Photography and Academic Research: Images in the Post-Truth Era

By Dermot Hodson­ “This debate about truth and photography may not be conclusive but it leaves scholars of photography primed for an era of post truth politics in which politicians are ready, on a scale never seen before, to contest facts and trade in falsehoods.” Scholars of photography have long since abandoned the conceit that…

Monstrosity and the colonial archive: intersectional and interdisciplinary perspectives on the construction of Otherness in the migrants and refugees crises.

Gaia Giuliani, Birkbeck Institute of Humanities Fellow 2018, (CES – University of Coimbra). In May and June 2018, the BIH hosted a series of three events that I organized as a BIH visiting fellow. The events investigated the contemporary iconography of monstrosity attached to migrants and refugees within the context of the war on terror….

“A rewarding experience…” a reflection on the Birkbeck Institutes internship

by Pauline Suwanban, Birkbeck Institutes intern 2017/18 Applications for the 2018/19 paid internship are now open My experience starting a PhD was certainly shaped by my internship with Birkbeck Institutes. It gave me a rich introduction into academia and public engagement. The Birkbeck Institutes of Social Research, Gender and Sexuality, and Humanities are directed by…

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 Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. The symposium aimed to discuss how energy and architecture were…

“One of the most fulfilling and enriching experiences of my year”

by Khyati Tripathi Khyati Tripathi, a Birkbeck PhD student on a split-site Commonwealth scholarship 2016/17, shares her reflections on the Critical Theory Summer School 2017. One look at the list of outstanding speakers and I instantly knew that this was my window of opportunity to interact with some of the best minds in the world….

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 the sea. In books such as Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (1987),…

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 of the carceral imagination in Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, to the valorizing of dissident prisoners from Wilde…

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. In this blog, Victoria reflects on the symposium and the potential for exciting future collaborations…

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 Masterclasses on ‘Towards a New Critique of Political Economy’ at the BIH  (you can listen to all three of the Masterclases as…