2015 | FMACS & ARTS&HUMS MPhil Symposium

Friday 11 DecemberB33, Malet Street | 12: 30-4: 00pm


Introduction | Welcome, with Michael Temple

12: 30-1: 30pm | SESSION ONE: CURATING AND CURATORIAL PRACTICE | chaired by Michael Temple

Selina Robertson | London Queer and Feminist Film Curating Practices and the Link to Political Activism from 1979 to the Present Day

Gerrie van Noord | The Fringes of the Curatorial

Ricardo Matos Cabo | The Illustrated Lecture, the Film Explainer and the Avant-garde: Survival of the Form between History, Pedagogy and Performance


1: 30-2:15 | SESSION TWO: HISTORIOGRAPHIES AND PHILOSOPHY | chaired by Andrew Asibong

Leila Nassereldein | Collecting ‘Images’

Kerry William Purcell | Badiou’s Paradox: Truth, History, and the Historian, in the work of Alain Badiou


15mins break

2:30-3:15pm | SESSION THREE: CULTURAL POLITICS AND POLICY | chaired by Simone Wesner

Sylvia Haotong Wang | Orchestra Governance; How This Is Influenced by Cultural Policy in UK and China

Paula Clemente | Decolonising Desire and Representation. Intersectional Aesthetics and Testimonial Narratives in Spanish and British Cultural Institutions


3: 15-4:00pm | SESSION FOUR: CONTEMPORARY TV FLOWS | chaired by Janet McCabe

Olivia Hinkin | Changing Methods of Anime Distribution within Convergence Culture

Cathrin Bengesser | Uniting Europe on the TV Screen : Transnational TV Fiction’s Contribution to the European Public Sphere

 Symposium is scheduled to end at 4pm,

after which drinks will be served in Rm112, 43 Gordon Square, where we’ll be celebrating with Sarah Scarsbrook and Ruth Solomons on the launch of their edited issue of Dandelion, based on their competition win from last year, Visual Artists Today: Symposium on the Artist Identity.


Biographies |

Cathrin Bengesser will start her doctorial studies, with the thesis, Uniting Europe on the TV Screen : Transnational TV Fiction’s Contribution to the European Public Sphere, funded by the Cusanuswerk.

Paula Clemente Vega is an occasional curator and one of the editors of Anomalie, a magazine centred around the creative expression of mental health, funded by Goldsmiths Annual Fund and part of Goldsmiths Re-Mind society. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from Complutense University of Madrid and a MA in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths University.

Olivia Hinkin holds a BA (Hons) from Royal Holloway, University of London in Film and Television, and an MA in Film, Television and Screen Media at Birkbeck. Her current research is funded by a studentship from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Ricardo Matos Cabo holds an MA in Film and Television Studies from the ISHSS / University of Amsterdam.  He has worked for the last 15 years as an independent film programmer with an initial focus on the history of experimental cinema. His practice soon expanded into other areas of film history, contemporary cinema and exhibition. In 2009 he edited Cem Mil Cigarros a monograph on the work of Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa.

Leila Nassereldein holds an MA in Critical and Cultural Theory from the University of Leeds, where she also completed a BA (Hons) in Politics and Sociology.

Gerrie van Noord is a freelance editor who has worked with a wide range of artists and arts organisations, including Artangel and Book Works, Publications she has commissioned, edited and produced cover a broader spectrum between catalogues and artists’ books, while regularly working as a copy-editor and sometimes translator. She is Associate Lecturer with the MA Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck, where, alongside other modules, she contributes to the curating pathway.

Kerry William Purcell teaches critical and contextual studies at The University of Hertfordshire, where he is Senior Lecturer in Design History

Selina Robertson graduated from Birkbeck, with an MA History of Film and Visual Media in 2011. She has over 15 years experience working in cultural film exhibition independently and for various organisations, including the BFI, BFI Flare and the Independent Cinema Office. She co-founded Club des Femmes in 2007, a queer-feminist film curating collective. She writes about cinema and reviews films for Sight & Sound and The F Word.

Sylvia Haotong Wang trained initially as a concert pianist before studying musicology and composition at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she graduated with both BA and MA degrees. She then progressed to study for an MA degree in Cultural Policy and Management at City University, London, before starting her current research at Birkbeck under the supervision of Dr Lorraine Lim and Dr Simone Wesner. Highlights of her non-academic activities include over six years of practical experience in the management of Chinese and international music events, from small chamber music concerts to large corporate entertainments (especially for Siemens Foundation). A noteworthy achievement was the organisation of the first charity chamber music concert in China, held in Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall in 2008, in support of UNICEF.