Murray Seminars Spring term series 2016 at Birkbeck announced

The full Spring term Murray Seminars series at Birkbeck has been announced.

This term promises an interesting and varied programme. The speakers are:

  • Zuleika Murat, sharing discoveries about Guariento and the Tomb of Doge Giovanni Dolfin in Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice (Wednesday 20th January)
  • Tom Nickson, looking at the significance of light and its subsequent obscuration in gothic buildings (Wednesday, 10th February)
  • Paula Nuttall, on dance and low-life subjects in drawings by Verrochio (Monday, 7th March)

Details of individual events can be found at

All seminars this term are held at 5pm in the Keynes Library at Birkbeck’s School of Arts (Room 114, 43, Gordon Sq., London, WC1H OPD). A break at 5.50pm is followed by discussion and refreshments.

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Call for entries: The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize £7,500 – deadline 6 March 2016

Final entries are now invited for the Fourth Annual Mogford Food & Drink Story Prize – £7,500.

The short story can be by any writer, must be new work and a maximum of 2500 words. Submissions by 6th March 2016.

The prize will be presented at the Annual Quod Party held during the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival on Thursday 7th April 2016.

Email your submission to

See website for full details


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BIMI Spring Term 2016 Programme Announced

The 2016 Spring programme for Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image has been announced:

Highlights include:

  • Mike Taanila-Erkki Kurenniemi/“The Future Is Not What It Used to Be” in collaboration with LUX and MIT Press
  • Essay Film Festival preludes: Sue Clayton/“The Song of the Shirt”; Vincent Dieutre/“Orlando Ferito”; Basil Wright/Harun Farocki double-bill; Filippos Koutsaftis/“Mourning Rock”
  • Jean-Luc Godard: Out-takes from a Retrospective
  • Veronica Pravadelli book launch/ “Classic Hollywood. Life Styles and Film Styles 1930-1960”

Plus: regular Guilt Group and Sci/Film events, and Children’s Film Club

And on the horizon: the second BIMI Essay Film Festival in collaboration with the ICA, 17-24 March – programme to be published shortly.

Looking forward to seeing you at Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD.

Follow us on Twitter: @Birkbeck_BIMI


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Room at the Top Open Lecture Series 2016

Room at the Top open lecture series commences on Monday 11 January 2016 at with ‘The Artistic Case’ with Amit Sharma, Associate Director of Graeae Theatre Company.

When: Monday 11 January 2016, at 6pm

Where: Malet St, MAL G16

There will be 3 lectures per term over the Spring and Summer and will feature speakers from varying Arts areas such as the Director of Sky Arts, the Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and more.

Once a month on a Monday evening speakers from a broad spectrum of the cultural sector will come to the School of Arts to share their thoughts and experiences and debate current issues in cultural policy making. The aim is to capture policy ideas, development and implementation wrapped in personal narratives from a variety of cultural perspectives. Together, speakers represent snapshots of a cultural landscape that is continuously asked for validation, reassurance and critical discourse. In six lectures and conversations speakers address topics as diverse as what drives artistic vitality in theatre, how one negotiates commercial scrutiny in TV and why tangible impact means success in the world of philanthropic giving. Furthermore, flexibility is questioned when the glass ceiling of the arts labour market meets ambitions for promotion and when local government arts funding is discussed as an oxymoron. Last but not least, festivals are on the agenda, where we will be exploring their fashionable status and querying their unifying community spirit.

We invite you to join the debate. Come and participate, discuss and care for the Arts.

Entry is free, but you will need to register here:

Room at the Top


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New research seminar, ‘Fluid Physicalities’, 15 Jan 2016

Fluid Physicalities is a new research seminar convened at Birkbeck College by Anthony Bale and Esther Leslie, and funded by the Wellcome Trust. We will meet throughout 2016 and explore all manner of bodily fluids and their cultural, historical, and phenomenological aspects.

Our first meeting is next Friday, 15th January (6pm), when Isabel Davis will present a paper, ‘Waiting to wee: towards a history of pregnancy testing’, with responses from Lisa Baraitser and Sophie Jones. Liquid refreshments will, of course, be served.

