Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy (CPPE)

Research activities

‘The Plague’ Reading Group – Diagnostics, Aesthetics and Politics of the Pandemic

Throughout history, mankind was hit hard by numerous plagues and epidemic outbreaks. These plagues were accompanied by even more numerous texts dealing with it in quite different forms and style. Scientific discourses intermingle with autobiographical literature, historical accounts and critical analyses, trying to carve out the power-laden and political side of diseases. The reading group takes a closer look at these problematizations of the epidemic and links these accounts to our current crisis.

Initiated by members of the Management and Organization division, the reading group meets on a weekly basis and is intended as an open, long-standing platform for discussion. Themes and topics will evolve over time and everyone is invited to propose interesting texts, documents, films and other material. Email Ronald Hartz rh381@leicester.ac.uk if you are interested in joining.

Research development: Black Box Colloquium Lunchtime Series

The CPPE currently runs a lunchtime series for staff who want to share research they are working on. This has resulted in several great lunchtime discussions and to publications.

For example, Oz Gore presented ‘Modernising government, aestheticising information: How bureaucratic rationalisation turns performance evidence into aesthetic enumerated entities’ and reported that the discussions helped him to develop the piece. Marta Gasparin and Martin Quinn presented: ‘Designing Regional Innovation Systems in Transitional Economies: A Creative Ecosystem Approach’ which has now been accepted for publication in Growth & Change. 

Marta is one of ULSB’s star researchers. She is an international and interdisciplinary qualitative researcher combining studies of design management, innovation, cultural entrepreneurship with organisation studies, driven by ethical and environmental considerations. She is currently working in developing theories on slow design-driven innovation as mutualistic technology through epistemological reflections on the relations between design, aesthetic, craft and technology in the Anthropocene.

Martin Quinn is an interdisciplinary mixed methods social scientist. His research is primarily concerned with public policy and regional economic development and is divided into three interconnected themes – engagement with local and regional economic development, the leadership of place and the use of policy to stimulate innovation in the economy. Martin’s recent regional work explored engagement with local and regional governance institutions and devolution efforts in England. 

The ‘Grant Capture Cohort for Newbies (or not!)’ has been run by CPPE Director Phoebe Moore, with Oz Gore, as part of the staff development linked to research in ULSB and our research groupings. This series is designed to shepherd colleagues through grant proposal writing. 

Online Summer Symposium (2020)

The CPPE summer symposium has taken place online on 11 and 12 June discussing and presenting the following themes:

  • Care and the commons: Constructing social and political alternatives

In a series of papers over these two days we explored a diverse range of movements and organisational forms, taking a broad interdisciplinary focus. In these investigations the commons and care served as framing concepts. The commons is now a widely used concept in social and political analysis, which has provided an important historical and contemporary reference point for discussions surrounding alternatives to capitalism.

So we explored the values and practices underpinning different commons formations, with a particular focus on how these relate to care and caring – understood by Tronto, as what we do maintain, continue and ‘repair’ our world to live in it as well as possible.

Please register for the Online Summer Symposium.

Thursday 11 June 2020

  • 12:30-13:00 Introduction to Care & the Commons Symposium - Phoebe Moore
  • 13:00-14:00 Keynote: Elinor Ostrom’s rules for radicals - Derek Wall
  • 14:15-15:00 A guide to the Hastings commons - Jess Steele
  • 15:15-16:00 The challenge of building a scalable post-capitalist commons: the limits of FairCoin as commons based cryptocurrency - Sam Dallyn & Fabian Frenzel
  • 16:15-17:00 - On public-common partnerships - Keir Milburn

Friday 12 June 2020

  • 13:00-13:45 Commoning survival in the (best of) end times - Nicholas Beuret
  • 14:00-14:45 Care for your autonomous free zone: the social reproduction in autonomous commoning - Claire Deschner
  • 15:00-15:45 This is not a clinic: The case of the social clinic of solidarity in Greece - George Kokkinidis & Marco Checchi
  • 16:00-17:00 Keynote: Care as more than human commons - Maria Puig De La Ballacasa & Dimitris Papadopoulos

Past events:

  • Monday 29 - Tuesday 30 April 2019, 10am - 6.30pm University of Leicester - Centre for Philosophy and Political Economy's Spring Symposium
  • Wednesday 20 February 2019, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, University of Leicester - Artificial Intelligence and its Discontents: Report Launch and Ex Machina Screening
  • May 2018, 4.30pm-6pm, Room 501, Ken Edwards Building, University of Leicester, Seminar: The politics and policy of English Higher Education in 2018
  • February 2018, 11.30am-5.15pm, Leicester Creative Business Depot - Seminar: Machines & Measure
  • June 2017, 9.00am-3.00pm, College Court> - Workshop: Love and Sincerity: Reading Speculative Realism with Graham Harman
  • February 2017, 3.30-5.00pm, KEB SR 322> Nick Srnicek - Seminar: Platform Capitalism
  • February 2017, 3.30-5.00pm, KEB SR 324> Nic Beuret - Seminar: People are disappointing: The fantasy of the State and the end of the world
  • September 2016 - CPPE Annual Research Symposium 2016
  • 13 May 2016 - CPPE Care Workshop 3: Cosmologies of Care - Caring in Technoscience Worlds
  • April 2016, Philip Roscoe - Seminar: The stranger, the wager and the ethics of office

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