Save the Philosophy Department at Middlesex University
As I am sure many of you are already aware, in their infinite neoliberal wisdom through a vomiting forth of corporate speak, the management of Middlesex University have decided to cut their entire philosophy department. The Department of Philosophy at Middlesex is an absolutely exceptional place, whose work on continental/European philosophy has been exemplary, with 65% of its research assesment scores that judge the department to be producing ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ work, indeed, it is the highest RAE rated department in the University, as Brian Leiter notes. On this very blog we have discussed the work of Peter Hallward, whose work on Badiou, post-colonialism and Deleuze is among the best in the world, and whose work on Haiti has proved vitally important in understanding recent tragedies there. Only last week noted we their From Structure to Rhizome conference and cataloguing of the influential French journal Cahiers pour l’analyse. Not only will this be a huge loss to philosophy research in the UK, but the entire situation bodes extremely badly for the fate of all research into continental thought, regardless of department.
An attack on one is an attack on all and as far as I am concerned we will not allow this to pass. I ask that those interested in continental philosophy, be they philosophers, theologians, political theorists or sociologists , or, indeed, anyone concerned with the fate of education in the United Kingdom or real education generally under the neoliberal regime, take immediate action by signing up to the Facebook group or e-mailing the Dean of Arts and Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On tuesday we will meet the Dean Edward Esche and Vice Deputy Chancellor Margaret House who are responsible for this shameful decision. This is going to be an official protest on behalf of everyone, and is a vital opportunity to raise our concerns and voice our opinion to their decision. We will all meet up in Trent Park at 9.30 and we will let them know what we think of their decision.
We want everyone who can to dress up in red clothes, and if you can bring some food and drinks for yourself, although we will also provide refreshments, but we might stay for a long time. Please let everyone you know, hear about this event as it is the first official protest and we want it to be strong. We are in contact with the BBC and they might turn up. Once again, it is crucial that you tell, and bring as many people as you can to this event, 9.30 in Trent Park London UK.
If you got any questions please call.
Regards, The Student Body.