A Taste of Physics – Cold Universe

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 30th, 2009

Event date: 30 June 2009

University of London Taster Day Programme at the  Department of Physics Royal Holloway University of London

A Taste of Physics – The second of two lectures to whet your appetite to study Physics:

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Cold Universe

speaker_AndrewCasey2Dr. Andrew Casey

In Britain a frequent topic of conversation is “How hot or how cold it is today?” depending on the season. However in general we encounter a very narrow range of temperatures in our everyday lives. This talk aims to place your experience of temperature into a wider context by first exploring the naturally occurring extremes of cold found on Earth, then going further out from the Sun into the solar system and beyond, before considering the cold extremes we can create in our laboratories.

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A Taste of Physics – Colliding – LHC, CERN and the new Physics

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 30th, 2009

Event date: 30 June 2009

University of London Taster Day Programme at the  Department of Physics Royal Holloway University of London

A Taste of Physics – One of two lectures to whet your appetite to study Physics:

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Colliding – LHC, CERN and the new Physics

speaker_boogert2Dr. Stewart Boogert

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and its associated experiments, Atlas, CMS, LHCb and Alice will be the largest and most complex science experiment ever constructed. One of the numerous possible discoveries is a candidate for Dark Matter. Dark matter is thought to pervade the whole observable Universe, indeed make up a significant fraction of the mass of the Universe. This lecture will explain the astronomical observational basis for Dark Matter and links to possible discoveries at the LHC.

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Slavoj Zizek – Masterclass – day 5 – Notes Towards a Definition of Communist Culture – Environment, Identity and Multiculturalism

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 19th, 2009


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The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Event Date: Friday 19 June 2009

The master class analyses phenomena of modern thought and culture with the intention to discern elements of possible Communist culture. It moves at two levels: first, it interprets some cultural phenomena (from today’s architecture to classic literary works like Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Heloise) as failures to imagine or enact a Communist culture; second, it explores attempts at imagining how a Communist culture could look, from Wagner’s Ring to Kafka’s and Beckett’s short stories and contemporary science fiction novels.

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Environment, Identity and Multiculturalism

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PART I   Monday 15 June 2009: Utopias
PART II  Tuesday 16 June 2009: Architecture
PART III Wednesday 17 June 2009: Wagner
PART IV  Thursday 18 June 2009:Populism and Democracy

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Slavoj Zizek – Masterclass – day 4 – Notes Towards a Definition of Communist Culture – Populism and Democracy

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 18th, 2009


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Event Date: Thursday 18 June 2009

The master class analyses phenomena of modern thought and culture with the intention to discern elements of possible Communist culture. It moves at two levels: first, it interprets some cultural phenomena (from today’s architecture to classic literary works like Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Heloise) as failures to imagine or enact a Communist culture; second, it explores attempts at imagining how a Communist culture could look, from Wagner’s Ring to Kafka’s and Beckett’s short stories and contemporary science fiction novels.

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Populism and Democracy

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PART I   Monday 15 June 2009: Utopias
PART II  Tuesday 16 June 2009: Architecture
PART III Wednesday 17 June 2009: Wagner
PART V   Friday 19 June 2009: Multiculturalism

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Slavoj Zizek – Masterclass – day 3 – Notes Towards a Definition of Communist Culture – Wagner’s Ring as a Communist Narrative

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 17th, 2009


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Event Date: Wednesday 17 June  2009

The master class analyses phenomena of modern thought and culture with the intention to discern elements of possible Communist culture. It moves at two levels: first, it interprets some cultural phenomena (from today’s architecture to classic literary works like Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Heloise) as failures to imagine or enact a Communist culture; second, it explores attempts at imagining how a Communist culture could look, from Wagner’s Ring to Kafka’s and Beckett’s short stories and contemporary science fiction novels.

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Wagner’s Ring as a Communist narrative

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PART I   Monday 15 June 2009: Utopias
PART II  Tuesday 16 June 2009: Architecture
PART IV  Thursday 18 June 2009:Populism and Democracy
PART V   Friday 19 June 2009: Multiculturalism

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Slavoj Zizek – Masterclass – day 2 – Notes Towards a Definition of Communist Culture – Architecture as Ideology: the Failure of Performance-Arts Venues to construct a Communal Space

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 16th, 2009

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Event Date: Tuesday 16 June 2009

The master class analyses phenomena of modern thought and culture with the intention to discern elements of possible Communist culture. It moves at two levels: first, it interprets some cultural phenomena (from today’s architecture to classic literary works like Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Heloise) as failures to imagine or enact a Communist culture; second, it explores attempts at imagining how a Communist culture could look, from Wagner’s Ring to Kafka’s and Beckett’s short stories and contemporary science fiction novels.

