This blog is run by the Birkbeck Institute interns who are all PhD Researchers from the schools of Arts, Law, and Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck. The blog acts as an archive of the events, research, and work of those associated with the BIH. The interns regularly write posts or invite guest bloggers to offer their reflections on our public programme. We also invite our collaborators on various workshops, conferences and other public events to share their thoughts with us here.
The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (BIH) was established in 2004 to stimulate research, public debate and collaboration among academics and intellectuals on important public issues of our time. Key to its remit is the promotion of new ideas and forms of understanding in the humanities.
As part of this mission, the BIH aims to foster a climate of interdisciplinary research and collaboration among colleagues from three schools at Birkbeck, University of London, as well as inviting in other UK-based and international academics and researchers.
We also provide short-term fellowships for a small number of scholars from Britain and overseas, who wish to collaborate with colleagues at Birkbeck. These are chosen yearly through an open competition.
Each year, the BIH holds its internationally renowned London Critical Theory Summer School. This two-week course provides a unique opportunity for graduate students and academics to follow a course of study with internationally renowned critical thinkers. Past tutors have included: Etienne Balibar, Susan Buck-Morss, Drucilla Cornell, Costas Douzinas, Stephen Frosh, David Harvey, Esther Leslie, Laura Mulvey, Jacqueline Rose and Slavoj Žižek.
The BIH also organises a large number of lectures, conferences, discussion panels, masterclasses and film screenings many of which are free and open to the public. Podcasts of many previous events are available here.