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Birkbeck Arts Week 2014: Wednesday 21 May

Stranger Than Fiction: An Evening with Travis Elborough

Listening by Larry Sider

    When? 2pm – 3pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square
    It is rare to listen - just listen - as a group. Whether at the cinema, a concert, the theatre or facing some sort of screen, we have images to keep our hearing company. This programme of narrative, abstract, film, radio and documentary material, is an opportunity for an audience to listen, together, in the dark, without images. To immerse themselves in unfamiliar worlds and strange stories; to confront unexpected emotions, feelings, impressions; to share the unseen with those around you – all through sound.

    Reserve your free place for 'Listening to Larry Sider' here.

The Mediated City: A Tour of Media and Mediation in West End London

    When? 2pm – 5pm
    Where? West End London
    This tour explores West End London as a lens into the appearance of media in city life and its environments. Though we will visit a range of buildings and neighbourhoods associated with major media industries, the tour also focuses on observing some more unconventional forms of urban media and communication. Attendees will meet at the southwest corner of Fitzroy Square at 2pm. The tour will end at Leicester Square.

    Booking will be essential for the tour:

Theatre Scratch Night

    When? 6pm – 9pm
    Where? Room G10, 43 Gordon Square
    Students from our theatre and creative writing programmes, from BA to PhD, share their work in progress, including the first showing of several short new plays. From workshops to finished pieces, experience the processes and products of our creative factory and offer feedback on the work you see.


    Reserve your free place for Theatre Scratch Night here.

The Future of the Book

    When? 6pm – 7:30pm
    Where? Room 122, 43 Gordon Square
    Can publishing innovation save the book? What are the implications for writers and readers? Rebecca Rouillard, editor of the Writers’ Hub, chairs a panel of guests including Emma Wright (The Emma Press), Adam Freudenheim (Pushkin Press) and Dan Kieran (Unbound) to discuss the future of the book.


    Reserve your free place for The Future of the Book here.

London: A Renaissance City?

    When? 6pm – 7:30pm
    Where? Room 112, 43 Gordon Square
    What was the Renissance and where did it happen? Famously, something happened in fourteenth-century Italy that set Europe on a new course. But what happened in England and especially in London? This panel will ask whether we should consider London as having a Renaissance – and if so, when and for whom. Explore the ‘Renaissance’ status of famous Londoners such as John Dee, Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare, but also the poor and the provincial with Birkbeck experts Dr Stephen Clucas, Dr Brodie Wadell, Dr Gill Woods and Professor Sue Wiseman.

    Reserve your free place for 'London: A Renaissance City?' here.

Bibliographical Blunders : Error and Print in Renaissance England

    When? 7:45pm – 9pm
    Where? Room 112, 43 Gordon Square
    We all make mistakes....But what can we do with them? Nowhere is error more shaping and more permanent than in the printed book. Expert in Renaissance Literature, Dr Adam Smyth (Balliol College, Oxford) explores the role of the Renaissance invention of the printing press in initiating whole new vistas of error. Looking at errata, pasted scraps, cancelled pages and a wide variety of bibliographical blunders, this talk follows errors into the world.

    Reserve your free place for Bibliographical Blunders here.

From Text to Screen and Back: Adaptation Across Media

    When? 6pm – 9pm
    Where? Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square
    Dr Richard Taws (UCL), Dr Silke Arnold de Simine (Birkbeck), Dr Ann Lewis (Birkbeck) will explore the contested but highly productive concept of intermediality, and its relation to ideas of adaptation, through case studies taken from across English, French and German-speaking cultures.  Presentations will focus on Eric Rohmer’s film about the French Revolution, L’Anglaise et le duc (2001), illustrations and film versions of Marivaux’s bestseller La Vie de Marianne (1731-42) and Nosferatu, F. W. Murnau’s 1922 screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897). This workshop will analyse different kinds of intermedial encounter, and the rich suggestiveness of this form of representation as a reflection on the possibilities of different media.

    Reserve your free place for 'From Text to Screen and Back' here.

What is so special about the arts and humanities?

    When? 7pm – 9pm
    Where? Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square
    What is the point of studying the arts and humanities? What relevance do they have to society today? Should universities adapt their courses to suit changing demands by, for example, increasing the focus on ‘employability skills’? If they defend the intrinsic value of studying subjects such as art, history, philosophy and literature, are they just upholding elitism? A panel of distinguished speakers will debate these contentious questions.

    Speakers: Jonathan Wakeham (co-founder of the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival and Board member of Arts Emergency); Dr Joanna Williams (University of Kent, Author of Consuming Higher Education: Why Learning Can't be Bought); Carole Souter (CEO, Heritage Lottery Fund); Alan Davey (CEO, Arts Council England); Professor Esther Leslie (Birkbeck)

    Reserve your free place for 'What's so special about the arts and humanities?' here.