Murray Seminars – Autumn 15 Programme

Please find attached details on the Murray Seminars this Autumn Term 2015.

All sessions take place in the School of Arts, Room 112, 43 Gordon Square 5pm to 6pm and are followed by refreshments.

  • 22nd October: Robert Maniura discussing Rogier van der Weyden’s famous image of St Luke drawing the Virgin Mary, exploring its implications for the understanding of contemporary portraiture
  • 19th November: Laura Jacobus looking at five generations of women who worshipped in the Arena Chapel in Padua, asking what insights we can gain when we place them at the centre of our enquiry
  • 10th December: Juliana Barone looking at Leonardo, Poussin and Errard: new ideals in the editio princeps of the Treatise on Painting


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New Look for 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century

We are delighted to announce that 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century at has had a makeover. We hope you’ll agree that the journal is looking very good as it prepares to celebrate its first ten years this autumn.

19 publishes two themed issues per year under the auspices of invited guest editors. It is part of Birkbeck’s Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and is under the general editorship of Dr Carolyn Burdett.

The journal is now proudly housed within the Open Library of Humanities (OLH), a platform for open access publishing also based at Birkbeck. The OLH has a unique model to fund open access journals in the humanities that doesn’t rely on author charges but instead receives support from a large number of libraries. Please do see their website at for more on getting your libraries involved or to learn about moving other journals to their model.


Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies School of Arts Birkbeck, University of London

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London Renaissance Seminar: Research Internships – deadline 21 October

The London Renaissance Seminar invites postgraduate students at Birkbeck to apply for two research internships 2015-16.

The London Renaissance Seminar hosts and organises a variety of events from half-day symposia to lectures, larger conferences and single lectures. Most events are open to audiences. Anyone with an interest in the Renaissance is welcome to attend. Seminars are usually held in the School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

The internship is open to all postgraduate students at Birkbeck and is likely to be particularly rewarding for those working in a historical or literary field in the early modern period. The postholders will (a) have a shared budget of £325 to fund a research-led event of their choice under the auspices and with the guidance of LRS, and (b) to participate in steering and above all maintaining the Seminar during the academic year 2015-16 – liaising with event organisers at Birkbeck and beyond, working with the two involved members of the Steering Committee, ensuring the updating of the website, advertising and liaising with projects (such as the Marston editing project), academics at Birkbeck and beyond and the Birkbeck administration particularly within the School of Arts.

The internships are planned to commence in late October 2015 and end in July 2016 (there may be some flexibility). The successful candidates will be working on a postgraduate degree, have some prior research experience and be familiar with early modern texts and ideas.

The research intern’s responsibilities include:

  • Devising, planning, scheduling, advertising and delivering an LRS event using the assigned budget: either one event co-organised or two smaller events. Event to be held in 2015-16.
  • Advertising upcoming LRS and Shakespeare Conversations events: website, social media, webpage
  • Liaison with event organisers and academics involved in planning and delivering events
  • Supporting LRS involvement with projects and institutions eg Marston Project; ‘Renaissance Loves’, RSA, Bbk BA initiatives.
  • Contributing to LRS Steering Committee planning meetings

Each intern will provide two hours per week for 3 x 11 week terms.

Using the hourly pay scale for non superannuable staff, including on-costs the hourly rate would be £16.51.  £325 towards speakers and refreshments for the research event/events to be designed by the two interns

As indicated, students at MPhil and PhD level may apply. In applying, please supply:

  1. 150 words outlining (a) your special area of research and how it relates to the period 1500-1690 (b) how the placement will benefit your academic study; (c) how the internship will develop your career skills.
  2. 150 words giving an initial proposal for an outward-facing LRS event. The format of this event is open (Examples include but are not limited to: postgraduate conference; site-specific seminar; book talk; symposium; performance and analysis).

These (a) and (b) can be submitted as separate documents or in the form of a letter)

  1. Full CV
  2. Name of 1 academic referee

Candidates will be interviewed.

Submit your application  as a WORD document with the information and documents requested above to by 12.00pm Wednesday 21 October.

