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 happening at the Institute. Spotlighting upcoming events, showcasing innovative research, and introducing faculty, the blog will document the diversity, scale, and breadth of work done at BIH. Throughout the year there will be regular updates regarding the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities Critical Theory Summer School, previewing the material, themes, and ambitions of the year’s participating academics. There will also be a countdown to the Birkbeck Graduate Conference.
A comment on the style of the blog: posts will tend towards a punctual, fragmentary, and speculative form, dramatizing the ongoing nature of research produced at the Institute. The attitude, then, is one resolutely committed to the improvised, imperfect, and experimental: a wind tunnel in the blogosphere for researchers and students associated with the Institute to test out ideas, formulate hypotheses, and reflect on the role of the humanities in contemporary society. Fostering a keen sense of the importance of interdisciplinary encounters and dialogues, the blog aims to supplement the intellectual and critical project of BIH by extending it into the realm of digital media. A platform intended to support the Institute’s crucial social interventions; the blog hopes to open up new possibilities for thinking, writing, and engaging with the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.