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Arts Week 2017: Wednesday 17 May

Mapping Black lives in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: Bloomsbury and beyond

    When? 11am-12pm
    Where? Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square

    Researchers have estimated that in the late eighteenth-century, London was home to approximately 20,000 Black people. Join us to explore a map of their dwelling places, and learn about their lives, writings and activities. The workshop also locates the residences of key anti-slavery activists and reformers.

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John Beverley's masterclass: the politics of theory

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

    Join us for a series of masterclasses run by Professor John Beverley (University of Pittsburgh), renowned scholar of Hispanic literature. This masterclass explores structuralism and postcolonialism. It is the first of three sessions explore crucial issues in identity, critical theory, politics and the arts, ranging from the status of cultural studies in the academy, to the emergence of discourses of neoconservatism in the Latin American world. This series marks the inauguration of a scholarly exchange between Birkbeck’s Iberian and Latin American Studies scholars and the University of Pittsburgh.

    This event is spread in three sessions held on Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Monday 22 May. You can come to one or to the whole series.

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Art Nouveau and modernist architecture

    When? 2pm-5pm
    Where? Room G04, 43 Gordon Square

    Explore with us how women engaged with architecture around the turn of the twentieth century in order to produce professional identities. This session focuses on two iconic buildings: the Jugendstil Photo Studio Elvira in Munich (1896 by August Endell) and E-1027 (1926-1929) built in the south of France by Eileen Gray with Jean Badovici. We discover the ways in which the personal and the professional coincided in these bold architectural designs. Speakers are Sabine Wieber (University of Glasgow) and Birkbeck’s Tag Gronberg and Patrizia di Bello.

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Something to chew on: Virginia Woolf's teeth

    When? 3pm-4pm
    Where? Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square

    Woolf’s enduring recognition as a key modernist, this talk will suggest, is not only due to formal devices such as the stream of consciousness, but her intersection with a very specific moment in medical history. To find out more join us for a talk about Bloomsbury's most famous resident, dentistry, mental health, and toothsome characters by Birkbeck’s Peter Fifield. English idioms routinely connect eating with mental work: food for thought, getting your teeth into a problem, a meaty idea. But how can we read the teeth of people who think for a living?

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Secrets of the Warburg Photo Collection

    When? 4pm-5pm 
    Where? Foyer 43 Gordon Square

    Dr Paul Taylor will guide this tour of the Warburg Institute’s incomparable collection of photographs of paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. Initiated in 1887 by Aby Warburg, the collection provides an overview of the subject matter of European and non-European imagery. 400,000 photographs in 18,000 categories fill a whole room with all varieties of gods, heroes, saints, allegories, ancestors, places and things. 

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The Poetics of Fragility, a film by Nicolas Grandi and Lata Mani

    When? 6pm-8:30pm
    Where? Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    The Poetics of Fragility uses story, poetry and performance to explore the question of human existence and its fragility. Is fragility a problem to be surmounted, or should we accept it as fundamental to our world and being? This wonderful film features contributions from many artists, activists, musicians, writers and thinkers including Angela Davis, Cherrie Moraga, Nora Cortiñas, Greg Manalo, Thao P. Nguyen, Martha Rynberg and Jisha Menon. After the film, join us for a discussion with our panellists.

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Will 2017 be 1984? Rethinking Orwell's dystopia

Conceiving Histories

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

    Find out about the curious history of unpregnancy. This event presents work in progress from a collaboration between visual artist Anna Burel and literary historian Isabel Davis (Birkbeck) about the use of urine in pregnancy testing. How did people in the Middle Ages attempt to identify conception, and how will we do so tomorrow?

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The rise of non-fiction

Renaissance lives from the archives: grime, crime and a pirate

The transformation of London, 1500-1700

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

    Between 1500 and 1700 London underwent massive population growth and emerged as a global trading city. But how well did its social structures, which depended on ties of mutuality and obligation, survive in this transformed world? Ian Archer (University of Oxford) illuminates the changing configurations of social relations in the capital at this dynamic moment in its history.

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Myths in research: beliefs, bias, and assumptions

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

    Beliefs, bias and assumptions shape the making of academic and every-day knowledge. These ‘myths’ are often  problematic, but, at  times, also productive. Join us for a discussion in which Justin Schlosberg (Birkbeck),  Martyn Hammersley (Open University) and Maria Tamboukou (University of  East London) share the myths and biases they encounter in their work on media, sociology and feminism.

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