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The Social Justice Seminar Series is the result of collaboration between political philosophers at Durham and Newcastle universities.

Throughout the Michaelmas (first) term of 2015-16 the seminar series will take place on alternate weeks in Newcastle and Durham, on Mondays between 2.30-4pm.

The purpose of the group is to provide researchers at both institutions with a community of scholars with whom to discuss and develop their working papers. The aim is for the group discussions to inspire better research and create a hub for advancing political philosophy in the North East.

The theme ‘social justice’ is interpreted so as to include both the evaluation of current social arrangements and the exploration of alternative arrangements. Thus the aim is to facilitate discussions that are both critical and constructive.

The long-term aim is to facilitate the development of a North Eastern Political Philosophy Research Network.

Regular discussions at Durham and Newcastle on questions of social justice are the first step in creating this network. It is hoped that these discussions will provide a forum for the development of additional events, research activities and collaborative projects.

  • To meet on a regular basis to discuss questions of social justice.
  • The meetings in Durham and Newcastle will be scheduled so as not to clash. In addition, there will be two joint sessions a term: one in Newcastle and one in Durham.
  • There will be a mix of presentations by those at host institutions and guest speakers presenting papers.
  • All papers will pre-circulated at least a week in advance.
  • Presenters will briefly introduce their paper but there will en an expectation that attendees will have read the paper.
  • The sessions are primarily aimed at academics and postgraduate students working in political thought, normative theory and practical philosophy but will be open to all interested parties.
  • There will be a joint event at the start of each term in Newcastle and end of each term in Durham which will bring together academics from Durham and Newcastle. A guest speaker will present and then we will take them to dinner with the group.

In Durham, the seminars will take place in the Williams Library, St Chad’s College, 18 North Bailey, Durham University.

Durham, County Durham DH1, UK

In Newcastle, they will be in Room G.22, Politics Building, 40-42 Great North Road, Newcastle University.

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7RU, UK

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Past events

Autumn (Michaelmas) Term 2015