Monthly Archives: May 2010

Middlesex management intransigence

On Friday evening 28 May, in a message to all university staff, vice-chancellor Michael Driscoll confirmed once again the definitive closure of all the Philosophy programmes, squashing recent suggestions that management might be prepared to reach some sort of compromise. … Continue reading

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England v. Bangladesh at Lord’s

Living in London has definite advantages. We’re only a few minutes walk from Westminster tube station, which is only four stops from St. John’s Wood, the stop for Lord’s – the “home of cricket”. England were playing Bangladesh, day four … Continue reading

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Alexander von Humboldt lecture

I’ve been asked to give one of the Alexander von Humboldt lectures at the Radboud University of Nijmegen in September 2010. I’m really pleased to accept this. The theme is on Making European Space(s). They’ve had some really interesting people … Continue reading

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Two updates on Middlesex

A report on the rally and some photos here; Nina Power at Infinite Thought on the student hearings here Nina’s piece is really interesting, and gives some positive thoughts about the events so far. I can’t see Middlesex University coming … Continue reading

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Middlesex UCU action; plus ‘I occupied Middlesex’

Middlesex UCU have finally made a move against management. an emergency meeting of Middlesex University’s UCU branch voted to condemn the disciplinary action against staff and students, demand the immediate reinstatement of postgraduate philosophy programmes and recruitment – and go … Continue reading

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The End of Aaaarg.org?

Aaaarg doesn’t exist – so says their webpage. The academic fileshare site was starting to get ‘cease and desist’ letters from publishers, and then apparently Mark Taylor of Macmillan went for them. His experience in the music industry apparently helped in … Continue reading

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Tariq Ali at Middlesex video

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2fmvKkEy98&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PM7VVkmX3o&feature=related etc. – seven parts in total thanks to Infinite Thought – as ever a useful place to go for updates

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Middlesex Rally 27 May

I made it up to the rally in support of the suspended staff and students for a while this evening. A few photos follow… Lots of good speeches and a positive yet relaxed atmosphere. There is also a very good … Continue reading

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Letter from publishers to The Guardian on Middlesex

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/27/middlesex-university-philosophy-department-closure Good to see so many of the presses and/or editors I’ve worked with signing up to this. [update 11.14 - see also the report in The Bookseller]

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Jane Bennett – the proper question

Given that my brief question has already been linked to by Peter Gratton (thanks!), here’s a more fully worked through question on Jane’s book. As I said I have read the book and found it very interesting, beautifully written and … Continue reading

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