Renaissance Studies: Researching the Text – 3rd June

Researching the Text: the Book in the House

School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, Room 114


10-1. student panels Birkbeck and University of Kent at Canterbury

10-11.15 Student papers: university of Kent (Hannah Lilley, Kate Munday and Zoe Hudson, with Diane Heath responding and Stuart Morrison)

11.15-11.30 Coffee

11.30—1 Student papers: Birkbeck (Eva-Maria Lauenstien, Ashley, Lou Horton, Cat Griffiths resp, chair Sue Jones)

1-2 Sandwich lunch

2-3.30 British Library: demonstration and discussion of collections

3.45- 4.15 TEA Birkbeck

4.15-5.30 Workshops in researching the book (a) What is this book? (b) What is described by this inventory possible further workshops tbc.

5.30-6.30pm- Prof Paul Salzman ‘Anthologising the Past: How Alexander Dyce Assembled “Specimens of British Poetesses” (1825)’

6.30-7.00pm Drinks and roundtable

Places are still available. To reserve your place please email Kate McCurdy (

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Digital Aesthetics Reading Group 29 June 2016

Dear all,

The second meeting of the Vasari Research Centre hosted Digital Aesthetics Reading Group will take place on 29 June from 4pm to 6pm in the Vasari Centre.

Our topic this meeting will be a broad examination of the theories and methodologies of the Digital Humanities with a focus on literary critic Franco Moretti (a proponent of quantitative measurement within the humanities) and some of the current debates surrounding the field. PDF texts by Moretti and Maciej Eder are available upon request and we will also draw from the following online resources.

Review of Moretti’s Distant Reading:

LARB Critique of Digital Humanities:

Response to LARB Critique:

Hope you can join us.

All the best,

Dr Joel McKim

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An Evening of Nineteenth-Century Dreams for Nicola Bown – 15 June 2016

An Evening of Nineteenth-Century Dreams for Nicola Bown

Please join us on Wednesday 15 June from 6.30pm in the Keynes Library (room 114), Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square

The Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies invites you to an evening of dreams from the long nineteenth century dedicated to Nicola Bown, thanking her for her imagination and wishing her well in her new visions.

What to bring (optional): your favourite nineteenth-century dream text, dreambook, image, or music.

Hilary Fraser, Alison Smith (Tate), Lindsay Smith (Sussex), Victoria Mills (Cambridge/KCL), and Michaela Giebelhausen (Central St Martin’s) will deliver short talks, and the evening will be interspersed with nineteenth-century dream texts, images, music, and of course wine.

If you wish to read out a nineteenth-century dream text, image, or music, please email Luisa Calè (

For more information, please visit the Centre website.

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C18 and Dr Jacqueline Riding – Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion 23 June 2016


Please find below details of another event organised by the Birkbeck Eighteenth-Century Research Group. On Thursday 23rd June, 7-9pm, Dr. Jacqueline Riding will be talking about her new book, Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion, recently published by Bloomsbury. Dr. Riding is an alumna of the History of Art department at Birkbeck, and an Associate Research Fellow in the School of Arts. She will be joined in conversation by Dr. Sarah Fraser, whose biography of Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, won the Saltire First Book Prize in 2012.

Please do join us to hear more about the Jacobites, have a glass of wine – and for a chance to pick up a copy of Jacqueline’s book at a discounted rate! (cash only)

best wishes,

Kate Retford, Luisa Cale, Ann Lewis and Emily Senior

Dr. Jacqueline Riding, Associate Research Fellow, School of Arts, Birkbeck College

Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion

in conversation with Dr. Sarah Fraser, chaired by Dr. Kate Retford

Thursday 23rd June, 7.00-9.00pm

Room G02, School of Arts, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD

Dr Jacqueline Riding, BA in History (Leicester), MA in History of Art (Birkbeck), PhD (York). Her thesis subject was the British painter Joseph Highmore (1692-1780).

Former curator at the Theatre Museum, Guards Museum and Palace of Westminster, and founding Director of the Handel House Museum, since 2005 she has worked as a consultant for Museum/Galleries and Historic Buildings, including Tate Britain, Historic Royal Palaces, Wilton’s Music Hall and Turner’s House Trust, and for feature films, including Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh, 2014), Colette (Wash Westmorland, pre-production) and Peterloo (Mike Leigh, 2018).

She publishes and lectures widely on early-Georgian art and history. Her current projects are the imagery of Charles Edward Stuart, and London’s Foundling Hospital. Her book Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion has just been published by Bloomsbury (2016).

Dr Sarah Fraser, BA in English (Bristol), PhD (Edinburgh). Her thesis subject was obscene Gaelic poetry by the foremost Jacobite poet, Alexander Macdonald (Alasdair MacMhaighstir Alasdair).

Her first book, a biography of Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat (c.1667-1747) entitled The Last Highlander: Scotland’s most notorious clan chief, rebel and double agent (HarperCollins 2012) won the Saltire First Book Prize in 2012. In April 2016, The Last Highlander shot to No.12 in the New York Times ebook Bestseller List, due to the appearance of Lord Lovat in Season 2 of the Starz hit series Outlander.

She has appeared on Radio and TV, including Highland Clans (BBC, 2013). Her second book, a biography of Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales (1594-1612), will be published by HarperCollins at the end of this year.

