Imagination is a topic which pertains to many areas in philosophy, such as philosophy of fiction, philosophy of science, epistemology and cognitive science. Questions include (but are not limited to): how can we learn through fiction and scientific thought experiments; what is the relationship between memory and imagination; how can we solve puzzles in philosophy of fiction; is empathy underwritten by imagination? At each of the WRoCAH philosophy departments there are researchers, both postgraduates and staff, who are engaged in world-leading research on these topics, and this newly established forum is a place where these issues can be discussed with other researchers in regional departments. Though this forum is mainly focused around the universities in the North, we welcome attendants from other universities too, and we will aim to invite one or two speakers per forum from elsewhere.
The first meeting of the Northern Imagination Forum was held in Sheffield in November 2019, and it was greatly enjoyed by both speakers and attendants. There was call for a second meeting to be held, and this has now been organised for the 23rd of April 2020, in York. It will be the second meeting of the Northern Imagination Forum, and it will again bring together staff and postgraduate students to discuss recent research on imagination. Given that there are academics at Sheffield, York, and Leeds who work on imagination, many of which are WRoCAH students, this will no-doubt have a positive impact on those in WRoCAH departments by furthering both the research in this field and the building of a tight-knit WRoCAH community of philosophers. This forum also aims to offer a unique opportunity for PhD students to present their work in front of leading philosophers in their field, and to get feedback on this in the Q&A session. We aim to establish a safe and welcoming atmosphere, where PhD students can feel comfortable speaking in front of an academic audience (some for the first time).
Andrea Blomqvist, University of Sheffield
Other student organisers
- Jacopo Frascaroli (University of York)
- Alice Murphy (University of Leeds)