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 Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism. The…

A Time of Renewed Political Urgency

“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…

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 History Centre, hosted a one day workshop which posed the question ‘What is the History…

“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. A combination of readings, dialogue, and questions from the floor enabled the discussion to range…

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) Image from: http://www.huckmagazine.com/perspectives/activism-2/bridges-walls-london-stands-together-trumps-inauguration/ In the wake of infectious right-wing ideals permeated by racism, new forms…

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 attracted the attention of a diverse set of actors: from civil society to states, from…

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 Space and Society Centre and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.   A neighbourhood of…

Our Team…

Hello, We are the 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 to coordinate events, publish blogs and bring together the annual Birkbeck Graduate Conference, which is organised…