For further details, please contact Kate Retford:

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Yuk Hui – For a Realism of Relations: The Case of Digital Objects 17 June 2016

Yuk Hui – For a Realism of Relations: The Case of Digital Objects

17 June 3pm – 5pm, Birkbeck Cinema

The Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology at Birkbeck is pleased to welcome Yuk Hui on 17 June, 2016.

In this talk, Yuk Hui will discuss his recent book On the Existence of Digital Objects, which is an investigation of digital objects in light of the proliferation of computational ontologies, and situates this phenomenon within both the history of philosophy and computation. This central thesis of the book is to develop a theory of relations in order to understand objects and to politicize the existence of digital objects, by drawing from Simondon, Heidegger and Husserl.

The talk will be followed by a response from Vasari Research Centre director Joel McKim and a Q&A with the audience.

Yuk Hui is currently research associate at the Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media of Leuphana University Lüneburg; previous to that, he was postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Research and Innovation of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He is editor (with Andreas Broeckmann) of 30 Years after Les Immatériaux: Art, Science and Theory (2015), and author of On the Existence of Digital Objects (prefaced by Bernard Stiegler, University of Minnesota Press, 2016).



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BIMI – Call for Proposals for 16-17 film programme – Deadline 17 June 2016

Call for proposals: BIMI programme 2016-17

BIMI events proposal form 2016-17

Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) is currently planning its programme of events for 2016-17.

We welcome proposals from researchers and students working in any discipline or field across the Schools of Arts, Law, SSHP, and Science.

We are very happy to work in collaboration with research centres and institutes at Birkbeck or at other institutions.

All our events take place in the Birkbeck Cinema, typically on Friday evenings 6-9pm and Saturdays 10-5pm.

We can show films in 16mm and 35mm, as well as a variety of digital formats.

We are especially keen to foreground film and other moving image material that is rarely screened in public.

If you would like to propose an idea for an event, please use the attached form and send it to – the deadline for submission is Friday 17 June.

The BIMI Steering Group will make a selection of proposals by the end of the summer term, Friday 1 July.

Looking forward to hearing about your ideas.

Michael Temple, Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, and Essay Film Festival

Matthew Barrington, interim BIMI Manager

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CFP: Replacement Conference – Deadline 30 May 2016

Please see attached

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Juliet Mitchell, Laura Mulvey, Naomi Segal, Naomi Tadmor

Please send proposals for a 20-minute paper (or for a panel of three 20-minute papers) to the two organisers, Jean Owen ( and Naomi Segal ( Deadline: 30 May 2016. A proposal should comprise your name, email address & academic affiliation if any; the title, a 300-word abstract and a 100-word mini-bio.

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Birkbeck Institute of Humanities Summer Term 2016 Programme

Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Masterclass: Heaven and Earth According to Breugel

1, 2 & 6 June 2016| 2-4pm | Birkbeck, University of London, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX. Malet Street main building, Room 421, Torrington Square main entrance.

Speaker: T. J. Clark, University of California, Berkeley

This Masterclass – which is spread over three sessions – will revolve around a painting by Bruegel, The Land of Cockaigne (Munich, Alte Pinakothek), done in 1567, the year the Duke of Alva brought a Spanish army to the Netherlands to try to end Protestant revolt in the colony. Bruegel’s painting is a vision of the hereafter, building on materials drawn from peasant culture, launched at a moment of bitter religious strife. An account of Bruegel’s imagining of heaven on earth, and of his wider treatment of Christian and other eschatologies, will form the first chapter of a book in preparation, Heaven on Earth: Bruegel, Giotto, Poussin, Veronese. The Masterclass will outline the preoccupations of the book, and its possible relevance in a time like the present, of renewed apocalyptic politics and wars of religion. Thinking about Bruegel and the other artists in the book is, among other things, my way of pursuing issues – of political temporality, and reform versus revolution – broached in an essay, ‘For A Left With No Future,’ published in New Left Review in 2012, and as a booklet in Brazil the following year.

Full details

This event is free and open to all and you can book your place using the links below.
You are welcome to join us for one or all of the sessions.

Session 1: Wednesday 1 June, 2-4pm.

Chair: Jacqueline Rose, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London

Free event open to all: Book your place

Session 2: Thursday 2 June, 2-4pm.
Chair: Lynda Nead, Birkbeck, University of London

Free event open to all: Book your place

Session 3: Monday 6 June, 2-4pm.
Chair: Fiona Candlin, Birkbeck, University of London

Free event open to all: Book your place

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Contemporary Robinsonades: Monday 16 May 6-7.30

We warmly invite you to a talk by visiting Erasmus scholar, Martina Allen.

G15, Main Building, Malet St, 6-7.30 on Monday 16 May.

Martina writes: “Rewriting Crusoe’s Island: Economy, Ecology and the Savage Other in the Contemporary Robinsonade” seeks to highlight the sociopolitical dimension of genre in literary texts and films by illustrating how the established narrative and spatial patterns of the Robinsonade continue to inspire and structure Western conceptions of colonialism, civilization, economy and ecology.

I will use two well-known recent examples of the genre, Robert Zemeckis’ film Cast Away and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, to show how contemporary narratives of shipwreck and survival evoke and then partly disappoint generic expectations to foreground and critique the ideological implications underlying these conventions.|”

All are welcome to attend


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Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen: Beyond the Scorched Earth of Counter-Cinema: 12 May – 22 May 2016

Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen: Beyond the Scorched Earth of Counter-Cinema

12 May – 22 May 2016

The Whitechapel Gallery presents a season of film and discussion exploring the individual and collaborative films of film theorists Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen

Here is the link to the main page:

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