James Belich – Better Britons? NZ, Britain and World War One

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 2nd, 2014

 

 

Event Date: 2 July 2014
Room 541,
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street,
London, WC1E 7HX

The New Zealand Studies Network presents:

Professor  James Belich (Oxford) – Better Britons? NZ, Britain and World War One

This lecture considers the effects on each other of New Zealand collective identities and the Great War. Was the shift in the New Zealand self-image during and after the war Anzac, nationalist, or ‘Better British’? The lecture also sets the issue of settler colonial identities in a wider comparative context.

James Belich completed his doctorate at Nuffield College, Oxford, while on a Rhodes Scholarship, then worked as a historian and university lecturer in New Zealand. He held the Inaugural Keith Sinclair Chair in History at the University of Auckland and then became Research Professor of History at the Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington. He has held visiting positions at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Georgetown, and Melbourne. His books include a two-volume history of New Zealand, Making Peoples and Paradise Reforged, and The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict, which was later made into a television documentary series. His latest book is Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Anglo-world, 1783 -1939 (2009). Since 2011, he has been Beit Professor of Commonwealth and Imperial History at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Centre for Global History. He is currently working on the causes of early European expansion.

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The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times – Discussing the Issues

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 30th, 2014

Event Date: 30 June 2014
Room 421
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute of Social Research, Birkbeck, University of London presents:

“The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times” – Discussing the Issues

Speakers: Barbara Taylor, with David Bell, Stephen Frosh, Rex Haigh and Lynne Segal
Chaired by Sasha Roseneil

At this seminar, Barbara Taylor will speak about her recently published book “The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times” (2014, Penguin), in dialogue with David Bell, Stephen Frosh, Rex Haigh and Lynne Segal. Taylor’s book raises many important issues about the personal experience of mental illness, and how this might be described and spoken about publicly, about the changing nature of psychiatric and mental health services, and about the role of psychoanalysis, community and friendship in surviving “madness”.

Barbara Taylor is Professor of Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London.

David Bell is a psychoanalyst and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic, and Past President of the British Psychoanalytic Society.

Stephen Frosh is Professor of Psychology and Pro-Vice Master at Birkbeck, University of London.

Rex Haigh is a psychiatrist and group analyst who has played a major role in the development of therapeutic communities in the UK.

Lynne Segal is Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, Birkbeck University of London.

Sasha Roseneil is Professor of Sociology and Social Theory and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research at Birkbeck, and a group analyst.

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Debating Antisemitism: Why do Jews Disagree so Much?

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 26th, 2014

Event Date: 26 June 2014
Room B33
Birkbeck Main Building,
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet St
London, WC1E 7HX

 

The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism presents:

Debating Antisemitism: Why do Jews Disagree so Much?

Speakers:  Diana Pinto, intellectual historian and author; Keith Kahn-Harris, writer and sociologist; David Feldman, Director, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

In this round-table discussion, Diana Pinto, intellectual historian and author who has written widely on Jewish identity in Europe, and Keith Kahn-Harris, writer and sociologist, whose recent book explores the debates over Israel among Jews in Britain, join David Feldman, Director of the Pears Institute, to explore the perennial, perplexing question – why do Jews disagree so much on the issue of antisemitism?
What are the different perspectives Jews hold on antisemitism across Europe? How do these perspectives connect to debates about Israel? How are such debates managed? Can dialogue be conducted with civility or is its descent into conflict inevitable? And how do the internal Jewish debates on antisemitism reflect wider societal debates concerned with antisemitism and racism?

Diana Pinto, who lives in Paris, is highly respected for her writing and lecturing on European Jewry and broader transatlantic issues. Her recent publications include: Israel has moved (Harvard University Press, 2013) and ‘Negotiating Jewish Identity in an Antisemtic Age’, Jewish Culture and History (2013), Vol 14, Issue 2-3. Keith Kahn-Harris, based in London, is a regular contributor toThe Guardian, Independent and  New Statesman. His most recent book, Uncivil War, The Israel Conflict in the Jewish Community (David Paul Books) was published earlier this year; he is also co-author of Turbulent Times, The British Jewish Community Today (Continuum, 2010).

David Feldman is Director of the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck, University of London.

Keith Kahn-Harris explores the relationship between Anglo-Jewry and Israel, the causes of the conflicts and the different methods, including his own innovative efforts, to counter conflict and foster dialogue within Jewish communities.
Keith Kahn-Harris, Uncivil War, The Israel Conflict in the Jewish Community, David Paul Books, 2014

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Simon Callow – The 2014 Garrick Lecture

in Academic Service - Archive by on June 25th, 2014

                                                       

Event Dates: 25 June 2014
Rose Theatre,
24-26 High Street,
Kingston, KT1 1HL

Kingston University and the Rose Theatre Kingston present:

The 2014 Garrick Lecture

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Simon Callow CBE

Simon Callow CBEThe 2014 Garrick Lecture

David Garrick’s Kingston connections date from 1754, when he bought the house beside the Thames known ever after as Garrick’s Villa, and built his Shakespeare Temple, where he would be famously painted by Zoffany. So, as part of the 2014 Kingston Connections programme of events, Kingston University and the Rose Theatre will jointly host an academic conference to celebrate the great Shakespearean actor and director and commemorate his legacy to the Royal Borough.

Actor, manager, playwright, versifier, Garrick excelled in many parts, and was possibly both the most praised and vilified cultural celebrity of his generation. Authors whose plays he rejected and performers he did not employ were not sparing in their attacks. “Garrick and Shakespeare” seeks therefore to focus on his achievements as a Shakespearean interpreter and impresario, and to re-examine Garrick’s controversial reputation.

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Law on Trial 2014: Scientific Evidence

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on June 23rd, 2014

Event Date: 16 – 20  June 2014
Room B34
Birbeck, University London
Malet Street,
Bloomsbury,
London WC1E 7HX

Birkbeck School of Law presents:

Law on Trial 2014: Scientific Evidence

Monday 16 June 2014
Professor Renata Salecl – What’s on my mind? Law, neuroscience and psychoanalysis.
Inaugural Lecture

Tuesday 17 June 2014
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.

Wednesday 18 June 2014
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.

Thursday 19 June 2014
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.

Friday 20 June 2014
The Power of Experts
Chair: Dr. Marinos Diamantides, Reader, School of Law, Birkbeck College 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, Professor of Psychology and Law, School of Law, Birkbeck College 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?

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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?

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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

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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.

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