London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar Autumn 2017 Programme

London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar Autumn programme 2017








from Frederick Marryat – The Children of the New Forest (1847)

The Autumn programme for the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar can be found at this link:

3rd November: Dr Brian H Murray (KCL) and Prof. Rosemary Mitchell (Leeds Trinity) discuss historical fiction.

8th December: Prof. Julia Thomas (Cardiff), Dr. Luisa Calè (Birkbeck) and Dr. Mary Shannon (Roehampton) discuss nineteenth-century illustration.

Please forward to anyone who might be interested. Booking now open and hope to see you there!

Convenors Matthew Ingleby (QMUL) and Victoria Mills (Birkbeck)


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BRAKC Seminar – Narrating the Community: 15 November 2017 2pm

15 November 2017
“Narrating the Community”

Professor Rémi Astuc
(Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France)

Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community

Can community be narrated ? Can it be verbally articulated, when community is above all a feeling? Many leaders (and maybe artists?) have longed for those magical words that would unite people.

Using what anthroplogy teaches us, especially in magic and rituals, we will consider the possibility of finding communal energy again and of putting it into practice in today’s world. From ancient myths to contemporary literature, art has undoubtedly had an essential role to play in the quest for narratives that could unite humanity.

Rémi Astruc is Professeur de littératures francophones et comparées at Université de Cergy-Pontoise, where he was also Director of the Department of Literature. He is an expert on representations of identity and community in literature, comedy and the grotesque, and the anthropological function of literature, and is the author of numerous books and articles on these themes.

Time: 2pm – 3pm
Place: 43 Gordon Square, room 323

Booking details: Free entry; first come, first seated

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CFP: JAWS Journal deadline 20 November 2017

Call for Papers

JAWS: Journal of Arts Writing by Students Volume 4 Issue 1

Call for papers.

JAWS is the only academic arts journal run by and dedicated to postgraduate students (and those who have recently graduated). We have published work by students from India, China, Australia, North America, Canada and the United Kingdom, and maintain an international peer-review network.

What We Want:

  • Theoretical and discursive essays up to 5000 words.
  • Critical reviews of events, exhibitions or performances up to 3000 words.
  • Visual essays about art practice (demonstrating a research approach, and if possible responding to the journal format), including images or stills, plus up to 1000 words.

All work must be prefaced with a 100 word abstract and 6–8 keywords, and followed by a short contributor biography. Please include your university affiliation, full name, course and year of graduation.

All work must use Harvard referencing, following Intellect House Style. For full submission guidelines please refer to

Deadline for submissions: Monday 20 November 2017.

Volume 1 Issue 1 is available for free at:

Our guest editorials from previous issues are also available for free, including those by Professor Arnold Aronson (Columbia University), Dr Sophie Hope (Birkbeck), Dr Inger Mewburn (the Thesis Whisperer) and Professor Joseph Heathcott (The New School of Design).

For all inquiries please email  or 


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Bursary: Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 – Application Deadline 30 November 17

Last year, the Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 offered its first ever bursary to an early career researcher, independent scholar or PhD student who was a member of the Group to “support research in any aspect of women’s studies in the period 1558-1837”.  

The bursary was very popular, and so this year they are pleased to be able to offer it again, but this time to make two awards, the first of £500 and the second of £250.  

The money will be paid on presentation of receipts and the winners will be expected to give a paper at a WSG seminar the following year, or, if based abroad, write a report for the WSG website.

The grant may be awarded for a new or continuing interdisciplinary or single-discipline project.  The deadline for applications is November 30th 2017.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome by January 2018.

For further information on the Women’s Studies Group, membership, and an application form see:

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Capital Reading Group Vol 2 – 31 October 2017 and beyond

Do you want to read Marx’s Capital?

Having completed Volume I, Birkbeck’s Capital Reading Group is beginning Volume II and you’re invited to join us. The group meets fortnightly on Tuesdays and is a friendly setting in which to study the text closely, ask any questions you may have and gain a deeper understanding of Marx’s work and concepts.

The next session takes place at 7pm on 31 October in Room 106, 43 Gordon Square. No reading is necessary for this session, which will consist of an introductory presentation about Volume II and a discussion of the reading strategy for the coming weeks.

The edition we’re using is the Penguin Classics version, but the use of other editions and translations is more than welcome.

For more session times and resources, please visit or contact

Many thanks,


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Derek Jarman Lab – Essay Film Course: 10-13 November 2017

For all those interested in using film in their research, the Derek Jarman Lab offers a short course in essayistic filmmaking. The dates are 10th – 13th November.

