CAPPE Introduction & History
The Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics was founded in 2005. It researches the links between philosophy, critical theory, politics, and other disciplines and the wider public. Rigorous intervention in the public arena aims to extend the practice of philosophy beyond its academic boundaries. We host regular public events bringing debates on contemporary philosophy, politics and ethics to a wider audience. As an interdisciplinary centre, CAPPE works with colleagues across the university, in the City of Brighton where we are based and with institutions across the globe. Our collaborative work and partnerships extend from Brighton to Stockholm, Buenos Aires, Ghent, Johannesburg, San Francisco, Verona and other parts of the world.
In the city of Brighton and Hove we have worked with sixth form colleges and schools, Philosophy in Pubs, Brighton Speakers’ Corner, the Medical School of Brighton and Sussex Universities and with charitable organisations such as Medact. Our regular University activities, all of which are open to the public, include the Philosophy Society, Tuesday evening lecture series (2013-14 Neoliberalism; 2014-15 Discrimination; 2015-16 What should Universities be?; 2016-2017 The Politics of Sex & Gender), at least three academic conferences every year, visiting Professors and Researchers and our ongoing partnership with the University of Brighton Research Cluster on Violent Conflict.
We have held conferences, symposia, workshops, and lecture series. Topics have included the works of individual thinkers including John Stuart Mill, Ernesto Laclau, Edmund Burke, Wendy Brown and Adriana Cavarero; and issues related to the contemporary world such as terror and terrorism, democracy, utopianism, the politics of medicine, and radical interventions. We have hosted the annual British Political Studies Association Conference, the Annual Conference of the Society for Women in Philosophy, and the British Academy sponsored ‘Theorising Transnational Populism’ project with colleagues from Argentina, Bolivia, Spain and Greece.
Scholars associated with CAPPE research across a range of disciplines and topics. We work with Rowman and Littlefield International on the publication of two book series, Off the Fence and Polemics. The first books will be launched in 2016. PhD students associated with the centre publish their own journal Critical Studies, and coordinate the Critical Studies Research Group.
Members of CAPPE sit on various editorial boards, complete reviews for the Research Councils and publishers and publish their own research on topic ranging from contemporary conflict (the ethics and politics of torture, humanitarian intervention and suicide bombing), political philosophy (continental philosophy and theory, improper forms of politics, populism, peasant resistance), and Applied Philosophy and Ethics (medical ethics, research ethics, British politics, Globalisation). Our PhD students research across these areas and we welcome others to join this thriving research community.
The Centre is open to collaborative proposals, whether small- or large-scale, from anyone interested in working with us. Contact the two Directors, Prof Bob Brecher: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Mark Devenney: email@example.com