Call for Papers FORUM Issue 22: Ideological Conflict

FORUM is delighted to announce the publication of Issue 21: Private/Public,  which engages with the debate about the distinctions or indistinctions between the private and public spheres. The issue, which has guest articles by Mary Evans and Bruce Robbins, can be viewed here.


Call for Papers Issue 22: Ideological Conflict

Armed conflict has ravaged Syria for over four years. The initial protest against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has escalated to a civil war that has drawn intercession from major world powers, arguably exacerbating the situation, and maintaining the issue of ideological conflict at the forefront of popular culture and media.  After the recent attacks in Beirut, Paris, and Bagdad, discussion has centred particularly on Islamophobia and the increasingly perceived dichotomy between Islamic and Western political systems.  After Francis Fukuyama famously declared the end of the great ideological battles, Issue 22 of FORUM looks to explore instead Jasmine Gani’s suggestion that we should be “bringing back ideas” when analysing this new era of entrenched conflict.

We might define ideological conflict as the mental, verbal or physical manifestation of dissension between two cultures with different sets of beliefs.  Such cultural hostility might be characterised by xenophobia, ‘otherness’, or racial prejudice, all of which are saturated with the violent historical precedent which helped construct them. What light can be shed on today’s hostilities by the analysis of past example?

Conflicts can be between political systems, economic systems, religions, races, and even social philosophies, however, it doesn’t always occur on a grand scale – at a state or global level. The notion of private ideology also brings with it an internal conflict between personal belief and societal hegemony, raising questions about how an individual contends with this, imaginatively or pragmatically.

Chiefly, the violence that results from ideological conflict has been analysed using a rhetoric of ‘terror’ and ‘persecution’, yet the value of terms like these is clearly limited. How do we go about differentiating between nationalistic and religious components of ideological conflict? What purpose do we have for denotations such as ‘terrorist’, which are being used increasingly to justify state-sanctioned violence? And what of the notion that juxtaposed ideologies necessarily result in conflict?

Issue 22 of FORUM seeks contributions from a range of disciplines that engage with the topic of conflicting ideologies. How do questions of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, and political affiliation affect conceptions of ideology at both an individual and a wider cultural level?

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Hegemonic versus subaltern population groups
  • Utopian and dystopian visions
  • Wars of religion
  • Terror and state-sanctioned violence
  • Internal and external conflict
  • Nation-specific versus globally-minded ideological conflict
  • Private and public ideology
  • Violent and non-violent conflict
  • The breakdown of ideological pluralisms
  • The rhetoric of political discourse
  • Ideology in the digital age
  • Spaces and zones of conflict
  • Segregation, persecution, and migration
  • Forms of ideological warfare
  • Feminism and opposition


Papers must be between 3,000 – 5,000 words in length, formatted according to MLA guidelines. FORUM is also considering academic book reviews (1,000 words) and multimedia and alternative presentations for publication. Please e-mail your article, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled DOC(X). files to by 29th February 2016. All eligible articles will be peer reviewed prior to publication. Only one submission per author per issue is permitted.

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Early English Drama & Performance Network’s first Postgraduate & Early-Career Symposium

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The Early English Drama & Performance Network will be hosting their first Postgraduate and Early-Career Symposium on Friday, March 18th, 2016 at the University of Kent.

The Symposium will comprise of a series of talks and workshops that cover topics tailored to doctoral and early-career researchers in early drama (medieval and early modern). Session topics will include, for example, practice-based research, tips for producing successful funding applications, avenues for publishing, techniques for teaching early drama, and using medieval and early modern archives. Scholars, researchers, and professionals who have successfully researched, produced, and taught early drama will lead the sessions. The symposium will conclude with an open space session that will allow the participants to continue to discuss the day’s topics and to raise any further issues relevant to the field and its future directions.

Confirmed speakers: Mark Chambers (Durham University and REED NE Project), Elisabeth Dutton (University of Fribourg and EDOX), Martin Gibbons (Pantaloons), James Gibson (REED Kent Project), James McBain (University of Fribourg and EDOX), John McGavin (University of Southampton), Catherine Richardson (University of Kent), and Meg Twycross (Lancaster University).

The registration deadline is Monday, February 1st, 2016 and can be completed via the form on the EED&PN Blog at A full programme will be posted to the blog soon. Questions should be directed to Tamara Haddad ( or Francisca Stangel (

Delegates are also encouraged to attend the Medieval English Theatre Meeting on ‘Transnational Drama’ that will take place the following day (Saturday, March 19th, 2016) at the University of Kent. Registration details for the METh Meeting will be posted soon to

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Special tenth anniversary issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century

19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 21 (2015)

19 marks and celebrates its tenth anniversary with a special issue guest edited by Luisa Calè and Ana Parejo Vadillo on the manifold possibilities of the nineteenth-century digital archive.

