19C Studies – Literary Cosmopolitanism: Theory and Practice: Deadline 30 Sept 2015

‘Literary Cosmopolitanism: Theory and Practice’

A one-day Graduate Workshop

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

19 November 2015

Call for Participations

Literary Cosmopolitanism Further Details

Cosmopolitanism, etymologically derived from the Greek for ‘world citizenship’, offers a radical alternative to the ideology of nationalism, asking individuals to imagine themselves as part of a community that goes beyond national and linguistic boundaries. Together with the cognate concepts of inter-nationalism and trans-nationalism, cosmopolitanism has become a widespread and contentious term within literary studies, affecting our understanding of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature in particular.

This one-day graduate workshop is designed to introduce doctoral students to the current critical debate on cosmopolitanism. It will consist of a seminar based on pre-circulated critical material followed by the opportunity to relate the discussion to the participants’ individual research. The workshop is open to PhD students in all areas of nineteenth- and twentieth-century literary studies (English, comparative literature, modern languages), from all universities, but it is limited to a maximum of 15 participants. No previous knowledge of theories of cosmopolitanism is required. There is no registration charge and lunch will be provided as part of the event. Two small travel bursaries are available for participants coming from further afield.

In order to secure a place, or for general enquiries, please write to clement.dessy@gmail.com. Prospective participants should send a CV and a short statement of maximum one page stating how they envisage that attending the workshop will benefit their research by 30 September 2015 at the latest.

‘Literary Cosmopolitanism: Theory and Practice’ is part of the AHRC-funded project The Love of Strangers: Literary Cosmopolitanism in the English ‘Fin de Siècle’ (PI Stefano Evangelista, Oxford University). It is a collaboration between Birkbeck, University of London and Oxford University. The workshop will take place in London and will be led by Stefano Evangelista, Ana Parejo Vadillo, and Clément Dessy.


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The Freud Reading Group Invites New Members

The Freud Reading Group invites new members to join for September and October 2015.

We are a group of researchers reading the complete works of Freud in chronological order. While the group is usually closed to foster a sense of commitment and trust, we periodically open up to new members.

Meetings take place on the last Wednesday of the month between 13:00 and 14:30. The next two meetings are as follows:

Wednesday 30th September, 13:00-14:30, Room 218, 43 Gordon Square. Reading: Volume III of the Standard Edition, pp. 1-87 (to the end of ‘Obsessions and Phobias: Their Psychical Mechanism and their Aetiology’)

Wednesday 28th October, 13:00-14:30, Room 112, 43 Gordon Square. Reading: tbc

If you would like to join us, or have any questions, please email bbkfreud@gmail.com

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Foundling Museum: Discount for BBK Students Sept-Jan 2016

Professor Lynda Nead from the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck is curating an exhibition that opens on the 25th of September at the Foundling Museum. The Museum has made a very generous discount offer for Birkbeck students:

  • Half-price entry for Birkbeck students if they show their student card at the ticket desk (this is 50% off our concessions rate)
  • 30% discount for Birkbeck students in the museum café

Both offers will run for the duration of the exhibition (25 Sept 15 – 3 Jan 16).

For more information on the exhibition please go to:


G F Watts Found Drowned c 1848-1850  Watts Gallery (2)

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Paid Internship Opportunity: Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) Deadline: 9th September


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 addresses 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. We run a busy calendar of events from research seminars to film screenings.

We wish to appoint one intern for the Autumn Term to work closely with BIMI academic staff and the BIMI administrator. In particular, the intern would be involved in:

  • The organisation, promotion and hosting of academic and cultural events, symposia, workshops, screenings and master classes, including the annual BIMI/University of Pittsburgh Lecture and the BIMI/Afterall collaborative events
  • To assist with the organisation and promotion of the Birkbeck Essay Film Festival
  • To coordinate documentation and recording of events, audience surveys and follow up, social media practices and development, to participate in and contribute to BIMI Steering Group meetings and liaise across the Schools and College on behalf of BIMI.

The intern will work 40 hours per term, or one day a week, and be paid £15 per hour.

To apply please send a CV and statement of interest to sarah.joshi@bbk.ac.uk.

Applicant Requirements: Applicant must be a current Birkbeck student (MA/MPhil/PhD) in either the Schools of Law, SSHP, Arts or Science.

Application deadline: Wednesday September 9th

Interviews: Week of September 14th

Start Date: Wednesday 30th September

Finish Date: Saturday 12th December

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Dandelion Journal – The Artist Identity: Call for Submissions New Deadline 25th September


NEW DEADLINE – 25th September

Special Issue: The Artist Identity, Dandelion Journal Vol. 5, No. 3 (2015)

The Dandelion editors seek submissions on the theme of ARTIST IDENTITY for their forthcoming issue.

A question as simple as asking ‘what is an artist?’ can result in a labyrinth of references, extend to related fields, and lead to contrasting interpretations. This reaffirms the idea that the artist identity is a variable, evolving and adapting representation of the artist’s self. In the symposium that inspired this special issue our speakers added a range of perspectives on the ways in which the artist identity is created, nurtured, sustained and challenged. They also indicated to a need for further investigation of these central themes and a platform for the exchange of these ideas.

This special issue aims at encouraging further debate on this notion and invites submissions which engage with questions of artist identity in arts policy and management, in art history, in sociology, in marketing as well as considerations of the notion in public discourse. Our understanding is that an explanation of the concept can lead to an exploration of its explanatory power.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Art education
  • Artistic labour
  • The art studio, in whatever shape or form
  • Myth, stereotypes and ready-made narratives
  • Career development and the self
  • The work of art
  • Personal identity
  • Artistic identity crisis

We welcome short articles of 3000-5000 words, long articles of 5000-8000 words and critical reviews of books/ films/ exhibitions/ shows. We also strongly encourage submissions of artwork including visual art; creative writing; podcasts and video footage (up to 10 mins), accompanied by a 300-500 word summary/description/analysis.

We would be happy to discuss ideas for submissions with interested authors prior to the submissions deadline.

We welcome submissions from doctoral students, early career researchers, established academics and independent practitioners, working chiefly within the arts and humanities.

Please email submissions by 25th September 2015 to the editors: mail@dandelionjournal.org or submit through the Dandelion website.

Please include a 50-word author biography and a 200-300-word abstract alongside your submission. All referencing and style is required in full MHRA format as a condition of publication and submitted articles should be academically rigorous and ready for immediate publication. Complete instructions for submissions can be found at www.dandelionjournal.org under ‘About’.

The journal is also seeking for EDITORS to join the Dandelion Journal Editorial Team. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity please email us at mail@dandelionjournal.org.

Dandelion is an online postgraduate journal affiliated with the Birkbeck
School of Arts, and is supported by Roberts Funding and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Dandelion aims to bring together a diversity of works from researchers in the arts, to offer collaborative research and training possibilities, and to promote an independent, cross-institutional space for creative professional development.



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