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Arts Week 2015: Monday 18 May

Environmental Futures: Oil, Ecology, Petrocultures

    When? 2pm – 5pm
    Where? Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square

    In the 21st century oil shapes our geopolitics and impacts upon the cost of day-to-day living. But what role does oil play within culture? This panel considers literature’s engagement with the oil economy and the opportunities for a participatory democratic citizenship that a cultural critique, and monitoring, of oil affords.

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Curiosity

    When? 2pm – 5pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square
    The term curiosity refers to both a quality of attention and a type of object. It concerns novelty and knowledge, secrecy and display, desire and the intellect. In this interdisciplinary symposium Brian Dillon, Laura Mulvey, Marina Warner and Fiona Candlin will discuss curiosity with regard to museums, art, myth, literature and film.

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Polly Samson in conversation with Russell Celyn Jones

    When? 6pm – 7:25pm
    Where? Room 101, 30 Russell Square
    Polly Samson is the acclaimed author of two collections of short stories. We welcome her to Birkbeck to read from and talk about her first novel, The Kindness, published in March 2015 by Bloomsbury. The event will be hosted by Birkbeck author and Professor of Creative Writing Russell Celyn Jones.

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Is the playwright dead?

    When? 6pm – 7:25pm
    Where? Room G10, 43 Gordon Square
    The playwright may (or may not) be dead. What is the status and role of playwrights and text written for the stage in contemporary culture? How do writers grapple with new media in their work? How does the context of theatre-making inform the writer's role? Join us to discuss these issues with four writers who each approach the theatre in different ways - David Edgar, David Eldridge, Dan Rebellato and Lyn Gardner.

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Realisms of Precariousness: Exilados do Vulcão de Paula Gaitan

    When? 6pm – 9pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square
    This film programme presents four contemporary film narratives from Brazil and Colombia over three days. Four unique views that provide different accounts of the thresholds that can be reached by free images of Latin America. The programme includes discussions and Q&A sessions with curators and filmmakers after the screenings.

    Exilados do Vulcão de Paula Gaitan / Brasil / 2013 / 125min.

    A reflection on veiled time and emotions, on memory finding its path.
    The programme has been organised by:
    Hambre and Colombian Film Panorama, Twitter: @ColFilmPanorama

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Adapting Diderot’s Le Neveu de Rameau/Rameau’s Nephew

    When? 6pm – 9pm
    Where? Room G01, 43 Gordon Square
    This roundtable will explore notions of edition, translation and adaptation (to new media, for new audiences). It focuses on one of Diderot’s best known, and most enigmatic texts Le Neveu de Rameau. Papers will present the new, award-winning, multimedia translation edited by Marian Hobson, translated by Kate Tunstall and Caroline Warman (Open Book Publishers, 2014) with Phoebe von Held’s 1998 theatrical adaptation.

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Scribblers by Steve Waters

    When? 7:30pm – 9pm
    Where? Room G10, 43 Gordon Square
    A script-in-hand performance of a new radio play which charts the stormy relationship between two real life characters: young playwright Henry Fielding and the First Minister Robert Walpole. Mixing high politics and low satire, the play explores the premature birth of political theatre through the madcap work of Fielding before its later stifling by the Stage Licensing Act of 1737.

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Found in Translation - The Man Booker International Prize

    When? 7.15pm, for 7.45pm start – 8.45pm
    Where? Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square

    On the eve of the prize announcement join some of this year’s Man Booker International Finalists as they discuss the impact of translation and read from their novels in English and the original. The Man Booker International Prize, whose judges are chaired this year by Birkbeck’s Professor Marina Warner, rewards an author for an achievement in fiction. Open to authors from all over the world, either writing originally in English or published in translation. At this event top translator Shaun Whiteside leads a conversation with three finalists attending are Mia Couto, Alain Mabanckou and Marlene van Niekerk.

    In partnership with English PEN which this year celebrates 10 years of its writers in translation programme, a grant making programme which has recently given awards to Mia Couto and Alain Mabanckou.

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'From Lilliput to Brobdingnag and Back again – My Travels through Children's Literature and National Newspapers'. An Illustrated Talk by Chris Riddell

    When? 7:30pm – 9pm
    Where? Room G04, 43 Gordon Square
    In a career spanning thirty years, Chris Riddell has written and illustrated picture books, co-authored a series of  bestselling Fantasy novels and produced weekly political cartoons for The Economist, New Statesman, The Independent and, currently, The Observer. Using examples of his work for both children and adults, Chris will discuss how Jonathan Swift's great satirical body of work has influenced him at key stages in his career and remained eerily prescient throughout.

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Portraiture, Women and the Professions: Picturing Women in the Law

    When? 6pm – 9pm
    Where? Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square
    This event celebrates the exhibition of the Women Lawyers’ Athena Project at Birkbeck. Photographer Leonora Saunders, the artist commissioned to produce the work shown in the Peltz gallery exhibition, will be in conversation with Leslie Moran and Michele Everson (School of Law). The discussion will explore the aesthetics, traditions and purposes of legal portraiture, representing gender, power and authority in contemporary portraiture.

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Coffee and Commonwealth?

    When? 6pm – 7:30pm
    Where? Upper Fleet Café, 7-11 Upper Woburn Place
    Exploring the changes in places of sociability from the English Revolution to Waterloo, this panel examines commercial and private locations with associated gendered, political...sexual and insurgent possibilities. Sample a cup of the Enlightenment's beverage of choice, and join our speakers to examine the complex politics and politeness of pre-modern pubs, coffee houses, salons and more.

    Panellists include Dr Elizabeth Eger (King's) and Sue Wiseman (Birkbeck).

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