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Graduate events


Mini courses

Every year we invite distinguished philosophers from around the world to give minicourses to our students at Essex.

As a graduate student at Essex, you are part of an active research community that meets regularly to present and discuss work.

Our graduates organise and participate in an ongoing programme of events including seminars, reading groups and conferences.

Graduate conferences

We host an annual International Graduate Conference organised by our postgraduate students.

The programme is chosen following a call for papers and includes graduate presenters from Essex, as well as institutions across the UK, Europe and the world.

Previous graduate conferences

  • Themes and keynote speakers from previous graduate conferences

    'Radicalism and the University', 13 June 2017

    Keynote speakers:

    • Dr. Alana Jelinek, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge
    • Dr. Daniel Loick, Goethe University Frankfurt
    'Madness, Disorder, and Society', 7 May 2016

    Keynote speakers:

    • Professor Derek Bolton, Kings College London
    • Dr Lorna Finlayson, University of Essex
    'Freedom and autonomy', 9 May 2015

    Keynote speakers:

    • Dr Katerina Deligiorgi, University of Sussex
    • Professor Wayne Martin, University of Essex
    'Pleasure and pain', 20-21 June 2014

    Keynote speakers:

    • Dr Clare Carlisle, Kings College London
    • Dr Timothy Secret, University of Winchester
    'Nature', 4 May 2013

    Keynote speakers:

    • Professor Robert Stern, University of Sheffield
    • Dr Fiona Hughes, University of Essex
    'Perception', 12 May 2012

    Keynote speakers:

    • Charles Travis, Kings College London
    • David McNeill, University of Essex
    Philosophy in Crises, 28 May 2011

    Keynote speakers:

    • Peter Hallward, Kingston
    • Fabian Freyenhagen, University of Essex
    'Become who you are', Kierkegaard, literature, and the philosophy of religion, 15 May 2010

    Keynote speakers:

    • Mike McGhee, University of Essex
    • Stephen Mulhall, University of Oxford
    How not to do philosophy, 9 May 2009

    Keynote speakers:

    • Marie McGinn, University of East Anglia
    • Dan Watts, University of Essex
    Philosophy post-1968, 3 May 2008

    Keynote spekaers:

    • Patrice Manigler, University of Essex
    • Alan D Schrift, Grinnel College
    Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit after 200 years, 28 April 2007

    Keynote speakers:

    • Wayne Martin, University of Essex
    • Karin de Boer, Groningen

Language classes

  • French and German reading groups

    During term time we run weekly philosophy reading groups in French and German led by a specialist teacher:

    • 12.00 noon in room 5B.111: Beginners German (suitable for both philosophy and art history graduates)
    • 1.30pm in room 5B.111: Intermediate German (suitable for philosophy graduates only)
    • 2.30pm in room 5A.325: French Reading Group (suitable for philosophy graduates only)

    If you have any questions about our language reading groups please contact our Graduate Administrator Wendy Williams.

Graduate seminars

Our postgraduates organise an ongoing programme of seminars that provide regular opportunities for students to present work to their peers in an informal setting.

Seminars take place on Fridays from 5.00-7.00pm in 5B.202 and all students, including undergraduates, are welcome to attend. If you would like to present at a future graduate seminar or require further information, please email Jakub Kowaleski

Reading groups

Our students and staff run ongoing reading groups dedicated to particular philosophers and topics.

  • Current philosophy reading groups

    Feminism and Philosophy reading group

    Mondays 6.00-7.00pm, room 5A.324, contact: Renée Reitsma, email

    Details of the current reading programme can be found on our Essex Society for Women in Philosophy page.

    Critical Theory Colloquium

    Tuesdays 3.00-5.00pm, Philosophy Common Room (5B.137), contact: Dr Timo Jütten, email, or Dr Jörg Schaub, email

    German for philosophers

    Wednesday (beginners from 11.30am-1.00pm in room 5B.137, advanced from 1.00pm-2.30pm in room TBC (except reading weeks 8 and 21), contact: Nicholas Walker, email

News and events

Our news and events section contains the latest information about our research, publications and conferences, as well as the activities of our staff and students.

AHRC funding

PhD student in library

Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

MA courses

MA courses

Our MA courses offer in-depth study of a range of specialisms including critical theory, phenomenology and classical German philosophy, and are an excellent preparation for PhD study.

Doctoral training


Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.