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Birkbeck Institute of Moving Image (BIMI) – Autumn 2015 programme

The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image’s autumn programme is now available for booking:

Highlights include:

  • Sarah Pucill and Self-Representation
  • David Rodowick’s Films and Videos
  • Neepa Majumdar on Indian Transition to Sound
  • Anna Vaz/Michael Snow Films in Dialogue
  • Marcus Rediker’s Amistad
  • Poetic Documentaries in USSR
  • Doing Women’s Film and TV History
  • Pride and its Precursors
  • Guilt Group screenings
  • Children’s Film Club

All events are free and open to everyone, but booking is required via Eventbrite.

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London.

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Church Monuments Society Essay Prize: Closing Date 31 December 2015

The Church Monuments Society offers a biennial Essay Prize for the best essay on any aspect of church monuments in any period. The maximum word length (incl. end notes) is 10,000 words with no more than 10 illustrations. The winning essay will be published in the international, peer-reviewed, green open-access journal Church Monuments.

The closing date for entries is 31 December 2015.

Further Details available here:

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Birkbeck Institute for Social Research – Autumn 2015 Programme

Birkbeck Institute for Social Research

Political and Social Theory Seminar
Autumn Term 2015

*** This seminar series is open to Birkbeck PhD students and academic staff only. ***

Totalitarianism and Justice: Hannah Arendt and Judith Shklar

Wednesday 14 October 2015 | 2.00 – 3.30pm | Paul Hirst Seminar Room (102), 10 Gower Street

Speaker: Dr Samantha Ashenden, Birkbeck, University of London

Abstract to follow.

Decolonising Environmental Security

Tuesday 10 November 2015 | Time and venue tbc

Speaker: Prof Jan Selby, University of Sussex

Abstract to follow.

Reflections on the “Postmodern Turn” in the Social Sciences

Monday 7 December 2015 | 4.00 – 5.30pm | Paul Hirst Seminar Room (102), 10 Gower Street

Speaker: Dr Simon Susen, City University, London

Simon will talk about his recent book, The ‘Postmodern Turn’ in the Social Sciences (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), details of which can be found – here

If you wish to attend any of these seminars, please email Jason Edwards.

The purpose of this seminar series in Political and Social Theory, organised by Jason Edwards (Department of Politics, Birkbeck), is to provide a forum for colleagues at Birkbeck to discuss their research, and also to promote the public face of the College for political and social theory by inviting outside speakers to present their work. The seminar will run regularly over the course of the academic year with three sessions in the Autumn and Spring terms, and two in the Summer term. The scope of the seminar will be broad, including matters concerning contemporary social theory, normative political theory, political and historical sociology, political philosophy, and critical theory.


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Introducing the Birkbeck Institutes

Dear PhD Student,

You may already have heard about the Birkbeck Institutes and the exciting wide ranging events we present. We comprise three different Institutes (BIH, BISR, BIMI) working separately and sometimes collaboratively presenting talks, seminars, symposia and conferences reflecting the research of the academic staff at Birkbeck.

Please sign up to the mailing list to be the first to hear about the events:

You can also befriend the Institutes on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Some events are specifically aimed at PhD students, such as the “Developing Your Research Career” series of workshops and the “Birkbeck Institute Graduate Conference” (to be held April/May 2016). All our events are open to you as well as to the public and we hope that you will come along or even take part where appropriate.

Best wishes,

Julia Eisner, Sarah Joshi and Reina Goodwin-van der Wiel, Institute Managers

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (BIH) aims, through its events and activities, to engage with important public issues of our time as well as fostering and promoting a climate of interdisciplinary research and collaboration among academics and researchers. It promotes new ideas and forms of understanding in the humanities. It invites prominent writers, broadcasters and public figures to spend short periods at the Institute and engages the highly rated Birkbeck Humanities research departments in cross-disciplinary work.

The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) is a response to the growing interest in film and the moving image across the College. Through public events and academic research initiatives, BIMI will address a wide variety of contemporary issues, particularly those relevant to its interdisciplinary structure.  Working closely with the Birkbeck Cinema, BIMI programmes public screenings and special seasons, making use of 35 mm film in addition to the Cinema’s high quality DVD projection.