Essay Film Course

An intensive 4-day course in all aspects of audiovisual production related to essayistic and research-led filmmaking. Students work in small groups and learn how to use widely available DSLR cameras and popular editing software to create professional looking and intellectually engaging videos. At the end of the course they complete a short training film. This gives them an opportunity to put their new skills to use immediately and experiment with the form of the essay film in a stimulating environment and with the support of the Lab’s team. Key elements of the course are:

  • introduction to film theory,
  • session on making an impact with research,
  • tips on production management,
  • hands-on skills in lighting set-ups,
  • recording sound,
  • using cameras (Canon and Panasonic DSLRs, Blackmagic Cinema Camera),
  • a supervised location shoot,
  • editing theory
  • editing on Adobe Premiere Pro.

Courses are designed to cater for a variety of levels of experience and to consider the different ways in which moving images can be used. An integral part of the training is discussing students’ research interests and how to make the best use of film in an academic context. We explore the conventions of documentary film making but also talk about its alternatives, such as the essay film. The focus of this course is on films which combine an artistic form with an argumentative structure. We also engage with the concepts of visual methods of disseminating and conducting research in the humanities and social sciences.

The sessions take place in our offices:

The Derek Jarman Lab
36 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

The training begins at 10am on each day of the 4-day course, and we aim to finish around 6pm.

The cost of the course for Birkbeck students and staff is £300.

If you are interested in enrolling, please send an email to

More information about the lab can be found here:

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Ruin and Rebuild: Exhibition of Urban Dereliction – 25 November 2017 12pm

Ruin and Rebuild: Exhibition of Urban Dereliction hosted by Dr Grace Halden on 25 November 2017

To check out the artist and exhibits, and for further details please visit here:


Room B03, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck College, University of London, London


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Satellite meeting – 18 Oct 2017 2-4pm

The next meeting of Satellite will take place tomorrow – Wednesday 18 October 2017, 14.00-16.00 in Keynes Library (Room 114), 43 Gordon Square.

Satellite is an experimental group within the School of Arts focused on learning technologies, broadly defined. It operates as a hybrid, in that it is both a formal subcommittee for the School of Arts’ Teaching and Quality Enhancement Committee, and at the same time, a forum for exchanging information and perspectives on the critical, creative, academic and pedagogical dimensions of learning technologies.

Although as a subcommittee Satellite includes formal department representatives, its meetings remain an open forum for all who would like to attend, including academic and administrative staff, as well as postgraduate research students.

Minutes from our last meeting, along with an agenda for the forthcoming meeting, are available on Satellite’s Moodle page ( If you are not already enrolled, once there, you simply need to self-enrol using the following enrolment key: artstel

Very best,


Dr Scott Rodgers

Senior Lecturer in Media Theory | Assistant Dean for Learning, Teaching and Retention | Programme Co-Director, BA Media and Culture

Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square,

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2017-18 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship: Deadline January 5, 2018

2017-18 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship: Deadline January 5, 2018

Beginning Fall 2017, this fellowship is being administered and housed at the University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA).

2017-18 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship

Deadline: 5pm, Friday, January 5, 2018

The Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Research Fellowship supports travel for the purpose of conducting research using the papers of feminist science fiction authors housed in the UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives. For more information on these collections, which includes the papers of Ursula K. Le Guin, visit:

Applications for short-term research fellowships will be accepted from undergraduates, master’s and doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and college and university faculty at every rank, as well as independent scholars working in feminist science fiction.

Up to $2,000 in fellowship support will be awarded for use within one year of award notification.

For complete information and application requirements, visit:

Submit applications to: Linda Long, Curator of Manuscripts,

The Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship is sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives and the UO’s Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS).

Find more information about the Le Guin Fellowship on the UO SCUA website and/or contact Linda Long, Manuscripts Librarian.


Apply for the Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship

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Digital Aesthetics Reading Group – 27 October 2017 4-6pm

The first meeting of this year’s Digital Aesthetics Reading Group will take place on the 27th of October from 4pm to 6pm in the Vasari.

For this session we will explore the theme of “The Interface,” led by Dr. Scott Rodgers. Scott has chosen the following texts for us to read:

The chapter “The Unworkable Interface” from Alexander Galloway’s The Interface Effect:


And the chapter “Interface” from James Ash’s The Interface Envelope: Gaming, Technology, Power:

The Architecture, Space and Society Centre lecture by Douglas Spencer is that evening at 6pm, so we will wrap up in time to attend.

All the best,




Dr. Joel McKim

Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies

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