The Power of Experts

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 20th, 2014

Event Date: 19 June 2014
Room B34
Birbeck, University London
Malet Street,
Bloomsbury,
London WC1E 7HX

Birkbeck School of Law presents:

The Power of Experts

Chair: Dr. Marinos Diamantides (Birkbeck) Participants: Dr. Matjaž Ambrož (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana),  Dr. Amanda Dickins (Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor, Dept. for Business Innovation and Skills),  Dr. Mary Malecka (Barrister, Garden Court Chambers and Bond Solon Legal Training Company) Prof. Renata Salecl (Birkbeck)

Experts are the new authorities in today’s society. Law and policy makers rely on their knowledge when difficult decisions are made. The panel will address the dilemmas like: What happens when experts openly admit that they do not know? What can be done when they knowingly give fraudulent testimony? How do policy makers choose which experts to call upon? How does judiciary system handle experts, how are they prepared for giving testimony and what kind of battles they might engage in when presented with different expertise? Who wins in the war of experts?

Introduction by Dr. Marinos Diamantides (Birkbeck):

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Dr. Mary Malecka (Barrister, Garden Court Chambers and Bond Solon Legal Training Company):

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Dr. Matjaž Ambrož (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana):

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Professor  Renata Salecl (Birkbeck):

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Dr. Amanda Dickins (Deputy Chief Scientific Advisor, Dept. for Business Innovation and Skills):

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State Violence under the Microscope

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 19th, 2014

Event Date: 19 June 2014
Room B34
Birbeck, University London
Malet Street,
Bloomsbury,
London WC1E 7HX

Birkbeck School of Law presents:

State Violence under the Microscope

Panel: Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones, Dr Nadine El-Enany, Dr Chris Cocking, Harmit Athwal
This panel interrogates the way in which the state evades accountability for its violence through its selective exclusion and validation of scientific evidence in deaths in custody and protest cases. Athwal discusses the use and misuse of scientific evidence in UK death in custody cases, while Bruce-Jones examines the process by which prosecutors and judges in Germany have used legal proclamations to pre-empt scientific evidentiary analysis. El-Enany and Cocking will ask what crowd psychology can contribute to our understanding of the behaviour of protesters at demonstrations and public order policing

Dr Nadine El-Enany (Birkbeck):

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Lynne Segal – The Age of Desire, the Desires of Ageing

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 19th, 2014

Event Date: 19 June 2014

Horton Lecture Theatre 1
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX

 

The School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Royal Holloway, University of London presents:

Keynote Lecture at the 2014 Postgraduate Colloquium

Professor Lynne Segal (Anniversary Professor, Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London) – The Age of Desire, the Desires of Ageing

In this lecture, Professor Segal will explore some of the radical ambiguities in the speech and writing about age and ageing today, whether it serves primarily to lament or to celebrate old age. Pondering the fluctuating ties between younger and older selves, she will venture into the hazards of desire in old age, with its apparent gender contrasts, alongside the contradictory ties and emotions we are likely to call upon as time speeds up in late life. Old age is no longer the condition that dare not speak its name, but it remains an identity we are still encouraged to disavow.

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Diane Horn – What can we do to reduce flood risk?

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 18th, 2014

Event Date: 18 June 2014
Room B33
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck presents:

Social Sciences Week 2014

What can we do to reduce flood risk?

In this topical talk, Dr Diane Horn (Birkbeck) will examine how the risk of flooding can be reduced and how government policy and insurers can provide incentives to reduce the risks.

