Welcome Back!

Hi everyone – There is no session this Wednesday, on Friday we will be running a discussion group entitled ‘What is Education’ from 5-7pm in JSC 2.02, there will be some snacks and soft drinks, all are welcome.

From next week we will be back to normal with Wednesday sessions running from 4-6pm in JSC 1.02, and Fridays 5-7pm in JSC 2.02 (any room changes will be announced as they come up) – we will endeavour to have events posted 2 weeks in advance where possible through this group, and will be posting details for later events as soon as we have confirmed them, via our website – http://ueaphilosophy.com/

We hope to see returning members as well as some new faces! If anyone has any questions about anything to do with phil soc, feel free to send me an email at any point (details on the Meet the Team page)

– Eleesha

Philosophy Society Election Results

Philosophy Society is pleased to announce our new committee for the upcoming academic year (2018/2019).

President – Eleesha Kyriazis

Secretary – Salah Hamed

Treasurer and Union Council Representative – Omari Edwards

Equality and Diversity Officer – Lewis Martin

Academic Officer – Dan Bounds

Social Secretary – Leonie Sullivan

Philosophy Field Trip and Postgraduate Study Info.

Next week, Professor Catherine Rowett will be leading two events.

The first is a philosophical field trip to St. Julian’s Church in Norwich. Whilst specifically aimed at students on her ‘Foundational Texts of the Great Civilisations’ module, all are welcome to attend!

Secondly, any of our undergraduate students interested in applying for a masters course is welcome to attend an informal session with her to discuss their postgraduate prospects.

PPL Film Festival Update

Hello everyone!

The coming week is the PPL Film Festival. Originally, the programme was running from Monday 5th to Friday 9th, however we’ve had to reorganise Monday’s session.

Our updated programme is as follows:

Tue 06/03
– Strikes in British Political History and “The Great Grunwick Strike” (Chris Thomas, 2008) 
– Introduced by Prof. Alan Finlayson (PPL)

Wed 07/03
– “District 9”: A Change in Aspect
(Neill Blomkamp, 2009)
– Introduced by Dr. Rupert Read (PPL)

Thurs 08/03
– Image Fixation and Narrative Structure in “Blow Up”
(Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966)
– Introduced by Dr. Melanie Williams (AMA)

Fri 09/03
– Post 9/11 Paranoia in “Syriana”
(Stephen Gaghan, 2005)
– Introduced by Dr. Vincent Gaine (PPL)

Mon 12/03
– Lacan’s Anxiety and Freud’s Uncanny in “Don’t Look Now”
(Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
– Introduced by Dr. Philip Dravers from the London Society of the New Lacanian School

All events from 7pm, in Elizabeth Fry 01.05

Café Conversation Cancellation

Unfortunately, our final Café Conversation, ‘Talking to Your Self?: Surrealism & Perception’ with Dr. Beccy Collings, has been cancelled due to ongoing strike action. Philosophy Society are hoping to rearrange this session for after the Easter break.

As before, more information about the strikes can be found here.

If you are interested in donating to the strike fund, you can do so here.

Fortunately, next week the PPL Film Festival is going ahead. You can find the full programme here, and on our Events Calendar.

Public Lecture Cancellations

We regret to inform you that this evening’s public lecture ‘This Civilisation is Finished’ has been cancelled due to strike action.

More information about the strikes can be found here.


UPDATE on the ‘APOCALYPSES NOW?’ public lecture series – Due to UCU strike action the last two lectures have been cancelled.

Here is the text of the lecture Dr. Rupert Read would have given tonight – http://www.truthandpower.com/rupert-read-some-thoughts-on-…/

Chris Hedges has also announced that he will not be giving his lecture in solidarity with the strikes, however he will still come to Norwich and give his lecture “How We Can Fight Back Against the Catastrophe We Are Living Under,” OFF CAMPUS at the Auditorium at the Forum in Norwich at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday 13th March. Admission will be free (so same day as originally scheduled and still free, just a different location). Buckets will be passed around during Hedges’ talk and money collected will be given to the UCU Strike Fund.


We do not apologise for any inconvenience caused. Strikes are meant to be inconvenient. Particularly those resisting the gradual dismantling of higher education.

We thank you for your ongoing understanding and support.

Do Something Different and the PPL Film Festival

Hello everyone!

As we move into the illustrious Do Something Different week, we have two exciting events to announce!

The first of these takes place this Wednesday (21st of Feb) and takes the form of an all day Open Mic Extravaganza! We have an exciting line up of philosophical presentations for your discursive pleasure. There are still some spaces available, so do get in touch if you’re interested in speaking for us.

We’ll be in Elizabeth Fry 1.01 from 11am-5pm.

Refreshments will be provided, so don’t miss out!

Secondly, we are proud to announce the PPL Film Festival. This week-long series of events comes to you every evening from the 5th to the 9th of March, and hosts a diverse array of films and speakers. We’re going to be having talks on Lacanian psychoanalysis, alternative film narrative structures , and the UCU lecturers strike.

Here’s our full programme:

Mon 05/03
– Lacan’s Anxiety and Freud’s Uncanny in “Don’t Look Now”
(Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
– Introduced by Dr. Philip Dravers from the London Society of the New Lacanian School

Tue 06/03
– Strikes in British Political History and “The Great Grunwick Strike” (Chris Thomas, 2008) 
– Introduced by Prof. Alan Finlayson (PPL)

Wed 07/03
– “District 9”: A Change in Aspect
(Neill Blomkamp, 2009)
– Introduced by Dr. Rupert Read (PPL)

Thurs 08/03
– Image Fixation and Narrative Structure in “Blow Up”
(Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966)
– Introduced by Dr. Melanie Williams (AMA)

Fri 09/03
– Post 9/11 Paranoia in “Syriana”
(Stephen Gaghan, 2005)
– Introduced by Dr. Vincent Gaine (PPL)

All events from 7pm, in Elizabeth Fry 01.05

Week 4

As we move into the fourth week of the Spring semester, we have another exciting array of events on offer.

This Tuesday, at 5pm, we have the second in our Café Conversations series. Dr. Georgia Walker Churchman will be presenting on ‘Interdisciplinary Intimacies: Phenomenology and Affect Theory’. This event is open to the public, so all are absolutely welcome. More details here.

Wednesday’s usual session is the second of our reading groups. This time, we’ll be reading an extract of an essay by the great Danish philosophy Soren Kierkegaard. More information, and a link to the text, can be found here.

Finally, this Friday PhilSoc president Eleesha Kyriazis will be presenting on ‘Dark Ecology’ More details to be found here.

We hope to see you all at some point throughout the week!

Into Week 2

Hello everyone – I hope you’ve all had an excellent ‘refresher’ week for the Spring semester. We have three exciting events for you this coming week:

Firstly – on Tuesday we have out first Café Conversation on ‘Gendered Bodies’ with Dr. Helen Warner. This event is open to the public. More details here!

Secondly – our Wednesday session is led by our Equality and Diversity Officer Salah Hamed, who’ll be speaking on 20th Century Classical Music. All information can be found here!

Finally – Friday brings Lewis Martin, who’ll be speaking about the Nuclear Taboo. We’re super excited to have been able to reschedule this one from last semester, so don’t miss out! All information can be found here.

We hope to see you all soon!