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Arts Week 2017: Tuesday 16 May

An Inconvenient Truth: documentary screening

    When? 12pm-2pm
    Where? Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    Al Gore delivered his legendary lecture on global warming before it became an ‘alternative fact’.  A timely screening of the award-winning and, for some, life-changing documentary by Davis Guggenheim. See it again before the release of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power in summer 2017. Hosted by the Birkbeck Environment and Sustainability Group.

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Bee Composed: can we survive if bees are gone?

    When? 2pm-4pm
    Where? G04, 43 Gordon Square

    How have human interventions affected honeybees? Is there a resemblance between human society and bee ecology? How can art and music speak for science? Join composer and sound installation artist Lily Hunter Green and Birkbeck’s Seda Ilter for a workshop-discussion. This is an event linked to Green’s multi-media installation Bee Composed Live.

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A Country Road, A Tree: a reading by Jo Baker

    When? 4pm-5pm
    Where? Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square

    Novelist Jo Baker joins us to read from her latest novel, A Country Road, A Tree, hosted by Birkbeck’s Peter Fifield. The story of Samuel Beckett's wartime experiences, the book is shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize and was chosen as one of the fiction highlights of 2016 by The Guardian and New Statesman.  Jo is best known as the author of international best-seller Longbourn.

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Developing a successful artist-researcher collaboration

    When? 3pm-5pm
    Room 106, 43 Gordon Square

    In collaboration with Bow Arts, this masterclass explores patterns of collaboration between academics and artists. Featuring expertise from Birkbeck staff, Bow Arts, Artsadmin and Wellcome, it presents case studies of good practice along with pitfalls to avoid. Focused on visual arts, this event explores the resonances of that model for other disciplines and practitioners..

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What does an animator do? A masterclass with Shay Hamias

    When? 6pm-7.25pm
    Room G01, 43 Gordon Square

    Shay Hamias is a London-based animation artist, and Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence at Birkbeck. In this masterclass, Shay introduces the animator's working methods and discusses his project on animating medieval manuscripts with Anthony Bale (Birkbeck). You can follow Shay and Anthony's project on Instagram @AnimatedPage

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Science as Spectacle: Ghosts, Goblins and the Mysteries of the Universe

    When? 6pm-8pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema

    Using an original triunial (triple) magic lantern, Jeremy Brooker explores the interface between science and spectacle in Victorian London- as practised by two of its greatest champions, the scientist John Tyndall of the Royal Institution and the Royal Polytechnic Institution’s most famous and flamboyant son, John Henry Pepper. A lecture entertainment with pianist Costas Fotopoulos.

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Fifty years of The Third Policeman

The Contemporary: an exhibition

Theatre scratch night

    When? 6pm-8pm
    Where? Room G10, 43 Gordon Square

    Students from our theatre and creative writing programmes – ranging from undergraduate to PhD level – share their work in progress. The evening includes 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.

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Victorian Things

    When? 6pm-7.25pm
    Where? Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square

    Inspired by Asa Briggs' Victorian Things (1988), gather with us to celebrate our fascinations with Victoriana. Past and present students from MA Victorian Studies bring, display, describe and discuss why they love their favourite Victorian things. Students will be joined by Dr Anne Witchard (University of Westminster) and Dr David McAllister (Birkbeck) who will be taking the long view on their own favourite things.

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Editing women: Reflections on the Birkbeck International Women’s Day Wikipedia edit-a-thon

    When? 7.40pm-9pm
    Where? Room G04, 43 Gordon Square

    Reflecting on the Birkbeck International Women’s Day edit-a-thon, designed to increase awareness of nineteenth-century women on Wikipedia, we discuss the importance of making these historical figures visible and accessible through digital resources and explore strategies to enhance the digital discoverability of 'forgotten' women of the nineteenth century.

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‘How long are you staying?’  European cultural exchange on the front line

    When? 7.40pm-9pm
    Where? Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square

    How European are we (still)? In the wake of Brexit, Europeanists from Birkbeck consider the stakes of researchers’ engagement with European culture. Join us to explore a range of urgent political issues. This event is hosted by the Centre for Comparative Research in European Cultures and Identities.

    Martin Shipway, introducing the session, reflects on the cultural exchange of British and French citizens with Europe and with each other in the forty-five years since British accession to the European Communities, and asks why it is that a generation of voters, who in the UK swung the 1975 referendum in favour of ‘progressive’ European engagement, now appear, in both countries, to be retreating into narrower national concerns, at least outside a putative metropolitan ‘bubble’.

    Joanne Leal reflects on how Germanists in the UK responded to the British decision to go it alone in the immediate aftermath of the referendum, on the evolution of  attitudes towards the idea of Brexit in Germany since the referendum, and on the likely impact of Brexit on our engagement with German language and culture.

    Damian Catani will discuss Brexit in the context of Franco-American relations. The recent electoral wins of Trump and Macron offer a paradoxical reversal of the ‘traditional values’ that have frequently set French protectionism against the perceived threat of American ‘liberal’ and globalising cultural and economic influence. Now, Macron’s support of a neoliberal free-market model appears more American than French; whereas Trump’s protectionism and appeal to core American values offers a mirror image of established French cultural exceptionalism.

    Mari Paz Balibrea will comment on the political intersections of Brexit with Spanish affairs, including Gibraltar, British expats and tourists and the question of Catalan independence. From the UK perspective, she will dwell on questions of disenfranchisement, affordability, eligibility and relevance, and their manifestations in the university context for both student and academic EU migrants.

    Refreshments of a suitably European nature will be offered after the talks and questions.

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Political Shakespeare in the classroom

    When? 6pm-7.25pm
    Where? Room G02, 43 Gordon Square

    What’s political about Shakespeare?  What are the challenges of addressing the early modern and modern political questions raised by Shakespeare’s works in the classroom?  Tackling the subversive and violent content of Shakespeare’s drama, Catherine Belsey (Swansea University) and Tom Barnes (Kingsmead School) lead a discussion about engaging students with controversial material.

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