Browning and Close Reading: A Workshop – CFP due 30th July

Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies

Friday 11 December 2015

‘To be compelled to look at a drama through a pair of horn spectacles would be a cheerful pastime compared with the ennui of tracing the course of Sordello through that veil of obscurity which Mr. Browning’s style of composition places between us and his conception’ (The Athenaeum, June 1864).

If you would like to indulge in such a cheerful pastime, please join us for a close reading workshop on Robert Browning’s poetry on Friday 11th December 2015 at the Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies, Birkbeck, University of London. There will be a session on each of the following four poems: Sordello, ‘Two in the Campagna’, ‘By the Fireside’, and ‘Caliban upon Setebos’. The workshop will be chaired by Professor Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck, University of London) and Dr Clara Dawson (University of Manchester). Professor Matthew Campbell (University of York) will lead a plenary session on Sordello.

We are currently looking for speakers to present a ten-minute reading of either ‘Two in the Campagna’, ‘By the Fireside’, and ‘Caliban upon Setebos’. The speaker will offer a potential reading of the poem and then open up discussion to the rest of the group. We aim to have three speakers in each session, and the main focus of the day will be close reading as a group. If you are interested in leading one of the sessions by presenting a ten-minute reading, then please contact with a short, 100 word proposal by 30thJuly. We are particularly interested in hearing from early career scholars.

We hope that the workshop will be a starting point to reinvigorate the study of Browning’s poetry and encourage the growth of a network of scholars reading, writing, and thinking about his work.

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Call for Fellows 2015-2016 – closes 2nd July 2015

The Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre is inviting expressions of interest from artists and producers in relation to the Fellows scheme for 2015-16.

In this scheme, up to 20 Fellows are invited to participate in and contribute to Centre activities.  The Centre’s aim is to provide a space for artists to gather to exchange ideas and develop work in a supportive context.

Events provided include one dedicated Fellows meeting per term involving discussion, presentations of work in progress and refreshments, and the Centre’s public Theatre Conversation and symposium events.  Fellows may also request membership of theLibrary, meetings with academic staff and access to in-kind resources (subject to availability) as part of research and development towards projects.  Fellows’ contributions to the Centre may include giving public talks about their work, or organising workshops or events.

For 2015-16, we are seeking a limited number of artists and producers to become fellows of the Centre. Fellows will be chosen on the basis of the synergies between the artist or producer’s work and the Centre’s research interests and theme for the year; and the complementariness of their work to the work of existing and new members.

To express interest in this opportunity, please complete the application form and return it with a copy of your CV to by Thursday 2 July 2015.

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Critical Waves on Resonance104.4FM 23rd and 30th June

Tune in to Resonance 104.4FM on Tuesday 23rd and Tuesday 30th June, 8-9pm to hear cutting-edge research from the brightest new talent in the arts and humanities.

Listen in to be inspired and intrigued by thinking off the beaten track, as researchers from across the UK explore; three-sided football, haunted mirrors, the cost of thinking, black women in space, the psychogeography of a ‘bike cemetery’, fiduciary law, the world of nocturnal music, the sound of climate change, and what happens when we analyse poetry according to Jeremy Paxman.

You can tune in at 104.4FM in London or online here

The programmes are the result of Critical Waves, an innovative series of talks and events, delivered by Birkbeck College in partnership with the ICA and Resonance 104.FM.

During spring 2015 Critical Waves brought together leading artists, academics and broadcasters for a series of talks and workshops aimed at exploring the role of radio in academic research. In response to these events postgraduate research students and early career researchers have produced short radio programmes on elements of their work. A selection of these programmes will be showcased during the broadcasts on Resonance 104.4FM in June, but you can find even more online where a complete archive of all the programmes made by Critical Waves’ participants will be available at

To listen to the programmes or for further information about Critical Waves visit

Critical Waves is generously supported by a Collaborative Development Award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council

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Stephen Copley Research Award Winner

It is with great pleasure that we write to inform you that a doctoral candidate at Birkbeck, Rees Arnott-Davies, is the recipient of a Stephen Copley Postgraduate Research Award this year. This is a highly competitive annual bursary scheme run by the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) in order to support postgraduate research in the UK or aboard. Information about the society, including the Copley bursary scheme, conferences, and the like, can be found on the website or through the Twitter page @BARS_official. Please join us in congratulating Rees.

