Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics


Public lecture series

Workshop | Commemoration: between Aesthetics and Politics | April 16th 2024

CAPPE Workshop Commemoration: between aesthetics and politics with visiting scholar, Professor Alfonso Galindo Hervás April 16th 2024 | 10am-1pm | Mithras House, G30 If you are interested in joining online please use this Teams link   The argument of this… Continue Reading →

Neither Appropriated Nor Expropriated: Notes Towards an Autonomist Cripistemology of the ‘Productive Body’

10 May 2023 online Arianna Introna   In their The Productive Body François Guéry and Didier Deleule examine as central to the socialization of the labor-power contained in the biological body the mediation of what they call ‘the productive body’ (Guéry and… Continue Reading →

Identity, Work, and The Centrality of Disablement to the Reproduction of Capitalist Social Relations

29th March 2023 online Ioana Cerasella Chis This talk presents a series of arguments developed through the qualitative research project called ‘The Politics of Disablement and Precarious Work in the UK’. In the first part of the talk, I build… Continue Reading →

Genetic Fictions: Imagining Disabled Lives in Contemporary Debates about Prenatal Diagnosis

8 February 2023 online Lucy Burke This talk will explore the complex entanglement of new reproductive technologies, genetics, health economics, rights-based discourses and ethical considerations of the value of human life with particular reference to representations of Down’s syndrome and… Continue Reading →

National Coalition for Latinx with Disabilities (CNLD)

18 January 2023 online It has been over 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed, but it has only been within the last decade that disabled Latinxs are becoming more visible and demanding disability justice. According… Continue Reading →

The Reinvigorated Social Model of Disability

14  December 2022 online Ellen Clifford  Disabled people in the UK have been subjected to brutal, targeted attacks by government since 2010, largely concealed from the public through spin, lies and strategic U-turns. In 2016 the UN found the UK… Continue Reading →

Workshop | Disability Politics After Covid: ‘Back to Normal’ or Forward to Liberation?

Friday July 16th, online After a decade of intense assault on the social and civil rights of disabled people in the name of austerity, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a further devaluation of disabled people’s lives. Beyond the horrific… Continue Reading →

Adorno: Back to Commitment

Patricia McManus, University of Brighton 4 February 2020 This paper will return to Theodor Adorno’s understanding of a ‘committed’ literature and why he rejected (or had to reject) that notion of political engagement in favour of an understanding of what… Continue Reading →

Luxury Communism vs Scarcity Nativism

Aaron Bastani, Novara Media 14 January 2020 Luxury Communism vs Scarcity Nativism The politics of the last 12 years have been increasingly defined by crisis. A crisis of the old geopolitical order, as American Empire crumbles; a crisis of free… Continue Reading →

The Actuality Of Marx’s Communism

Michael Heinrich, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin 19 November 2019 There is no doubt that communism was Karl Marx’s political goal. Nonetheless, he never published a book or an article with a clear and extensive demonstration of what communism… Continue Reading →

The Irrationality of Labour

Alastair Hemmens, Cardiff University 22 October 2019 (Workshop 23 October, the Critique of work in modern French thought) A plethora of works have been published over the course of the past decades or so since the 2008 financial crisis that… Continue Reading →

The Long 90s Is Over

Jeremy Gilbert, University of East London 8 October 2019 Something ended around 2016, as Trump, Brexit and Corbyn became central topics of everyday political discourse. Ever since the early 1990s, mainstream politics in the English-speaking world had been dominated by… Continue Reading →

UK Ties with the Gulf Arab Monarchies. Time for a change? 

David Wearing, Royal Holloway, University of London 12th March 2019 The UK’s ties with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab monarchies are under the spotlight as never before. The war in Yemen has become a humanitarian catastrophe, and the disappearance… Continue Reading →

Coloniality, Human Rights and the Gendered Politics of Protest in a State of Exception

Sumi Madhok, London School of Economics 26th February 2019 What difference does a politics of location make to understandings of intersectionality, bare life and the politics of rights and human rights? The political activism of women in one of India’s… Continue Reading →

From Resilience to Resistance Police: Use of Force and Riot Control Cultures

Anna Feigenbaum, Bournemouth University 29 January 2019 Over the past 100 years since its wartime development, tear gas has been deployed to disperse demonstrations, quell rioters, scatter protesters, and breakup political assemblies. Looking at examples from protests over these past 100… Continue Reading →

Exploring the Global Politics of Pride. LGBTQ+ Activism, Assimilation and Resistance

Daniel Conway, University of Westminster 15th January 2019 Gay Pride (more commonly referred to as Pride) originated in the United States as a specific festival, season of public events and site of protest aiming to celebrate and affirm the LGBTQ+… Continue Reading →

Radical Subjects in International Politics

Ruth Kinna, Loughborough University and Maria Rovisco, Leicester University 4 December 2018 Colleagues and friends of CAPPE are invited to a celebration of the book series Radical Subjects In International Politics published by Rowman & Littlefield International in partnership with… Continue Reading →

“Take Me To Your Leader”: Radical Democracy, Prefigurative Politics, and the Question of Leadership.

