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Public Lectures 2020-21

 

Bad News is Good News? The Upside of Down

We live in times of endemic crisis... The long drawn-out epochal phenomenon of climate-decline. The shorter emergencies that are pandemics. And many more. It is obvious that events such as these have the capacity to hurt us badly, even to destroy us. But what about the other side of the coin? Are there ways in which these crises can enrich us?... Even make us?

This series will look at that question from the perspective of popular philosophising. How can we truly make the best out of the crises caused by our civilisation? What is the potential upside of down? 

Thank you to our sponsor, The Royal Institute of Philosophy.

If you have any questions please contact: philosophyevents@uea.ac.uk
 

Tue 9 February 2021 | 18:15 – 20:15 | Online

Silver Linings From the Ecological Emergency - Amitav Ghosh (Author, The Great Derangement) in conversation with Rupert Read (UEA)

 

Tue 23 February 2021| 18:15 – 20:15 | Online

Silver Linings From the National Scandal of Covid-19 - Richard Horton (Editor of the Lancet)

 

Tue 9 March 2021 | 18:15 – 20:15 | Online

Making the Most of Our Flawed Education System, At a Time of Global Crisis - Sophie Scott-Brown (UEA)


 

Tue 23 March 2021 | 18:15 – 20:15 | Online

Can We Adapt Transformatively To Climate Decline? – Roundtable discussion: Nick Brooks, Joanne Clarke and Rupert Read (all UEA)

 

Public Lectures 2019-20

 

Crisis and Control

How should we respond to the multitude of crises that seem to define the contemporary age? Do we need to ‘take back control’? What would that really mean? We all face moments of crisis, but in the world today crisis seems to have become near permanent state, infecting every aspect of our public and private lives.

The 2020 Philosophy Public Lecture Series will explore crisis in family life, in our prison system, in political rhetoric and our emotions, and ask why so many people today are turning to the ancient philosophy of stoicism for answers.

 

Tuesday 14 January, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Managing a Domestic Crisis: Seneca, Stoicism and the Family” Dr Elizabeth Gloyn (Royal Holloway)

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Tuesday 28 January, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Philosophy and Freedom: Practicing Stoicism in Prison” Dr Ben Walker (Crito Project and UEA)

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Tuesday 11 February, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Is there a Crisis of Rhetorical Culture” Professor Alan Finlayson (UEA)

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Cancelled: Tuesday 3 March, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Who's in Charge of our Emotions?” Dr Birgit Breidenbach (UEA)

Owing to the ongoing national dispute between Universities UK (UUK) and the University and College Union (UCU), and resultant strike action by members and supporters of UCU, ‘Who’s In Charge of Our Emotions?’ with Dr Birgit Breidenbach has been cancelled. The event will not be rescheduled as part of this series, we apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience caused.

 

Postponed: Wednesday 18 March, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“The Rise of Modern Stoicism” Dr John Sellars (Royal Holloway) 

In light of the concern relating to COVID-19 and the increased necessity to contain the spread of infection, UEA has taken the decision to postpone public events.

We place great value on our public events programme and will continue to monitor the situation carefully, making every effort to reschedule cancelled events wherever possible. We apologise for the disappointment caused, and we very much look forward to bringing you notice of new dates as soon as possible.

Public Lectures 2018-19

 

Being Governed

What does it mean to be governed? We usually associate being governed with politics. In modern democracies, we are supposedly self-governing. But what does it mean to govern ourselves? And do we, really? Or perhaps we should associate being governed with the laws of nature; then being governed comes as necessity. The 2019 Public Philosophy Lecture Series will explore ways in which our lives are being governed that fall in the space between the voluntarism of politics and the necessity of laws of nature, including by way of ‘economics’, ‘rules’, ‘nature’, ‘social science’ and ‘populism’.

We seek to make all our public lectures as accessible as possible. You can listen to audio recordings of all the public lectures in this series, using the links below. 

 

Tuesday 22 January, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Being Governed by Economics” Dr Alex Douglas (St. Andrews)

Discussant: Prof. Robert Sugden (UEA)

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Tuesday 5 February, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Being Governed by Rules for Belief” Dr James Andow (UEA)

Discussant: Ian Hare (UEA)

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Tuesday 19 February, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Being Governed by Nature” Dr Rupert Read (UEA)

Discussant: Dr Janosch Prinz (UEA) and Dr Sophie Scott-Brown (UEA)

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Tuesday 5 March, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Being Governed by Social Science” Dr Michael Frazer (UEA)

Discussant: Dr Zeynep Pamuk (Oxford) 

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Tuesday 19 March, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Being Governed by Populist Logic” Dr Marina Prentoulis (UEA)

Discussant: Dr Emmy Eklundh (KCL)

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Public Lectures 2017-18

 

Apocalypses Now?

 

Tuesday 16 January

"Where one should find hope, in the face of a deteriorating climate."

John Foster, response from Samantha Earle.

This event is followed by a drinks reception which is free and open to all.

 

Tuesday 30 January

"Are robots going to supplant humanity?"

A panel discussion with Dr Gareth Jones, Dr Rupert Read and Dr Ryan Dawson, chaired by Prof Catherine Rowett.

 

Tuesday 13 February

"It's already eternal Treblinka for animals"

Prof Gary Francione, response from Prof Catherine Rowett.

This event is followed by a drinks reception which is free and open to all.

 

Tuesday 27 February - CANCELLED

"This civilisation is finished"

Dr Rupert Read, response from Deepak Rughani (Co-founder Biofuelwatch)

Read the text of the lecture: Some thoughts on ‘civilisational succession’

 

Tuesday 13 March

The Curve at the Forum

"That we carry on like this IS the catastrophe"

Chris Hedges (Pulitzer Prize Winner), response from Dr Rupert Read.