Reading Weekend

Reading Weekend 2015 discussionEvery year the department organises a Reading Weekend for staff, postgraduates and undergraduates. It normally takes place in the spring at a youth hostel in Derbyshire.

The Reading Weekend is a sort of mini-conference.  Students present some of their recent work and then there is a discussion after each session.  However, you can attend without presenting anything - though most people find that they end up contributing to the discussions.  It's all done in a friendly and supportive atmosphere and is a great place to have a seminar.

It's not all hard work:  there's a walk around the beautiful countryside, trips to the pub, a Philosophy quiz . . .

All students are welcome to attend.  We will transport you there early on the Saturday morning and bring you back on the Sunday.


This year's Reading Weekend will take place on 9-10 March 2019 at Eyam Youth Hostel.

Tickets cost £40 for postgraduates and £30 for undergraduates. Ticket costs cover transport, food and accommodation.

To register, email



9.30 Departure from department
10.30 Arrive Youth Hostel, Eyam
10.30-11.00 Tea/coffee on arrival
11.00-13.00 Talk 1
13.00 Lunch and room check-in
13.30-16.30 Free time (optional walk in the Peaks or in Eyam Village)
16.30-17.00 Tea/coffee
17.00-19.00 Talk 2
19.00 Dinner
20.00 Optional trip to a local pub


9.00 Breakfast
10:00 Check out of hostel, meet in study room
10.30-12.30 Talk 3
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.30 Talk 4
15.30-16.00 Tea/coffee
16.00 Departure