Mathijs van der Sande, Radboud University 20 November 2018 From Occupy Wall Street and the Spanish Indignados in 2011 to the Gezi Park protests in 2013, and from Black Lives Matter to Nuit Debout: in the past years the world… Continue Reading →

Resisting The ‘Populist Hype’: A Feminist Critique

Bice Maiguascha, University of Exeter 13th November 2018 My paper explores the meteoric rise of the concept of populism and its now widespread circulation in academic, media and political circles and suggests that it should give feminists cause for alarm… Continue Reading →

The Problem of Protest in Political Economy: Anti-austerity and Contemporary Capitalism

David Bailey, University of Birmingham 23 October 2018 The political economy literature has tended to underplay the role of anti-austerity protest in understanding contemporary capitalism. When anti-austerity protest is considered it is often depicted as either a dependent or an… Continue Reading →

Sublime Algorithms and the Ecological Gaze: A Journey into the Communicative Hybridity of Contemporary Activism

Emiliano Treré, Cardiff University 9th October 2018 Based on Hybrid Media Activism: Ecologies, Imaginaries, Algorithms, my forthcoming book with Routledge, this talk is a journey into the complexities, ambiguities and shortcomings of contemporary digital activism. In the first section, the… Continue Reading →

The Whiteness of International Relations Theory

Meera Sabaratman, SOAS, University of London 20 March 2018 In this talk, I explore the question of whiteness within International Relations (IR) Theory, through an analysis of three seminal disciplinary texts. These texts are Kenneth Waltz’s Theory of International Politics,… Continue Reading →

The Debatability of Racism

Gavan Titley, Maynooth University 6 March 2018 Racism, in public culture, is simultaneously everywhere and nowhere. The very mention of race serves as an invitation to disprove its salience, the mention of racism as an invitation to refute its relevance…. Continue Reading →

Philosophy and “Race”: The Case of Kant

Stella Sandford, Kingston University, London 20th Feb 2018 This lecture addresses the controversial issue of what recent student movements have called the ‘decolonisation of the syllabus’, specifically in Philosophy. It will focus on the example of Immanuel Kant. Kant’s critical… Continue Reading →

Brexit, Trump and Backlash: The mainstreaming of racism and the far-right after ‘post-race’

Aaron Winter, University of East London 6 Feb 2018 Following Obama’s election in 2008, much discussion focused on the possibility of a post-racial society, a notion and narrative of progress that views racism as having been overcome and America having… Continue Reading →

The End of the White World. A Decolonial Manifesto

Olivia Rutazibwa, University of Portsmouth 23 January 2018 Building on insights from growing up as a visible minority in Flanders, Belgium, as well as from public debates on racism (e.g. Black Pete), Islam (e.g. the headscarf bans and the burkini),… Continue Reading →

Brexit and Imperial Nostalgia: How Empire continues to configure, Race, Class, and Citizenship in the UK

Gurminder Bhambra, University of Warwick 5 December 2017 ‘Brexit’ has been less focused on the pros and cons of EU membership than a proxy for discussions about race and migration; specifically, who belongs and has rights (or should have rights)… Continue Reading →

Oppressed People are on the Move: the Global Politics of British Black Power

John Narayan, University of Warwick 21 November 2017 The history of the US Black Power movement and its constituent groups such as the Black Panther Party has recently gone through a process of historical reappraisal, which challenges the characterisation of… Continue Reading →

Re-Engaging the Politics of Black Radicalism in the age of ‘Black Lives Matter’

Kehinde Andrews, Birmingham City University 14 November 2017 Black radicalism is one of the most misunderstood political philosophies that exist. Conflated with extremism; narrow versions of nationalism and; misogynistic organisations it has largely been dismissed or overlooked as the ‘evil… Continue Reading →

Black Bolsheviks: Race, Class and the Russian Revolution

Cathy Bergin, University of Brighton 24 October 2017 The Russian revolution of 1917 is rarely thought about in relation to the black radical tradition  yet the impact of Bolshevism on African American and Afro-Caribbean activists was significant. This paper looks… Continue Reading →

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