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The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

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Birkbeck, University of London

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The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (BIH) was established in 2004 to stimulate research, public debate and collaboration among academics and intellectuals on important public issues of our time.

Key to its remit is the promotion of new ideas and forms of understanding in the humanities. As part of this mission, the BIH aims to foster a climate of interdisciplinary research and collaboration among colleagues from three schools (Arts; Law; Social Sciences, History and Philosophy) at Birkbeck, University of London, as well as inviting in other UK-based and international academics and researchers.



Our internationally renowned Summer School takes place this year from 24 June - 5 July 2019. The Summer School enables graduate students and academics to engage in a two-week course of day-time study with acclaimed critical thinkers.

For more information and details on how to apply, click here

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Critical Thought in Times of Attrition, A University Weekend

Speakers: Jeremy Harding, Rosemary Hill, John Lanchester, Esther Leslie, Gail Lewis, James Meek, Jacqueline Rose & Marina Warner

Over the past few years, political events – Brexit, the Trump presidency, austerity, the rise of neo-fascism and racism across the world, continuing violence against women, climate change, the ongoing exploitation of the global South – have cast a dark shadow over the world, making it all the more urgent to preserve a space for dissent in intellectual life.

In this spirit, and in collaboration with the London Review of Books, Birkbeck, University of London is delighted to announce the first of a series of weekends in which distinguished academics, writers and thinkers will address some of the most challenging issues of our time: the state of journalism in zones of crisis; the control of property; the disruption by technology of the way we write and publish; the power of devices over our lives and whether it can be resisted;  gender, race and trauma in the therapeutic setting; student protest; the links between personal and academic modes of understanding; migration and storytelling.

You will be welcome whatever your walk of life, whether you once pursued, or are pursuing, university study or have taken a different path.  For both Birkbeck and the London Review of Books, the aim is to be in dialogue with as diverse a range of people as possible. We can promise you a stimulating two days of talks and conversations, the possibility of mingling with like-minded students and speakers, and being part of a unique space dedicated to deepening our understanding of the 21st century world.

To download the full programme with details of the speakers, click here

To book your place for the University Weekend, click here

To download the University Terms and Conditions, click here