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!

Welcome Back

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to UEA Philosophy Society’s Spring Semester programme. We have an exciting array of events planned for you this semester – and our timetable is subjected to dynamic updates with all the latest information, so please check it out!

Before the Semester starts next week, the first of UEA Philosophy’s Philosophers at the Cinema events is taking place at Cinema City this Sunday afternoon. This series is on the subject of fear and begins with Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic ‘The Wages of Fear’. More information can be found here.

Next week, we have our first two timetabled events of the Semester: our reading group on ‘Myth’ on Wednesday and our first guest speaker: Karyn Walker, who’ll be speaking to us about ‘Why Plato’s Republic would be just’ on Friday.

Additionally, on Tuesday – UEA Philosophy are hosting the first in their public lecture series on Apocalypses Now?Where one should find hope in the face of a deteriorating climate.

All of our events are open to all – so please don’t hesitate to get involved. We hope to see you all very soon!

End of Semester

To commemorate the end of the Autumn Semester, please join us in the Red Bar this evening at 5pm. We’ll share some pizzas and a drink or two to mark the start of a well-earned Christmas break.

It’s been a pleasure to discuss so many interesting topics with you this semester – but don’t forget: PhilSoc will be back next term with a brand new array of sessions. We have reading groups, lectures, cafe conversations and many more exciting events.

We hope to see you refreshed and reinvigorated to begin to Spring Semester in January.

Christmas Soirée

All are welcome to attend the Philosophy Christmas Soirée this evening at 7pm in Cafe Central.

UEA Philosophy Society will be providing food and drink, with alcoholic beverages provided by the Philosophy Faculty. Rumour has it that we’ll also have a few party games – so it promises to be a joyful evening.

Cafe Central is between the new accommodation (Hickling and Barton House) towards the east end of campus, behind Blackdale School. You will be required to bring your campus card to access the building. The venue is upstairs.