London Society of Bibliophiles Christmas Party – 13 December 2016

You are cordially invited to the University of London Society of Bibliophiles Christmas Party, in conjunction with the Private Libraries Association, on the 13th December 2016.

Peter Harrington have kindly agreed to host us at their new(-ish) Dover Street store. Festivities commence at 7:30pm and so please join us for an evening of wine, mince pies and stimulating bibliophilic discussion… and who knows? You may even spot something to put on the Christmas list.

Please register using the Eventbrite link below and we look forward to seeing you there. 

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Medical Humanities Reading Group, Thursday 15 December 2016, 3-4.30

In our final reading group session before Christmas, we will be reading Surgeon X, a new comic book series published by Image Comics. Set against the backdrop of an antibiotic apocalypse in near future London, Rosa Scott, a brilliant and obsessive surgeon becomes Surgeon X, a vigilante doctor who uses experimental surgery and black market drugs to treat patients. You can find out more about the series here.

You can buy physical copies in Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenuev  for £3.99. The digital copy, available as an app, also includes lots of videos and sound clips, and is £2.49.

We will meet on Thursday 15 December, 3-4.30pm, in Room B02, 43 Gordon Square.

For more information please see our website. Please do also forward on to any interested colleagues or students.

Best wishes,


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CILAVS: The Portuguese XX Century: The End of the Empire Screening – 7 December 2016

The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies warmly invites you to the:

Screening of The Portuguese XX Century: The End of the Empire, followed by editing Masterclass with TV editor Rui Branquinho 7 Dec, 2-4, Birkbeck Cinema

A part of Utopia 2016 – 7th UK Portuguese Film Festival, this film is presented by festival Director and Birkbeck PhD student Érica Rodrigues. The work of film director Joana Pontes was selected by the British-Portuguese artist Paula Rego as the most relevant narrative in Portuguese moving image. The film was part of a series that encompassed 300 interviews, hundreds of documents, photos and films from both national and international archives, all composing an extraordinary docu-series about the evolution of Portuguese society throughout the 20th Century. In this particular episode, number thirteen, we are given privileged insight into the stories and rare family footage of individuals who in 1975 escaped the imminent civil war in Angola in fragile boats or through extremely dangerous roads. It also includes interviews with key protagonists of the Portuguese revolution and the decolonisation process. Unmissable.

After the film, in a unique London event, the television editor Rui Branquinho will give audiences a broad overview of his technical aptitute with an insight into the creative process behind The Portuguese XX Century series. He will demonstrate the post production process with various examples of his work as editor for historic and art documentary series.

Wednesday 7 December, 2-4

Birkbeck Cinema

Birkbeck, University of London

43 Gordon Square

London WC1H 0PD

Attendance is free but booking is necessary:

Mari Paz Balibrea, CILAVS director

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BISR Methods Workshop: Black Cultural Archives – 16 December 2016

BISR Methods Workshop: Black Cultural Archives

Friday 16 December | 2.00-4.30pm | Black Cultural Archives

1 Windrush Square, Brixton London SW2 1EF

Black Cultural Archives (BCA) is a national institution dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of diverse people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain.

Their unparalleled and growing archive collection is drawn primarily from the twentieth century to the present day, but some materials date as far back as the second century. The collection includes personal papers, organisational records, rare books, ephemera, photographs, and a small object collection.

At this Workshop, which will be held at the BCA and run by Victoria Northridge, the Collections Manager, you will learn about:

  • On line archive tools
  • BCA collection on line
  • How to work with archives in relation to the research question
  • Issues of copyright, data protection, and plagiarism
  • Physical exploration of archive material at BCA

This is a free workshop for Birkbeck students and academic staff but places are limited, so please only register if you intend to attend.

Book your place

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