Goldsmiths Literature Seminar


presents the Annual GLITS Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, in association with InC (Continental Philosophy Research Group) and Birkbeck, University of London:


9 June 2011, Goldsmiths

Confirmed speaker: Alberto Toscano

part of WHOSE UNIVERSITY, a two-day symposium co-hosted by GLITS, Goldsmiths Literature Seminar and InC Research Group in Continental Philosophy 9-10 June 2011

In the wake of the government’s plans to drastically alter the funding of higher education, the very ethos of the university is undergoing transformation.

At stake are learning for its own merit, the validity of disciplines, the forms of life there produced and the concept of academic freedom, all under scrutiny amidst concerns of value--monetary, societal, public and private.

The intention of this symposium is twofold: to defend the role of arts, humanities and social sciences in academic learning and to establish a discourse for the university as a public good beyond the well-rehearsed humanistic defences of the past and the emerging value-based discourses of the present.

Day 1: RESISTANCE, will be an interdisciplinary event that will foster debate on the current crisis in higher education, broadly based around the themes of Creation, Action and Critique. Why is the study of arts, humanities and social sciences indispensable? How are such fields crucial to critical reflection on human values and principles? What are the most effective modes of resisting the changes to higher education? What is the relationship between theoretical critique and political activism?

Day 2: IDEA OF THE UNIVERSITY,a series of panel discussions, seeks to bring together philosophers and pedagogists to reflect on the question of 'What is a university?' and interrogate this historically contested institution that disciplines cohabitate, demarcate and regulate in terms of their particular subject, social, economic and political positions.

Confirmed speakers: Alexander Düttmann, Mary Evans, Gordon Finlayson, Roberto DiNapoli, Soo Tian Lee, Stephen Rowland, Anton Schutz

The symposium will conclude with a Roundtable discussion open to all participants.

Conference details: Resistance Call for Papers (PDF download)

Attendance is free of charge

Enquiries: please email or


Room 309 Richard Hoggart Building
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
London, SE14 6NW

Accommodation: Goldsmiths offers a full range of accommodation throughout the Summer vacation.


Resistance Conference Programme (PDF download)

Confirmed speakers:

  • Nina Power,
  • Priyamvada Gopal,
  • Louise Purbick,
  • Peter de Bolla,
  • Andrew McGettigan,
  • Simon Szreter,
  • Sarah Wood,
  • Simon Hewitt,
  • Stewart Motha,
  • Sam Riviere,
  • Luke Wright, and
  • The University for Strategic Optimism.