CANCELLED – ASSC: Designed in Parallel or in Translation? 2 March

Please note that Friday’s talk has been cancelled due to adverse weather.

Finola O’Kane Crimmins (UCD Dublin)

Designed in Parallel or in Translation? 

Plantation Landscapes from Ireland, Jamaica and Georgia 1730-1830

2 March, 6pm, Keynes Library, School of Arts, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square



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Vacancy: COVE Editorial Assistant – Deadline:  19 March 2018


Deadline:  19 March 2018

The Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies invites Phd Students in the School of Arts to apply to an Editorial Assistantship with the Central Online Victorian Educator (COVE).


COVE is The Central Online Victorian Educator, a scholar-driven open-access platform that publishes peer-reviewed Victorian material. COVE is headquartered at Purdue University in the US, but has financial backing and scholarly involvement from many other top-ranked US and Canadian universities; the UK partners are Birkbeck, Birmingham and Exeter. It is supported by NAVSA, BAVS and AVSA. At Birkbeck the successful candidate joins an established community of practice given the School of Arts’ pioneering role in digital editing and nineteenth-century studies as the home of the Open Library of the Humanities and 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Nineteenth-Century. This editorial experience is also an invaluable opportunity to engage closely with international scholars, particularly in a transatlantic context.

COVE provides a central online location for the publication of peer-reviewed research essays and teaching materials, digital scholarly editions, and other materials relating to the Victorian period, as well as hosting a suite of online tools for the study and research of the period:

Successful candidates will receive training in COVE editorial software at the outset (they will be paid for the training time, usually 4-5 hours). As a result of this work, they will develop their skills in Digital Humanities, database management and copy-editing.


The Centre ( was first established in 1997 under the directorship of Professor Isobel Armstrong originally to bring together researchers in English, History of Art and History.  It has since developed a reputation for its diverse events that attract national and international scholars. It hosts the Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies, which sees speakers coming to Birkbeck throughout the year; it runs the annual Dickens Day; and organizes and hosts major conferences, workshops and symposia. The Centre also provides opportunities for Postgraduate students to organise and run events.


You will be working as an editorial assistant. The most common pattern of work is working on scholarly articles published in COVE within the BRANCH section ( , which will involve about 10-12 hours spread over a few weeks, depending on how quickly an author turns around their own edits. You would be given about 10 days to do your first copy-edit, and then asked to turn around further versions within a week.

Selection Criteria


  • Attention to Detail;
  • Skills in documentation and bibliography;
  • Excellent command of grammar and punctuation;
  • Ability to manage workload and meet deadlines.

Desirable but NOT essential

  • Team work experience;
  • A track record in copy-editing;
  • Experience with coding, mark-up and website development;
  • Research interests in nineteenth-century studies.


  • We invite applications from research students currently enrolled in PhD programmes in the School of Arts with interests in the nineteenth century, including students submitting their thesis during the academic year 2017-18.

 £ 15.65 per hour for a total of 50 hours.


Please email a letter of application outlining relevant skills and experiences and a CV, to Dr Ana Parejo Vadillo ( by 5.00pm on Monday 19 March 2018.

Please direct any enquiries to Dr Ana Parejo Vadillo (

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19: Postgraduate Editorial Intern in Academic Publishing Online – Application deadline 16 April 2018

The Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

seeks a

Postgraduate Editorial Intern in Academic Publishing Online

The Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies invites applications from postgraduate research students whose research is primarily focused on the nineteenth century for an Internship in Academic Publishing Online to manage our web journal:


Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century


Deadline for application: 5.00pm on Monday 16 April 2018

The Journal

Launched on 1 October 2005, 19 is an electronic publishing initiative designed to publicize and disseminate the research activities carried out by Birkbeck’s Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, and to provide practical research and professional development opportunities for the many postgraduate students undertaking research degrees in nineteenth-century studies at the College. The journal is fully peer-reviewed, is aggregated with NINES, and currently uses the Open Journals System, allowing free and open access to its contents. It is now well-recognised and respected as a leading journal in the field, known for its exciting research and as a innovative and field-setting example of Open Access practice.

The Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

The Centre was first established in 1997 under the directorship of Professor Isobel Armstrong originally to bring together researchers in English, History of Art and History.  It has since developed a reputation for its diverse events that attract national and international scholars. It hosts the Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies, which sees speakers coming to Birkbeck throughout the year; it runs the annual Dickens Day; and organizes and hosts major conferences, workshops and symposia. The Centre also provides opportunities for Postgraduate students to organise and run events.

The Position

The postgraduate editorial intern in Academic Publishing Online trains a student to manage 19, working with another intern under the supervision of the journal’s General Editor, Dr Carolyn Burdett, its Images Editor, Dr Victoria Mills, and the Editor for journal systems, Dr David Gillott, and with the guidance of the Editorial Board. The appointee will participate fully in the day-to-day running of the journal and help manage the Centre’s website.  Responsibilities include maintenance and resourcing of 19 and the Centre’s website; liaising with and between guest editor, authors and publisher; overseeing the smooth operation of the peer review system; supporting authors in securing image permissions; copy editing essays and other submitted materials; aiding the proofing processes; promoting and publicizing the journal; and taking an active role in web publishing initiatives, including innovation to increase the journal’s reach and influence. The postholder will be supported and mentored by an intern already in post and, in turn, will mentor the next intern. There will also be Centre-focused activity, including curation of the Centre’s presence in social media and elsewhere, and help with blog initiatives; contributing to the archiving of the Centre’s work; and participation in initiatives with postgraduate students working in the nineteenth century. Postholders will attend Centre meetings, and will be expected to be active participants and, where appropriate, helpers in the Centre’s programme of seminars, conferences and symposia.


We invite applications from postgraduate research students from across the College.  Research interests in the nineteenth century are desirable but not essential. Applicants should expect to be enrolled as students at Birkbeck until end of the academic year 2018-19. Exceptionally, students in their first year of MPhil/PhD can be appointed but the norm will be for students to have completed their first year of study.

Selection Criteria


  • Excellent literacy skills
  • Organizational and clerical skills
  • Independence and initiative

Desirable but NOT essential

  • Research interests in Nineteenth-Century Studies
  • Web authoring and design skills
  • Experience in electronic publishing
  • Editing experience
  • Organization of research activities such as Reading Groups, Seminars or Conferences


£15.43 per hour. The hours will be agreed on a flexible basis with the General Editor (spread across three terms to work out at an average of 3.5 hours per week for 40 weeks)


Please email a letter of application, outlining your reasons for applying for the post, and CV, together with the name of your supervisor, from whom we will require a reference, to Dr Carolyn Burdett ( in the School of Arts by 5.00pm on Monday 16 April 2018.  Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed early on in the summer term (date tbc).

Please direct any enquiries to Dr Carolyn Burdett (




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FREE screening ‘KING OF THE BELGIANS’ at BIMI this Wednesday 21 February 2018

FREE screening ‘KING OF THE BELGIANS’ at BIMI this Wednesday 21 February 2018

On the eve of the ‘Focus on Belgian Cinema’ season at Ciné Lumière (French Institute, 22-25 February), BIMI is hosting an introductory event about Belgian film, including a FREE screening of King of the Belgians (Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth, 2016). You can BOOK here:

Two speakers, Wouter Hessels, film lecturer and cinema programmer at the Brussels Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound, and the film critic and author Louis Danvers, will each give a brief talk about contemporary Belgian cinema, and their presentations will be followed by a screening of King of the Belgians and a discussion chaired by Janet McCabe, director of the MA Film Programming and Curating at Birkbeck.

