A MISCELLANY OF ART: Thursday, 10.30-12.30 (Mark Beesley)

20 January – 31 March 2022,

Half Term 24 February

This Spring term, Mark Beesley’s regular Art History course is not on a single topic. It is a collection of talks about painting, sculpture and architecture, covering such diverse subjects as Scottish art, artists’ colonies, the Gothic Revival, suburbia and marriage portraits: something, as they say, for everyone.


PHILOSOPHY:STOCK, MATERIAL GIRLS: Thursday, 14.00-16.00 (Dr Nicholas Joll) 

20 January – 31 March 2022,

Half Term 24 February.                                                

The course is a reading group.                                                                                                                        

The author. Kathleen Stock is a professor of philosopher at the University of Sussex.               

Editions. Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism was published by Fleet in 2021. Currently it is available in hardback and electronically. The paperback is due to appear in March, i.e., too late for this course. I recommend getting the hardback (partly because electronic books tend to be poorly put together). The hardback is available cheaply from Amazon – if one is prepared to use that company – and not too expensively from other vendors.                                                                       

What the book is about. The book considers whether ‘self-assignment really is the only legitimate criterion for identifying sex or gender.’ (I quote Baggini, ‘Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism – a review’, Philosophers’ Magazine, 13 September 2021.) The book tackles attendant questions that have to do with the normative – moral, political, legal – implications of different answers to the criterion question. The ethics and politics of discussion is at issue too.          

Procedure. Each week we will treat some 20 to 30 pages. Participants should read the relevant pages before the session; in the session we will discuss those pages. In our first week we will jump pretty much directly into the book. For that session, please read the book’s Introduction and also the first chapter of the book.


HISTORY MATTERS: How We Won the Vote: The Rise of Democracy 1815-1918. Friday, 14.00-16.00 (Dr Simon Doney)

21 January – 1 April 2022,

Half Term 25 February.

For this course we will explore the rise of democracy in nineteenth-century England. We shall investigate the causes of these changes, including socio-economic factors, the presence of popular reform movements, politicians seeking personal and party advantage, and other important reasons. Key topics include the 1832 ‘Great Reform Act’, Chartism, the 1867 Reform Act, the growth of party organisation, and the women’s suffrage movement.

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