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‘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 →

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 →

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