Dr Helen De Cruz, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Oxford Brookes is organising a short story competition for the American Philosophical Association, to inspire writers of philosophical fiction. The aim of this competition is to encourage philosophers to use fiction to explore philosophical ideas.
“As the competition is open to everyone, including students, it is an excellent opportunity to try your hand at a slightly different way of doing philosophy”.Senior Lecturer Helen De Cruz
Dr Helen De Cruz also added “I am very pleased to be able to organise this short story competition for philosophers, thanks to the support of a grant from the Berry Fund for Public Philosophy of the American Philosophical Association. In addition to a cash prize of $500 and publication in Sci Phi Journal of the winning story, we also plan to publish an edited volume of the stories submitted that make an excellent contribution to philosophy.”
It is with a renewed interest in philosophical fiction that this competition has been launched. Philosophical fiction allows writers to explore ideas that cannot be easily dealt with in the format of a journal article or monograph. Some philosophical ideas are better expressed in a story than in a traditional essay, as works by Iris Murdoch and Jean Paul Sartre suggest.
Writers are encouraged to submit stories that cover any genre of fiction, although they must include one or more philosophical ideas. Submissions should be at least 1,000 words and no longer than 7,500 words
Further details and entry criteria can be found here.
The deadline for entries is 21 February 2017.
More information on the Philosophy course at Oxford Brookes can be found here.
The Research Excellence Awards are a new initiative introduced by the University as part of Oxford Brookes’ commitment to supporting research-active academics.
Professor Gary Browning, Associate Dean Research and Knowledge Exchange, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, explains: “The Research Excellence awards are a timely and positive initiative, allowing some of our most successful researchers to press forward in their research. We are delighted that researchers across the Faculty have been recognised for their outstanding research projects, notably monographs and impact case studies. I am sure that the outputs they produce will be excellent.”
Following a recent application period, the winners of the inaugural Research Excellence Awards from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences were as follows:
School of Education
Professor Graham Butt
Department of English and Modern Languages
Dr Simon White
Dr Dinah Roe
Department of History, Philosophy and Religion
Professor Roger Griffin
Professor Anne-Marie Kilday
School of Law
Dr Simon Cooper
Department of Social Sciences
Professor Tina Miller
Professor Anna Nekaris
Researchers were able to apply for one of two levels of award worth either £10,000 or £20,000 which would contribute towards research leave or employment of a research assistant in supporting a project. The scheme is funded through the Central Research Fund and is intended to provide enhanced support for research excellence. It complements Quality-Related Funding at Faculty and Department levels which supports research and knowledge exchange more broadly.
The intention of the university is to continue the scheme annually as part of Oxford Brookes’ investment in research excellence and in supporting the aims of the recently revised Research and Knowledge Exchange Strategy 2016-2020.