Introducing the Birkbeck Institutes

Dear PhD Student,

You may already have heard about the Birkbeck Institutes and the exciting wide ranging events we present. We comprise three different Institutes (BIH, BISR, BIMI) working separately and sometimes collaboratively presenting talks, seminars, symposia and conferences reflecting the research of the academic staff at Birkbeck.

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Some events are specifically aimed at PhD students, such as the “Developing Your Research Career” series of workshops and the “Birkbeck Institute Graduate Conference” (to be held April/May 2016). All our events are open to you as well as to the public and we hope that you will come along or even take part where appropriate.

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Julia Eisner, Sarah Joshi and Reina Goodwin-van der Wiel, Institute Managers

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (BIH) aims, through its events and activities, to engage with important public issues of our time as well as fostering and promoting a climate of interdisciplinary research and collaboration among academics and researchers. It promotes new ideas and forms of understanding in the humanities. It invites prominent writers, broadcasters and public figures to spend short periods at the Institute and engages the highly rated Birkbeck Humanities research departments in cross-disciplinary work.

The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) is a response to the growing interest in film and the moving image across the College. Through public events and academic research initiatives, BIMI will address a wide variety of contemporary issues, particularly those relevant to its interdisciplinary structure.  Working closely with the Birkbeck Cinema, BIMI programmes public screenings and special seasons, making use of 35 mm film in addition to the Cinema’s high quality DVD projection.

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) is the focal point for social research at Birkbeck, and a hub for the dissemination and discussion of social research in London and beyond. Our distinctively critical and socially-engaged approach to social research is organised around five themes, each of which has a global/comparative dimension: social, psychosocial and feminist theory and methods; social movements, citizenship, policy and participation; subjectivity, intimacy, life-course and home; place, nation and environment; and media, culture, communication and learning.

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BISR – The Biographic-Narrative Interpretive Method 6th November 2015

Birkbeck Institute for Social Research in collaboration with the Association for Psychosocial Studies

The Biographic-Narrative Interpretive Method (BNIM) for Research Interviewing

Friday 6 November 2015| 1.00 – 5.00pm | Room G04, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, London WC1H 0PD

This is the second workshop in our new series, “New Developments in Psychosocial Methods”, organised by BISR  and The Association for Psychosocial Studies.

Speaker: Tom Wengraf

About BNIM

BNIM is a strongly psycho-societal research method, enabling the exploration and integrative interpretation of psycho-dynamics and socio-dynamics. Finding good methods for doing social research that are genuinely concerned, on the one hand,  with the macro-societal and the meso-institutional and, on the other,  with subjectivity(ies) and  ‘inner worlds’ is not easy.  Recently, BNIM’s interpretation procedure has  been enriched in order to explore more explicitly than before not just the ‘situated subjectivity’ at the moment of the interview but also earlier successive states of subjectivity over the life-period being explored, each of these successive states of situated subjectivity being seen as contradictory configurations.

Over its short life of 20 or so years, BNIM has tended to become used in projects that are more deeply psychological and more complexly sociological, going beyond psychological and sociological reductionisms. As a framework for this, some have found helpful a revised Critical Realism approach. BNIM trainings have been taking place for over fourteen years in the UK and in Ireland, as well as in New Zealand,Slovenia, USA,  Australia, Spain and Portugal.

This workshop

The BNIM interview is carefully structured into two core (plus one optional) separate sub-sessions. The BNIM interpretation process is carefully structured into two separate interpretive tracks, which – after the second track is completed – are brought together into a unified history of the case evolution which can be used to yield a structural case account in relation to your central research question.

This BNIM ‘Taster Half-Day’ will give you hands-on experience of doing a short BNIM interview (the two sub-session core) and also of doing a key part of the (twin-track) methodology for interpreting the interview material.  Though necessarily short, it will give you an authentic flavour of what it feels like to do BNIM, an unusual experience.

A Quick Outline Sketch of BNIM is available free from

View the flyer – here

This event is open to all, but places are limited. Registration and payment are essential.
£30 Standard | £20 APS Members/Birkbeck Staff | £10 All Students & Unwaged

(If you cannot afford the fee, please get in touch with the BISR Manager, Reina Goodwin-van der Wiel, on

Registration will open in September via

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