King of the Belgians is a road movie in which King Nicolas III (Peter Van den Begin), faced with a domestic crisis while on a state visit in the Balkans, embarks on a trip that awakens him to the real world. The movie has been selected for numerous film festivals and was described by Variety as “an enormously appealing mockumentary blending gently satirical humour with deeper underpinnings […] a delightful, surprisingly respectful ribbing of the incongruity of monarchy, Belgium and the Balkans”. Filmmaking duo Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth both come from a documentary background, and King of the Belgians marks a change in direction for them, as they explain in this interview about the film:

This special event is organised with the support of Wallonie-Bruxelles International and Flanders House. For more information about the ‘Focus on Belgian Cinema’ season at the French Institute:

Louis Danvers is a film critic living in Brussels, where he was born in 1955. He writes for Le Vif-L’Express, while also reviewing films for Telepro and for radio programs on RTBF. Co-founder of the film monthly Visions in the early 1980s, he is a long-time collaborator of the Royal Belgian Film Archive, and has written several film books, including Nagisa Oshima (Les Cahiers du Cinéma) and Brazil de Terry Gilliam (Yellow Now). He has directed documentaries about filmmakers, including Jaco Van Dormael and Abderrahmane Sissako. Under his real name, Michel Sordinia, he is the singer and songwriter of post punk cult band The Names, signed by Manchester’s Factory Records in 1979 and still active today.

Wouter Hessels teaches film history, Belgian cinema and media studies at RITCS, Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound in Brussels. He also teaches at Vesalius College (Free University of Brussels) and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Since 2009, he has been the film programmer at the art house CINEMA RITCS in Brussels, and he also worked for the Royal Belgian Film Archive, and as a film expert for Flemish national television. He publishes regularly on art, media, film, education and politics, and he creates poetry-music projects, such as Brussels North–Brussel Centraal–Bruxelles Midi (2015-2016). He writes, teaches and performs poetry in Dutch, French, English, Spanish and Italian.

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Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group Spring Term 2018

The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group will meet twice in the Spring Term to consider Attention and its Medicalization. The sessions will speak to each other but it’s fine to attend just one.  Everyone is welcome! There is no need to book.

1 March 2018, 2-3.30pm, Malet Street Building, London, WC1E 7HX – Room 420: Reading Attention

22 March 2018, 2-3.30pm, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD – Room 114 (Keynes Library): Medicalizing Attention

  • Matthew Smith, “The First Hyperactive Children”, Hyperactive: The Controversial History of ADHD. Reaktion, 2012, pp. 46-74.
  • Ilina Singh, “A disorder of anger and aggression: Children’s perspectives on attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in the UK”, Social Science and Medicine 73 (2011): 889-896.

Further reading: Simon Bailey, “ADHD Mythology”, in Rethinking Disability Theory and Practice: Challenging Essentialism, ed. Karin Lesnik Oberstein. Palgrave, 2015, pp. 98-117.

Led by Sophie A. Jones and Bozhena Zoritch.

Email Sophie ( for a copy of the reading (include your Dropbox-linked email address if you have one). For directions to our Bloomsbury campus please see

Visit the Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities website for more information about our activities, and please do forward this on to any interested parties.

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Deadline Extension CFP: Dandelion Journal: Submissions Deadline 5 March 2018

For its forthcoming volume, Dandelion, the Postgraduate Arts Journal at Birkbeck, has a new Call for Papers on the theme of

b r e a t h i n g.

Deadline Extension Details


We would be happy to discuss ideas for submissions with interested authors prior to the submission deadline.

In its compelling role of binding the human being to life and nature, the figurative meaning of b r e a t h i n g  is endowed with transitive qualities. Inspired by a multicultural approach to wellbeing, the notion of breathing effects a plurality of approaches to ways in which meanings are generated.

B r e a t h i n g  is endowed with transformative qualities. While this theme immediately speaks to us about the air we breathe, the polluted environments we inhabit, and the changing climate we confront daily, it injects new life into ideas related to embodied worlds – be these experimental narratives, interactive media, expanded cinemas, poetic forms, and voice-works – among others. In forging interconnections amongst disparate and discrete, yet whole entities,  b r e a t h i n g  inspires our imaginary and appeals to the human sensorium.

In these ways, it promotes the union of the physical to the metaphysical; it raises questions of shifting spatiotemporal boundaries, and of partial erosion of the empirical constraints that we may experience as digital beings; yet, it also sheds new light on thinking about those constraints in liminal and interstitial ways.

For its forthcoming issue, Dandelion seeks to invoke a meditative journey through the symbolic, metaphorical, and metonymical interpretations of  b r e a t h i n g .

