Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities Blog


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 →


‘You are High Risk’: Eimear McBride in Conversation with Jacqueline Rose

On the 25th of January, the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Literature was fortunate to host Irish novelist Eimear McBride (A Girl is a Half Formed Thing, The Lesser Bohemians) in conversation with Jacqueline Rose.... Continue Reading →

When solidarity ‘is’ the protagonist: an account of the ‘Political Solidarity’ workshop at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Calogero Giametta reflects on 'Political Solidarity: Border Control and Incarceration', the final workshop organised in the context of his visiting research fellowship at the BIH. Banner dropped on Vauxhall Bridge in London on the day of Trump’s inauguration (January 2017)... Continue Reading →

LGBT Rights, Activism and the new Geopolitics of Sexuality

This post was contributed by Calogero Giametta, Visiting Research Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, October – December 2016 LGBT rights are divisive and prone to instrumentalisation, nationally and globally. In the past thirty years LGBT rights have... Continue Reading →

Spitalfields: On Development and Destruction

Miloš Kosec, a PhD candidate in Arts and Humanities at Birkbeck reflected on the symposium that looked into the ever-changing Spitalfields. The symposium was organized by Dr. Lesley McFadyen (HCA) and Dr. Joel McKim (FMACS) and funded by the Architecture... Continue Reading →

Our Team…

Hello, We are the new Birkbeck Institute Interns. Together, we will be working with the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (BIH), the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) and Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS) and across the departments at Birkbeck... Continue Reading →

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Addressing Authority: An Online Symposium on Petitions and Supplications in Early Modern Society

On 18 March 2016, a symposium which was co-funded by the BIH, brought historians and literary scholars together to talk about the history of ‘addressing authority’. The symposium asked: How can people without official political power push the authorities to... Continue Reading →

“A Real Buzz…” Gareth Bentley Reflects on the London Critical Theory Summer School

Dr Gareth Bentley, Senior Teaching Fellow and Subject Lecturer in Critical Media at the SOAS Centre for Media Studies, generously gave up an afternoon with us to reflect upon his experiences of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities Critical Theory Summer... Continue Reading →

Radical Philosophy in Abeyance

Many of the concerns of the BIH have been reflected in the journal Radical Philosophy and contributors to it have spoken at our events. One of its editors, Esther Leslie, is current Acting Co-Director of BIH. Here she reflects on... Continue Reading →

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