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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The Trouble With Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 19th, 2016


Event Date: 19 July 2016

Room B35
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

The Trouble With Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis

Is pleasure a rotten idea, mired in negativity and lack, which should be abandoned in favor of a new concept of desire? Or is desire itself fundamentally a matter of lack, absence, and loss? This is one of the crucial issues dividing the work of Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Lacan, two of the most formidable figures of postwar French thought. Though the encounter with psychoanalysis deeply marked Deleuze’s work, we are yet to have a critical account of the very different postures he adopted toward psychoanalysis, and especially Lacanian theory, throughout his career. In The Trouble with Pleasure, Aaron Schuster tackles this tangled relationship head on. The result is neither a Lacanian reading of Deleuze nor a Deleuzian reading of Lacan but rather a systematic and comparative analysis that identifies concerns common to both thinkers and their ultimately incompatible ways of addressing them. Schuster focuses on drive and desire—the strange, convoluted relationship of human beings to the forces that move them from within—“the trouble with pleasure.”

Aaron Schuster will be a visiting professor at the University of Chicago in Fall 2016. He is a former Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies, Rijeka, Croatia, and at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry ICI Berlin, and Head of Theory Program at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam.

Slavoj Žižek is the International Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London

Maria Aristodemou is Reader in Law, Literature and Psychoanalysis in the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London.

Please join us to celebrate the publication of Aaron Schuster’s new book The Trouble With Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis (MIT Press, 2016). The evening will feature remarks by Slavoj Žižek, and a short presentation by Schuster on the book’s opening chapter—“Critique of Pure Complaint” and will be chaired by Maria Aristodemou.

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London Critical Theory Summer School 2016 – Friday Debate I

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 15th, 2016


Event Date: 15 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 I

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 first Friday Debate on 15 July speakers will include:

  •     Costas Douzinas, Birkbeck, University of London
  •     Stephen Frosh, Birkbeck, University of London
  •     Michael Löwy, CNRS, Paris
  •     Jacqueline Rose, Birkbeck, University of London (Chair)

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Anna Posazhennikova – The Mysteries of Quantum Collective Behaviour

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 7th, 2016


Event Date: 7 July 2016

Windsor Auditorium
Royal Holloway
University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0E

The Department of Physics at Royal Holloway University of London presents:

The Mysteries of Quantum Collective Behaviour 

Dr Anna Posazhennikova (RHUL) - The Mysteries of Quantum Collective Behaviour 

When a piece of Aluminium is cooled to -272 degrees Celsius, an electrical current can flow through it without any resistance. This remarkable phenomenon is called superconductivity and is one of the most striking examples of quantum collective behaviour.
Listen to Dr Anna Posazhennikova as she explains this, as well as other intriguing examples of quantum collective behaviours, and the crucial role they play in modern physics.

For further information please contact: physics.outreach@rhul.ac.uk

Introduction by Professor Pedro Teixeira-Dias (RHUL):

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Daniel Beer – The Crucible: Revolution and Repression in Siberia’s Prisons, 1905-1914

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 5th, 2016

Event Date: 17 November 2015

McCrea 336

Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0EX

Royal Holloway University of London Department of History


Departmental Research seminars 2015/2016

Dr Daniel Beer (RHUL) – The Crucible: Revolution and Repression in Siberia’s Prisons, 1905-1914

In the wake of the failed 1905 Revolution tens of thousands of radicals were condemned by military tribunals to penal labour in Siberia. Many saw Siberia’s jails and exile settlements as a new battlefield in an ongoing war against the tsarist state and went on to stage violent protests against their captors. The tsarist authorities reacted with a brutal crackdown: the use of corporal and capital punishment became commonplace. Revolutionaries, prison officials and a range of commentators in the courts and in the press applauded and condemned certain acts of violence as invasive or restorative, legitimate or illegitimate. The paper will discuss how acts of violence perpetrated both inside and outside Siberia’s prisons rehearsed a wider contestation of political power and sovereignty in the Russian Empire. The experience of captivity and violent repression in Siberia became a rite of passage for the men and women who would, within a decade, rule Russia.

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Liam Byrne MP on the History of British Capitalism

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 30th, 2016

Event Date: 30 June 2016
Room B04
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:

Liam Byrne MP on the History of British Capitalism

Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne joins a panel of Birkbeck academics to discuss his forthcoming book on the history of British enterprise.

Liam Byrne has held a wide variety of roles in government, serving in the Home Office, 10 Downing Street and finally the Treasury, where he was Chief Secretary in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. He is the author of over 20 books and pamphlets, including Turning to Face the East, published in 2013, where he argues that greater ties with China will be key to Britain’s future prosperity.

He now joins Birkbeck Politics to present his latest book, Dragons: Ten Entrepreneurs Who Built Britain, a look at the history of British capitalism and the development of the UK into a global economic force. He appears with a panel of academics from Birkbeck’s Department of Politics, including Dr Jason Edwards and Professor Deborah Mabbett.

Jason Edwards is a lecturer in politics in the Department of Politics, Birkbeck. Jason is a political theorist with interests in political sociology and the history of political thought. Jason is an expert in radical politics. His book The Radical Attitude and Modern Political Theory (London: Palgrave Macmillan) was published in 2007 and he continues to return to the theme throughout his writing.

