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Notes on the “Architecture of Energy” Symposium

Güneş Tavmen, the Publicity Officer of the ASSC and PhD candidate in Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck reflects on the symposium 'Architecture of Energy', which was organised by Mark Crinson and funded by the Architecture Space and Society Centre and the... Continue Reading →


‘One of the most fulfilling and enriching experiences in my year’: Reflections on the 2017 London Critical Theory Summer School

PhD student Khyati Tripathi, who was studying at Birkbeck on a split-site Commonwealth scholarship during 2016/17, reflects on her experience at the 2017 London Critical Theory Summer School. One look at the list of outstanding speakers and I instantly knew... Continue Reading →

Art History from Below: Géricault, Delacroix, Turner

Sue Jones is a research student in the Birkbeck School of Arts. Here Sue reflects on 'Art history from Below: Gericault, Delacroix, Turner: Marcus Rediker, Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh, is renowned for his studies of... Continue Reading →

Literature and the Undisciplined Prison

Teacher and writer Molly Murray reflects on the subject of 'Literature and the Undisciplined Prison: The idea of prison literature as a response to institutional constraint is so familiar as to be axiomatic.  In accounts ranging from the monitory genealogy... Continue Reading →

Im/Mobilities: Intimate Labour in a Transnational World

Professor Victoria K Haskins, BIH Visiting Fellow in October 2017 from the University of Newcastle, and director of the Purai Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies Centre, recently hosted a BIH symposium on Im/Mobilities: Intimate Labour in a Transnational World.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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