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.

Open Mic 2.0 Cancellation

Unfortunately, due a breakdown in communication, the second open mic of the semester has been cancelled.

The Philosophy Christmas Soirée is still going ahead this Friday at 7pm.

Nuclear Taboo Cancellation

Unfortunately our speaker for Wednesday 29th, Lewis Martin, has been forced to cancel for medical reasons. We are sorry to report that as such our session on Wednesday will no longer cover this topic and shall instead be a film viewing introduced by Salah Hamed.

The Festive Season

As we move into the final quarter of the semester, there are several philosophy society events to watch out for.

This week we have a presentation on The Nuclear Taboo and a discussion group on phenomenology delivered by our president and secretary.

We also have our open mic event coming up on the sixth of December – so if you’re interested please drop us a line and let us know what you’d like to talk about!

In addition to our other events, we’ll be announcing the arrangements for the Philosophy Christmas Soirée over the next week, so please watch this space for further details!

We hope that you’ll join us!

Amendments to our Schedule

Due to several conflicting commitments, Philosophy Society has had to make several amendments to its timetable of events. Updates have been posted on our calendar – though more changes may be yet to come.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in contact. Our information is on the ‘Contact Us’ page, available on the navigation bar.