A Small Town near Auschwitz – Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust

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Event Date: 12 December 2012
Room B01
Clore Management Centre,  Birkbeck College
Torrington Sq
London WC1E 7HX

The Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism
presents:

A Small Town near Auschwitz – Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust

Mary Fulbrook in conversation with Jane Caplan

Two of Britain’s foremost historians on Germany and the Nazi era, Mary Fulbrook and Jane Caplan, discuss Mary Fulbrook’s new book, A Small Town Near Auschwitz – Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust, exploring the wider historical issues it raises and Fulbrook’s own conflicts of interest, in her professional and personal roles, as she uncovered a story behind a family she had known all her life.

In A Small Town Near Auschwitz, Mary Fulbrook re-creates the story of Udo Klausa, the principal civilian administrator of Bedzin, a town that lies just 25 miles from Auschwitz.  Klausa was a ‘perfectly ordinary’ family man. Yet he was also responsible for implementing Nazi policies towards the Jews in his area – processes that were the precursors of genocide.

Introduction by Professor David Feldman (Director, Pears Institute):

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The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism

“The relationship between antisemitism and other forms of racism and exclusion is not only a historical question. It is an urgent issue for today.” Professor David Feldman, Director.

The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism was established by the Pears Foundation and is based at Birkbeck, University of London. It is a centre of innovative research and teaching, contributing to discussion and policy formation on antisemitism as well as other forms of racial prejudice and intolerance. It is both independent and inclusive.

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Wolfgang Müller-Funk – The Architecture of Modern Culture: Hermann Broch reads James Joyce

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Event Date:  11 December 2012
Austrian Cultural Forum London
28 Rutland Gate
London SW7 1PQ

The Austrian Cultural Forum presents:

Professor Wolfgang Müller-Funk (Vienna) – The Architecture of Modern Culture: Hermann Broch reads James Joyce

In cooperation with the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature the ACF presents a lecture by Professor Wolfgang Müller-Funk, cultural theorist and essayist. He will speak about his most recent publication, ‘The Architecture of Modern Culture – Towards a Narrative Cultural Theory’ (De Gruyter 2012), a collection of essays that contain fundamental contributions to contemporary cultural analysis and theory as well as exemplary interpretations of film, literature and other media. Central issues of current cultural studies are addressed: cultural identity, collective memory and post-colonial studies. The oeuvre of cultural and literary critic Wolfgang Müller-Funk encompasses historic analyses such as readings of Broch, Canetti and Musil, and the heritage they passed on. Other essays move from the beginning of the 20th to the 21st century and address questions of space, time and globalization discussing, for example, Walter Benjamin and 9/11.

Born in Bremen and now living in Vienna, Wolfgang Müller-Funk has held the position of Professor for Cultural Studies at the University of Vienna since 1993

Introduction by Dr Heide Kunzelmann.

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Colin Blakemore – The Unbearable Lightness of Seeing

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Event Date: 11 December 2012
The Senate Room
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

The Institute of Philosophy presents
a series of Lectures by the Third Chandaria Laureate:

Lecture 2

Professor Colin Blakemore ( Director of the IP Centre for the Philosophy of the Senses, Neurons and Knowledge) - The Unbearable Lightness of Seeing


Introduction by Professor Barry Smith (Director, Institute of Philosophy)

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Crime Fiction & The Law – Symposium

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Event Date: 8 December2012

Room B01
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck, University of London
Torrington Square, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the Birkbeck School of Law present:

Crime Fiction & The Law – Symposium

The purpose of this one day Symposium on Crime Fiction and the Law is to develop an interdisciplinary and public-facing research and teaching focus on the relationship between crime fiction and the law.  This focus is broad-based and includes issues such as: the relationship between crime fiction, legal reasoning and critique; psycho-analytical perspectives on crime-fiction; questions surrounding the rule of law and the relationship between law and justice; gender issues; legal, political and social impacts of fictional representations of crime and justice; the relationship between faction and fiction; and, the impact of law on the development of crime fiction.

The Symposium is jointly sponsored by the School of Law, as part of its twentieth anniversary celebrations, and by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

Programme:

Welcome by  Maria Aristodemou (Birkbeck)

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Giancarlo De Cataldo (Judge of the Appeal Court of Assize, Rome; widely published writer of both non-fiction (including In Giustizia (2011) and fiction (including Romanzo Criminale 2002); screenwriter and translator) -  Journalism and Justice

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Peter Fitzpatrick (School of Law, Birkbeck) – Mysterium non tremendum, or: the normality of transgression

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Patricia Tuitt (School of Law, Birkbeck) -  Crime, Fiction and Legal Critique

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Chris Boge (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cologne) -  Suspending Democracy: Vigilante Justice and the Rule of Law in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy

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Barbara Villez (Department of English for specific purposes (Département d’études des pays anglophones), University Paris 8; Visiting Fellow, Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities) -  Coming out of the confusion: Representation of French justice through Spiral (Engrenages season 4)

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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (School of Law, Birkbeck) -  On Genocide. From Sartre to Cortázar

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Film and performance:  Collisions by Zimbo (Birmingham-based musician; director and founder of One Mile Away),  Anastasia Tataryn (School of Law, Birkbeck) and Penny Woolcock (film director and documentary maker; winner of the Michael Powell Award, 66th Edinburgh International film Festival)

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Janet McCabe (Department of Media and Cultural Studies, School of Arts, Birkbeck) – The Girl in the Faroese Jumper: Female Representation, Sexual Politics and the Precariousness of Power and Difference in ‘The Killing ‘

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Fiona Macmillan (School of Law, Birkbeck) – Is Bondurant’s The Wettest County in the World really Lawless?

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Giancarlo De Cataldo in Conversation with Costas Douzinas on law, justice,
politics and fiction (including questions from the floor)

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