2022 Gwynne-Vaughan Medal

Deadline for entries extended to midday 14 October

The Birkbeck Graduate Research School (BGRS) aims to highlight the activities and successes of our research student community. We are pleased to announce the 2022 Gwynne-Vaughan Medal which is awarded to Birkbeck Doctoral students able to demonstrate the most notable contribution to their field while undertaking their research degree. The winners will be awarded a £250 prize, a formal certificate and a distinctive medal.

Eligibility

There are two categories for entry:

Current doctoral students

  • This category is open to all current part time and full time doctoral students enrolled at Birkbeck in academic year 2021/22
  • Any achievements you include must have taken place while you were registered as a Birkbeck Doctoral student up to 31 July 2022

Doctoral awardees

  • This category is open to any student who was enrolled in academic year 2019/20, 2020/21 and who has already been awarded their doctorate.
  • Any achievements you include must have taken place before your doctorate was awarded.

How to enter

Applicants must complete the following Gwynne-Vaughan Prize form which includes a statement from the student and a supporting statement from the supervisor.

Your completed form should be sent by email to graduateresearchschool@bbk.ac.uk

Deadline for entries

Friday 14 October, midday

Consideration of entries

All entries will be considered by the Research Student Sub-Committee (RSSC). The winners will be announced at the end of the Autumn term at a BGRS event that will be open to all research students at Birkbeck.

CHASE placement: Essay Film Festival 2023

Full-time placement of 6 months (FTE) which could be worked over 9 months. Work pattern to be agreed with successful candidate and variable to meet project needs. Expected start date: any time from October 2022 (flexible).

Project description and training opportunities: Curatorial internship at the Essay Film Festival, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image: http://www.essayfilmfestival.com

The Essay Film Festival is a well-established film festival, taking place in London in late-March/early-April since 2015, and currently planning for its ninth iteration in spring 2023. The EFF screenings and events are held at Birkbeck Cinema, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and other venues (e.g., Goethe-Institut, Institut Français). The EFF is a unique project in that it is a research-based film festival, created in the context of a multidisciplinary and public-facing research institute (Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image). The Birkbeck academics (Janet McCabe, Laura Mulvey, Michael Temple) involved in the EFF team consider film curating and film programming as an integral part of their research and teaching, and they share a vision of how their academic work interacts with artistic creation, political debate, and social activism.

The festival is highly focused and distinct in its aims. It does not seek to compete with or emulate any existing film festival, and this is one reason why it has been so successful, gaining international recognition alongside strong and committed audiences at home. We focus on the essayistic in film and media practices past and present, where the “essay film” is understood as the creative and critical intersection between the documentary and the experimental: on the one hand, the ambition to engage critically with the real, the everyday, the lived experiences of communities and societies across the globe; and, on the other, a desire to challenge and explore the formal language and technical possibilities of audiovisual media, both contemporary and historical. We have also boldly expanded the understanding of essayistic film and media practice beyond the western tradition where the “essay film” once appeared to reside, and we have thus shown work and engaged with filmmakers and artists from Iran, the Lebanon, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Korea, Mexico, Argentina – to give a few examples – as well as from various European countries and North America.

Our working method is also unique. We deliberately limit the number of screenings and events to a level that allows us to focus on quality rather than quantity. We curate each session with great care and attention, always looking for the best way to present the films and the filmmakers as part of a critical conversation – rather than the conveyor-belt of “screening plus Q&A” that typifies so many other film festivals. Thus, while our festival programme may only feature 12 to 15 sessions, stretched over a week to 10 days, most of these sessions are very substantial, lasting several hours, sometimes a whole day or more, and therefore allowing for multiple screenings, long-form screenings, and crucially the right amount of time for interventions by artists, academics, and activists, as part of a well-rounded and well-informed public conversation. Our approach to film curating is greatly appreciated by the artists themselves, who happily respond to the challenge of more open and sometimes “performative” modes of presenting and discussing their work.

This is the ambitious and dynamic environment in which we work, and the context in which we would like to offer a curatorial placement to a CHASE doctoral student willing to learn and to share our vision.

Role and responsibilities:

The successful candidate will work with the EFF programming team, currently including: EFF Director Dr Michael Temple and the BIMI Manager Matthew Barrington (also a Birkbeck doctoral student), Professor Laura Mulvey (Birkbeck), Dr Janet McCabe (Birkbeck), Ricardo Matos Cabo (independent curator and Birkbeck doctoral student), Kieron Corless (deputy editor Sight & Sound), and Raquel Morais (independent curator and Birkbeck doctoral student).

