Brexit… Trump… What would Spinoza do?

By Harry Bregazzi The MSc Society and Space programme has a strong emphasis on philosophy, which students apply to their analyses and understandings of society and the world. One philosopher who has remained particularly influential for me is Benedict de Spinoza. The following is a reflection, through the framework of Spinoza’s Ethics, on the politicalContinue reading “Brexit… Trump… What would Spinoza do?”

Delirium at Halftime: The real excess of the imaginary

Ollie Dawson reflects on his first year on the MSc Society & Space course and looks at the philosopher who has had biggest impact on his thinking so far – Giles Deleuze. It took me twelve years to find my way from undergraduate study in literature to post-graduate study in the social sciences. I flirtedContinue reading “Delirium at Halftime: The real excess of the imaginary”

Chalk Art-ing as Temporary Urbanism: Materiality and ‘Becoming-Art’

By Catherine Midwood An encounter with chalk art in the urban everyday environment is a temporary flash of colour underfoot; an unexpected encounter with a creation that emerged in the interaction between a variety of collaborating bodies (the pavement, the chalk dust, the hands that guided it, the shoes that smudged it, the rain orContinue reading “Chalk Art-ing as Temporary Urbanism: Materiality and ‘Becoming-Art’”