June 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the June 2016 newsletter.
The past month has been a busy and interesting one for us, with many seminar talks and conferences. This increase, especially in recording conferences is very welcome, as recording conferences, where attendees and speakers often are unable to stay for the length of the event, is one of our primary purposes. Also series of talks, be it for a particular teaching or research pathway, or inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional arrangements can gain so much by have the contributions recorded and podcast.

So let’s start with one of regulars, the Royal Asiatic Society in London. There the series of talks on Nepal continued with:

Their regular monthly contribution was

while the young scholars contribution came from

The book launch at the RAS was

and finally a reflection on the activities of the Royal Asiatic Society over more than 200 years were presented by:

Exploring traditions at a different institution:

and one of Birkbeck’s regular features every year is the Birkbeck Arts week.

Sadly this year we we recorded only a few of the events, but they were all highly interesting and entertaining:

From the Birkbeck Institute of Social Research in conjunction with Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS) we recorded this event:

and the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, also at Birkbeck, the following:

The Aristotelian Society, as ever, with their regular seminar talks:

Kingston University’s lecture series for their MA Psychoanalysis ‘The Speaking Body is Today’s Unconscious – Psychoanalysis on the 21st Century’ came to an end with:

and the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston held its annual post-graduate conference. We captured the keynote lectures:

And now on to the conferences: ‘Digital Subjects’ a conference organised by Dr Olga Goriunova and Royal Holloway’s Humanities and Arts Research Centre (HARC), centered on the construction of the digital self and subjectivity in the digital age. A day of intense and fascinating papers from academics and artists, among them Lisa Blackman, Luciana Parisi, Katerina Kolozova, Andreas Bernard and Erica Scourti. You can listen to the entire conference here:

Another, even more topical symposium took place at Birkbeck, in conjunction with the Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU):

This one-day conference looked at how precarious citizenship impacts on separated youth as they live and transition to adulthood in the UK.

And finally, a real gem: Who hasn’t looked at Bruegel paintings in awe and amazement; at the detail and bizzare depitctions by this 16th century painter and wondered what it was all about – well here is the famous art historian T.J. Clark, making light of things in three masterclasses:

We also had a lot of short notice bookings, and, despite not turning down or missing a booking, please try and book your podcast requests with us in good time; last minute arrangements are always difficult.
As the academic year slowly draws to a close, we have more time to record conferences, symposia and workshops (there is a cheaper conference rate), and should you have any questions or queries, please email me here.. EMAIL

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All the best,


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