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As a graduate student at Essex, you are part of an active research community that meets regularly
to present and discuss work.
Our graduates organise and participate in an ongoing programme of
events including seminars, reading groups and conferences.
We host an annual International Graduate Conference organised by our postgraduate students.
The programme is chosen following a call for papers and includes graduate presenters from Essex,
as well as institutions across the UK, Europe and the world.
2015 Graduate Conference takes place in May with the theme 'Madness, Disorder, and Society'.
Previous graduate conferences
Themes and keynote speakers from previous graduate conferences
'Freedom and autonomy', 9 May 2015
- Dr Katerina Deligiorgi, University of Sussex
- Professor Wayne Martin, University of Essex
'Pleasure and pain', 20-21 June 2014
- Dr Clare Carlisle, Kings College London
- Dr Timothy Secret, University of Winchester
'Nature', 4 May 2013
- Professor Robert Stern, University of Sheffield
- Dr Fiona Hughes, University of Essex
'Perception', 12 May 2012
- Charles Travis, Kings College London
- David McNeill, University of Essex
Philosophy in Crises, 28 May 2011
- Peter Hallward, Kingston
- Fabian Freyenhagen, University of Essex
'Become who you are', Kierkegaard, literature, and the philosophy of religion, 15 May 2010
- Mike McGhee, University of Essex
- Stephen Mulhall, University of Oxford
How not to do philosophy, 9 May 2009
- Marie McGinn, University of East Anglia
- Dan Watts, University of Essex
Philosophy post-1968, 3 May 2008
- Patrice Manigler, University of Essex
- Alan D Schrift, Grinnel College
Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit after 200 years, 28 April 2007
- Wayne Martin, University of Essex
- Karin de Boer, Groningen
French and German reading groups
During term time we run weekly philosophy reading groups in French and German led by a specialist teacher:
- 12.00 noon in room 5B.111: Beginners German (suitable for both philosophy and art history graduates)
- 1.30pm in room 5B.111: Intermediate German (suitable for philosophy graduates only)
- 2.30pm in room 5A.325: French Reading Group (suitable for philosophy graduates only)
If you have any questions about our language reading groups please contact our Graduate Administrator
Our postgraduates organise an ongoing programme of seminars that provide regular opportunities for students
to present work to their peers in an informal setting.
Seminars take place on Fridays from 5.00-7.00pm in 5B.202 and all students,
including undergraduates, are welcome to attend. If you would like to present at a future graduate seminar or require
further information, please email Jakub Kowaleski email@example.com.
Our students and staff run ongoing reading groups dedicated to particular philosophers and topics.
Current philosophy reading groups
Feminism and Philosophy reading group
Mondays 6.00-7.00pm, room 5A.324, contact: Renée Reitsma, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Details of the current reading programme can be found on our Essex Society for Women in Philosophy page.
Critical Theory Colloquium
Tuesdays 3.00-5.00pm, Philosophy Common Room (5B.137), contact: Dr Timo Jütten, email
email@example.com, or Dr Jörg Schaub, email
German for philosophers
Wednesday (beginners from 11.30am-1.00pm in room 5B.137, advanced from 1.00pm-2.30pm in room TBC (except reading weeks 8 and 21), contact: Nicholas Walker, email
News and events
Our news and events section contains the latest information about our research,
publications and conferences, as well as the activities of our staff and students.
Every year we invite distinguished philosophers from around the world to give minicourses to our students at Essex.
Our MA courses offer in-depth study of a range of specialisms including critical theory,
phenomenology and classical German philosophy, and are an excellent preparation for PhD study.
Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on
a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.