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Wednesday 22 May

Remembering myself: Memory and identity in the Renaissance

    How did people write their own lives in the Renaissance? What was the point and who were their audiences? From Michel de Montaigne to Nehemiah Wallington, from Mary Sidney to Elizabeth Delaval, Renaissance people wanted to remember – and be remembered. Adam Smyth, Susan Wiseman and Gillian Woods (Birkbeck) will examine the ways in which Renaissance people remembered themselves and some of the issues they explored when they did so.

    There will also be a chance to talk about your interests to staff from Birkbeck’s flagship MA Renaissance Studies.

    When? 18:00-19:25
    Where? Keynes Library, 43-46 Gordon Square
    Booking: This event is free but please reserve a space here.

Casta paintings and the colonial body: Embodying race in Spanish America

    How was ‘race’ articulated in the Spanish colonies? Analysing the representation of the body in the Renaissance and also the development of the ‘casta’ paintings, a remarkable genre of paintings from Spanish America, Professor Rebecca Earle (Warwick) will discuss the significance of clothing, diet and other cultural factors in the construction of 'racial' categories in colonial Spanish America.

    When? 19:40-21:00
    Where? Keynes Library, 43-46 Gordon Square
    Booking: This event is free, but please reserve your space here.

Messianism and social struggle: Representations of Canudos in Brazilian Cinema

    The link between messianism and political resistance is revisited in many movies from the 1960s Cinema Novo movement, which sought to denounce social inequalities in Brazil. In films such as The Guns (Ruy Guerra, 1964) or Black God, White Devil (Glauber Rocha, 1964) religion is portrayed ambiguously: it functions both as response of the people to the precariousness of their lives and as an alienating factor that prevents them from rebelling against those who cause their suffering.

    When? 18:00-19:30
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43-46 Gordon Square
    Booking: This event is free but please reserve your space here.

    This event is a collaboration between the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

The Mediated City: A Tour of media and mediation in West End London

    This tour explores West End London as a lens into the appearance of media in city life and its environments. Though a range of buildings and neighbourhoods associated with major media industries will be visited, 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.

    When? 14:00-19:00
    Where? Attendees will meet at the southwest corner of Fitzroy Square W1T (see google map for location)
    Booking: This event is free but booking is essential – visit http://londonmediatour.eventbrite.co.uk/.

Theatre Scratch Night: sharing of new student work

    Students from theatre and creative writing programmes 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. Followed by drinks to celebrate the launch of our new theatre space.

    When? 19:00-21:00
    Where? Room G10, 43-46 Gordon Square
    Booking: This event is free but booking is essential - visit http://bbktheatrescratch.eventbrite.com/

Writers Hub presents: Getting published in the Digital Age

    As a writer it was difficult enough to get the attention of the publishing industry in the good old days of publishing, but the rise of the eReader and the switch to digital has changed the game.  What implications does this new digital era have for writers?  Self-publishing has become a viable option for many authors but what of those who still want the security and the credibility that traditional publishing offers?  Julia Bell chairs a panel of industry experts including Isobel Dixon (Director, Blake Friedmann Literary Agency), Ted Hodkinson (Online Editor, Granta) and Rebecca Swift (Director, The Literary Consultancy).

    The Writers’ Hub is a platform for literary writing, a forum for the exchange of ideas, a library of writers’ resources and channel for the dissemination of knowledge and good practice from the Birkbeck Creative Writing programme

    When? 18:00-19:20
    Where? B04, 43-46 Gordon Square