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Social Sciences Week 2014

An opportunity for the public to engage with diverse and thought-provoking topics

Politics, the environment and the concept of change will be under discussion from 16 – 19 June at Birkbeck, University of London’s Social Sciences Week 2014. The week is an opportunity for members of the public to engage with diverse and thought-provoking topics.

The programme of events draws on the wide-ranging and exciting research being undertaken by scholars within Birkbeck’s School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, and also features high-profile speakers Professor Sir Richard Evans (Cambridge), Martin Argles (former photographer for the Guardian) and Birkbeck’s Department of Politics’ first writer-in-residence, documentary photographer and poet Carlos Reyes Manzo.

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The events taking place during Social Sciences Week 2014 are:

  • Monday 16 June, 6pm-8pm - Politics in Focus: A Discussion of Photography and Politics
    Can and should photographers capture the complexity of the political process? Is the relationship between photography and political advocacy changing? Can photographs tell us anything about politics that we do not already know? In this panel discussion three renowned photographers will show a selection of their work and talk about the changing relationship between politics and photography.
  • Tuesday 17 June, 6pm-7:30pm –Professor Sir Richard Evans discusses ‘Hobsbawm the communist’
    World-famous historian Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012) joined the Communist Party in 1931, and remained a committed communist for many decades thereafter. In this talk, Sir Richard Evans (Regius Professor of History at Cambridge) discusses Professor Hobsbawm’s politics and early career, setting his political engagement in the historical context of its times, and asking what it meant to be both a communist and an historian.

Professor Miriam Zukas, Executive Dean of the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, said: “The social sciences tackle some of the most important issues that our society faces. Social Sciences Week offers an opportunity to join leading academics from Birkbeck and beyond in exploring issues related to politics, nature, our history and our future. The week is open to anyone interested in the social sciences, and we look forward to welcoming faces old and new.”

All events are free to attend. Please book your place at