School of Philosophy and Art History

Our events

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Let's talk about philosophy and art

The School of Philosophy and Art History runs an exciting programme of events throughout the year.

SPAH and ISC Seminar Series

The Philosophy and Art History Seminar meets every Thursday, 3:00pm-5:00pm during term to discuss a paper by a visiting philosopher, art historian, or a member of our academic staff. From 2021-22, there will also be an ISC Research Seminar. For all upcoming seminars, please visit our School of Philosophy and Art History seminar and events calendar and our ISC seminar and events calendar.


The Society for Women in Philosophy is a society for staff and students who identify as women. They have meetings and socials throughout the year, and organise a Women in Philosophy speaker series. For more information, please visit our Events Calendar and 2021-22 term card. To join, please email Ellisif Wasmuth.

The student-led Essex Philosophy Society organise a number of events and socials throughout the academic year. You can find out more on their Facebook page.

The student-led Art History Society organise a number of events and socials throughout the academic year. You can find out more on their Facebook page.

Exhibitions and Conferences

The Art Exchange have free exhibitions by major artists throughout the academic year, often in association with the School of Art History. For more details, you can visit their website.

Our yearly MA Curating students' exhibition opens at Art Exchange at the end of May, with an opening party and a programme of talks and events. 

You can also attend our  Annual Graduate Conferences, organised by our postgraduate students. 

Reading Groups 

The Critical Theory Colloquium meets Tuesdays 1:00pm-2:30pm fortnightly during term to discuss classic and current work in critical theory and work-in-progress. Please contact Fabian Freyenhagen to join. 

The Race and Gender Reading Group meets Tuesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm every other week to discuss scholarship related to the philosophy of race and gender. To join, please email Ellisif Wasmuth.  

The “What was neoliberalism?” Reading Group takes place on Zoom every Tuesday at 11:00am during term. The aim is to get a better handle on the meaning of neoliberalism and its history in order to understand what exactly is happening in political economy today. Please email Matt Bennett to be added to the mailing list.  

The Omphalos Reading Group discusses works on self-knowledge, consciousness and the philosophy of mind. Please contact Wayne Martin to join.

To keep up to date with all events within the School of Philosophy and Art History and Interdisciplinary Studies Centre, please visit our events calendar.


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