Transversal Space at Middlesex University

Transversal Space
7 – 9 May 2010

Middlesex University
The Burroughs
London NW4 4BT

In response to the planned closure of Middlesex Philosophy and after the failure of the Dean to attend a meeting that he set up with students to explain this abrupt, unjustified and unacceptable decision, the students have occupied Mansion House on Trent Park campus.We now announce the opening of an experimental and communal space for educational presentations and conversations at the interface between philosophy, theory, activism and art. Transversal Space is an alternative educational experience in which the boundaries between disciplines and the relations between students and teachers are blurred. Relationships and ideas are explored in an open and collective way continuing the ethos of our philosophy department and its series of events.

Please come and join us on the beautiful Trent Park campus. A free shuttle bus will take you here from Oakwood station on the Picadilly line (penultimate stop in Northern direction). Let us know if you have suggestions for the program & join us at any point during the weekend. You can contact us at or follow us on facebook.

program of events for this weekend is now being set up, with updates every hour.

Saturday, 8 May 2010
3.00 p.m. – BAT (Anindya Bhattacharyya) – The History of Calculus
5.00 p.m. – Alex Callinicos, Professor of European Studies at King’s College London will be giving a talk.
6.30 p.m. – Presentations and Panel Workshop on the topic of VOTING: Alice Moss (CRMEP), Timothy Secret (University of Essex) and Steve Gormley (University of Essex).
10.30 p.m. – Film TBA

Sunday, 9 May 2010
Andrew McGettigan – Title and time TBD

If you want to help stop the closure of philosophy at Middlesex, there are two simple actions you can do right away. The first is to sign the online petition protesting the closure decision. We’ve had over 10,000 signatures already!

The second is to write to people responsible for the decision to tell them how you feel. Please send a brief email or letter to the following four people. Feel free to extract some points from the petition text. And if you’re happy for your letter to be posted in part or full on our blog, then BCC it to us at

The people to email are:
– Michael Driscoll, vice-chancellor of the university –
– Waqar Ahmad, deputy vice-chancellor, research and enterprise –
– Margaret House, deputy vice-chancellor, academic –
– Ed Esche, dean of the School of Arts & Education –

You can just copy and paste this list into your email program:

The Save Middlesex Philosophy campaign has received hundreds of letters of support from across the world opposing the closure of the department as described here in The Guardian. We’ve published some of them here for you to read.

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