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Architecture as Ideology: the Failure of Performance-Arts Venues to construct a Communal Space

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PART III Wednesday 17 June 2009: Wagner
PART IV  Thursday 18 June 2009:Populism and Democracy
PART V   Friday 19 June 2009: Multiculturalism

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Slavoj Zizek – Masterclass – day 1 – Notes Towards a Definition of Communist Culture: Utopias

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 15th, 2009

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Event Date: Monday 15 June  2009

The master class analyses phenomena of modern thought and culture with the intention to discern elements of possible Communist culture. It moves at two levels: first, it interprets some cultural phenomena (from today’s architecture to classic literary works like Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Heloise) as failures to imagine or enact a Communist culture; second, it explores attempts at imagining how a Communist culture could look, from Wagner’s Ring to Kafka’s and Beckett’s short stories and contemporary science fiction novels.

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PART II  Tuesday 16  June 2009: Architecture
PART III Wednesday 17 June 2009: Wagner
PART IV  Thursday 18 June 2009: Populism and Democracy
PART V   Friday 19 June 2009: Multiculturalism

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Christopher Browning – Memories of Survival: The Starachowice Factory Slave Labour Camps

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 9th, 2009

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Birkbeck College (University of London) and Wiener Library (London), joint Lecture Series 2008/9


Event Date: 9 June 2009

speaker_browningProfessor Christopher Browning (University of North Carolina) Memories of Survival: The Starachowice Factory Slave Labour Camps Christopher Browning is Frank Porter Graham Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. One of the world’s leading historian of the Holocaust, he has published very widely on all aspects of Nazi extermination policy. His most recent monograph is Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939-March 1942 (2004).

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Talking Books: Novel History

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 6th, 2009

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Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

Event Date: Saturday, 6 June 2009

As historical fiction enjoys a huge commercial renaissance, this debate will explore how far the changes in the last forty years of historiography means that novelists willing to spend real time in the archives and libraries are now producing a new kind of historical fiction, more accurate and thus more truthful about the past, than the work of their predecessors.

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speaker_joanna_bourkeJoanna Bourke (Birkbeck) is Professor of History at Birkbeck. She is the award-winning author of nine books, including books on Irish history, gender and “the body”, the history of psychological thought, modern warfare, the emotions, and sexual violence. She is currently writing a history of humanity and animality.



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speaker_hilarymantelHilary Mantel, studied law at LSE and Sheffield University, and lived for some years in Africa and the Middle East. Her nine novels include A Place of Greater Safety, set in Paris during the Revolution, and The Giant O’Brien, set in London in the 1780s. For her new book she has shifted back to the Tudor era; Wolf Hall traces the early career of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s minister, and will be followed by a second novel to conclude Cromwell’s story. She has also written radio drama, a short story collection called Learning to Talk, and a memoir, Giving Up The Ghost. A former film critic of The Spectator, she writes for a range of papers here and in the USA.

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speaker_sarahdunantSarah Dunant, (BIH Research Fellow) Sarah studied history at Newnham College Cambridge in the early 1970’s, from where she went on to become a writer, broadcaster and critic. She has written eleven novels, four of which have been short listed for awards, three screen plays and edited two books of essays. She worked for many years with the BBC in radio and television, producing and presenting arts documentaries and magazine programmes , most notably The Late Show on BBC 2 (1989 – 1996) and Night Waves (Radio 3 1996- 2004). For several years she presented the BBC television’s coverage of the Booker Man prize for fiction. She was a founding patron of the Orange Prize for women’s fiction, and writes and reviews for many British newspapers including The Times, The Observer and the Guardian, and sits on the editorial board of The Royal Academy’s art magazine. She has taught at Goldsmith College in London and Washington University at St Louis and lectures regularly to American students in Florence. Her recent novels The Birth of Venus ( set in Florence in 1490’s ) and In the Company of the Courtesan ( Venice 1550’s ) have been international best sellers and the final volume of the Renaissance trilogy Sacred Hearts will be published in June 2009 .

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speaker_johnsutherlandJohn Sutherland (UCL) is the Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus at UCL. He has written a number of books on Fiction, including: Fiction and the Fiction Industry, Bestsellers, The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction. He is currently engaged on writing The Lives of the Novelists for Profile Books.



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