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Forensic Futures

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 18th, 2014

Event Date: 18 June 2014
Room B34
Birbeck, University London
Malet Street,
Bloomsbury,
London WC1E 7HX

Birkbeck School of Law presents:

Forensic Futures

Panel: Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths), and Maja Petrović-Šteger (University of Cambridge) and Stewart Motha (Birkbeck)
Forensics conjures the sense of a truth established by science in the service of the law. But the origin of ‘forensic’ in the Latin forensis – ‘pertaining to the forum’ – is more wide-ranging. Forensis invokes a site of negotiation between humans, technologies, and material things. This wider meaning opens the possibility of a forensic future where science and technology become the basis for holding states to account for mass violence and systematic neglect. Eyal Weizman and Maja Petrović-Šteger explore how new technologies, satellite imaging, landscapes, DNA, bones and human remains have emerged as material objects that ‘speak and testify’ to state crimes and mass violence. Their account of forensic architecture and the testimony of material objects point to the emergence of new forms of public truth.

Note: Due to reasons of confidentiality, we can only bring you one of the presentations.

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Justice and Research Evidence

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 17th, 2014

Event Date: 17 June 2014
Room B34
Birbeck, University London
Malet Street,
Bloomsbury,
London WC1E 7HX

Birkbeck School of Law presents:

Justice and Research Evidence

Examining the use of research evidence to police rape cases.
Panel: Professor Betsy Stanko, Paul Turnbull and Harriet Wistrich (Birnberg Peirce & Partners).
Why Tell Law: There is great debate about why rape is so difficult to prosecute in England and Wales. It is very low compared to the increasing number of allegations being reported to the police. Just earlier this month the CPS and the Police published an action plan to improve their working relationship with the hope this would result in more convictions. This talk raises a number of key questions not only about the response of the criminal justice system to these rape complaints, but to the very heart of what rape ‘is’ as a criminal offence. Professor Betsy Stanko will give the main presentation which will be discussed by Harriet Wistrich and Paul Turnbull.

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Politics in Focus: A Discussion of Photography and Politics

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 16th, 2014

Event Date: 16 June 2014
Room B33
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck presents:

Social Sciences Week 2014

Politics in Focus: A Discussion of Photography and Politics

Can and should photographers capture the complexity of the political process? Is the relationship between photography and political advocacy changing? Can photographs tell us anything about politics that we do not already know? In this panel discussion, three renowned photographers will show a selection of their work and talk about the changing relationship between politics and photography.

Martin Argles has photographed British politics for thirty years and until recently was staff photographer for The Guardian. In 2010, he was named the SABMiller Photographer of the Year in the Picture Editors’ Guild Awards for his photo essay on Gordon Brown’s final days as Prime Minister.

Melanie Friend is a photographer, photojournalist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex. Her exhibition, Border Country, which uses sound and image to focus on asylum seekers and migrants in detention in the UK, was nominated for the European Central Bank Europe Annual Photography Award 2008. Follow Melanie on Twitter @MelanieFriend57

Carlos Reyes Manzo is a documentary photographer and poet. His work deals with people who are marginalised from society and who suffer human rights abuses. He has covered events ranging from the Nicaraguan revolution to famine in Ethiopia. In 2014, he was chosen as the first Ben Pimlott Writer in Residence at Birkbeck College. Follow Carlos on Twitter @reyesmanzo

Chair: Dermot Hodson

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Renata Salecl – What’s on my mind? Law, neuroscience and psychoanalysis

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 16th, 2014

Event Date: 16 June 2014
Clore Management Centre
Birbeck, University London
Malet Street,
Bloomsbury,
London WC1E 7HX

Birkbeck School of Law presents:

Inaugural Lecture

Professor Renata Salecl (Birkbeck) – What’s on my mind? Law, neuroscience and psychoanalysis

Introduction by Professor David Latchman (Master of Birkbeck):

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Elizabeth Barnes – Going Beyond the Fundamental: Feminism in Contemporary Metaphysics

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 16th, 2014

Event Date: 16 June 2014
Room 22/26
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

The Aristotelian Society presents:

Dr Elizabeth Barnes (Leeds) – Going Beyond the Fundamental: Feminism in Contemporary Metaphysics

Elizabeth Barnes has been a senior lecturer at Leeds since 2006. Before going to Leeds she was a PhD student in the Vagueness Project of the Arche AHRC Research Centre for the philosophy of logic, language, mathematics, and mind at the University of St. Andrews. Her main research interests are in metaphysics and ethics.

