The Arts of Spinoza and Pacific Spinoza

THE ARTS OF SPINOZA + PACIFIC SPINOZA
Interstices Under Construction symposium, 26-28 May 2017.
The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, Aotearoa New Zealand

Plenaries / keynotes include:
MOIRA GATENS
MICHAEL LEBUFFE
SUSAN RUDDICK
ANTHONY UHLMANN
JACOB CULBERTSON
CARL MIKA
ALBERT REFITI
>> By Skype:
BETH LORD
PEG RAWES

We invite scholarly submissions on the philosophy of Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677), for a special issue of Interstices journal and for the annual Interstices symposium to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, 26-28 May 2017. The intent is to further consolidate the recent intensifications of interest in Spinoza’s thought, and to reaffirm his status as an enormously powerful thinker of contemporary relevance. Papers on any aspect of Spinoza studies are thus welcomed. But the more specific aim of the symposium and journal issue is twofold: firstly, to extend the burgeoning scholarship on Spinoza into the domains of study parsed by Interstices, namely arts and architecture, and secondly, to situate Spinoza’s philosophy within the particular locus of New Zealand, Australasia, the South Pacific, and the Pacific Rim more broadly. Each of these aspects will be tackled in separate sessions or separate days of the symposium.

For more information, please see the conference website.

Call for papers:

Abstracts of 300 words (for fifteen- to twenty-minute paper presentations), along with a short biographical statement of 100 words, to be sent to pacificspinoza@gmail.com, by midnight NZST, 30th January 2017. For purposes of peer review, the abstract should be sent in a separate self-contained file with no identifying information in it. Please send Microsoft Word files only (DOC or DOCX). Abstracts will be vetted through a process of blind peer review.
Selected papers from the symposium will be invited for revision, peer review, and publication in the subsequent issue of Interstices. If you are unable to attend the symposium in New Zealand, but wish to submit a paper for the journal issue (Interstices volume 18, to be published at the end of 2017), please send the full and completed paper to pacificspinoza@gmail.com by 31st May 2017.

Further inquiries can be directed to the convenor EU JIN CHUA, echua@aut.ac.nz; FARZANEH HAGHIGHI, f.haghighi@auckland.ac.nz; or to SUSAN HEDGES, the Coordinating Editor of Interstices, shedges@aut.ac.nz.

Conference website: http://interstices.ac.nz/call-for-papers-spinoza-auckland-2017/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/317422228641761

Conference: Spinoza’s Provocations

This interesting conference takes place at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, on Dec. 1-2. It features papers from Genevieve Lloyd, Dimitris Vardoulakis, Moira Gatens, Aurelia Armstrong, Daniela Voss, Gregg Lambert, Jon Rubin, Janice Richardson, Anthony Uhlmann and Inja Stracenski.

More information from the following link:

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/philosophy/home/events/sponsored_conferences/spinoza_provocations

Beth Lord at the Aristotelian Society

Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen) is presenting a paper at the Aristotelian Society on “Disagreement in the Political Philosophy of Spinoza and Ranciere”, Monday 14 November, 5:30 PM at Senate House in London.

Full details, and a draft of the paper, are available on the Aristotelian Society website.

Podcast of this paper available here: http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2016/11/beth-lord-disagreement-in-the-political-philosophy-of-spinoza-and-ranciere/

Spinoza Circle event – today

With apologies for late posting:

We are pleased to have Adam Sutcliffe of King’s College London coming to give a paper entitled:

Spinoza on the Left: Moses Hess, German Jewish Historical Thought, and Early Nineteenth-Century Radical Politics

3pm, Thursday 3rd November 2016.

Venue: Room B01, Birkbeck College, 30 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DT

https://londonspinozacircle.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/adam-sutcliffe-thursday-3rd-november-2016/

 

Book and event on Uriel da Costa

On Tuesday 26 Julyat 5 pm, at the Warburg Institute, London, there will be the presentation of a new book on Uriel Da Costa, edited by Omero Proietti and Giovanni Licata. It is part of a series on the history of Spinozism, published by the University of Macerata (Italy), under the direction of Filippo Mignini. More information available here: http://eum.unimc.it/it/catalogo/506-tradizione-e-illuminismo-in-uriel-da-costa

The presentation is organized by Guido Giglioni and Giovanni Licata. Prof. Jill Kraye and Prof. Stephen Clucas will also be there.

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Equal by Design is freely available online #EqualbyDesign

Please take a look at our film about Spinoza, equality, and the UK housing crisis!

Join or view the discussion on Twitter #EqualbyDesign or tweet us @EqualitiesofWB

Equalities of Wellbeing in Philosophy and Architecture

Project film Equal by Design is now freely available to view and share online:

www.equalbydesign.co.uk

Based on Peg Rawes’ and Beth Lord’s research from the Equalities of Wellbeing project, the film is a 25-minute documentary about how the philosophy of Spinoza helps us to think about inequality, housing design, and the UK housing crisis.

It features contributions from architects Peter Barber, Alex Ely, and Sarah Wigglesworth; Shelter’s Deborah Garvie and former director of the Equality Trust, Duncan Exley; geographer Danny Dorling and Guardian writer Oliver Wainwright. The film was directed by Adam Low and produced by Martin Rosenbaum of Lone Star Productions.

Additional filmed interviews on the website provide further context for the film.

We hope you enjoy the film and would love to hear your feedback. After viewing, please fill in a short audience survey.

Media and other enquiries: please contact Beth Lord or Peg Rawes.

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Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IV

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen (NL), 18-19 February 2017

We are pleased to announce the fourth meeting of the Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy.

Built on the success of the previous 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions, which brought together scholars from all over Europe and North America, this Seminar aims to bring together advanced students and established scholars working on early modern philosophy (broadly conceived, ranging from the later scholastics to Kant). The intention is to come to a workshop-type of collaboration in order to stimulate scholarly exchange in our field.

The Dutch Seminar is part of the activities of the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought (www.rug.nl/gcmemt) based at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen, and of the OZSW Study Group in Early Modern Philosophy. The language of presentation and discussion is English. Please note that this year the Seminar takes place during the weekend (Saturday 18th February whole day, Sunday 19th February until 1pm).

Keynote speakers:

Prof Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard University)

Dr Emily Thomas (University of Groningen / Durham University)

 

Call for papers

Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture (on any topic relevant to early modern philosophy) to Dr Andrea Sangiacomo (A.Sangiacomo@rug.nl) by October 15, 2016. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a .docx file (please do not use pdf format). The author’s name and contact information (name, affiliation, email and professional status – doctoral student; postdoc; lecturer; etc.) should also be specified in your e-mail message.

The abstracts will be peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the outcome of the review by December 20. We will do our best to send the reviewers’ reports to all participants in order to provide useful feedback on the abstracts.

There are no registration fees. Attendance is free and all listeners are welcome. No financial help, however, can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.

Contact

Andrea Sangiacomo (A.Sangiacomo@rug.nl)