With a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our team of postgraduates is the backbone of the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association. The BPPA’s Executive Committee works to support postgraduate students in philosophy across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, and their ideas help to shape and orient the mission and direction of the organization as it continues to develop.
Read on to learn more about our dedicated Executive Committee members.
President Anne-Marie McCallion
I am a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, and I am situated across the Philosophy and Sociology departments. My thesis combines insights from feminist research in sociology and sociological practice theory in an attempt to better understand the norms and assumptions which uphold ‘philosophy’ as a distinctive body of human knowledge.
I look into the historical representation of women in philosophy and depictions of the ‘feminine’ throughout the philosophical cannon as a means of shedding light on how some seemingly value-neutral metaphilosophical norms are in fact poignantly gendered. I use this as a framework for understanding women’s contemporary underrepresentation in the discipline. The latter portion of my thesis is based on insights garnered from qualitative research I’ve conducted into Undergraduate philosophers in the UK.
I draw upon these insights to postulate new philosophical methods – influenced by feminist research in sociology – which, I argue, can enable an expansion of feminist research in philosophy. My research is closely affiliated with both the In Parenthesis Project and the Diversity Reading List; I am funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and I am a recipient of the Presidential Doctoral Scholar award.
Vice-President and Treasurer Matt Rosen
Matt Rosen is a DPhil student in philosophy at New College, University of Oxford. He works mainly on issues in ethics, social theory, philosophy of action, and phenomenology.
His dissertation, which he is writing under the supervision of Prof. Stephen Mulhall, focusses on the roles of vision and effort in our understanding of the terrain of moral life. He is the author of Speculative Annihilationism (Zero Books, 2019) and the editor of Diseases of the Head (Punctum Books, 2020).
Outreach and Democracy Officer SuddhaSatwa GuhaRoy
Suddha is a second year PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Manchester, working with Dr. Thomas Smith and Prof. John O’Neill. Researching on characteristics of trust in market societies, Suddha is investigating to what degree the principles of self-love, self-interest, and egoism are compatible with trust, both in the personal and social domains of interaction.
Trust, as Suddha understands, is one key indicator of the nature of our social relations. Investigation of trust and its compatibility with the above-mentioned principles will, thus, shed light on the nature of trust relations and in turn the nature of social relations realizable in market societies. His PhD is generously funded by the School of Social Sciences Studentship and Suddha is also a recipient of the President’s Doctoral Scholar Award, both from the University of Manchester.
Before starting his PhD, Suddha did his bachelor’s and master’s in philosophy from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. During Master’s degree, he spent the Spring Semester of 2017 as a visiting student at the Department of Philosophy and History at Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, with the Erasmus programme.
Apart from researching on trust and political economy, he is interested in the study of intellectual history, Marxism, moral and political philosophy.
Outreach and Democracy Officer Giuseppe Colonna
Giuseppe Colonna is a PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Oxford. His thesis, which he is writing under the supervision of C. Trifogli (All Souls College, Oxford), concerns the question of being in time within the Aristotelian tradition throughout the Late Antiquity and Middle Ages.
After a BA in Philosophy at the University of Bari (Italy) and a MFA in Music (Piano) at the Conservatoire of Bari, he read philosophy at the University of Italian Switzerland (Lugano, CH).
His primary interests are in the History of Philosophy, Logic, Metaphysics, Aesthetics, and historically informed performance of Gregorian Chant, Renaissance and Baroque Music. As Outreach and Democracy Officer, he manages the working relationships between the BPPA and the postgraduate students representatives in all the universities of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
Events Coordinator Demetra Brady
Demetra Brady is studying for an MPhil in Philosophy at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. Her primary research interests are in the philosophy of mind, epistemology and applied ethics.
Demetra is a Student Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and this year she is writing a paper on a virtue-based approach to AI ethics supervised by Dr Rune Nyrup.
Before starting her MPhil, Demetra completed her BA at the University of Leeds and spent two years working at IBM.
Communications Officer Nino Kadic
Nino Kadic is a PhD student at King’s College London, mostly interested in philosophy of mind, phenomenology, philosophy of religion, and metaphysics.
In his dissertation, he defends panpsychism and aims to offer a new version of the theory that avoids the most serious objections to the theory, under the supervision of Matthew Soteriou and David Papineau.
Before starting his PhD studies, he finished his university bachelor degree in philosophy at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and his MA in philosophy at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.