December 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to our December 2016 newsletter. It’s been a busy month, and we have all sorts of interesting podcasts on many topics, which we recorded during November. Whether there is an underlying theme of ‘impending doom’ is debatable, but it is definitely detectable – 2016 has certainly not been the easiest of years. But the intellectual rigor and the steadfastness of academic research of the material we recorded shines brightly, maintaining a glimmer of hope.

And with this in mind, let’s start with the podcasts, with our regulars the Aristotelian Society. Two from them:

And, with the academic term in full swing again, we have two from the History department at Royal Holloway:

And staying with Royal Holloway, the Humanities and Arts Research Centre organised a conference around the concept of Exoticism entitled ‘Reassessing the Contemporary Exotic: Interdisciplinary Approaches to a Contested Form of Cultural Representation’, and we recorded the keynote lecture. Here it is:

And the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway celebrated the life and work of David Vilaseca, Professor of Catalan and Hispanic Studies, who tragically was killed in a bicycle accident six years ago. This year’s David Vilaseca Memorial Lecture can be found here:

and all the previous years’ lectures here.

The Physics taster lectures at Royal Holloway continue to amaze:

and if this is your kind of thing, all of them can be found here.

Now over to Birkbeck, University of London. The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism contributed with two events:

Three podcasts from the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research:

And two from the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities:

Unsurprisingly, the Politics department at Birkbeck had lots to contribute:

The Leo Baeck Institute, in collaboration with the German Historical Institute London has started its series of lectures for 2016/17, which run under the banner of ‘The Legacy of the Left and Israel: 1967-2017’. The first one of these was held on 24 November and we recorded it, and you can listen to it here:

And finally, old stalwarts the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University has started another lecture series on Philosophy, Politics and the Arts in collaboration with member colleges of UAL, this time Chelsea Camberwell and Wimbledon. The first two lectures are here:

and the full programme here. For all of CRMEP’s past lectures, you can find them here.


All the best,


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