GRiT – Graduate Research in Theatre event: 28 Nov 4-5pm

I would like to invite you to this year’s first GRiT – Graduate Research in Theatre event. The talk by Prof. Alyson Campbell (University of Melbourne), whose research focuses on gender/queer theories and dramaturgies, and the experiential nature of performance, will take place on Wednesday, 28 Nov (4-5 pm) at the Keynes Library (43 Gordon Square). 

Please see the link below for further information on her work:

https://findanexpert.unimelb.edu.au/display/person10953

Please email me at s.ilter@bbk.ac.uk if you would like to attend this event.

All the Best,

Dr Seda Ilter

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CFP: London Nineteenth-Century Studies Graduate Conference – December 14 2018

This year’s London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar Graduate Conference will take place on Saturday 19th January 2019 at Senate House, University of London.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Regenia Gagnier (Exeter): ‘Global Circulation and the Long Nineteenth Century’

We welcome proposals for ten-minute papers on any aspect of literature, culture, art, and history in the long nineteenth century.
Themes may include, but are not limited to:

– Media and technology
– Art, architecture, and aesthetics
– Social and cultural history
– Production of literary cultures
– Gender and sexuality
– Performance and the spectacle
– Religion and ethics
– Representations of Empire

The conference is intended as a cross- and inter-disciplinary forum where postgraduate researchers working on any aspect of the long nineteenth century can present and discuss their research in a supportive and stimulating environment.

Please send abstracts of 200 words, along with a short biography (50 words) to 19thGradSymposium@gmail.com by 14tDecember 2018. The committee will confirm your inclusion in the programme shortly after that date.

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Afro-Hispanic Work Songs in Early Modern Spain: Dr Carmen Fracchia – Wednesday 21st November 2018 7pm

Afro-Hispanic Work Songs in Early Modern Spain

Speaker: Dr Carmen Fracchia (Reader in Hispanic Art History in the School of Arts, Birkbeck)
In association with the Postcolonial Reading Group in the Department of English and Humanities.

Discussant: Dr. Mpalive Msiska (Birkbeck) Organizer: Soody Gholami (Birkbeck)
Wednesday 21st November 2018

19:00 – 20:00, Keynes Library
43 Gordon Square

In her paper, Dr. Carmen Fracchia explores the ways in which the Afro-Hispanic proverb or refrain Black but Human is deployed in the recently discovered work songs or black carols, written in ‘black speech’, in a mixture of Castilian and a variety of African languages. These sixteenth-century poems by anonymous African slaves and ex-slaves born in Spain were later reappropriated by Hispanic writers (such as, Lope de Vega, Luis de Góngora or Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz). These songs are infused with the idea that to be human is to have a soul and they focus centrally on the association between the concept of being human and the possession of a soul that becomes white as the result of the transformative effects of baptism. Their struggle for freedom will be conveyed by the end of the seventeenth century in a radically different work song written in Castilian by a black freedman (only published in 2014).

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Screen Studies Group: Screen and Film Research Methods Today – 17 November

Screen Studies Group

Screen and Film Research Methods Today

Saturday 17 November

Venue: Safra Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Strand Campus, King’s College London

Screen and Film Research Methods Today relaunches the Screen Studies Group annual postgraduate training day.  The day has two major goals.  The first is to bring together all new film and screen studies doctoral students in London and the environs. It will enable network building around shared specialisms beyond your home department.  Second, it will provide foundational training in methods that are relatively new to this field and which home institutions often cannot provide.  

 This is a one-day session presenting research methods for all new doctoral students. We will address a variety of topics that now concern Screen and Film Studies such as online research, dating mining, social media; live television; installation work; music videos, gaming, AV/PhDs, Production cultures, media industries, creative practice, and live cinema.  The day include a panel on archives available for under researched or previously excluded cinemas and communities.

The Event is funded by LAHP And CHASE, but all post-graduate students are welcome.

Free. Registration Required: https://www.chase.ac.uk/screen-studies-group/

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CFP: Memory and Borders: Examining Nationalism and Identity Through Material Culture – Deadline 15 December

Call For Participants:

Memory and Borders: Examining Nationalism and Identity Through Material Culture

Borders, their effect and their history, have become a recurring theme of global politics today; Brexit and the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, diplomatic negotiations between North and South Korea and the history of the Berlin wall are examples of stories that have occupied discourse on the concept of borders. While nations may be a modern geopolitical category, their physical demarcations have had significant influence on the formation of memory and identity. Thus, to what extent are our shared or individual memories shaped or limited by borders? How do geopolitical boundaries influence a sense of national identity? What is the legacy of a national ‘border’?

This is a call for participants to engage in a workshop discussing memory and borders. Its purpose is to encourage cross-disciplinary discourse on the theme of memory and borders. Students, academics, designers, artists, philosophers, writers, journalists, filmmakers, thinkers and creators will come together to foster a conversation concerning the idea of the ‘border’ as a material or ideological barrier or impasse and the impact that these borders have on individual and collective memory. We will discuss ideas around the theme of “Memory and Borders” through material cultures, in a discursive format that includes work and research (-in progress) presentations, and round-table discussions. Abstracts of work, and work in progress can be based on, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • National identity and memory
  • Conflict and memory
  • Violence and trauma in memory
  • Material culture and memory
  • Materiality of borders
  • Nationalism, fracture, independence, identity and divisions through objects
  • Gerrymandering and democracy

Please send a (maximum) 150-word abstract to memoryandborders@gmail.com by 17:00 on December 15, 2018.

This event will be held on February 11, 2019 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. Participants that will be selected to present will be compensated for travel (from within London).

This event will be made possible with the generous help of the Design History Society Outreach & Events Grant.

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Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group – 29th November 2018 3pm: Schizophrenia

The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group will meet on 29th November 2018, 15:00-16:30, in the Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD to consider work on the topic of schizophrenia. This session will be led by Dr Mohammed Rashed, ISSF Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow in Birkbeck’s Department of Philosophy, and the readings are as follows:

  • Colin King (2006) They diagnosed me a schizophrenic when I was just a Gemini. In ‘The other side of madness’. Reconceiving Schizophrenia. Edited by Man Cheung Chung, Bill Fulford, and George Graham (Oxford UP)
  • Angela Woods (2011) Schizophrenia, modernity, postmodernity. In Woods, The Sublime Object of Psychiatry: Schizophrenia in Clinical and Cultural Theory (Oxford UP)

The readings for each session are held in a shared Dropbox folder. If you need access, email sophie.jones@bbk.ac.uk (include your Dropbox-linked email address, if you have one).

Everyone is welcome at the reading group. There is no need to book.

The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group aims to create a space in which academics, clinicians and students can come together to explore key readings, ideas and materials in the field of medical humanities. Our endeavour is to find ways of talking across the different disciplines of the humanities and medicine, and we welcome participation from colleagues and students interested and engaged in these areas. For details of previous sessions, please click here.

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