Topics may be related, but are not limited, to:

  • Body/nature
  • Ecosystem ecology
  • The Anthropocene: media ecology
  • Interactivity and the digital entity
  • Ecofeminist philosophy
  • Desire: feminist perspectives on gender and sexual difference
  • Perceptual realism: the sense of smell
  • Linguistics
  • Cultural tropes in film and literary genres
  • The liminality of breathing: between cinema and art gallery
  • The moving image in video / installation art
  • The posthuman / postgender
  • Landscapes of the imaginary
  • Dreaming
  • The art of breathing in the age of globalisation
  • Soundscapes

Submission guidelines

We welcome long articles (of 5000-8000 words), or shorter ones (of 3000-5000 words).
We also welcome reviews of books, films, performances, exhibitions, and festivals (of around 1500 words).

We also publish interviews that you may wish to conduct with an author/artist, and artwork including visual art; creative writing; podcasts, and video footage (up to 10 minutes).

We would be happy to discuss ideas for submissions with interested authors prior to the submission deadline.

Please send all completed submissions to by 5th March 2018.

Please also include a 50-word author biography and a 200-300-word abstract alongside the submission of the entire article/piece. All referencing and style is required in full MHRA format as a condition of publication and submitted articles should be academically rigorous and ready for immediate publication.

We very much look forward to hearing from you!

With very best wishes,

Donatella Valente

Jennifer Turner




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Murray Seminar: Emmanuele Lugli – Tuesday 13 February 5pm

Dear Student,

I’m writing with details of next week’s Murray Seminar on Medieval and Renaissance Art at Birkbeck. These advanced research seminars are open to all, and attract interested members of the public, staff and students from other London colleges and beyond.  They are an opportunity to hear and contribute to cutting-edge research, often at the very early stages of work in progress.  The timing allows you to attend and still go to classes on the same evening.  All this term’s seminars take place in the History of Art Department at Birkbeck (43, Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0PD) in Room 114 (The Keynes Library) at 5pm.  Talks finish by 5.50pm (allowing those with other commitments to leave) and are then followed by discussion and refreshments.  We hope to see you there.

Emmanuele Lugli  Tuesday 13 February

Chasing Absence: The Body of Christ and the Measures to Enter in Touch with it

This talk focuses on the singular devotion for the ‘mensura Christi,’ or the act of praying with objects that reproduced the height of Christ. It explores the reasons for its phenomenal success, from its diffusion in the twelfth century up to its ban in the seventeenth, and the motives for its marginalization in historical accounts today. The talk asks questions about what turns an orthodox veneration into a mere superstition, an inversion that is all the more puzzling given that the ‘mensura Christi’ relies on measuring, one of the methods to fight credulity. The lecture thus reconsiders the relationships of measuring practices, visual belief, and religious orders, thus contributing to discussions on representations, faith, and material studies.

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CFP: Satellite Exploratory Events 2017-18 – deadline 5pm on 23 March 2018

Dear School of Arts Postgraduate Research Students,

Satellite – the School of Arts group/subcommittee focused on technology-enhanced learning, broadly defined – is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for exploratory events to take place this Summer Term 2017-18.

While these exploratory events can also be proposed by School academics, teaching and scholarship staff and administrative staff, we are specifically reaching out to you, as budding academics and teachers, with an appeal to apply. These events are a great opportunity to explore your interests as they relate to the intersection of technologies for pedagogy. You may, for instance, want to organise an event around alternative approaches to assessment that make use of techniques such as mobile video, social media or blogging. Or an event which considers innovative ways in-class learning experiences can be blended with online activities in-between sessions. Or the ways in which the digitalisation of our research objects or methods might shift how we teach and assess our subject areas. These examples are not exhaustive, and there are many other possibilities.

Proposals are due by 5pm on 23 March 2018 and must include the following:

  • Event Title
  • Event Convenor(s) (name and short bio / link to web profile)
  • Event Description (no more than 300 words)
  • Requested funding amount and its purpose(s) (e.g. catering costs – please specify if Satellite funding will be complemented by other funds, e.g. from department or research centre)

Please submit your proposal to Scott Rodgers at Feel free to get in touch with Scott should you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss a potential idea further.

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