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Arts Week 2018: Wednesday 16 May

Plant theory and thinking with the territory in Amazonian literature

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

    This session looks at botany and the philosophy of plants practiced by indigenous communities in the Western Amazon as non-modern responses to anthropocentric theories of knowledge. The first of two sessions by Professor Juan Duchesne-Winter.

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Creative writing as research

Marilyn Monroe: an unlikely feminist?

    When? 2-5pm
    Where? Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    Was Marilyn Monroe a feminist? Join Birkbeck alumna and freelance screenwriter Gabriella Apicella, in conversation with Catherine Grant (Birkbeck) and Michelle Morgan author of The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist. Followed by a panel Q&A.

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Modernism in Bloomsbury? A counter-intuitive walking tour (part 2)

    When? 5-5.50pm
    Where? Meeting outside 43 Gordon Square

    Behind demure Georgian facades we find stories of gentle liberation, false starts and fraught battles. Take one of two paths on offer through Bloomsbury’s streets and squares with walk leaders Leslie Topp and Nic Sampson (Birkbeck), tracing the hidden and not-so-hidden features of architectural modernism in Bloomsbury.

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The Archive Project: 50 years of film and photography in East London

    When? 6-7.25pm
    Where? Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    Legendary collectives FourCorners and Camerawork are brought together in a major heritage project revealing the important histories of oppositional filmmaking and photography as emerging in 1970s London. Patrizia Di Bello (Birkbeck) will introduce Carla Mitchell (project director) for insightful discussion on independent activity, past and present, in FourCorners, Bethnal Green.

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The Renaissance life of things

    When? 6-7.25pm
    Where? Room G04
    , 43 Gordon Square

    What can the things of the past tell us about how English Renaissance people lived, thought and created? David Saxby (Lead Archaeologist Museum of London) shares everyday and exotic London finds from Southwark and the Rose; Birkbeck’s Gillian Woods examines the theatrical life of things, and Sue Wiseman traces the early modern token. Join us to share your ideas and mystery objects, and meet staff from Birkbeck’s MA Renaissance Studies.

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Renaissance Political Bodies: Sex, Politics and Divorce in Seventeenth-Century England

    When? 7:30-9pm
    Where? Room G04
    , 43 Gordon Square

    Exploring the relationship between sex, scandal and political transformations from bedroom to battlefield, this event explores Charles I and Henrietta-Maria’s marriage and the start of the road to divorce. Join Samuel Fullerton (University of California) and Birkbeck’s Judith Hudson to find out more about real and fake news of Charles I’s marital bliss and his subject’s strategies for weaselling out of wedlock. This is the London Renaissance Seminar Summer lecture and the speakers discuss ‘Confronting Royal Bodies: Sexual Politics and the English Revolution’ and 'From bed and company': Divorce and Anxiety in Seventeenth-Century England’.

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Rare Books London 2018: a talk on printing and book-binding

    When? 6-9pm
    Where? Room 106, 43 Gordon Square

    Join us for a panel discussion on printing and book-binding as part of a series of talks by Rare Books London. Panellists will include fellows from the Designer Bookbinders Society and binding collectors. This event has been sponsored by the Private Libraries Association.

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Learning from Robin Hood Gardens

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

    What can we learn from the architecture of the Robin Hood Gardens estate, the campaign to save it and the subsequent acquisition of a fragment of it by the V&A? With demolition in full swing, the battle over its preservation has finally been lost. This panel discussion featuring conservationists, curators, architects and critics re-considers the estate in Poplar and its architects, Alison and Peter Smithson.

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Landscape storytelling: the story of an 'enemy alien' set designer

    When? 6.15-7pm
    Where? Room G10, 43 Gordon Square

    Discover the story of British set designer Ralph Koltai, a refugee who arrived in the UK on the Kindertransport in 1939 and translated at the Nuremburg Trials. Writer, dramaturg and translator Sophie Rashbrook discusses her new play exploring his life.

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Black Lives Matter and contemporary ghosts in the writing of Jesmyn Ward

    When? 6-7.25pm
    Where? Room B04, 43 Gordon Square (was previously in G01)

    This session explores the work of the award-winning writer Jesmyn Ward. When #blacklivesmatter took off on Twitter in 2012, Ward was completing a memoir, Men We Reaped, about five young black men close to Ward – including her brother and cousin – who died in the space of four years. Ward’s work has since been associated with the movement but also offers an important corrective to a campaign whose narrative has often been limited to 140 characters.  This discussion explores Ward’s literary engagements with Hurricane Katrina, racialized poverty, police brutality, mass incarceration, and the generally precarious status of black life in the 21st century US.

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