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This blog is dedicated to charting, mapping, and capturing a sense of the academic multiverse that is the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. Part news bulletin, part research epistle, the blog will provide a regular pulse reading of what is... Continue Reading →

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Interview with Balibar: On Democracy, Oppression and Universality

Etienne Balibar has been a regular contributor to Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (BIH) events, after one of his most recent masterclasses two of the Birkbeck Institute Interns – Senjuti Chakraborti and Güneş Tavmen – interviewed him. During your recent... Continue Reading →

Language Policy and Planning in Multilingual Organisations: Exploring Language Regimes

On Monday 3 July some of the leading scholars in the field of LPP (Language Policy and Planning) who work across a range of disciplines (education; economics; linguistics; politics) came together for a one day symposium at Birkbeck, which was... Continue Reading →

Racism, Antisemitism, Theory

On April 24 scholars and activists packed out a large room at Birkbeck for a one-day workshop titled ‘Racism, Antisemitism, Theory’. Organised by Dr Brendan McGeever, Dr Ben Gidley and Dr Aaron Winter, the workshop was generously supported by the... Continue Reading →

At a Time of Renewed Political Urgency, Critical Thought Helps Provide us with Indispensable Modes of Analysis and Resistance

Jacqueline Rose, Co-Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, reflects on the role of critical theory in elaborating a more just future, particularly in the current time of renewed political urgency, and the upcoming London Critical Theory Summer School. It has been... Continue Reading →

What is the History of Sexuality?

A postcard from the collection of sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing used to promote a recent IHR Seminar talk (Image Credit: Wellcome Library, London) On the 19th of June 2015, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, in conjunction with the Raphael Samuel... Continue Reading →

‘You are High Risk’: Eimear McBride in Conversation with Jacqueline Rose

On the 25th of January, the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Literature was fortunate to host Irish novelist Eimear McBride (A Girl is a Half Formed Thing, The Lesser Bohemians) in conversation with Jacqueline Rose.... Continue Reading →

When solidarity ‘is’ the protagonist: an account of the ‘Political Solidarity’ workshop at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Calogero Giametta reflects on 'Political Solidarity: Border Control and Incarceration', the final workshop organised in the context of his visiting research fellowship at the BIH. Banner dropped on Vauxhall Bridge in London on the day of Trump’s inauguration (January 2017)... Continue Reading →

LGBT Rights, Activism and the new Geopolitics of Sexuality

This post was contributed by Calogero Giametta, Visiting Research Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, October – December 2016 LGBT rights are divisive and prone to instrumentalisation, nationally and globally. In the past thirty years LGBT rights have... Continue Reading →

Spitalfields: On Development and Destruction

Miloš Kosec, a PhD candidate in Arts and Humanities at Birkbeck reflected on the symposium that looked into the ever-changing Spitalfields. The symposium was organized by Dr. Lesley McFadyen (HCA) and Dr. Joel McKim (FMACS) and funded by the Architecture... Continue Reading →

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