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_______________lOoks like one of the great departments of philosophy is goingto disappear....another dusty wind of capitalist molarity move s in onthe molecules of thought. Do what can be done to help and best to them that are struggling to prevent this before it's too late, done and over with.

reposted from InFinite Thought

28 April 2010

closure of philosophy at middlesex: fightback starts now

[There should hopefully be a piece by me about this appalling news in the Guardian's Comment is Free in the next couple of days. Times Higher Education are running a piece next week. To express support and to help with the campaign email Professor Peter Osborne: peter@peterosborne.f2s.com making reference to Middlesex philosophy in the subject line. PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS NEWS WIDELY - closure at Liverpool and cuts at KCL and elsewhere have been avoided due to protests. It IS possible to stop the demented venal idiocy of university management]
UPDATE: Meeting next Wednesday, May 5, 7:30pm - 9:00pm, Oakwood Tavern, 155 Bramley Road, Oakwood, London, N14 4XA (Facebook group for meeting)

Join the Save Middlesex philosophy group on Facebook.

RALLY THIS FRIDAY: 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Trent Park, Middlesex University (Facebook event)

University News – Philosophy at Middlesex

Wednesday 28 April


Late on Monday 26 April 2010, the Dean of the School of Arts and Education at Middlesex University, announced the closure of all its Philosophy programmes, including the largest MA programme in Philosophy in the UK. Philosophy is the highest research-ranked subject in the University, and Middlesex is the highest rated of all the post-92 institutions in the subject.

Restriction of student opportunities and choice

Philosophy at Middlesex is one of only a handful of programmes left in the UK that provides both research-driven and inclusive post-graduate teaching and supervision aimed at a wide range of students, specialist and non-specialist. It is the main centre in the UK for the study of European or 'continental' philosophy.


The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy is the main centre for ‘continental’ philosophy in the UK, with an established international reputation, frequent visiting speakers from abroad and increasing numbers of postgraduate students. There are currently 63 postgraduate students in the Centre: 48 MA students and 15 PhD students. 5 PhDs were awarded in 2009. These are remarkable numbers, especially for a small group of six staff.

The Middlesex Philosophy submission to RAE2001 was graded 5, and the 2008 submission was awarded a GPA of 2.80, ranking it joint 13th out of 41 institutions entered in Philosophy – above both its main competitors, Warwick and Sussex. It has hosted 2 Leverhulme Fellowships in the last 6 years, and recently completed a £245,000 AHRC-funded research project, ‘Concept and Form: The Cahiers pour l’analyse and Contemporary French Thought’ (which included production of a major web research resource). It recently submitted an application for a 2-year AHRC Project Grant on Transdisciplinarity, and held an international event on Transdisciplinarity in French Thought at the French Institute).

from cinestatic infinite thought