School of Law book events at Birkbeck in March

Friday 4 March 6pm: Talking Books: With Dogs at the Edge of Life

Book discussion hosted by Elena Loizidou, Talking Books: With Dogs at the Edge of Life on 4 March (with reception).   A mixture of memoir, case law and film study, Professor Colin Dayan’s unconventional book examines the relationship between human and canine “the inexhaustible world, at once tender and fierce, of dogs and humans.”

Thursday 17 March 6pm: Crowds and Party book launch
The book launch for Jodi Dean’s new book Crowds and Party hosted by Maria Aristodemou on 17 March.   Professor Dean argues that we need to rethink the collective subject of politics, considering how to channel the possibilities of “riotous crowds”.

Both events are free, but registration is required.  Click through on the links above for more information and to register.

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Two events at The Architecture Space and Society Centre, February and March 2016

The Architecture Space and Society Centre (ASSC) at Birkbeck is delighted to announce two upcoming events:

The Thinkers in Architecture inaugural lecture will be given by Norbert Nussbaum (University of Cologne). The title of his lecture is “From the Belly of the Architect”; it will be held on Friday 12th February at 5pm in the Keynes Library (Room 114), School of Arts, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

Professor Nussbaum is a distinguished architectural historian and author of seminal studies on German medieval architecture and on Gothic vaults. He is also deeply engaged with contemporary architectural issues, as well as the investigation, reconstruction and conservation of buildings.

ASSC’s Thinkers in Architecture series brings prominent architectural historians, critics and thinkers to Birkbeck to give extended talks about issues emerging from their research.

The following event will inaugurate our New Book series. Owen Hopkins will speak about his book From the Shadows: The Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor. Barry Curtis (Royal College of Art) will respond.

This event will take place on Friday 4th March, at 6pm, in the Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

Owen Hopkins is new book, From the Shadows: The Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor (Reaktion, 2015) – is a lively and detailed history of Hawksmoor’s work and, pivotally, the ways it has been seen by a variety of observers over the nearly three centuries since his death. Owen Hopkins is a writer, historian and curator of architecture. He is Architecture Programme Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts.

New Books will present authors of recent books on architecture, urbanism and landscape speaking about the crux of their contributions to the area, followed by a short response by an invited scholar and discussion.

We hope you can join us. These events are free, but booking is recommended.

For more information and a link for booking, please go to our NEW website:

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Birkbeck Law School Research Seminar, 20 January 2016

Birkbeck Law School Research Seminar

“Sovereignty Enisled” by Stewart Motha
(Birkbeck, University of London)

When: Wednesday 20 January 1:00-2:30pm
Where: 43 Gordon Square, Room B06

Sovereignty has defied the many obituaries that have heralded its demise or imminent end. Its resurgence might be observed among the erection of borders to limit the movement of migrants, the new nationalisms in Europe, declarations of war and emergency following terrorist attacks, and struggles for economic independence amidst externally imposed austerity measures. In each instance the underlying assumption is that sovereignty represents the possibility of being secure, independent, and autonomous. These measures repeat an archaic belief in the possibility of sovereign solitude – the sense that a sovereign subject or people are capable of being and thriving if they are enisled. The discussion will explore the conditions and implications of such sovereign pretensions. The paper will consider the UK’s expulsion of Chagos Islanders in order to shore-up the security interests of the United States in the Indian Ocean, and Australia’s excision of islands from jurisdiction and internment of refugees offshore. In each instance a sovereign exceptionalism proclaims a self-sufficiency that is undermined by the need for political and legal alibis. Should the political response on the left be based on the essential plurality of being, or another (sovereign) solitude – the sense that the other must remain, as Derrida suggested, “wholly other”?

This is a free and public seminar, part of the School of Law Research Seminar Series at Birkbeck, University of London. A light lunch will be available.

Forthcoming seminars

3 February 2016: Marco Wan (University of Hong Kong) “Feminist Literary Theory, Legal Texts: an Encounter”

9 March 2016: Yael Navaro-Yashin (University of Cambridge), “In the Land of Khidr: Cosmography Beyond Territorialization at the Turkish-Syrian Interface”

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Room at the Top Open Lecture Series 2016

Room at the Top open lecture series commences on Monday 11 January 2016 at with ‘The Artistic Case’ with Amit Sharma, Associate Director of Graeae Theatre Company.

When: Monday 11 January 2016, at 6pm

Where: Malet St, MAL G16

There will be 3 lectures per term over the Spring and Summer and will feature speakers from varying Arts areas such as the Director of Sky Arts, the Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and more.

Once a month on a Monday evening speakers from a broad spectrum of the cultural sector will come to the School of Arts to share their thoughts and experiences and debate current issues in cultural policy making. The aim is to capture policy ideas, development and implementation wrapped in personal narratives from a variety of cultural perspectives. Together, speakers represent snapshots of a cultural landscape that is continuously asked for validation, reassurance and critical discourse. In six lectures and conversations speakers address topics as diverse as what drives artistic vitality in theatre, how one negotiates commercial scrutiny in TV and why tangible impact means success in the world of philanthropic giving. Furthermore, flexibility is questioned when the glass ceiling of the arts labour market meets ambitions for promotion and when local government arts funding is discussed as an oxymoron. Last but not least, festivals are on the agenda, where we will be exploring their fashionable status and querying their unifying community spirit.

We invite you to join the debate. Come and participate, discuss and care for the Arts.

Entry is free, but you will need to register here:

Room at the Top


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Marta Weiss, with Colin Ford: ‘Julia Margaret Cameron: New Discoveries’, 26 Jan 2016

‘Julia Margaret Cameron: New Discoveries’

Marta Weiss (Victoria & Albert Museum)

Responding: Colin Ford (Former head of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford)

When: Tuesday 26 January 2016, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

This seminar will explore the new material Martha Weiss discovered while researching the current must-see exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, marking the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron, 150 years after she first exhibited her work there. Colin Ford has worked extensively on this important photographer, most notably in the comprehensive catalogue Julia Margaret Cameron: Complete Photos (Getty, 2002).

This event is presented in collaboration between the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre.

The session is free and all are welcome, but since the venue has limited space it will be first come, first seated.

Learn more about the Julia Margaret Cameron Exhibition at the V & A here:

Download Julia Margaret Cameron: Complete Photos (Getty, 2002) here:

For further information on the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, see:

For further information on the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, see:

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