Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC) provides a unique space for reflective critical inquiry, where researchers from different disciplines can gather and participate in a sustained intellectual conversation in a truly interdisciplinary context.

It offers an open forum for ‘blue skies’ thinking and knowledge exchange, focused on the research of academics and graduate students, and connecting with the work of critical practitioners. BIRMAC facilities and advances innovative thinking, as it seeks to incubate curiosity and new ideas, drawing together a range of interests to create different kinds of connections and intellectual associations in and through an interdisciplinary dialogue. At its core, BIRMAC is a place of possibility and for learned argument.

As part of this intellectual ambition, BIRMAC sponsors single research themes to be curated over a three-year period. This extended duration is designed to allow for a more robust and sustained dialogue to evolve at a more measured pace, in order to facilitate different kinds of conversation at the intersection of intellectual boundaries and subject disciplines. Different scholars from different areas, with different objects of study, investigating at different times, will take the lead on developing the theme in and through a truly interdisciplinary and cross-discipline form of critical inquiry.


Our first theme of Ruin/s, curated by Dr. Silke Arnold-de-Simine, came to an end in July 2017, and in the next three years BIRMAC intends to build on the initiative and support three-year funded themed-project(s). The aim is to enable research collaboration with other Research Centres, Institutes and/or other outside institutions, in order to develop a well-defined research project, from initial idea to its realisation. This new enterprise, Research Seed Funding for Collaborative Interdisciplinary Projects, will become central to the work of the Centre, alongside smaller initiatives such as sponsoring a Research Fellow Knowledge Exchange and Curating Collaboration. 

BIRMAC will no long host the Postgraduate Student Competition, but in memory of the Co-Director of BIRMAC (2013-2017), Dr. Lorraine Lim, the initiative continues as The Lorraine Lim Postgraduate Fund, sponsored by the SoA Research Committee, but also As the Lorraine Lim Prize, based in FMACS

BIRMAC’s co-directors, Dr. Silke Arnold-de Simine and Dr. Janet McCabe, manage the activities of the Centre. If you have any enquiries, please contact them.