Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics


Conferences and symposia

Workshop | Rethinking the Feminist Politics of Care in an Age of Crisis: Dr Lucile Richard (University of Basel)

Please join us for these two workshops about the politics of care. They take place in Grand Parade, and will be catered. All welcome. Please distribute widely. Dr. Lucile Richard is a queer political theorist of feminist care politics, who… Continue Reading →

Global Fellow Professor Maria Esperanza Casullo Events | April/ May 2024

The University of Brighton will be hosting Professor Casullo through April and May 2024 as a Visiting Global Fellow. The programme of events in collaboration with CAPPE are listed below. For any questions please email Andy Knott: Maria Esperanza… Continue Reading →

Talk | Does looting threaten hegemony? An analysis based on a Brazilian case: Guilherme Benzaquen | 15th April 2024

Does looting threaten hegemony? An analysis based on a Brazilian case: Guilherme Benzaquen 15th April 2024, 12:30pm-2:30pm Mithras House G13 If you are interested in joining online, please use this Teams link Starting with the question “does looting threaten hegemony?”,… Continue Reading →

Sonic Rebellions II | May & June 2024

Sonic Rebellions II Sonic Rebellions is a network of artists, academics, and activists exploring the relationship between sound and social justice. Established in 2022, the first edited collection is soon to be published under Routledge, featuring chapters on soundwalks and… Continue Reading →

Democracy and Populism: Equality, Truth and Disagreement In The Age of Covid

18 -23 January 2021 University of Brighton UK, online  This conference invited reflection on the relationship between Democracy and Populism; and consideration of new developments in democratic theory and politics in the twenty-first century. This is all the more pertinent… Continue Reading →

After the ‘End of History’: Philosophy, History, Culture, Politics. CAPPE international conference 2019.

11 – 13 September 2019 Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, this conference looks both backwards and forwards to explore the legacies of 1989. Francis Fukuyama famously claimed that this moment marked the “End of History”: an… Continue Reading →

The Radical Sixties: Aesthetics, Politics and Histories of Solidarity

28-29 June 2019  “The Sixties” continue to engage scholars from many disciplines in debates over what exactly changed; and, indeed, whether the various protest movements were in fact radical at all in their political demands. Both nostalgically celebrated as a… Continue Reading →

ICCTP Conference | Critical Theories In A Global Context

23 – 25 January 2019 | University of Brighton Critical Theories in a Global Context: Fascism? Populism? Democracy? Keynote Speakers: Lorenzo Bernini; Luciana Cadahia; Jean Comaroff; Kelly Gillespie; Saygun Gokariksel; Donna Jones; Maurizio Lazzarato; Christoph Menke; Leigh-Ann Naidoo The conference… Continue Reading →

Philosophy, Politics and Ethics in Contention. CAPPE international conference 2018

12 – 14 September 2018 Philosophy in the twenty-first century has been reinvigorated by a set of disputes which both challenge its disciplinary status and open up new areas of contention. Some argue that philosophy is not a site of… Continue Reading →

Empire, Capital and Transnational Resistance. CAPPE international conference 2017

13-15 September, 2017 The past decade has witnessed widespread resistance to neoliberalism across the world. Unlike the anti-colonial revolts of the 1950s and 1960s, this resistance has tended either to fizzle out or to be appropriated by states. This conference… Continue Reading →

Giving Life To Politics: The Work of Adriana Cavarero

19-21 June 2017 Keynote speakers: Adriana Cavarero, Judith Butler, Bonnie Honig Adriana Cavarero has been at the forefront of continental feminist philosophy for the past four decades, working in the interstices of sexual difference theory, post-structuralism, political philosophy, literature and… Continue Reading →

Conference | Populist Politics & Neoliberal Reactions, Buenos Aires

5th – 6th December 2016 | University of Buenos Aires Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics & Ethics (CAPPE) (University of Brighton), Catedra Ernesto Laclau, (University of Buenos Aires) and the British Academy Under the project “Theorising Transnational Populist Politics” carried… Continue Reading →

Radical Interventions: Politics, Culture, Society. CAPPE international conference 2016

Wednesday 7th – Friday 9th September 2016 Ever since the 1970s, it is often claimed, radicalism has been in decline. But has it? Isn’t the neoliberal revolution then initiated itself genuinely radical? To ask this question is to ask, in… Continue Reading →

Precarity: Passion, Rage, Reason. A SWIP UK and CAPPE conference

SWIP UK (Society for Women in Philosophy) Annual Conference 2016 organised in collaboration with CAPPE Thursday 16–Friday 17 June 2016 In the current context of austerity, growing levels of inequality, insecurity and injustice mean that many around the globe are forced… Continue Reading →

Immunity, health and the body politic. A symposium.