Deborah Mabbett is Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Politics, Birkbeck. Deborah writes and researches on a wide range of issues related to welfare and inequality. She has wide experience of public policy in practice, particularly in the field of social security, having worked at various times for the New Zealand Treasury and the World Bank, as well as undertaking consultancy and research for public bodies in the UK and the European Union.

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Helen Graham – Crossing Borders:The Spanish Civil War and transnational mobilisation

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 30th, 2016

Event Date: 30 June 2016
Wolfson 1
Institute of Historical Research
Senate House
Univerity of London
Malet St
London WC1E 7HU

The Cañada Blanch Centre presents:

Professor Helen Graham (RHUL) – Crossing Borders:The Spanish Civil War and transnational mobilisation

For Europe, the Great War of 1914-18 famously ‘changed everything and nothing’. Empires had fallen, but established social hierarchies re-emerged, often politically retooled. For progressives of the 1920s/30s the continent constituted a terrain where everything was still to play for. These struggles between ‘old’ and ‘new’ across Europe would produce a series of wars of social change in the years between 1936 and 1948 – dense and fraught confrontations over identities and values, which from 1939 would escalate under the impact of the Nazis’ own war of imperial expansion.

The first of these wars of social change to erupt in arms would occur in Spain in July 1936, where a military elite, in part representing the social and political values of pre-1914 hierarchical Europe, launched a coup against a democratising civilian society that was designed to halt change in its tracks. But the coup only succeeded because the Spanish conspirators secured almost immediate military backing from Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. The besieged Republic in Spain came thus to symbolise a possible new society, with a more open, democratic culture, now under attack simultaneously from the old order within, and from outside, by a brutal new order of European fascism. This dual assault brought into being a wave of support from progressives inside Spain and across Europe and the world – fighters and writers who saw the Spanish Republic as their place to stand.

In this lecture, Helen Graham will discuss the lives of five such figures, of diverse provenance and politics, in order to explore the Republic’s broader significance in these continental wars of social change. She will also look at what the Spanish Republican defeat of 1939 meant for all five over the long term, as they suffered physical displacement and psychological and existential estrangement. Theirs were ‘lives’ that had been salvaged, but, like millions of others, the people they had once been lived on only as ghosts. It was a predicament much intensified by the post-1945 myth-fuelled distortions of public historical memory – whether under dictatorships or democracy, in the Eastern or Western European blocs, or throughout the political West more broadly. With this in mind, the talk will conclude by exploring some still open questions about what might constitute an honest reckoning today with the history and memory of Spain, and of Europe’s dark mid-twentieth century.

Introduction by Professor Paul Preston (LSE):

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Feminism and Radical Utopianism, Past and Present

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 30th, 2016

 

Event Date: 30 June 2016

Room B01
Clore Management Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Torrington Square
London WC1E 7JL

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research in association with Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS) presents:

Feminism and Radical Utopianism, Past and Present

Roundtable Discussion

Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS) in collaboration with the Raphael Samuel History Centre and Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) – Radical Histories/History of Radicalism – Pre-Conference Event

In the early 19th century, Utopian Socialists envisaged a world free from sexual oppression, and set out to build communities where men and women would live as equals. 150 years later, at the height of the Women’s Liberation Movement, Barbara Taylor wrote a study of these radicals and their attempts to found a ‘New Moral World’ of class and gender equality. Her book, Eve and the New Jerusalem (Virago 1983), is republished in 2016. This event explores the utopian-feminist ideals described in Eve, and compares them to other feminist utopias, past and present.

Introduced by: Professor Miriam Zukas (Birkbeck, University of London):

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Contributions from speakers: Professor Barbara Taylor (Queen Mary, University of London), Dr Shahidha Bari (Queen Mary University of London), Profesor Lynne Segal (Birkbeck, University of London) and Urvashi Butalia (Zubaan Books, Delhi). Chair: Dr Madeleine Davis (Queen Mary University of London):

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Ilker Evrim Binbas – Intellectual Networks in Timurid Iran

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

Event Date: 13 June 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
14 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2HD

 

The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

BOOK LAUNCH

Dr Ilker Evrim Binbas (RHUL) – Intellectual Networks in Timurid Iran

By focusing on the works and intellectual network of the Timurid historian Sharaf al Dīn ‘Alī Yazdī (d.1454), this book presents a holistic view of intellectual life in fifteenth century Iran. İlker Evrim Binbaş argues that the intellectuals in this period formed informal networks which transcended political and linguistic boundaries, and spanned an area from the western fringes of the Ottoman State to bustling late medieval metropolises such as Cairo, Shiraz, and Samarkand. The network included an Ottoman revolutionary, a Mamluk prophet, and a Timurid occultist, as well as physicians, astronomers, devotees of the secret sciences, and those political figures who believed that the network was a force to be taken seriously. Also discussing the formation of an early modern Islamicate republic of letters, this book offers fresh insights on the study of intellectual history beyond the limitations imposed by nationalist methodologies, established genres, and recognized literary traditions.

Dr Ilker Evrim Binbas is lecturer in Early Modern Asian Empires at Royal Holloway University of London.

Introduction by Professor Francis Robinson (Vice-President, RAS):

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