July 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the July 2016 newsletter.

Well it certainly has been an extremely eventful month. The EU referendum outcome here in the UK will have serious consequences for the Higher Education sector and nobody at this point in time can even guess what they will be. But there already have been withdrawals of European partner institutions from some research projects, and, should the UK really leave the EU, all UK universities will face an incredibly hard time.

And, oddly enough, nobody saw this coming. We recorded an event at Birkbeck on 8 June, where the firm consensus was with the ‘Remain’ side:

And staying with Politics, the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism met in the House of Commons to discuss the issue of Antisemitism and political parties in response to the Chakrabarti Report. You can listen to the expert contributions here:

The refugee crisis was discussed in this excellent event, organised by the University of East Anglia and Birkbeck, University of London:

Climate Change, and the political (un)willingness to deal with it, were debated at Birkbeck, with the launch of the MSc in Global Environmental Politics and Policy:

The seminar series on Gendered Inclusion from Middlesex University continued with their third workshop:

Sexual difference and (Lacanian) psychoanalysis were discussed by Catherine Malabou and Jacqueline Rose at Birkbeck:

We also recorded the plenary roundtable at the History of Feminism and Radical Politics conference:

The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism continued its collaboration with the London Jewish Museum in the ‘Blood’ series:

and the MP Liam Byrne gave an interesting talk on the history of British capitalism:

The Aristotelian Society held teir last session for the current academic year:

The members of the History department at Royal Holloway were very active indeed. First off, Professor Helen Graham gave the keynote lecture at the Crossing Borders conference on the Spanish Civil War:

Then Dr Evrim Binbas was launching his book at the Royal Asiatic Society:

and Professor Sarah Ansari contributing with her lecture on India’s contribution to the British war effort in WWI:

and, a delayed release – again because of a book launch, Dr Daniel Beer’s ‘The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars’ – we recorded this in November, but the book is out now:

Now two more from the Royal Asiatic Society:

Another event to mark the launch of a new research centre, this time in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, for the Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities:

And the final seminar in the ‘Making Space for Art’ series:

Staying with Royal Holloway, the annual Magna Carta lecture was given by David Anderson QC (Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation):

And the post-graduate conference at the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway had this fascinating keynote lecture:

Now as we are nearing the end of the current academic year – and in increasingly uncertain and troubled times, please remember that should you have any requests for recording lectures, conferences, symposia or any other kind of events, please get in contact sooner rather than later. We are still here, and we can get your academic output around the world.  EMAIL

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