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Freud and Philosophy

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 12th, 2014


 

 

Event Date: 12 June 2014
Room G04
Birkbeck University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) in collaboration with Departments of Psychosocial Studies and Law at Birkbeck College, University of London present:

Freud and Philosophy

A Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) workshop in collaboration with Departments of Psychosocial Studies and Law at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Speakers: Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck, University of London), Philippe Van Haute (Radboud University, Nijmegen) Stephen Frosh (Birkbeck, University of London) and Stella Sandford (CRMEP, Kingston University)

Professor Philippe Van Haute (Radboud University, Nijmegen) – Freud against Oedipus:

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Dr Stella Sandford (CRMEP, Kingston University) – The Epistemology of The Interpretation of Dreams:

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Dr Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck, University of London) – The Case of Psychic Reality:

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 About the speakers:

Lisa Baraitser is Reader in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London and a psychotherapist in independent practice. She is the co-founder of MaMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics), an international research network on motherhood and the maternal, and co-editor of the journals Studies in the Maternal and Studies in Gender and Sexuality.  Her research has centred on figurations and representations of the maternal in psychic and social life, working at the interface between psychoanalysis, feminist theory, and philosophies of ethics, affect, materiality, temporality and event. She is the author of Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption (Routledge, 2009), winner of the Feminist and Women’s Studies 2009 book prize for outstanding feminist scholarship, and a forthcoming co-edited collection, A Feeling for Things: Conversations in and around the work of Jane Bennett (Punctum, 2014) with Michael O’Rourke. Her current work is on time, tracking forms of affective sociality that persist under neoliberal conditions through forms of ‘suspended’ temporalities.

Philippe Van Haute is Professor of Philosophical Anthropology at Radboud University Nijmegen and a practicing psychoanalyst of the Belgian School of Psychoanalysis, of which he was president from 2006-2009. He has been a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study since 2010. His research focuses on the relation between psychoanalysis and philosophy and more particularly on the importance and significance Freudian thinking (and psychoanalytic thinking at large) for a contemporary philosophical anthropology. He is a founding member of the Symposium Phaenomenologicum that convenes every year in Perugia (Italy), of the Freud Research Group (www.psycho-analyse.be) and of the Société Internationale de Psychanalyse et de Philosophie/International Society for Psychoanalysis and Philosophy (www.sipp-ispp.org). He edits a series on ‘Figures of the Unconscious’ at Louvain University Press. His books include: (with Tomas Geyskens) Towards a Non-oedipal Psychoanalysis? Clinical Anthropology of Hysteria in Freud and Lacan (Louvain University Press, 2012); (with Tomas Geyskens) From Death Drive to Attachment Theory (Other Press, 2007); (with Tomas Geyskens) Confusion  of Tongues. The Primacy of Sexuality in Freud, Ferenczi and Laplanche (Other Press, New York, 2004); and Against Adaptation (Other Press, 2002).

Stella Sandford is Associate Professor in Modern European Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University. Her research centres around issues in the philosophy of sex and gender and on the relations between philosophy and feminist theory and psychoanalytical theory. She is the author of Plato and Sex (Polity, 2010), How to Read Beauvoir (Granta/Norton, 2006) and The Metaphysics of Love: Gender and Transcendence in Levinas (Athlone/Continuum, 2000) and co-editor (with Mandy Merck) of Further Adventures of the Dialectic of Sex: Critical Essays on Shulamith Firestone (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). She has recently collaborated with Étienne Balibar on an English edition of his Identité et différence (Identity and Difference: John Locke and the Invention of Consciousness, Verso 2013), and has been working with colleagues at CRMEP on a project on transdisciplinarity. She is a long-standing member of the Radical Philosophy editorial collective.

 

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