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Annual Masterclass

BPPA Annual Masterclasses

The BPPA facilitates two Masterclasses each year. The aim of a BPPA masterclass is to promote focused work and development on a particular philosophical topic, as well as professional interaction in the postgraduate community. What makes the masterclasses special is the combination of informality, focus and expert guidance. Each Masterclass usually allows for 8-12 students working in the chosen field, and will last for one or two days.


The teaching is a combination of group work, debate, and individual presentation followed by critical discussion, all of which takes place under the guidance of a leading philosopher in the field. The convivial tea breaks, meals and trips out to discuss philosophy in the pub contribute to a very open atmosphere for discussion, while the time spent exploring a topic in detail as group means that real progress is possible.


Masterclasses are a great way to meet other people working in your area, to make friends across the country or to hook up with potential co-authors, and to hone your critical and presentation skills. Each attendee will often benefit from individual philosophical feedback and career guidance from an internationally renowned philosopher working in the field in question.



2016 Masterclass


'Perception and Perceptual Appearances in Ancient Philosophy'

Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge

20-21 May 2015

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Would you like to host and organise a masterclass on your chosen research topic? Details below...



BPPA Call for Applications to Organise and Host the Annual Masterclasses


The BPPA are looking for host institutions to organise their bi-annual Masterclasses. promote focused work and development on a particular philosophical topic, as well as professional interaction in the postgraduate community. What makes the masterclasses special is the combination of informality, focus and expert guidance. Each Masterclass usually allows for 8-12 students working in the chosen field, and will last for one or two days.


The teaching is a combination of group work, debate, and individual presentation followed by critical discussion, all of which takes place under the guidance of a leading philosopher in the field. The convivial tea breaks, meals and trips out to discuss philosophy in the pub contribute to a very open atmosphere for discussion, while the time spent exploring a topic in detail as group means that real progress is possible.


Masterclasses are a great way to meet other people working in your area, to make friends across the country or to hook up with potential co-authors, and to hone your critical and presentation skills. Each attendee will often benefit from individual philosophical feedback and career guidance from an internationally renowned philosopher working in the field in question.


Organising and hosting a masterclass is not only a way of gaining valuable experience for your CV but an opportunity to provide an invaluable resource for your fellow postgraduates; a brilliant way of meeting like-minded postgraduates. The oppotunity to interact with an esteemed philosopher in a small group setting is invaluable.


The BPPA welcomes proposals from all areas of philosophy.


Masterclass organisers will:

  • Choose a topic for the masterclass

  • Gain the support and agreement of a suitable academic philosopher(s) to convene the masterclass.

  • Secure funding and a detailed budget

  • Assess the applications of potential attendees

  • Attend to the logistics of the mastercless.


If you would like to apply to organise a BPPA masterclass, you application will include:

  • A well-defined topic for the masterclass

  • A preliminary agreement that a suitable acadmic philosopher would be happy to take the class

  • A provisional schedule for the masterclass, including dates, location(s), venue(s), timings, and accomodation

  • A budget, including sources of external funding


The succesful organisational team wil get the advice and support of the BPPA committee, the advantage of the repurtation of the BPPA, and the resources at the disposal of the association.


If you would like to organise and host a masterclass please email bppamail@gmail.com as soon as possible. Your email should include the names and affiliations of your proposed team, your proposal, and ay questions you might have.


Past Masterclasses


2-3 October 2015: Set Theory Ontology and the Philosophy of Event (University of Liverpool) - Alain Badiou, Oliver Feltham, Andrew GIbson, Anindya Bhattacharyya, John McSweeny


14-15 May 2015: Objectivity, Space and Mind (Institute of Philosophy, London) - Bill Brewer & M. G. F. Martin


11-12 June 2014 : Epistemic Values and Intellectual Virtues (University of Edinburgh) - Prof. Duncan Pritchard & Dr. Allan Hazlett


2012: Modality and the A Priori/A Posteriori Distinction (Institute of Philosophy, London) - Prof. Timothy Williamson


2009: Early Analytic Philosophy (University of York) - Dr Mike Beaney & Prof. Peter Hylton


2008: Wittgenstein's Method(s) Early and Late (Institute of Philosophy, London) - Prof. Marie McGinn and Dr. Oskari Kuusela 


2007: Normative Ethics (University of Reading) - Prof. Brad Hooker


2006: Naturalism and Epistemology (University of Durham) - Prof. David Papineau

 
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