Posts Tagged ‘Times Higher Education’

Middlesex reoccupation

21 May 2010

Resilient and resolute Middlesex protesters resurface:

A new occupation at Trent Park

This evening [20 May 2010] around 50 students and staff from half a dozen different programmes at Middlesex University’s School of Arts and Education occupied the library at Trent Park campus.

More Middlesex coverage:

New Statesman: “Philosophers united against cuts”

Students and academics meet at the ICA to discuss university department closures.

Times Higher Education: “Students forced to end sit-in, but vow to fight on”

The sit-in was sparked by plans to phase out all undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in philosophy, and all postgraduate research. During the occupation, the university said that if the protest ended it might consider the reinstatement of recruitment on part-time master’s programmes, which it had previously said would stop immediately.

A new occupation at Trent ParkA new occupation at Trent Park

More Middlesex press

19 May 2010

More articles on the Middlesex stand-off published in recent days:

The Guardian

Why is Middlesex University philosophy department closing?

By any public standard philosophy at Middlesex University is a success story, but funding formulas mean it is marked for closure

Times Higher Education

Why Middlesex Matters

The past three weeks have seen an international outcry at the decision by the administration of Middlesex University in London to close its small but very highly regarded philosophy programme. Why were so many American academics, many of them besieged by budget crises at their own universities, so upset at this decision made so far away? Why did Middlesex matter to those thousands who so quickly became involved, and why should it matter to all American academics, even those who are only just now hearing of it?

Middlesex letter

6 May 2010

Letter in Times Higher Education, signed by Alain Badiou, Etienne Balibar, Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot, Jacques Ranciere, Gayatri Spivak, Slavoj Zizek and 24 others:

“We the undersigned deplore Middlesex University’s recent decision to close its philosophy programmes, including its prestigious and successful MAs. This is a matter of national and indeed international concern. Not only does it contradict Middlesex’s stated commitment to promote ‘research excellence’, it also represents a startling stage in the impoverishment of philosophy provision in the UK.” Read the rest here.

Add your voice by leaving your comment at the Times Higher Education articles, signing the petition and joining the Facebook group.

Times Higher Education articles:

Update: Times Higher Education have now published the full list of signatories. A very impressive list indeed, featuring leading philosophers of our time. If Dean Edward Esche at Middlesex is not familiar with these names, perhaps the Vice-Chancellor, members of the University Executive, and its Board of Governors should do a little Google search for these names just to get an idea of the damage they are causing to the Middlesex brand.

Here is the full list (from Times Higher Education):

Keith Ansell-Pearson, professor of philosophy, University of Warwick

Alain Badiou, emeritus professor of philosophy, École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Etienne Balibar, emeritus professor of philosophy, Université de Paris-Nanterre, and distinguished professor of humanities, University of California, Irvine

Miguel Beistegui, professor of philosophy, University of Warwick

Andrew Benjamin, professor of critical theory and philosophical aesthetics, Monash University, Australia

Andrew Bowie, professor of philosophy and German, Royal Holloway, University of London

Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot professor of rhetoric and comparative literature, University of California, Berkeley

Susan Buck-Morss, Jan Rock Zubrow professor of government, Cornell University, New York

Barbara Cassin, directeur de recherches, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris

Simon Critchley, professor of philosophy and chair of the philosophy department, New School for Social Research, New York

Christopher Fynsk, professor of comparative literature and modern thought, and director of the Centre for Modern Thought, University of Aberdeen

Simon Glendinning, reader in European philosophy, London School of Economics, and director of the Forum for European Philosophy

Boris Groys, professor of Slavic and Russian studies, New York University

Michael Hardt, professor of literature, Duke University, NC

Harry Harootunian, emeritus professor of history, Chicago and New York universities

Joanna Hodge, professor of philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Claude Imbert, emeritus professor of philosophy, École Normale Supérieure, Paris

Mandy Merck, professor of media arts, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dermot Moran, professor of philosophy, University College Dublin

Michael Moriarty FBA, centenary professor of French literature and thought, Queen Mary, University of London

Antonio Negri, philosopher and political scientist

Jacques Rancière, emeritus professor of philosophy, Université de Paris VIII

Kristin Ross, professor of comparative literature, New York University

Lynne Segal, anniversary professor, psychosocial studies, Birkbeck, University of London

Peter Sloterdijk, rektor der Staatlichen Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe

Gayatri Spivak, university professor in the humanities, Columbia University, New York

Isabelle Stengers, professor of philosophy, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Peter Weibel, chairman and CEO, ZKM/Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe

James Williams, professor of European philosophy, University of Dundee

Slavoj Zizek, co-director of the International Centre for Humanities, School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London