2016 Groningen Spinoza Symposium.
Paper presented at a one day conference on Spinoza at the University of Groningen’s department of Philosophy. Approximately 10-15 people, both academics and students, in attendance. Outcomes: The paper was re-worked into a journal article that has recently been accepted for publication.
2016 Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy Annual Conference
Paper presented at conference where the attendance was approximately 20 people of academics and students.
2017 Newberry Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
Paper presented at the Centre for Renaissance and Medieval Studies annual conference at the Newberry research library, Chicago. The audience of around 20 people consisted of graduate students of an interdisciplinary background.
Awarded a 2017 Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant
2016 Tutor at the Universify Education Summer School, Somerville College Oxford.
Two days of tutoring (four classes) over the two week Universify Education Summer School. Universify Education is a charity that exists to open access to university education, and is a partner of Oxford Summer Courses, a BAC-accredited summer course provider. Classes were of around 15 students each and consisted of regional state school students. The impact of the philosophy classes can be seen in the video on the website home page (https://universifyeducation.com/)
Christopher Thomas received a Santander Mobility Award 2015 which allowed him to travel to New York University to discuss his current work as part of the Equalities of Wellbeing research project.
Christopher Thomas attended the Spinoza research seminar Collegium Spinozanum at the University of Groningen (7-10th July)
Christopher Thomas recently traveled to Chicago to deliver a paper at the Newberry Centre for Renaissance Studies 2016 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. He received a ‘Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant 2015’ which funded the trip.
The paper given was entitled: From Complex Bodies to a Theory of Art: Spinoza on Artistic Bodies
Christopher Thomas presented the most recent work of his research project at the joint Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy conference at the University of Dundee.
The paper given was entitled: The Creative Act: Towards a Spinozian Theory of Art.
Tiff Thomas is giving a talk at Goldsmiths to a small collective named ‘Common;sense’
The talk is entitled “BARTLEBY; AN INDETERMINABLE PROBLEMATIC FOR SPINOZA AND THE ATTORNEY” and creates an encounter between Herman Melville’s protagonist ‘Bartleby’–the radically indeterminate–and the fully determined universe of Spinoza.It is a public talk and details can be found here: http://common-sense.co.uk/2014/03/22/next-knowledge-exchange-lecture-christopher-thomas/
A historical perspective on the architecture of social housing.
BBC iPlayer are currently screening an archive series of programmes called ‘Architecture at the Crossroads’. The episode linked above is ‘Houses Fit For People’ and looks at the problems of designing social housing after the post-war period.
Last night saw a transdisciplinary panel of Economists, Neuroscientists, Behavioural Scientists and industry specialists, all debating the possibility and social benefits of measuring happiness and wellbeing.
With discussion ranging from what makes individuals happy, similarity in happiness patterns between the great apes and human beings, and the difference between moment to moment happiness and what we think should make us happy, the dialogue was far reaching and raised many questions regarding wellbeing and the individual, as well as the wider undertaking of measuring the happiness of a nation.
With few certain agreements, the panel were unanimous in distinguishing between a nations’ wellbeing and its GDP meaning that the question of ‘happiness’ is at the fore of political and public concern in our present era of austerity.