Peter Dews – Theory Construction and Existential Description in Schelling’s Treatise on Freedom

in Academic Service - Archive by on September 29th, 2016

 

Event Date: 29 September 2016
Room 1002,
John Galsworthy building,
Penrhyn Road campus,
Penrhyn Road,
Kingston upon Thames,
Surrey KT1 2EE

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) presents:

Professor Peter Dews (Essex) – Theory Construction and Existential Description in Schelling’s Treatise on Freedom

Introduction by Professor Peter Osborne (Kingston):

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Rose Kerr – Zhenwu, the Dark Warrior: Daoist Beliefs and Imagery in China

in Academic Service - Archive by on September 27th, 2016

Event Date: 27 September 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
14 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2HD

 

The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Dr Rose Kerr (Victoria and Albert Museum) – Zhenwu, the Dark Warrior: Daoist Beliefs and Imagery in China

Introduction by Ed Weech (RAS) and Laura Cronin (Horniman Museum):

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The Politics of Collaboration – European Currents

in Academic Service - Archive by on September 24th, 2016

Event Date: 24 September 2016
Concert Room
Grove Building
Middlesex University
Hendon Campus
The Burroughs
London NW4 4BT

The Theatre Arts Department at Middlesex University, in collaboration with the Performing Arts Department at the University of Winchester presents:

The Politics of Collaboration – European Currents

Within the current European political developments, the notion of collaboration has arguably gained acute new relevance. Following two symposia in 2012 and 2013, as well as the recent publication of the edited collection Collaboration in Performance Practice: Premises, Workings and Failures (Palgrave 2016), Noyale Colin and Stefanie Sachsenmaier will hold a full-day research event on the Politics of Collaboration with a specific focus on current European dynamics at Middlesex University, London, on Saturday 24 September 2016. The event will be hosted by the Theatre Arts Department at Middlesex University, in collaboration with the Performing Arts Department at the University of Winchester.

In order to initiate a new phase of what is an ongoing project, we welcome the attendance and participation of researchers, artists and students to engage with the following issues:

  • Can collaboration offer ways of exploring and addressing political issues through performance? What kinds of social life are we producing in performing Europe today?
  • Can ways of co-working in performance respond to the crisis of togetherness?
  • To what extent can collaborative performance practice be a means of challenging dominant modes of production in contemporary society?
  • How does collaboration in performance practice speak to wider conditions of contemporary society including precarious labour, composite subjectivity, cultural boundaries and conflicting ethics?
  • Could the artist employing collaboration as a strategy to resist alienated modes of production constitute the ideal ‘elite worker’ through her/his intended escapism of precarious working conditions?
  • Can modes of working together in performance act as a significant force in fostering social change in times of crisis?

The two roundtable discussions are available hier:

Roundtable 1:
Gob Squad: Sharon Smith (Germany/UK), Rimini Protokoll : Stefan Kaegi (Germany) , Alice Chauchat (France/Germany) , After Performance (Singapore/UK) , Vierte Welt Kollaborationen: Judith van der Werff and Marcus Reinhardt (Germany).

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Dog Kennel Hill Project: Rachel Lopez de la Nieta and Henrietta Hale, Dr. Tony Fisher, Nikki Tomlinson, Angela Woodhouse.

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Walter Benjamin’s The Storyteller: Fiction & Form

in Academic Service - Archive by on September 22nd, 2016

 

 

Event Date: 22 September 2016
Keynes Library
Birkbeck School of Arts
Birkbeck University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

Verso Books presents:

Walter Benjamin’s The Storyteller: Fiction & Form

The Storyteller (Verso, 2016) gathers the fiction of the legendary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin, best known for his groundbreaking studies of culture and literature, including Illuminations, One-Way Street and The Arcades Project. His stories revel in the erotic tensions of city life, cross the threshold between rational and hallucinatory realms, celebrate the importance of games, and delve into the peculiar relationship between gambling and fortune-telling, and explore the themes that defined Benjamin. The novellas, fables, histories, aphorisms, parables and riddles in this collection are brought to life by the playful imagery of the modernist artist and Bauhaus figure Paul Klee.

Howard Caygill Professor Of Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University and author of the forthcoming Kafka: In the Light of the Accident (Bloomsbury, 2017), Sara Salih, Professor of English at the University of Toronto, and Matthew Charles, Lecturer in English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster, join The Storyteller’s editors and translators, Sam Dolbear, Esther Leslie and Sebastian Truskolaski, for a special event to launch Walter Benjamin’s fiction collected in English translation for the first time.