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NYU in London seeks part-time lecturer – closes 22nd June

*An affiliate of New York University*

Part Time Lecturer- Liberal Studies Program:  Expository Writing Core Module (Cover)

NYU in London is seeking a part time lecturer to teach on a first-year, expository writing course commencing in the fall term, September 2015 for one academic year.

New York University is a Global Network University with courses and programs offered at 13 academic centres on six continents. NYU in London is an undergraduate study abroad program of exceptional quality with teaching strengths across the curriculum. Our UK faculty, drawn mainly from local universities, has an excellent record in teaching and research. Classes are held at the NYU London centre at 4-6 Bedford Square, WC1.


Writing I & II are core elements of the Liberal Studies curriculum that focus on expository writing, the presentation of argument, and elements of research.

Writing I introduces students to the essay genre and complicates their understanding of its varied forms and functions. The course offers occasions to practice essay writing across disciplines and in several modes, including personal, critical, academic, and journalistic. It also exposes students to writing, reading, and critical thinking skills and introduces them to some of the interdisciplinary and theoretical bases for such practices. The course engages global issues and perspectives through its texts, reading and writing assignments, as well as through experiential learning outside of the classroom.

Building on Writing I, Writing II introduces students to advanced reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. The course also introduces the research and research management skills necessary for academic work and writing beyond academic contexts, and culminates with a capstone project that involves substantial intra- or inter-disciplinary research.

For more curricular details:


Approaches to teaching will vary, but an emphasis on workshops, in-class writing, and discussion (as opposed to lecture) is used to foster students’ abilities to closely, critically, and creatively think, read, and write.

The course also fosters students’ abilities to rigorously revise. Workshops use a combination of small group work, large group work, and individual student-instructor conferences. The course makes use of formal and informal writing, with an emphasis on the process of writing and revising drafts. All student work is to be marked and commented upon by the instructor.

The course requires students to consider the local and global aspects of experiences outside the classroom and harness those experiences in their writing. Instructors structure at least one extra-classroom activity that makes use of the local setting and design an assignment or series of assignments around that activity; such assignments encourage students to recognize-and address in their writing-the global implications of what they observe.


The semester is 15 weeks and classes meet once a week for 2.5 hours (Day & Time TBD). In addition to the time required for course preparation, classroom instruction, and marking, the instructor is required to hold a minimum of one set 60-minute “office hour” at NYU London per week, during which time she or he will be available to meet with students.


Applicants should have a PhD in a related field.  It is expected that the post-holder will have a minimum of 2 to 3 years teaching at the university level and experience teaching expository writing ; American undergraduates and/or first year students is helpful.


Terms and conditions will be discussed with the successful applicant.

Applicants should be EU national or currently hold a UK work permit at time of application. Applications, in the form of a C.V. and letter of interest, should arrive as soon as possible and in any event not later than June 22 by e-mail to Luke Harper at

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FreudOutLoud – 1pm Sunday June 14th

Marathon reading of Civilization and Its Discontents @ the Freud Museum,

Next Sunday afternoon there will be a verbatim reading out loud – a marathon reading – of Freud’s seminal text, Civilization and Its Discontents (1929).
A number of artists, poets, writers, psychoanalysts and academics have been invited to share this collective reading at the Freud Museum in London.

As you likely know, Freud’s text is an extraordinary extended contemplation on the nature of violence and repression. It considers the tension between the instinct or drive towards aggression and the paradox of civilization as a process whose cultural and social ideals repress our instincts, thus leading to perpetual ‘unease’ or discontent and disorder. It is without doubt one of Freud’s greatest texts; beautifully written, utterly compelling and relevant for the current times we live in.

Entry is free with admission ticket to the museum.
Details about the event and a list of the readers

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‘Tower Block Revisited: Aspects of British Public Housing Post-WWII’ – 26th June

The Architecture Space and Society Centre at Birkbeck is delighted to welcome our Summer term speaker:

Professor Stefan Muthesius
‘Tower Block Revisited: Aspects of British Public Housing Post-WWII’

Friday 26 June, 6pm, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, room B03

Tower Block public housing in Britain has been subjected to diametrically opposed viewpoints. This talk suggests approaches that may be taken by the art and architectural historian. Miles Glendinning and Stefan are at present preparing a successor to their 1994 book on the subject of Council Tower Blocks, a shorter account that tries to stay closer to the actual buildings.