Happy Birthday 19!


The Nineteenth-Century Digital Archive

What old and new crafts shape the nineteenth-century digital archive? How is the nineteenth-century paper archive remediated and remixed in the twenty-first century digital archive? What kinds of authors, users, and citizens do nineteenth-century digital projects call for? And what shape do they take? These are some of the questions addressed in this tenth anniversary issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century dedicated to the Nineteenth-Century Digital Archive.

In ‘The Craft of the Archive’, Morris Eaves and the Blake Archive team address the digital palimpsesting of William Blake’s Four Zoas, whereas Jason Camlot discusses digital forensics, audio fossils, and analyses early voice archives.

The Our Mutual Friend Reading Project, Birkbeck’s durational interval reading experiment, is discussed by Ben Winyard, Emma Curry, and some of the project’s digital personae: Beatrice Bazell, Holly Furneaux, Pete Orford, and Melissa Symanczyk.

The ‘Experiments’ section features Nadia Valman’s Zangwill’s Spitalfields app, Bob Nicholson’s Victorian Meme Machine, and Rob Gallagher and Ana Parejo Vadillo’s remix of Michael Field’s Sight and Song.

Finally, in ‘Visions’ we explore the Internet Archive with Brewster Kahle; Gale Digital Collections with Ray Abruzzi; the Central Online Victorian Educator with Dino Franco Felluga; Citizen Science with Sally Shuttleworth, Gowan Dawson, and team; Lost Visions with Julia Thomas; nineteenth-century periodicals with Laurel Brake and James Mussell; and conclude with Hilary Fraser and Jerome McGann reflecting on digital nineteenth-century worlds past, present, and future.

To download the articles, visit:

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Call for submissions: Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2016

TBM PrizeDeadline for submissions: Monday 29th February 2016

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover talent young writers on contemporary art, with the winner receiving £1,000 and the opportunity to publish a review of a contemporary art exhibition in The Burlington Magazine.

The winner of the Prize will be announced in May 2016. Every applicant will be offered an online subscription to the Magazine at a specially reduced price.

The guest judges are the incoming Director of the Tate Britain, Alex Farquharson, and the eminent scholar and Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, Lynne Cooke.

Submission requirements:

Contenders – who must be no older than 30 years of age and have published no more than 6 exhibition reviews – should submit one unpublished review of a contemporary art exhibition, no more than 1000 words in length with up to three low-resolution images. ‘Contemporary’ is defined as art produced since 2000. The submitted review must be written in English (although the art considered may be international) and emailed as a Word document, clearly stating the name, age, country of residence and occupation of the writer to,uk

For more information please visit

or contact,uk

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Call for submissions: RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2016

Free entry for full time art students!

DEADLINE: Monday 18 January 2016

The Royal Watercolour Society invites Birkbeck College students to enter their annual open competition.

All full time art students are able to enter this competition free of charge.  Please email with a scan/photo of your student ID and we will respond with your free entry code.

The Royal Watercolour Society’s annual Contemporary Watercolour Competition encourages innovation and experimentation in all water-based media and provides a platform for both established and emerging artists.  This is the UK’s only major watercolour competition open to international artists.

The judges are looking for pieces that push at the boundaries of watercolour, promote water-based media at its most accomplished and ask audiences to see the medium in a new and contemporary light.  Successful entries will exhibit their work at Bankside Gallery, situated next to Tate Modern, which is at the heart of London’s cultural quarter.

Prizes include £1000 cash prize, a feature in The Artist Magazine, studio time in the Heatherley School of Fine Art and art materials.

Water-based media include, but are not limited to: Acrylic, Gouache, Pen & Ink, Pigment, Tempera, Traditional watercolour and Mixed Media.

View the leaflet here

For more information, to download the application pack, and to enter the competition:

Best of luck with your entry!

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10 ICI Fellowships for 2016-18: ERRANS, in Time

Conceptions of time and varied modes of temporal experience seem more at odds now than ever. Hamlet’s hunch – that ‘the time is out of joint’ – has turned into an evergreen of critical discourse. Admittedly, ideas of physical, social, revolutionary time, internal time consciousness, or historical experience are far from settled in their respective discourses and practices. Yet attempts to harmonize or correlate the understanding of time and temporal phenomena generated in different disciplines all-too quickly – and largely with violent effect – resort to normative, if not teleological ideas of progress, efficiency, narrative sense-making, or experiential plenitude. In this second instalment of the Core Project ERRANS, we ask whether the heterogeneous relations between discordant conceptions of time and temporality can be understood as being ‘erratically’ structured, that is, as marked by inherent misapprehensions, a dissonance that defies regulation, and an unexpected variability.