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Rethinking Capitalism: Mariana Mazzucato and Michael Jacobs in conversation with Will Hutton

in Academic Service - Archive by on September 22nd, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Event Date: 22 September 2016
Birkbeck Cinema
Birkbeck School of Arts
Birkbeck University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

The Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life in association with The Political Quarterly presents:

Rethinking Capitalism
Mariana Mazzucato and Michael Jacobs in conversation with Will Hutton

This is the launch event for Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, edited by Michael Jacobs and Mariana Mazzucato and published by Wiley in association with The Political Quarterly.

The book brings together leading economists to challenge orthodox ideas about economic theory and policy, and to propose new approaches to achieving a more inclusive and sustainable economy. The contributors analyse the realities of contemporary capitalism and the failure of current economic policies to encourage innovation, investment and long-term growth, to tackle climate change, or to achieve an equitable distribution of income and wealth. It’s a powerful examination of both modern economies and economic theory. The authors include Joseph Stiglitz, Andrew Haldane, Carlota Perez, Mariana Mazzucato, William Lazonick, Colin Crouch and Stephany Griffith-Jones.

Speaker details:

Will Hutton is a British political economist, writer, weekly newspaper columnist and former editor-in-chief for The Observer. He is currently Principal of Hertford College, Oxford, and Chair of the Big Innovation Centre, an initiative from the Work Foundation, having been its chief executive from 2000 to 2008. He is also a member of The Political Quarterly’s editorial board, is widely known for his advocacy of centre-left policies, criticisms of the neoliberal economic consensus, and his long association with key members and policies of the Labour Party.

Michael Jacobs is an academic, writer and commentator on international climate change
and energy policy, British politics and social democratic and green political thought. A
Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and at University College London, and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, he was for six years Special Adviser to former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and before that head of the think tank and political association the Fabian Society.

Mariana Mazzucato is RM Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation at theScience Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK. Her work is focused on the economics of innovation; finance and economic growth; and the role of the State in modern capitalism. She advises policy makers around the world on how to achieve economic growth.

Andrew Gamble is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Queen’s College, University of Cambridge. He is a joint editor of New Political Economy and The Political Quarterly, and a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences. He was awarded a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust in 2004, and in 2005 received the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies from the UK Political Studies Association.

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The 2016 US Presidential Election: Can Trump Win?

in Academic Service - Archive by on September 14th, 2016

Event Date: 14 September 2016
Keynes Library
Birkbeck School of Arts
Birkbeck University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

The Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life presents:

The 2016 US Presidential Election: Can Trump Win?

Professor Rob Singh looks at the state of the US election and the prospects for a Trump victory in November.

The 2016 US presidential election has already proven one of the most unpredictable and volatile in decades. The Republican Party nomination has been captured by a populist, nativist and authoritarian property developer and TV star, Donald J. Trump. After a powerful insurgent campaign by the self-proclaimed democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party has nominated the first woman ever to head a major party ticket, Hillary Clinton. Although conventional wisdom and prevailing models of American elections suggest the White House is Clinton’s to lose, the two nominees represent the most unpopular since polling records began. Moreover, polls are tightening in key battleground states, suggesting that a Trump presidency is a real possibility. The potential consequences for America, and the wider world, of the outcome of the 2016 vote promise to be momentous.

In this lecture and Q & A, Professor Rob Singh examines the prospects for a Trump victory in November, the key factors determining the election, and the six paths by which Trump could reach the White House. This is an evening to answer everything you wanted to know about current American politics but were too afraid to ask.

Rob Singh is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck. His new book, ‘After Obama: Renewing American Leadership, Restoring Global Order‘ was published by Cambridge University Press in May.

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New Drugs Seminars: New Drugs Mini-Conference

in Academic Service - Archive by on September 6th, 2016

Event Date 6 September 2016
Lecture Theatre 2
Grimond Building
University of Kent
Canterbury, CT2 7NZ

University of Kent presents:

New Drug Seminars

Concluding Conference: New Drugs Mini-Conference

On Tuesday 6th September, we will come together for the final event in our ESRC new drugs seminar series which will be held at the University of Kent in Grimmond Lecture Theatre 2.

The aims of the day are:

(i) to consolidate what we have learnt from previous seminars

(ii) to showcase work from our special issue in the International Journal of Drug Policy

(ii) to connect with a wider audience

(iv) to consider the intersections between new drug research and research on existing drug use, drug cultures, drug markets, drug interventions, drug policy etc.

Programme:

What have we learnt so far?  Introduction to the day (Dr Caroline Chatwin, University of Kent)

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Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs: spotlight on steroids

Ask Vest Christiansen (Aarhus University, Denmark) – Outline of a typology of anabolic androgenic steroid use in gyms and fitness environments

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Gisella Hanley-Santos (Plymouth University) – Examining the motivations, practices and accounts of users of steroids and other performance and image enhancing drugs

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Alexandra Hall and Georgios Antonopoulos (Teeside University) – Illicit supply and consumer demand of steroids in the UK

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Roundtable: New drugs and the ‘bigger picture’

A collection of eminent drug researchers consider the impact that new drugs have had on the work that they do, for example in reconstituting the way that we think about legislating for the control of drugs, designing interventions to help people who use drugs, and understanding the way that drugs are bought and sold.