Stefan Muthesius taught at the School of Art History and World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia. His publications include The English Terraced House (Yale University Press, 1982); Art, Architecture and Design in Poland 966-1990 An Introduction (Langewiesche, 1994);  Tower Block. Modern Public Housing in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (with Miles Glendinning, Yale, 1994),  The Postwar University. Utopianist Campus and College (Yale, 2000); The Poetic Home. Designing the 19th-century Interior (Thames & Hudson, 2009).

This event is free and open to the public.

Go to the website for more information on the ASSC and book a place on Eventbrite

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CILAVS – Benjamin Picado seminar – 9th June 2015

The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies at Birkbeck warmly invites you to the Seminar

Aesthetic Experience of Eventfulness in Photojournalism: Vicarious Eyewitness and Narrative Indexicality

Benjamim Picado (Fluminense Federal University)

Tuesday 9 June 2015, 6pm, Room B01, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

In this talk, Picado addresses the problem of pictorial systems underlying representation of historical eventfulness in photojournalism, in the context of debated claims about “indexicality” as hallmark of photographic general meaningfulness. while positioning against vindications of “pure” kinds of indexicality that typifies traditional theories of photography. He also questions the arguing strategies of new theories of photography that are mainly sustained by claims about the “artistic agency” of photographic practices. The depiction of actualities is an issue that requires a pragmatic account of visual meaningfulness, thus dependent on the interactions between images and the “beholder’s share”. In so considering, he analyses photographic depiction by means of the stylistic constraints of straightforwardness in visual presentation and two-dimensional composition, as requirements for the virtual immersive involvement of viewers, and also as operators of a narrative sense of indexicality.

Dr Benjamim Picado is a full associate professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the Graduate Program in Communications at Fluminense Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He directs the Group of Research in Analysis of Photography, Visual and Graphic Narratives (GRAFO/NAVI), in which context, he explores the expressive materials of contemporary visual media culture (visual discourses and narrative depiction in photojournalism, visual poetics in comics and graphic novels), with special attention to the methodological models for the analyses of visual discourse (Semiotics, Iconology, Visual Aesthetics and History of Art). He is the author of O Olho Suspenso do Novecento: plasticidade e discursividade visual no fotojornalismo moderno (Rio de Janeiro, Azougue/FAPERJ:2014). Currently a Visiting Fellow at Birkbeck, he is developing his project on the visual representation of conflicts in contemporary Brazil’s photojournalism. Personal homepage:

All welcome. No booking required.

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The National Gallery – curatorial traineeships & curatorial assistant positions – deadline: 11th June

The National Gallery, London
Application deadline: Jun 11, 2015


The post is a twenty-two month traineeship, designed to introduce someone who has a good scholarly art historical background and an interest in pursuing a museum career to the responsibilities of curatorship in both the National Gallery and a partnering regional institution. The Curatorial Trainee will receive an initial period of training of six months in the National Gallery, followed by a placement in the regional institution. The traineeship will offer opportunities to be actively involved in a full range of curatorial practice and to gain experience of a variety of curatorial issues. The placement will include responsibility for carrying out a specific collections-based project.


The post is a twenty-two month traineeship, designed to introduce someone who has a good scholarly art historical background in European painting and with an interest in pursuing a museum career to the responsibilities of curatorship in a national collection. The Curatorial Assistant will have the opportunity to be involved in a full range of curatorial practice and to gain experience of a variety of curatorial issues. The post will focus on Netherlandish and Italian paintings in the period before 1500, and on at least one special project.


The post is a twenty-two month traineeship, designed to introduce someone who has a good scholarly art historical background in European painting and with an interest in pursuing a museum career to the responsibilities of curatorship in a national collection. The Curatorial Assistant will have the opportunity to be involved in a full range of curatorial practice and to gain experience of a variety of curatorial issues. The post will focus on paintings in the period 1600- 1800.

For all further information about the National Gallery Curatorial Traineeships please visit the website

Reference / Quellennachweis:
JOB: 3 National Gallery Curatorial Traineeships, London. In: H-ArtHist, Jun 2, 2015.

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