iHumanities College launches Literary Theory & Philosophy Summer School


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and St Berchmans College in India will host a virtual Summer School to explore areas of philosophy and literary theory in July 2021

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The programme has been designed by Dr Rebekah Humphreys, of UWTSD iHumanities College and Assistant Professor Nithin Varghese of St Berchmans College’s English Department.  The aim of the Summer School is to enable participants to further their understanding of critical theory and philosophy and how these subjects overlap.

Delivered between the 2 and 31 July, the programme includes many world-renowned authors and speakers including Professor Raimond Gaita, author of The Philosopher’s Dog, Carol Adams, The Pornography of Meat, and Professor Jonathan Wolff, author of many books on ethics, political philosophy and health, as well as Scott Slovic, Professor Chris Norris, Professor Steven Tauber, Professor Laura Wright, Dr Antje Richter, and Dr Sophie Vlacos.

Both critical theorists and philosophers believe in intellectual rigour and conceptual clarification, with critical theory itself being a philosophical movement that developed from the Frankfurt school. Although critical theory has sometimes had an uneasy relationship with philosophy, there are good reasons why critical theorists and philosophers can work together to learn from what each has to offer the other, particularly in relation to issues of equality; marginalisation; environmental degradation; human-animal interactions / relations; and women, animals and social justice. The Summer School will focus on presentations from literary theorists and philosophers who research within the following fields of study: Disability Studies; Eco-criticism and Philosophy; Deconstruction; and Animal Studies.

Dr Rebekah Humphreys says, “This is an amazing opportunity not to be missed.  It is an honour to have so many leaders in their field under one roof, so to speak. The summer school follows the hugely successful Autumn school last year, hosted and organised by St Berchmans College’s English Department in Kerala, India, for which there were over 400 participants. Assistant Professor Nithin Varghese worked tirelessly to organise this and it was a huge success. Students have been massively affected by the Coronavirus and the motivation for this previous School was to provide a series of lectures by eminent scholars for postgraduate students.

It was a great honour for UWTSD to collaborate in last year’s Autumn School with St Berchmans College and now, this summer, we hope to live up to the previous success of the Autumn School by hosting this wonderful opportunity in the form of this year’s Summer School. It is all online, but there will be a cap of 400 participants, so it is best to register quickly if you want a place”.

For more information and to book a place on the Summer School please visit the iHumanities website or contact Dr Rebekah Humphreys – r.humphreys@uwtsd.ac.uk.

Note to Editor

University of Wales Trinity Saint David is part of the UWTSD Group, a confederation of several institutions, which includes the University of Wales, as well as Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion as constituent colleges. The Group offers a continuum from FE to HE for the benefit of learners, employers and communities. 

UWTSD’s vision is to be a University with a commitment to the well-being and heritage of the nation at the heart of all its activities. Central to the vision is the promotion and embedding of a dual-sector educational system which educates learners of all ages and backgrounds, and stimulates economic development in the region, across Wales and beyond

The University’s was founded in 1822 and will celebrate its bicentenary in 2022.  It is the birthplace of higher education in Wales.  Its 1828 Royal Charter is the oldest of any university in Wales. The University’s campuses are located in Swansea Carmarthen, Lampeter, Cardiff, London and Birmingham. 

UWTSD is committed to placing students at the centre of its mission by providing a relevant and inspiring bilingual curriculum, providing a supportive learning environment, investing in its campuses and facilities and ensuring that students, from all backgrounds, are given the opportunity to achieve their potential.  


The iHumanities College is based at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David where  lecturers are not only specialists in their subject area but experts in distance-learning provision. We’ve been delivering distance-learning programmes and modules for about 30 years.  For a long time, we’ve recognised the advantages that distance learning brings in terms of flexibility and bringing together an international cohort of students.

For all our distance learning courses, see the iHumanities webpage.


Berrchmans College is the first higher education institution of the Archdiocese of Changanacherry in Kerala, India. This institution was founded in 1922 by Venerable Mar Thomas Kurialacherry, Bishop of Changanassery diocese. It was started, with the noble aim of the Universal Catholic Church, to mould young men and women who will strive for excellence in every walk of life and human service.

The College is recognised under section 2 (f) and section 12B of the UGC Act 1956. The college was first accredited at Five Star in 1999 and reaccredited at A+ in 2006. In the third cycle of accreditation in 2012, the college was again graded at A. The Government of Kerala and UGC granted autonomy to this college in the year 2014. In 1996 and 1997, it won the coveted “R Shankar Award” for the Best College in the State, instituted by the Government of Kerala. In 2004, the UGC identified the College under its “College with Potential for Excellence” scheme. All the Science Departments are supported by the FIST of DST.