Spinoza and Proportion Conference – Speakers announced

Spinoza and Proportion

A conference of the AHRC Equalities of Wellbeing project

5-6 May 2015, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

This conference will explore different aspects of proportion in Spinoza’s philosophy. We are delighted to announce our list of speakers. Please follow the blog by email to receive updates.

Spinoza and Proportion provisional programme now available.


Simon Duffy (Yale-NUS College, Singapore): “Proportion as a barometer of the affective life in Spinoza”

Helene Frichot (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm): “Slownesses and Speeds, Latitudes and Longitudes: In the Vicinity of Beatitude”

Gokhan Kodalak (Cornell University): “Spinoza, affective architecture, and proportionate power”

Mike LeBuffe (University of Otago): “The place of body in Spinoza’s metaphysics” (by Skype)

Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen): “Spinoza’s ratios and relational autonomy”

Heidi Ravven (Hamilton College): “Ratio and activity: Spinoza’s biologizing of the mind in an Aristotelian key” (by Skype)

Peg Rawes (University College London): “Dissimiliarity: Spinoza’s geometric ratios and housing crises”

Anthony Uhlmann (University of Western Sydney): “‘The eyes of the mind’: ratio and art in Spinoza and Swift”

Valtteri Viljanen (University of Turku): “Spinoza’s ontology geometrically illustrated: a reading of Ethics 2P8S”

Stefan White (Manchester Metropolitan University): “The greater part: how intuition makes a better world”

Timothy Yenter (University of Mississippi): “Harmony in Spinoza and his critics”

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Organization: Beth Lord s.b.lord@abdn.ac.uk

British Academy events on Wellbeing

An interesting series of British Academy events (at various venues) on Wellbeing. The fourth event, taking a relational perspective on poverty, looks particularly interesting in light of Ranciere’s work on “counting” and “the part that has no part”.

Text from the British Academy email newsletter follows.

Events take place both at the British Academy 10-11 Carlton House Terrace and at partner venues around the UK. Many are free to attend.

What is Well-being?
Wednesday 14 January, 6-7.30pm
Venue: The Lowry, Salford
What should the term ‘well-being’ encompass, what contributes to it, and why is it important? How does this differ across social, historical and cultural contexts? What is relevant to our well-being beyond basic material needs or wants? Health? Community? Capabilities? Risks? Fulfilment? Happiness?
Chair: Felicity Goodey CBE, Lifelong President of The Lowry Centre Trust
Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science, Department of Social Policy, LSE
Gregor Henderson, National Lead for Wellbeing and Mental Health with Public Health England
Richard Bentall FBA, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool
Bernadette Conlon, Chief Executive, Start in Salford

Social and Economic Change and Well-being
Wednesday 4 February, 6-7.30pm
Venue: National Museum Wales, Cardiff
How should different concepts of well-being affect our understanding of social and economic change? How can well-being be measured? And what impact might these measurement processes have? How does social and economic change influence well-being?
Nicola Heywood Thomas, BBC Radio Wales
Martine Durand, Director of Statistics OECD
Anthony Heath FBA, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford
Gareth Williams, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Well-Being
Gareth Puttock, Director, ACE Cardiff

Enriching our lives – why the Humanities and Social Sciences matter now
Tuesday 3 February, 6-7.30pm,
Venue: The New Theatre, LSE, London
Panel Discussion
What is the true nature of ‘prosperity’ in today’s world? How does a world-leading centre of research and teaching excellence such as the LSE drive it forward? As part of the British Academy’s Prospering Wisely project, we will explore how humanitites and social science research fuels our modern knowledge-based economy, helps sustain our healthy democracy and contributes to human and cultural well-being. As a nation are we investing sufficiently in these drivers of future success and human progress?
Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities
Lord (Nicholas) Stern of Brentford, President of the British Academy and IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, LSE
Professor Julia Black, Director of Research, LSE

‘To count for nothing’: Poverty beyond the statistics
Thursday 5 February, 6-7.15pm

Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace
The British Academy Lecture
Professor the Baroness Ruth Lister of Burtersett CBE, FBA, FAcSS, House of Lords and Loughborough University
Beyond the statistics that tend to dominate much public debate, a focus on the experience of poverty reveals its relational as well as material nature. The lecture will explore this understanding of poverty with reference to the impact of the discourses that shame ‘the poor’ as ‘the other’ who ‘counts for nothing’.