While managed and mentored by the EFF Director and BIMI Manager, the intern will be totally integrated into the programming team and will work as a full and equal member of this group, learning and receiving training on the job in all aspects of creating and curating this unique festival.

The internship duration will be the equivalent of 6 months full-time, but this could be adapted to suit the candidate, for example 2 or 3 days per week, over a longer period. For this coming year, 2022-23, we would like the placement to begin at some point during the Autumn term, although we will certainly be flexible regarding the start date and the number of days worked per week.

Key tasks and training opportunities:

The initial line describes activities; the bullet-point the training / development opportunities afforded

Participation in and minuting of EFF group meetings

·        Training – Working with others; communication;

Prospection and selection of films, artists, speakers, and discussants

·         Training – Knowledge base; cognitive and organizational abilities; creativity

Conceptualisation of screenings and content of discussion/debate events

·         Training – Knowledge base; cognitive and organizational abilities; creativity

Contact, negotiation and liaison with potential and existing EFF partners, such as embassies and consulates, cultural institutes, arts foundations and cultural organisations, university research centres, film and arts festivals

·         Training – Communication; ability to work flexibly with others

Contact and negotiation with rights-owners, film distributors, film archives

·         Training – Knowledge base and legal/other issues; working with others; time-management

Sourcing and administration of film prints, including technical specifications and shipping

·         Training – Knowledge base; working with others; time-management

Technical checking and testing of all materials to be shown at the festival

·         Training – Knowledge base; working with others; time-management

 Organisation of travel and accommodation arrangements for artists and other contributors

·         Training – Knowledge base; working with others; communication

 Preparation of research materials on selected films and filmmakers for EFF website and other platforms

·         Training – Knowledge base; cognitive and organizational abilities; creativity; communication and dissemination

 Preparation of publicity and advertising materials, for social media and traditional media campaigns

·         Training – Knowledge base; cognitive and organizational abilities; creativity; communication and dissemination; working with others; time-management

Birkbeck Open Research Symposium – call for lightning talks: Tuesday 1 November 1-5pm

Birkbeck Library is pleased to announce its first Birkbeck Open Research Symposium which this year is themed “Open for Climate Justice”, in line with International Open Access Week

The event features a keynote from Dr Caroline Edwards, and an afternoon of speakers and lightning talks, aimed at discussing the crossovers between open access and climate justice. This will be a hybrid event, with attendees both online and in person.

Themes could include but are not restricted to: open access, climate change, environmental and climate justice, environmental issues, climate activism, open climate data, international inequalities in climate action.

  • Talks will last 10 minutes each, with 5 minutes for questions to follow.  
  • Talks should include at least one slide as there may not be a camera for online participants to view the speaker. 
  • Talks can be delivered online (MS Teams) or in-person.

To participate, please submit a brief lightning talk outline with title and all author affiliation(s) and indicate your preference for an in-person or virtual format via the lightning talk submission form. The deadline is Friday 23 September. 

If you have any questions please contact David McElroy, d.mcelroy@bbk.ac.uk  

Submissions will be reviewed by a non-expert panel.  Submission form: Birkbeck Open Research Symposium – lightning talks submission form

This call is open to Birkbeck staff and postgraduate students, and non-Birkbeck colleagues in relevant areas.​​​​​​​

Bloomsbury Colleges PhD Studentships (Call for SUPERVISOR applications)

The Bloomsbury Colleges Consortium (Birkbeck, UCL Institute of Education, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Royal Veterinary College and School of Oriental and African Studies) have opened applications for 10 three-year PhD studentships, available for intercollegiate research collaborations starting October 2023. 

The studentships will cover fees at the home rate and maintenance at the level recommended by the Research Councils. Supervisors wishing to invite applications from international students will be required to demonstrate how they will meet the costs of overseas fees from other sources. 

The deadline for submissions is Monday 10 October 2022 and successful applicants will be notified by the end of November. Further information and applications form available below.  Applications should be submitted by the lead applicant to: graduateresearchschool@bbk.ac.uk

Three Minute Thesis Competition 2022

On Thursday 16 June, Birkbeck doctoral students took part in the 2022 Three Minute Thesis Competition. Meiyun Meng was the overall winner and received a £500 prize.
From left to right: Hannah Reeves (people’s choice); Carlo Palombo; Meiyun Meng (overall winner); Tom Nealon; Marie Houghton; Doyin Olorunfemi (runner up); Fengzhi Zhao.

