Ideology Now Conference

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on April 28th, 2012

Event Date: 28 April 2012
Room B04
43 Gordon Square
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1H 0PD

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

Ideology Now – Conference

What is the role of ideology in politics and culture today? With the disappearance of conflict between East and West in the Cold war, and with the apparent blurring of Right and Left in our recent politics, many have declared that ideology is a thing of the past. Politicians use the word ‘ideology’ as an insult. But has ideology really disappeared? And if not, where and how does it now operate? Is the narrative of the death of ideology itself an ideological move? Are there any overt forms of ideology that are still meaningful (environmentalism; neoliberalism; capitalism)? How do covert forms of ideology operate in politics and culture? Is the twenty-first century West more covertly ideological than other eras in history, or other places in the world?

Programme:

Introduction by Dr Eliane Glaser  (English and Humanities, Birkbeck) .

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Professor Esther Leslie (English and Humanities, Birkbeck) – Ideology and Misery

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Dr Matthew Beaumont (English, UCL) – Ideology and Contagion: the Contemporary Disaster Film

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Esther Leslie, Matthew Beaumont – Audience Questions

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Ferdinand Mount (writer and former head of policy at 10 Downing Street)
Let’s try “The End of Ideology” again?

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Nick Pearce (Director, Institute for Public Policy Research)
A defence of social democratic ideology

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Ferdinand Mount, Nick Pearce – Audience Questions

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Steven Poole (author, Unspeak: Words are Weapons and Guardian columnist)
Cash Value: The Stealth Ideology of Financial Metaphor in Everyday Speech

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Dan Hind (author, The Return of the Public and Common Sense)
From the End of Ideology to the End of an Ideology: Financial Crisis and the Collapse of Common Sense

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Steven Poole,  Dan Hind -  Audience Questions

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Owen Hatherley (author, A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain)
Eyesores, monstrosities and carbuncles: The language of architectural common sense

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Dr Louise Owen (Theatre Studies, Birkbeck)
Right thinking at the National Theatre

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Owen Hatherley, Louise Owen – Audience Questions

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Dr Nina Power (Philosophy, Roehampton)
The Spectre of the “Public”: The Ideology of Law and Order

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Professor Renata Salecl (Law, Ljubljana) – Passion for Ignorance

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Nina Power, Renata Salecl – Audience Questions

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Poetics of Anxiety and Security: the problem of speech and action in our time. Homi Bhabha on Auden and Arendt

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on April 27th, 2012

 

Event Date: 27 and 28 April 2012
Room B35
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX

Birkbeck School of Law and the Serpentine Gallery present

Poetics of Anxiety and Security: the problem of speech and action in our time. Homi Bhabha on Auden and Arendt

Birkbeck School of Law and Serpentine Gallery are hosting a two-day conference exploring two key works by poet W.H. Auden and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Led by internationally-renowned Harvard academic Homi Bhabha, participants will investigate Auden’s The Age of Anxiety and Arendt’s prolific oeuvre, in particular the links between the works, the relevance of poetry and the wider issue of security. This multi-disciplinary event will include lectures, discussions, screenings, poetry readings and performances to examine essential questions about the relationship between poetry, politics and art.
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PROGRAMME

Friday 27 April

Welcome by

Julia Peyton-Jones (Serpentine Gallery)

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Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery)

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Introduction by

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (Birkbeck)

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Reading 1:
Eleanor Bron reads excerpts from W. H. Auden’s Age of Anxiety (1948)

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Lecture:
Homi K. BhabhaPoetics of Anxiety and Security: The Problem of Speech and Action in Our Time
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Reading 2
Eleanor Bron reads excerpts from W. H. Auden’s Age of Anxiety (1948)

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Open Classroom 1:

W. H. Auden – Open discussion of passages from Audenís work
with Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Maria Aristodemou, Homi Bhabha, Costas Douzinas,Eleanor Bron, William Kentridge and the audience, chaired by Susannah Gottlieb

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Screening:
Andrea GeyerCriminal Case 40/61: Reverb

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Saturday 28 April

Welcome and Introduction by
Julia Peyton-Jones (Serpentine Gallery)

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Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery)

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Open Classroom 2 :

Hannah Arendt – open discussion of passages from Arendt’s work
with Maria Aristodemou, Patricia Tuitt, Homi Bhabha, chaired by Costas Douzinas

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Lecture:
Introduction by Homi Bhabha
Susannah GottliebPoetry in Times of Need
Closing comments by Homi Bhabha
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William Kentridge in conversation
introduced by Homi Bhabha

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Lecture:
Costas DouzinasUnhappy Borders: History, Memory, Law
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Clive Phillpot reading from Gustav Metzger’s notes ‘Headline: The Anxiety Machine’
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(images forthcoming)
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Final Panel:

Reading Trauma and Anxiety in Auden and Arendt with Maria Aristodemou, Andrea Geyer, the speakers and the audience, chaired by Patricia Tuitt

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Closing comments .

