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    May 2015 Newsletter

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    May 2015 Newsletter

    Welcome to the May 2015 newsletter. With the Easter holidays keeping the universities shut for most of April, we have a smaller than usual number of recordings from April – but exciting and challenging nevertheless.
    Let’s start of the with the Engineering Professors’ Congress – an annual event which we have covered now for a number of years. It’s easy to forget that engineers are still the backbone of everything around us, and their efforts for wider recognition and recruitment should be applauded. You can listen to the congress here:

    Another more technical symposium took place at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London on the digitisation of the Tibetan written language. This project, ‘Tibetan in Digital Communication’, is funded by the AHRC and led by Dr Nathan Hill at SOAS. It attempts to give written Tibetan, one of the most complex written languages in the world,  a digital interface and usabilty. The event we recorded was the second one in this series of workshops:

    and you can listen to the first one here.
    We’ve had one recording from the Royal Asiatic Society:

    and one from the Aristotelian Society:

    The Kingston Shakespeare seminars culminated with the Shakespeare Birthday lecture, given this year by Professor Perter Conradi:

    and you can listen to all of the Kingston Shakespeare seminars here.
    The series of talks at the Wiener Library ‘The New Jewish Questions? The Holocaust, Israel, Antisemitism’ continued with this talk:

    and again, all the talks in this series are available here.
    The last in the series commemorating 20 years of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), now at Kingston University, concluded with Stella Sandford’s inaugural lecture:

    and the series of talks can be accessed here.
    Now on to an event which has already proven itself to be immensely popular: The Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC)’s one-day symposium on the 50th anniversary of the publication of R.D. Laing’s ‘Sanity, Madness and the Family’, which was the cornerstone of the 1960′s anti-psychiatry movement. Excellent contributions from Jacqui Dillon, Robbie Duschinsky, Suman Fernando, Oliver James, Lucy Johnstone, Chris Oakley, Lynne Segal and Anthony Stadlen:

    and, as a sort of a little extra, a paper on Felix Guattari:

    And, keeping the important issues until last, tomorrow, of course, ther will be a general election in the UK and Birkbeck college gathered their finest political scientists to ask: Who will win?

    Who indeed – we will know in a couple of days’ time….

    So, that’s it for the April recordings. But, as you well know, there is always the archive, with over 6000 hours of talks, lectures and conferences. We are now reaching an average of about 5000 visitors/listeners every day, with between 200 and 1000 downloads and over 15000 pageviews a day. So, should your institution is hosting any seminars, conferences or workshops, and you would like the whole world to know about them, book us! Email here.

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    All the best,






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