December 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the (slightly delayed) December 2017 newsletter. Many events have been recorded by us during November and the beginning of December and there will be plenty here to keep yours minds occupied over the holiday period. 

So let’s start with our regulars first – here are two from the Aristotelian Society:

Laurent Jaffro – Forgiveness and Weak Agency

Elizabeth Ashford – The Infliction of Severe Poverty

The Royal Asiatic Society had three of their events recorded – all very interesting and entertaining talks:

David Leffman – William Mesny: How a British Adventurer Became a General in Qing-Dynasty China

RAS Collections Open Evening

Elaine Wright – Lapis and Gold, Exploring Chester Beatty’s Ruzbihan Qur’an

The Department of History at Royal Holloway contributed with two departmental research seminars:

Nada Zecevic – MIGWEB from E. Sarajevo to Royal Holloway: perspectives and problems of studying medieval migration from and within the Balkan peninsula

Marie Ulvang – “Farmerfication”, Housing and the Housework in Rural Sweden 1850-1910

And just in – a talk by (my former student) Becky Jinx – who is now Dr Becky Jinks – given in January, but for a variety of reasons could not be released, is available now. An amazing piece of research, controversial and unusual:

Becky Jinks – “Marks Hard to Erase”?: The rescue and repatriation of Armenian women survivors, 1919-1927

Now on to the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University. Their regular seminar sessions continued with:

Todd Mei – Exploring an economic turn in phenomenology: Land as hypokeimenon

Then, instead of further seminars, CRMEP organised a conference on the rather obscure and less read ‘Logic’ by GFW Hegel. There to explain the various (difficult) texts were Andrew Benjamin, Catharine Malabou, Howard Caygill and Peter Osborne. You can listen to the whole conference here:

Hegel’s Logic

The London South Bank University’s Centre for Research in Digital Storymaking has organised a series of talks around the issue of Housing in London. Due to some legal restrictions we can’t bring you the recording of the first of their event (hopefully we can in due course, pending on the outcome of various tribunals), but here is the second one:

Housing and regeneration struggles in South London – How to stay put?

The annual David Vilaseca Memorial lecture at Royal Holloway – some of you might remember David Vilaseca was a professor of Hispanic cultures in the School of modern Languages at Royal Holloway, who tragically lost his life in a bicycle accident – now in its seventh year, was given by the remarkable artist Tamsyn Challenger:

Tamsyn Challenger – On Truth

And Royal Holloway’s seminar series ‘Making Space for Art’ continued with a talk from the curator of the Wallace Collection (that’s the museum in that grand old house in Manchester Square London):

Xavier Bray – To change or not to change the Wallace Collection?

The Leo Baeck Institute’s 2017-2018 lecture series kicked off with a powerful talk on the difficulties of writing family histories:

Lisa Appignanesi – Losing the Dead – Before and After

Now on to Birkbeck, University of London. As usual, many events from the various institutes, departments and research centres, so we’ll start with the Department of Politics – two fascinating talks:

Duncan Kelly – John Maynard Keynes: Historian of political thought?

The New Nationalism: the rise of the populist right in the West

Two from the Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism:

Cosmopolitanism – Jewish and Postcolonial Perspectives

Elissa Bemporad – From Berdichev to Minsk and Onward to Moscow: Jewish Voices of the Russian Revolution

A book launch from the contributors to the Birkbeck Trauma Project:

War and Art: A Visual History of Modern Conflict – Book Launch

And, on the centenary of the Balfour declaration, a very interesting short film and longer discussion, organised by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, and produced by Independent Jewish Voices (IJV):

100 Years After Balfour by Independent Jewish Voices

And finally, a one-day conference on the Medical Humanities, organised by Birkbeck Medical Humanities – it was totally fascinating whilst recording it, and I hope that the podcasts will do this justice. Medical Humanities, that is to say, aspects of art, literature, music and other creative processes are increasingly part of a degree in Medicine, and why that should be so is explored in the contributions of the speakers here:

Putting Theory into Practice: Exploring the role of Practice-based Medical Humanities


Here’s hoping everyone will have a good break with lots of rest and recuperation. Remember, you can follow us on twitter, Facebook and mixcloud. You can email here.

Wishing you all restful holidays and a Happy New Year


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