Centre for Critical Thought


Below are some of our current projects

General Organology Conference

Conference on General Organology: The Co-individuation of Minds, Bodies, Social Organizations and Technè

Marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Bernard Stiegler’s book, La Technique et le temps 1, this conference intends to offer a critical appraisal of the project of a general organology. Six themes: neurosciences, technics, desire, pharmacology, social networks and transindividuation will offer a prism on philosophical issues concerning the place and role of technics in our time.

Keynotes: Maryanne Wolf – Carl Elliott – Maurizio Lazzarato – Bernard Stiegler

Dates: 20th-22nd November 2014

Website: http://www.nootechnics.org

Post Liberalism Workshop Series


The 2008 financial crash and recent riots in various European cities (London, Paris, Malmo) have put the spotlight on the two dominant forms of liberalism – a more leftwing social-cultural liberalism since the 1960s and a more rightwing economic-political liberalism since the 1980s. In the 1990s and 2000s, these have merged to form a new meta-ideology masquerading as some form of pragmatic centrism.

Political thought at Kent has always combined a critique of liberalism with alternative conceptions of ‘the political’. The research programme on post-liberalism analyses the emerging ‘post-liberal’ shape of politics. It examines various critiques of social and economic liberalism and explores different alternatives.

CCT will convene two seminars on post-liberalism at Kent Canterbury and one at Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies. A number of publications are also in preparation, including a monograph and a special issue in a leading international journal. The plan is to submit a major research grant application in 2014. By developing both new concepts and fresh policy ideas (in close association with senior people in politics, influential think-tanks and leading media), the aim is to have a significant impact on academic research, political debate and public policy-making.

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Last Updated: 10/12/2013