **

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9 Responses to Transversal Space at Middlesex University!

  1. I am an ex student from the mid 1980’s – good luck with the protest and the occupation.
    Love the line up of events on Satarday.
    Can you record them – make them available on You Tube?

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  6. Aaron says:

    thanks paul! we are working on that..

  7. josepetpet says:

    escaped work and visited les braves philosophes yesterday, great cooperative atmosphere, very peaceful debates and emphasis on listening to each other… made me feel like watanabe when he lives the sanatorium in ‘norwegian wood’: the real mad people are out there, in the streets, in university offices… this is a space worth visiting and being part of! en avant!

  8. Tabitha says:

    This is amazing. Coming up later today and bringing other Sussex Uni people! Solidarity!

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