The ICI Berlin invites scholars from all disciplines to engage in a joint exploration of ERRANS, in Time. We especially welcome applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in scholarly research. The committed exchange between fellows is a central aim of the Institute. Applicants should be interested in a theoretical reflection upon the conceptual and intellectual basis of their projects and in discussing it with fellows from other disciplines. In particular, fellows will be expected to participate in the weekly colloquia, bi-weekly informal meetings, and other activities of the Institute, to contribute to a common publication, and to be resident in Berlin for the duration of the fellowship.

The ICI Fellowships announced are for the academic years 2016-18 (12 September 2016 – 13 July 2018). There is no age limit, but applicants should have obtained their PhD within ten years of the date of appointment or have fulfilled all requirements for receiving their PhD by 1 July 2016. Stipends range from EUR 1800 to 2000 per month.


Interested applicants should read the full announcement posted on

and download the PDF here.


Application deadline: 6 January 2016

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Launch invitation: Dandelion special issue, Friday 11 December



‘The Artist Identity – Education, Labour, Ownership’ special issue of Dandelion launches this Friday 11th December 2015.

You are warmly invited to attend the launch event on Friday 5pm until 8pm, Room 112, 43 Gordon Square.

There will be a small reception where the issue will be introduced and where you can meet some of the contributors and editors.

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Peltz Internship

Birkbeck’s Peltz Gallery, hosted at the School of Arts, is a flexible exhibition space for digital and material displays, small-scale performances, lectures and meetings. The space allows a constellation of research and creative activities to happen at the heart of the building.  Over the two years since it was opened, the Peltz has hosted a wide range of exhibitions based on the research interests and public engagement activities of academics and other staff at Birkbeck. Over the coming year, the range of exhibitions, and associated public events, is due to expand with plans for an artist-in-residence scheme. This provides a valuable opportunity for Birkbeck MPhil/PhD students to gain valuable experience in curating and event management processes.

We are delighted to offer MPhil/PhD students at Birkbeck the opportunity to develop their experience of working in a gallery.  We wish to appoint one intern per academic term during this academic year to work closely with the Peltz Director Annie Coombes, Dr Wendy Earle (Impact development officer), Peltz committee members as appropriate, and the Gallery Administrator and Media Technician. In particular, the interns would be involved in:

  • Supporting the curation and organisation of exhibitions at the Peltz
  • The organisation, promotion and hosting of academic and cultural events, symposia, workshops, screenings and master classes, including the artist-in-residence scheme.
  • To coordinate documentation and recording of events, audience surveys and follow up, social media practices and development, to participate in and contribute to Peltz Committee meetings and liaise across the Schools and College on behalf of the Gallery.

We need to recruit an intern for next term. The position involves a total 40 hours work paid at £15.55/hr.

The essential components of this role are:

  • Event co-ordination and promotion to target audiences (using online resources and social media)
  • Help with promotion, installation and deinstalling exhibitions in the Peltz
  • Manage design and print of event publications
  • Promotion of exhibition through social and other media
  • Monitor numbers and feedback
  • Draft evaluation report

Please note that the job requires hands on assistance and willingness to troubleshoot


Knowledge and experience required:

We are looking for a Birkbeck MPhil/PhD student with some experience of

  • working in a gallery and curating exhibitions – including installation and de-installation
  • liaising between individuals in different organisations and within different departments
  • scheduling and managing schedules


Interested individuals should send an expression of interest together with CV to by 6pm, Monday December 21.


(Funding for this post comes from Birkbeck’s Generic Skills Fund overseen by Birkbeck Graduate Research School.)

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End-of-term Renaissance lecture: Guest Speaker

On Wednesday 9th December 2015 Prof Neil Kenny (All Souls, Oxford University) will be delivering the term’s guest lecture.  His topic will be ‘Renaissance and Social Hierarchy: Family Transmission.’  Research Students are welcome to join the MA students for what promises to be a terrific talk.  The lecture will take place at 6pm in room B02 in 43 Gordon Square.

Prof. Kenny will also be running a seminar in the 7.40 slot.  Again, you are very welcome to join in, but please be aware that if you want to join the seminar session too, you will have to prepare a short presentation in advance.  Do contact Dr Gillian Woods ( know if you are interested in taking part in the seminar so that she can send you the relevant materials.

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