2022 3MT Competition

On Thursday 16 June around 60 people attended the Birkbeck Three Minute Thesis Competition in the Clore Lecture Theatre. This was the fourth time the competition has been run at Birkbeck and the first time since 2019. The seven contestants displayed excellent presentational skills to convey their research in a concise and engaging manner, all managing to conclude with just a few seconds to spare. As always at Birkbeck, there was a wide range of subjects from how cross-sectional data can help cure cancer to the experience of flat sharing among the over-30s.

Winner: Meiyun Meng

After the judges had watched the candidates make their presentations, Meiyun Meng (Department of Geography) was chosen as the overall winner for her lively and engaging talk ‘Individualising life courses: Home-making of highly educated women in Shenzhen, China’. Meiyun is in her third year as a doctoral researcher in Geography.

Runner up: Doyin Olorunfemi

In addition to the overall winner, the judges awarded a £250 runner up prize to Doyin Olorunfemi (Department of Management) for her talk on ‘From Selling to Venturing’.

People’s Prize Winner

The overall winner and runner up were chosen by a panel of 3 Birkbeck experts but the audience also played a key role and were asked to use their votes to select a People’s Choice winner. This prize was awarded to Hannah Reeves (Department of Psychosocial Studies) for her talk ‘Crossbones Graveyard: remembering the dead, or breathing with them?

2022 3MT Talks

A list of all the competitors and their talks is provided below.

Doyin Olorunfemi ‘From Selling to Venturing’
Marie Houghton ‘Can home and happiness be found living in a house share after the age of 30?’
Hannah Reeves ‘Crossbones Graveyard: remembering the dead, or breathing with them?’
Meiyun Meng ‘Individualising life courses: Home-making of highly educated women in Shenzhen, China’
Fengzhi Zhao ‘A Tale of Two Cosmopolitan Shanghai(s)’
Tom Nealon ‘Inferring Time Varying Processes from Cross-Sectional Data’
Carlo Palombo ‘On the prohibition of nudity’

The PhD Network in-person Social

Our very first social since what feels like forever!

Most of us in this PhD Network have only seen and talked to each other virtually – over our shut-up and write group – and while strong bonds have been formed, it is finally time to organise the get together we have all been waiting for and quite frankly deserve.

For our new PhD cohorts, this is a great opportunity to meet some seasoned PhD students and grab as many tips and trick from them as possible! As such alumni are also welcome.

But it’s also a chance to get to know the group and who we are, and what the PhD Network does and how it can help you in your studies. PhD study can be very isolating and lonely and it takes a while to navigate all the hurdles that will inevitably come your way – we all know of this, trialled through it – but thankfully together, we can get through it in one whole-ish piece 🙂

I have chosen Coram’s fields as our location as they run a fully facilitated and supervised under 5’s playgroup from 9:30am- noon weekdays – it gives our PhD parents the option to join without worrying if they can or cannot bring children etc

It is a really nice space, with a cafe, and lots of lovely gardens.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to secure a budget for this picnic – so please do bring your own food and drinks. We will have a large blanket and some bits and bobbins to nibble but nothing substantial. I hope to see lots of you there. I am -fingers crossed – hoping for good weather and I know I will have good company 🙂 

Birkbeck School of Law PGR Conference 2022

Thursday 26th & Friday 27th May
MAL B30

Thursday 26th May
Tea/coffee from 09:30
10:15: Introduction to Conference and Opening Remarks: PGR Reps & Professor Elena Loizidou


10:30 – 12:30: Panel 1 Questioning Law’s Categories, chaired by Oscar
Guardiola-Rivera

Sarah Bekali, Tort law, recovery of damages and the question of race in the Netherlands (virtual presentation)
Kanika Gauba, Law’s Haemopolitics
Allison McKibban, Unsettling the ‘Problem’: Bacchi’s Poststructuralist Policy Analysis Tool and the 2013 Reauthorization of the U.S. Violence Against Women Act
Dorota Krogulewska, Barriers to reporting domestic abuse to the police by Polish women in the UK (virtual presentation)


Lunch 12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30: Panel 2 Biopolitics and Law in Greece, chair TBC
Eleni Papakonstantinou, The biopolitics of abjection: the persecution of seropositive women in Greece 2012 (virtual presentation)
Athina Michalakea, Legal frame and cultural representations of sex work in modern and contemporary Greece (virtual presentation)


Coffee 14:30 – 15:00

15:00 – 16:30: Panel 3 (Un)Making Gender, chair TBC
Lizzie Hughes, Hearing Gender: reshaping surveillance as human, sensory, and
(en)gendering through an analysis of sound in the public bathroom.