Participants include Professor Susanne McGregor (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Professor Dave Boothroyd (University of Lincoln), Professor Shane Blackman (Canterbury Christchurch University), Professor Alex Stevens (University of Kent) and Dr. Axel Klein (Global Drug Policy Observatory, Swansea University).

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New Psychoactive Substances

Mireia Ventura and Pol Quintana (Energy Control, Barcelona) – The deep web and the fentanyl problem: detection of ocfentanil as an adulterant in heroin

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Bryce Pardo (University of Maryland, USA) – New Psychoactive Substances: Is a regulated legal market feasible?

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Rob Ralphs (Manchester Metropolitan University) – Adding Spice to the Porridge: the development of a synthetic cannabinoid market in an English prison

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Roundtable: Where next for new drugs research?

A collection of key stakeholders in the new drugs debate consider what research is needed in order to further understand this complex field.

Participants include Rick Bradley (Addaction), Charlotte Davies (freelance drug policy consultant), Professor Harry Sumnall (Liverpool John Moores University), Josie Smith (Public Health Wales), and Martin Chandler (freelance human enhancement drugs researcher).

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Yfaat Weiss – Political Sovereignty and Cultural Property: The Mount Scopus Enclave in Jerusalem

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 29th, 2016

Event Date: 11 February 2015
German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square,
London WC1A 2NJ

European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2015-16

The Politics of Land. Archaeology, Architecture and City Planning in Israel

A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

This season’s theme intends to approach its broad subject via a spectrum of political, legal and cultural perspectives. We will examine more closely how the realities of ‘land’ or ‘territory’ impact on the daily lives of Israeli and foreign citizens living in the State of Israel, be they Israeli, Palestinian, Jewish, Muslim or Christian.

Lecture 3:

Professor Yfaat Weiss (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) – Political Sovereignty and Cultural Property: The Mount Scopus Enclave in Jerusalem

The UN Partition Plan for Palestine known as UN Resolution 181 envisioned Jerusalem as a Corpus Separatum, an international city open and accessible to believers of the three monotheistic religions. This did not materialize. While the city was divided as a result of the 1948 War, Mount Scopus in its northern part acquired an exceptional status. Until 1967 it existed as an enclave amid Jordanian territory, divided into a Jordanian and an Israeli part under UN control. This lecture will shed light on the fate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a contested space encapsulated and frozen in the midst of national conflict and armed struggle.

Yfaat Weiss is Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of  Jerusalem. She is the Head of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History. Her latest monograph in the field of spatial history is A Confiscated Memory: Wadi Salib and Haifa’s Lost Heritage (2011).

Welcome by Professor Andreas Gestrich (Director, German Historical Institute, London):

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London Critical Theory Summer School 2016 – Friday Debate II

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 22nd, 2016


Event Date: 22 July 2015

Room B04
Birkbeck
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

London Critical Theory Summer School 2016 – Friday Debate II

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities annual London Critical Theory Summer School is taking place over two weeks from 11 – 22 July 2016. At the end of each week the internationally renowned critical thinkers who are teaching on the Summer School join together for a public panel discussion.

The second Friday debate 22 July speakers will include:

  •     Susan Buck-Morss, CUNY Graduate Center, NYC
  •     David Harvey, CUNY Graduate Center, NYC
  •     Esther Leslie, Birkbeck University of London
  •     Slavoj Žižek, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Chair: Jacqueline Rose Birkbeck University of London

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Brexit: What Now for the UK and EU?

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 21st, 2016

Event Date: 21 July 2016
Room 152/153
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life presents:

Brexit: What Now for the UK and EU?

On 23 June Britain voted to leave the EU. The vote has triggered a series of political crises, from a leadership vacuum in the Conservative party and challenges in the Labour party to a possible second referendum in Scotland. The result has also exposed deep dividing lines between parts of the United Kingdom and across British society. So what next for the UK and EU?
Staff from the Birkbeck Department of Politics will debate the consequences of Brexit:
•       Is this the end of a ‘United’ Kingdom?
•       Has British politics changed forever?
•       When and how will article 50  be triggered?
•       What is the future of the EU without the UK?

Join us for drinks and discussion as we consider these and other questions.

Panellists: Dr David Styan; Dr Dermot Hodson; Dr Jason Edwards; Professor Eric Kaufmann; Jessica Smith

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