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) is the focal point for social research at Birkbeck, and a hub for the dissemination and discussion of social research in London and beyond. Our distinctively critical and socially-engaged approach to social research is organised around five themes, each of which has a global/comparative dimension: social, psychosocial and feminist theory and methods; social movements, citizenship, policy and participation; subjectivity, intimacy, life-course and home; place, nation and environment; and media, culture, communication and learning.

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A Fun Palace for Grown Ups – Saturday 4th October 2015

On Sunday 4 October from 2.30pm, the Centre for Contemporary Theatre is hosting events in the School of Arts as part of Camden People’s Theatre’s contribution to this year’s national Fun Palaces festival: A Fun Palace for Grown Ups

CPT’s Fun Palace for Grown Ups is distinctive as the focus of Fun Palace events tends to be on children and young people.

As part of A Fun Palace for Grown Ups, we are really pleased to be presenting a talk from Philip Hedley (former artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East), rehearsed readings from The Writers’ Group (consisting of MA Text and Performance students) and a new performance from a young theatre company, BARK.

A Fun Palace for Grown Ups comes at the end of what is induction week for many programmes, and can act as an additional welcome to new students.  Information on the line-up of events hosted in the School of Arts is below, and links to the events at CPT and other venues in the Euston area.

A Fun Palace for Grown Ups: A FREE celebration of being a grown up from Camden People’s Theatre, New Diorama, Birkbeck, Wellcome Collection, the Fitzrovia Centre & others.

All events are FREE but booking is essential:

Birkbeck events take place in the School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD
Sunday 4 October, 2.30-5.30pm

2.30-4.30pm: The Writers’ Group: Rehearsed Readings, Peltz Gallery

– Neka Da Costa, Whoopey’s the Musical: A dark comedy that satirizes the nitty gritty of the fast food industry, set in a fictional but recognizable restaurant.
– Wafik Doss, Staged Impeachment: A play about a play that never gets played.
– Lucinda Everett, Liked: A drama exploring the darker side of the world’s obsession with youtube.
– Yuki Sakamoto, The Macaroni War: A story about imagination and its loss and a warning to all ages.
– Virginia Smith, My Shrimp and I: An exploration of cultural stereotyping through a one-woman show that intertwines music and words.
– Kate Tiernan, Freight: Adventure in a tiny tin tank. A freight carriage holds hostage the hopes of freedom. With lyrical and fiercely poetic language, two characters fight to conceal their judgment and desires in the pursuit of anonymity.
– Rebecca Williams, Hikikomori in London: Mental health labels when cultures collide: the story of a unique friendship when one man tries to help someone he can’t hope to understand.

3-4pm: Answer A) BARK School by BARK, G10

Re-realise your potential as a school child in these ridiculous one-on-one mini classes.

2.30-5.30pm: Joan Littlewood: Her Life and Work

Philip Hedley was Joan Littlewood’s assistant director for two years and her successor as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Philip will give a detailed and rich account of one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable and influential UK theatre directors. With lively personal anecdotes, Philip will discuss the context for Joan’s work, her fundamental beliefs about theatre, and her legacy, including her ideas for a Fun Palace.

To book, and to see all events taking place as part of A Fun Palace for Grown Ups, visit


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Veer Books @ FREE VERSE: The Poetry Book Fair Saturday 26 September 2015

Veer Books @ FREE VERSE: The Poetry Book Fair (Saturday 26 September 2015)

Veer Books will be manning a stall at the upcoming FREE VERSE Poetry Book Fair (September 26th 2015) at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1 (10 am to 4:30pm) – come and see us there.

Poetry presses include Crater, Etruscan Books, if p then q, Penned in the Margins, Reality Street, Seren, Shearsman, Ugly Duckling Presse, Veer Books, and many more

Veer will also be hosting a reading at 1:30pm:

Veer Books
Launch of New Veer Collections
Tom Bamford – CryptozooologyRosa van Hensbergen – In Accident & Emergence, and Mark O’Leary – Viersomes 004:
three young poets’ highly contrastive explorations of a radical poetic.

The full schedule of readings on Saturday 26th is shown here

Admission is free to all events and readings

please see for more details.

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