2016/17 Research Outputs

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/)

Equal by Design public screenings #EqualbyDesign

Equal by Design has the following screenings coming up:

JUST ANNOUNCED: London, 28 June 2016, 7:00 PM, University College London. Free tickets available here: http://equalbydesign2.eventbrite.co.uk

Previous screenings:

Aberdeen, 28 May 2016, 4:00 PM, at the University of Aberdeen’s May Festival. Free tickets available here: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival/events/9855/

London, 15 June 2016, 7:00 PM, at University College London. Free tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/equal-by-design-registration-25319758078?aff=es2

‘Spinoza’s Ecology and Geometry’, MA Architectural History Eco-aesthetics module

On Wed 4 March 2015 Peg Rawes gave a postgraduate seminar to students from the Bartlett School of Architecture, the RCA, the Slade and UCL Art History on  Spinoza’s Ecology and Geometry as part of her MA Architectural History Eco-aesthetics module 2015.

Every Lintle Helps

Rae Whittow Williams’ latest Housing Design Diary entry, Every Lintle Helps, explores research from the Future Homes Commission on flexible space standards for new homes required by UK families, together with Tesco’s recent interest in the market.  Rae proposes how a developer, called ‘Anesco’, could respond to the Future Homes Commission recommendations.

Equalities of Wellbeing Housing Workshop, UCL

This first event brought together our advisory group members, Alex Ely (Mae Architects), Deborah Garvie (Shelter), Brian Quinn (CABE/Design Council), Phil Hamilton (Peter Barber Architects) together with Sarah Wigglesworth (Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and University of Sheffield), Andrea Phillips (Goldsmiths) in a series of discussions which enabled us to draw out links between contemporary architectural and urban design understandings of wellbeing, equality and, importantly in the present time, inequality that informs the disciplines. Held at UCL, it was attended by colleagues and students from UCL and other UK institutions, together with architects and members of the public as part of UCL’s Urban Lab ‘Cities Methodologies’ week of events.

Beginning with technical concerns about standards of provision, Alex and Deborah highlighted how the Government’s current housing standards review follows the guidance on minimum space standards that Alex and CABE have worked on, together with Design for London’s design guide, and which – if implemented – would go some way towards the still much-valued Parker Morris Space Standards. Deborah also very usefully emphasised that the capacity for implementation is vastly increased if standards were to be put into the industry’s building regulations, rather than as political policy.   In the second panel Brian and Phil addressed design and wellbeing relations within the urban context, bringing out issues including infrastructural design (transport), and mobilising the social space of the Southern-European street for driving housing design concepts, as well as housing for the vulnerable where the ‘front door’ is also a key constituent of the individual ‘home’.  In the final session Sarah and Andrea’s discussions brought in the perspective of the rights of the individual&community, where choice enables wellbeing and ‘agency’ for the specific needs of a community (such as the elderly).

Discussions which did not get unpacked during the day – and noted in the summing up by Andrew Saint (Survey of London UCL), and Anne Bottomley (University of Kent) – were issues of land value and property speculation and the long-term management of housing, as aspects that have historically, and currently, very actively determine the capacity of an individual/community’s wellbeing/equality. So very clearly highlighting material for Part 2 of the discussion within the next months….

Knowledge Exchange Lecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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/