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The Politics of Population Change

in Academic Service - Archive by on April 19th, 2012

 

Event Date: 19 April 2012
Room G16
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX

The Department of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London presents:

The Politics of Population Change

‘If the 20th century was the century of the population explosion, the 21st century…is looking like the century of the fertility implosion,’ wrote New York Times columnist David Brooks on 13 March. Meanwhile, Richard Jackson and Neil Howe of the Center for Strategic and International Studies write that ‘Ten years ago, [demography] was hardly on the radar screen’ while ‘today, it dominates almost any discussion of America’s long-term fiscal, economic or foreign-policy direction.’ Rising media and policy coverage of the political effects of population change have not been matched by academic attention because politics and demography are discrete disciplines with few fora for interaction. This event represents an attempt to change this, and coincides with the publication of a new book, Political Demography: How Population Changes Are Reshaping International Security and National Politics (Paradigm/Pluto, 2012).

This event also launches the Birkbeck Politics Department’s Population, Environment and Resources Group. The nexus between population, environment, and resources is a vital one in an age of rising food prices, climate change and unprecedented demographic shifts. So too is the aging of populations in the developed world and the ‘youth bulge’ and continuing rapid population growth of sub-Saharan Africa and parts of west Asia. Global military power is related to relative population size and age structure, patterns of which are changing rapidly. Shifts in the ethnic and religious composition have stoked tensions in many societies. Meanwhile, global migration pressures, which lie behind ethnic change in the West, will peak in 2050. Finally, mass urbanization in the developing world is setting the stage for new social and political movements.

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Professor Eric Kaufman (Birkbeck)

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Professor Monica Duffy Toft (Harvard)

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Professor Tim Dyson (LSE)

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Dr Elliot Green (LSE)

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Questions

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Sloane’s Treasures: Understanding Sloane’s Natural Objects

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on April 17th, 2012

 

 

 

Event Date: 17 April 2012
Dorothea Bate Seminar Room
Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD

Sloane’s Treasures

Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) was a doctor who collected curiosities with a passion. Although he always hoped society would benefit, he would be astonished at the scale of the enterprise he started…

Hans Sloane was one of the great men of early eighteenth-century London, a wealthy and popular physician to high society and royalty. But it was the natural sciences, especially botany, which fired his interest.
In his long life, he amassed one of the greatest ever private collections of plants, animals, antiquities, coins and other curios. It was to be the founding core of the British Museum and later the Natural History Museum.

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Sloane’s Treasures
Workshop 1: Understanding Sloane’s Natural Objects

Julie Harvey (Head of Centre for Arts and Humanities Research (CAHR), Natural History Museum) – Welcome, Introduction and Arrangements for the Day

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Charlie Jarvis (Department of Botany and Scientific Co-ordinator for the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research, NHM)
Overview of Sloane’s natural objects held at the Natural History Museum
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Alan Hart (Head of Collections, Department of Mineralogy, NHM)
Modern science and Sloane’s ‘minerals’
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Miles Ogborn (Head of School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London )
Questions and future answers: Understanding Sloane’s Vegetable Substances Collection
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Collection Tours
Participants will join a tour, visiting two venues:

Sloane’s Herbarium,
introduced by Mark Spencer, Department of Botany, NHM

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Sloane’s ‘Minerals’, introduced by Peter Tandy

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Group discussions and feedback
Discussion 1: Public Engagement

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Discussion 2: Digitisation and Imaging

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Discussion 3: Research

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Final Comments

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Kevin Greenbank – Reel Histories: The Film and Oral History Collections of the Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge

in Academic Service - Archive by on April 12th, 2012

Event Date: 12 April2012 

Royal Asiatic Society

Stephenson Way 
London NW1 2HD

 

Dr Kevin Greenbank
Reel Histories: The Film and Oral History Collections of the Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge
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Introdcution by Dr Gordon Johnson (President, RAS) .

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Accompanying images:

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Film clips

“Elephant Man”

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“Glimpse of India”

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“Film Clips”

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“Mackrell 62″

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“Ruari”

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