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    Centre for Ideas (Cfi)

    The Centre for Ideas, Cfi, is a forward-looking 'virtual research institute': a flexible vehicle set up by Middlesex University to promote discussion and collaboration between its internationally recognised, in some cases world-leading scholars and leading public intellectuals, relevant professionals and policy-makers. The Centre's programme of events focus in particular on current debates which cut across established disciplinary areas and have urgent implications beyond higher education as well as within it.

    The Centre's activities include a series of widely publicised, research-led public conferences and short-term interdisciplinary 'think tank' projects. Underpinned by the University's distinctive concentration of multidisciplinary scholarship, engagement at such events between in-house researchers and the views and vision of thinkers recognised as being already influential in the public sphere explore how far broad topical questions can be illuminated by cooperation between convergent research approaches.

    Events organised by Cfi are supported by the University's Research and Knowledge Transfer Office (RKTO), and are linked to a range of forms of dissemination and follow-up.

    Cfi aims to support a number of initiatives each year that engage with the research interest of colleagues from across the University. In order to remain responsive to new approaches and initiatives there are no application forms. Informal discussions with the Director or members of the Advisory Group about proposals for cross-University events are encouraged at an early stage of their development.

    Outline proposals should be no more than 2 pages in length. Activities supported by Cfi focus on topical questions and debates which have a reach beyond higher education, as well as within it. Topics should meet the following criteria: it should already have publicly-acknowledged social implications; it should be recognised as creating difficulty in more than a single discipline; and it should show promise of being illuminated by multidisciplinary dialogue by colleagues from across the University.

    Topics should be relevant to the distinctive, multidisciplinary concentration of scholarship at Middlesex with a particular emphasis on University-level interaction and collaboration and engagement with the wider public sphere.

    Mission Statement

    The Centre for Ideas Cfi aims to establish an inclusive 'research and debate' dynamic in order to foster new synergies, both within and beyond the University, and support the emergence of new research groups cutting across established disciplinary boundaries, shaping the research agendas of an emergent generation of researchers, at Middlesex University and beyond, who are better equipped to tackle changing social questions, challenges and priorities.

    Cfi aims to emphasise the commitment to a distinctive, multidisciplinary concentration of scholarship at Middlesex with a particular emphasis on University-level interaction and collaboration and engagement with the wider public sphere. Cfi also seeks to associate that research commitment in practical ways with wider public debate. Events supported by Cfi aim to demonstrate that many topical questions can be illuminated by cooperation between the different but convergent research approaches from across the University and external stakeholders.

    The annual programme of events supported by Cfi includes:

    • A conference on themes which invite exploration from different disciplinary perspectives by internal and external participants over a period of 2 - 3 days.
    • Previous conference topics include 'Fairness' May 2013 and 'Water' May 2014
    • Seminars, symposia, workshops and debates to explore new synergies, both within and outside the University

    For further information regarding Cfi events and conferences please visit our blog page http://centreforideasmdx.wordpress.com/ and subscribe to our emailing list!

    Mission Statement

    The Centre for Ideas Cfi aims to establish an inclusive 'research and debate' dynamic in order to foster new synergies, both within and beyond the University, and support the emergence of new research groups cutting across established disciplinary boundaries, shaping the research agendas of an emergent generation of researchers, at Middlesex University and beyond, who are better equipped to tackle changing social questions, challenges and priorities.

    Cfi aims to emphasise the commitment to a distinctive, multidisciplinary concentration of scholarship at Middlesex with a particular emphasis on University-level interaction and collaboration and engagement with the wider public sphere. Cfi also seeks to associate that research commitment in practical ways with wider public debate. Events supported by Cfi aim to demonstrate that many topical questions can be illuminated by cooperation between the different but convergent research approaches from across the University and external stakeholders.

    The annual programme of events supported by Cfi includes:

    • A conference on themes which invite exploration from different disciplinary perspectives by internal and external participants over a period of 2 - 3 days.
    • Previous conference topics include 'Fairness' May 2013 and 'Water' May 2014
    • Seminars, symposia, workshops and debates to explore new synergies, both within and outside the University

    For further information regarding Cfi events and conferences please visit our blog page http://centreforideasmdx.wordpress.com/ and subscribe to our emailing list!

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