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Arts Week 2016: Monday 16 May

Digital Us: Are We ‘Together’ in a Networked Culture?

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room G10, 43 Gordon Square

    How are human relationships changing in our digitised, networked environment? Are we getting closer or moving apart from each other? Join interactive theatremaker Tassos Stevens (Coney) and Birkbeck lecturers Scott Rodgers (Media Studies) and Seda Ilter (Theatre and Performance Studies) to ask: what are the consequences of longing to belong in contemporary society? How does theatre respond to these changing realities?

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Conceiving Histories

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room 112, 43 Gordon Square

    What and when is conception? Explore the history of pre- and early pregnancy with artist Anna Burel, and Birkbeck literary historian, Isabel Davis. A dialogue between disciplines, their project discovers some of the creative possibilities of archival materials concerned with the pre- or just- pregnant body.

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Curating Difficult Objects

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room G04, 43 Gordon Square

    In general we think of exhibitions as displaying valuable or beautiful objects. Three curators will consider exhibitions they have worked on, in which the objects on show were controversial or uncomfortable – terrorism; blood within Judaic religion and culture; and sexualities and emotions in Victorian literature and culture. Join panelists Gabriel Koureas, Anthony Bale and Lynda Nead.

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D'ye ken King Knut? Create your own Old English or Old Norse Kennings

    When? 6-7.30pm
    Where? Room G03, 43 Gordon Square

    An interactive session where participants devise kennings - riddling poetic metaphors used by Old English and Old Norse poets - to celebrate the millennium of the siege of London by the Danish king Knut (Canute). No Old English or Old Norse needed.

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Her-story on Screen: Bringing the Scandalous Lady Seymour Worsley to BBC TV

    When? 6-9pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    Lady Seymour Worsley excited sexual controversy in eighteenth-century aristocratic society. Watch playwright, screenwriter and Birkbeck lecturer David Eldridge’s The Scandalous Lady W, his BBC dramatisation of her story, and join us for discussion afterwards.

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Indigenous Filmmaking in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

    When? 6-9pm
    Where? Room B04, 43 Gordon Square

    See the photography and film made by Arhuaco director, Amado Villafaña. The director will join us via Skype to talk about working with his indigenous team in one of the most incredible parts of Colombia. Then join us for discussion. The first of two events in this exciting series in Arts Week.

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Local Government Sustaining the Arts: an Oxymoron for Heretics

    When? 6-9pm
    Where? Room 417, Malet Street building,

    Local government in England invests more in the arts than the Arts Council. In November 2015, the Comprehensive Spending Review saw funding to local government fall by a further 24%. Councils have to make difficult decisions. How is local government support for the arts changing? What will the future look like? Carole Stewart, Assistant Director of Arts Heritage and Libraries at London Borough of Ealing will explore the changes and the ways in which councils are responding to the choices in funding and sustainability for the arts.

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Photographic Experience of Space

Writing Arctic Disaster: Authorship and Exploration

    When? 6-9pm
    Where? Room 114, 43 Gordon Square

    Arctic archives, broken lands, and Victorian relics are some of the topics our panelists will discuss in this exciting event, which marks the publication of Adriana Craciun’s Writing Arctic Disaster: Authorship and Exploration (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Speakers include Adriana Craciun (UC Riverside), Felix Driver (Royal Holloway) and Michael Bravo (Scott Polar Institute, Cambridge).

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Picturing Covent Garden Piazza: the First Two Hundred Years

    When? 5-6pm
    Where? Meet at the south-west corner of Covent Garden piazza by NatWest Bank, WC2E 8NL (nearest tube: Covent Garden) - see map here.

    The creation of Covent Garden piazza as an upmarket residential location was begun in 1631. The building that takes up most of the piazza today was opened two hundred years later, in 1830, to accommodate the ever-expanding flower, fruit and vegetable market. Not much remains of Covent Garden's physical structure as it was between 1631 and 1830 - but, with the aid of contemporary images, and a lot of imagination, it is possible to recover something of how the piazza was viewed across those first two hundred years. Join Thom Braun for an illustrated walk around Covent Garden piazza.

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Gendering Austerity

    When? 10am-5pm
    Where? Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

    This one day symposium builds on 2015’s Gendering Austerity: Cultures of coping and the work of consumption. It focuses on how austerity measures have transformed gender and culture, not only in terms of the ‘impact’ of these policies, but in the way that these policies have been resisted and challenged. How are the various discourses of agency, choice, and aspiration that accompany neoliberal policies of austerity negotiated, and what does this mean for gendered political and economic identities? Papers, performances and other interventions will engage with cultural, media and artistic resistance to austerity measures and challenges to austerity discourses.

    Supported by BIGS (Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality).

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