[Update: The campaign has now set up a blog and a twitter account (@saveMDXphil). Please don’t forget to send the dean an email to register your anger at their decision to both destroy an excellent department and turn Middlesex into a university that prizes mediocrity. -APS]
[Update: I’ve added the other addresses of the university management and the petition that is circulating. – Alex]
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 we noted 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.
You can sign up to the Facebook group and can also sign the petition. The campaign also ask that you e-mail the Dean of Arts and Education at firstname.lastname@example.org alongside other members of the university management team: Vice-Chancellor of the University, Michael Driscoll, email@example.com, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise, Waqar Ahmad, firstname.lastname@example.org and Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Margaret House, email@example.com.