30th April 2016 In recent years the notion of immunity has been extended from its place in the biological sciences to the terrain of politics and society. In this context the conceptualisation of the body is central, whether this be… Continue Reading →

Re-engaging Elaine Scarry’s The Body in Pain. A thirtieth anniversary retrospective.

10th-11th December 2015 The year 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Elaine Scarry’s The Body in Pain. In this seminal text, Scarry offers a radical and original thesis on the relationship between embodiment, pain, wounding and imagining, arguing that pain… Continue Reading →

Utopias. CAPPE international conference 2015.

Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 September 2015 10th Annual, International, Interdisciplinary Conference Keynote Speaker: Owen Hatherley The idea of utopia was always been two faced. On the one hand it was the place that is no place (u-topos) – the… Continue Reading →

Hegemony, Populism and Emancipation: Remembering Ernesto Laclau

4-5 December 2015 This conference celebrated the life and work of Ernesto Laclau, who died in April 2014. Originally from Argentina, his ideas about radical democracy and populism influenced grassroots activists, thinkers and politicians from Latin America’s new left to… Continue Reading →

Human rights and health care at the bleeding edge: Human rights, medical ethics and education

9th – 10th January 2015 A physical and tele-conference jointly organised by MEDACT and CAPPE We live in a world where people’s basic human rights are being denied on an extraordinary scale. This raises immediate questions: who should try to… Continue Reading →

Neoliberalism and Everyday Life. CAPPE international conference 2014

CAPPE 9th Annual, International, Interdisciplinary Conference Wednesday 3rd – Friday 5th September 2014 Keynote speaker: Imogen Tyler Lancaster University, author of Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain “The Stigma Doctrine: neoliberalism in everyday life” Theatre Performance: Dear TINA:… Continue Reading →

Why Charity? The politics and ethics of charity.

7th – 8th July 2014, University of Brighton  “From life-saving emergency responses to life-changing development projects and campaigning, our amazing supporters help make all this possible. There’s more vital work to be done, so get involved today.” Oxfam’s website. “There comes a point… Continue Reading →

Protest and the University of Brighton. A one day symposium

Saturday 10th May 2014 The Critical Studies Research Group (CSRG) and the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE) organised a one day symposium on the topic of ‘Protest and the University of Brighton’. The symposium aimed to offer… Continue Reading →

Conflict, Revolt and Democracy in the Neoliberal World with keynote from Professor Wendy Brown, UCLA Berkeley

8 November 2013 Neoliberal politics over the past four decades has linked democracy to the extension of markets and competition across the public, private and charitable sectors. These developments have been sustained through the extension of individual debt, ‘humanitarian’ wars… Continue Reading →

Representation, Politics and Violence. CAPPE international conference 2013

Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 September 2013 The years since “9/11” have seen conflicts arising across the world: repeated protests and riots against austerity; violent conflicts during the various uprisings against dictatorial rule in the Middle East and in other… Continue Reading →

What is a university for? CAPPE convention for Higher Education

Higher Education – What it is for, and how to defend it? Towards a Charter for Higher Education in the UK Friday 24 and Saturday 25 May 2013 Edited highlights of the speeches can be viewed, see below. Organised by… Continue Reading →

Thinking the Political: the Work of Ernesto Laclau

Wednesday 10 – Friday 12 April 2013 For over 40 years Ernesto Laclau’s work has consistently, almost obstinately, sought to rethink the status of the political. This conference reflected on the theoretical debates inspired by these interventions, revisiting older debates,… Continue Reading →

Who is the Democratic Agent? Making Democracy Network ‘Making the Democratic Agent’ Project

1-2 March 2013 Hosted by CEVI, Ghent University, Belgium  There are voluminous libraries of texts that describe both how ‘democracies’ do work, and how different thinkers argue they should work. Within this literature, there is a wide range of: analysed… Continue Reading →

Britain Tortures Too. CAPPE and Amnesty International

Friday 15 and Saturday 16 February 2013 Venue: Amnesty International UK, London Jointly organised by the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics & Ethics, University of Brighton, and The Rendition Project, Universities of Kent and Kingston, this two-day conference for activists,… Continue Reading →

Riot, Revolt, Revolution. CAPPE international conference 2012

Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th September 2012 It is very rare for societies or institutions to change unless they are confronted by specific forms of resistance. This conference investigates those moments of historical change when existing orders are put into… Continue Reading →

The Problem of “Dirty Hands” in UK Universities

26th – 27th March 2012 University of Brighton Following the News International phone-hacking scandal, questions have been raised about the propriety of accepting funding for Chairs such as the Rupert Murdoch Professorship in Language and Communication at Oxford University. But… Continue Reading →

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