Venue: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1.

All are welcome. Further details of our activities for the year to come are at

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Immigration Surgery event for international students, 14 Jan 2016

The International Student Administration have organised an event for international students, both full- and part-time, who are in the UK under any kind of visa.  Immigration Officers will be there to give a short presentation followed by Q & A.  There will also be a chance to speak to them confidentially.

This half-day session will be offered in the morning and afternoon of 14 January 2016.

The following issues will be covered:

  • Immigration status in the UK
  • Right to rent
  • Applications / Visa applications / Refusals
  • Visa extensions / Further stay in the UK
  • Employment conditions
  • Tier 4 rules – clarification / Keeping the Home Office up to date
  • Voluntary departures

Further information is available at

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Marta Weiss, with Colin Ford: ‘Julia Margaret Cameron: New Discoveries’, 26 Jan 2016

‘Julia Margaret Cameron: New Discoveries’

Marta Weiss (Victoria & Albert Museum)

Responding: Colin Ford (Former head of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford)

When: Tuesday 26 January 2016, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

This seminar will explore the new material Martha Weiss discovered while researching the current must-see exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, marking the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron, 150 years after she first exhibited her work there. Colin Ford has worked extensively on this important photographer, most notably in the comprehensive catalogue Julia Margaret Cameron: Complete Photos (Getty, 2002).

This event is presented in collaboration between the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre.

The session is free and all are welcome, but since the venue has limited space it will be first come, first seated.

Learn more about the Julia Margaret Cameron Exhibition at the V & A here:

Download Julia Margaret Cameron: Complete Photos (Getty, 2002) here:

For further information on the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, see:

For further information on the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, see:

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First Murray Seminar of 2016 – 20 January

The first Murray Seminar of 2016 is coming up on 20th January!

Zuleika Murat, ‘I have not seen more precious tombs and burials with greater pomp’: Guariento and the Tomb of Doge Giovanni Dolfin in Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice

The splendid tomb of Doge Giovanni Dolfin in the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice once consisted of a hanging canopy and tomb by Andrea da San Felice and decorations by the famous painter Guariento.  Dr. Murat proposes a new hypothesis and a visual reconstruction of this important monument in one of Venice’s most significant locations.

All seminars this term are held at 5pm in the Keynes Library at Birkbeck’s School of Arts (Room 114, 43, Gordon Sq., London, WC1H OPD). A break at 5.50pm is followed by discussion and refreshments.

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‘Refugees and Migrants in Europe’ panel/roundtable plus Q&A, 20 January 2016

Refugees and Migrants in Europe – now and then: Twentieth and twenty-first century perspectives

The Royal Holloway History Department invites you to a panel/roundtable plus Q&A to discuss current issues in their broader historical context

Panel includes:

Dan Stone, RHUL – History; Rudolf Muhs, RHUL – History; Florin Lobont, West University Timişoara, Romania – Political Sciences and Philosophy; Lara Nettelfield, RHUL – Politics and International Relations; & Martin Evans, University of Sussex – History

Time: 14.30-17.00

Place: Royal Holloway University of London, Horton Building, Lecture Theatre 2 (Egham)

RHUL gratefully acknowledges the support of the Friendly Hand charitable trust. The event will be podcast via Backdoor Broadcasting.

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Event: Veer Books launch 13 January 2016

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On 13 January 2016, Veer Books in collaboration with the CPRC, Birkbeck, University of London, are hosting the launch of four new books by Adrian Clarke, Doug Jones, Nat Raha and William Rowe.

When: Wednesday 13 January 7.30-9 pm

Where: Room 101, 30 Russell Square, Birkbeck University of London

More Information:

Adrian Clarke, Excess Measures

Doug Jones, London and Norfolk Poems (out from Veer in a few days)

Nat Raha, Of Sirens – Body and Faultlines

William Rowe, Nation…/Nation%20Web%20Sample.pdf

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