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    December 2015 Newsletter

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    December 2015 Newsletter


    The month of November (and beginning of December) is , for us, a very busy month for recordings, and 2015 has been no exception. So this news letter is something to keep for a while as we have so many new podcasts for you to listen to – ideal for keeping those grey cells going over the holiday period!
    Let’s start off with the Politics department at Birkbeck, which hosted a number of very interesting talks on a variety of topics, and we can start with the familiar Tony Wright in conversation with…talks, and the most recent conversation partner was no other than Polly Toynbee:

    Current affairs were covered this event, with an execllent panel of experts (Ed Bacon, Matthijs van den Bos, Antoine Bousquet, Rob Singh, Barbara Zollner and Alex Colás):

    Tips on how to get a job in Parliament (other than being elected) were revealed by the talk with Robert Dale:

    There were three talks at the Royal Asiatic Society we recorded:

    And two from the Aristotelian Society:

    From the Kingston Shakespeare Seminar:

    The European Leo Baeck Institute’s lecture series for 2015/16 continued with another talk on ‘The Politics of Land. Archaeology, Architecture and City Planning in Israel’:

    The Pears Institute for the Stud of Antisemitism held two very interesting talks – one in conjunction with the Politics department at Birkbeck:

    and two others with the the Jewish Museum London:

    A couple of newcomers now, first off Middlesex University with a series of one-day workshops, the first one is here:

    and one from Oxford Brookes:

    The London Theatre Seminar (part of the European Theatre Research Network) had another one of their talks recorded:

    and at Royal Holloway the director of the British Antartic Survey spoke on Women in Science:

    and Veronique Boisvert explaining the Large Hadron Collider at CERN:

    Also from Royal Holloway, continuing the series of ‘Making Space for Art’ a fascinating talk on money and art in the City of London:

    Now on to philosophy – a lot of it (and we’ve already had the Aristotelian Society , above), starting with a perhaps astonishing title – but then again it’s on the work of the French philosopher Francois Laruelle:

    The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston added three to our archive – one a one-day workshop on Franz Fanon:

    and a half day on Gilles Deleuze:

    and the regular seminar series contribution came from:

    A book launch by the publishers Rowman and Littlefield in conjunction with the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, discussed three works on Søren Kierkegaard:

    Now to conclude, we recorded the opening conference which accopmanied the major new exhibition at teh Tate Britain, ‘Artists and Empire’. This exhibition and conference considers art created under the conditions of the British Empire, its aftermath, and its future in museum and gallery displays. With many excellent papers, it is right here:

    And finally, 6 hours of Zizek, or to be more precise, 3 two hour lectures (if you can call them that) from the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, held at Birkbeck at the beginning of December:

    their titles not always referring to the content (not unusual), the individual lectures are here:

    and a little note on their content – the first one is more a general comment on current events, the second one is on topic (Hegel, but not Schiller), and the third one is more of a Q&A session.

    So it remains for me to wish you all a good break and Happy New Year – we will be back with new podcasts around the second week in January 2016. If you would like to book us for an event, please email (and we could really do with more business)

    For bookings, please use the contact page or email me directly.

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    All the best,






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