Jenny Logan, Incest and the Family Enclosure (1870s – 1974)
Shomo Basu, Black Biotech: Feminism, Intellectual Property, and the American Imaginary
5pm: We welcome everyone to come along to the College Arms on Store Street, near Birkbeck, for mid-conference drinks.

Friday 27th May
Tea/coffee from 10:00


10:30 – 11:30: Panel 1 Genocide and Border Violence, chaired by Başak Ertur
Nerges Azizi, Legal Interventions against European Border Violence
Ayse Kurul, How Does “the Duty to Prevent”, A Binding Treaty Obligation of States Under the Genocide Convention, Apply to Genocides Committed by Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs)?


Lunch 12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00: Panel 2 Religion, Philosophy, and Policy Interventions, chaired by Sarah Keenan
Michael Darke, Agricultural paradigm shift or policy evolution?
Gaber Mohamed, Interrogating Two Concepts in Islamic Criminal Jurisprudence: Victim’s Family vs. Offender’s Family (virtual presentation)
Abu Reza, The Influence of Cesare Beccaria on the English Philosophy of Penal Reform (virtual presentation)


Short break (10 minutes)
15:10: Closing remarks from Dr Sarah Keenan and Dr Başak Ertur

Two opportunities from The Gardens Trust

ENTRIES ARE INVITED FOR THE
17th ANNUAL MAVIS BATEY ESSAY PRIZE
Closing date for submissions 2nd Oct 2022

Our annual essay competition is intended to encourage vibrant, scholarly writing and new research, especially by those who have not yet had their work published. It is open to any student, worldwide, registered in a bona-fide university or institute of higher education, or who has recently graduated from such an institution. Submissions must be 5,000 to 6,000 words and the only
restriction on subject matter is that it must be of relevance to some aspect of garden history which could include explorations of little known gardens, or an aspect of botany, ecology, horticulture, archaeology, social history, architecture, design, art history or sculpture.


The prize includes an award of £500, free membership of The Gardens Trust for a year and consideration for publication in our peer-reviewed, scholarly journal Garden History. All previous winners have been accepted for publication, and often the best of the non-winning entries are invited to submit to the journal as well.


Submissions or any further enquiries should be sent to essayprize@thegardenstrust.org by 6pm
Sunday 2nd October 2022
For further details and entry forms see :http://thegardenstrust.org/research/prize/

12th New Research Symposium
Saturday 26th November 2022
– Call for papers

The New Research Symposium is an important feature of the Gardens Trust’s programme. It is open to all researchers and scholars, regardless of whether or not they are attached to an academic institution. Launched in 2011, the eleven previous symposia have hosted papers from fifty researchers. Many of these are members of County Gardens Trusts and a third are scholars from
overseas, all of whom we warmly welcome.

Researchers in all fields of activity are encouraged to submit a 200-word proposal for a paper whose subject is as yet unpublished. Any topic relating to Garden History will be considered, for example: explorations of little known gardens, or aspects of botany, ecology, horticulture, archaeology, social history, architecture, design, art history and sculpture.
The paper will be no longer than 20 minutes (approximately 2,000 to 2,500 words) and illustrated with a PowerPoint (or similar) slide presentation. The symposium will be held on-line via zoom.
We’d be happy to answer any questions and even happier to receive proposals via
newresearchsymposium@thegardenstrust.org
closing date 6 pm, Sunday, 2nd October 2022

2022 Birkbeck 3 Minute Thesis Competition: Join the Audience on 16 June

Registration now open for this event

You can be part of the audience for this year’s Three Minute Thesis Competition. On Thursday 16 June, an expert panel of judges will decide which Birkbeck student has presented the most compelling, convincing, and concise summary of their thesis. There’s a lot at stake: not only the prestige of winning and the confidence that goes with it, but also –

  • £500 to the overall winner
  • £250 to the runner-up

As part of the audience you will have a vote to decide who is the People’s Choice. You can also join the Birkbeck postgraduate community in celebrating the diversity of research interests undertaken here, and raise a glass to that with a drinks reception after the winners have been announced.

Register now to be part of the audience.