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Birkbeck and Bloomsbury Campus Events 2014, 23 – 29 June

Another week and boy is it packed full of events. In fact, I am completely shocked by the amount of events on this week for which there are still tickets available! Here are some of the highlights:

23 June – 15:00-17:00 – Waste Land

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPD


Contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom.

23 June – 17:15-19:30 – The impact of digital technology and social media on sport

Venue: Clore Management Centre


This keynote lecture, followed by a panel session, will discuss contemporary usage and possible future trends in digital technology and social media in sport.

Panel Session Chair – Richard Ayers, Founder & CEO of Seven League.


  • Professor George Roussos – Professor of Pervasive Computing, Birkbeck.
  • Nick Bourne, Chief Operating Officer at Big Balls
  • Gill Leivesley – Management Consultant, Takeout
  • Dan McLaren – Founder and Editor-in-Chief, UK Sports Network
  • Alex Balfour – Head of New Media at LOCOG.

23 June – 18:00-21:00 –  ‘Inhabiting ‘Childhood’: children, labour & schooling in post-colonial India

Venue: Room 153 Malet Street


This book discussion covers the content of Inhabiting ‘Childhood’: children, labour & schooling in post-colonial India. Although “multiple childhoods” recognises children’s lives as heterogeneous and culturally inscribed, the figure of the “victimised” child continues to test the limits of this framework. Inhabiting “childhood” ambitiously redresses these limits by drawing on the everyday experiences of street children and child labourers in Calcutta.

Discussants: Erica Burman, University of Manchester; Peggy Froerer, Brunel University

Chair and discussant: Karen Wells, Birkbeck University

23 June – 16:00-18:00 – What do employers want? Panellists will discuss their approach when seeking new staff.

Venue: Waltham Forest Direct in Leytonstone Library


Part of the  Pop-Up University that runs through until early July over in East London.

Ever wondered what Employers look for when recruiting new members of staff? Each member of the panel will discuss the approach their organisation takes when seeking new staff, highlighting the distinctive characteristics they look for from applicants at each stage of the recruitment process.

23 June – 18:00-20:00 – How can you be happier at work? Speakers will explore the importance of meaningful and challenging work.

Venue: Waltham Forest Direct in Leytonstone Library


How can work make us happy? Through relevant research and case studies, we will explore ideas around meaningful and challenging work, how employees can increase happiness at work and how employers can create conditions for wellbeing and engagement.

24 June – 15:00-17:00 – Linha de Passe

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square


Linha de Passe is a 2008 Brazilian film directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas. It tells the story of four poverty-stricken half-brothers who live in a suburban neighbourhood in the periphery of Sao Paulo and have a fight to follow their dreams.

24 June – 19:00-22:00 – London Pride Banner Making

Venue: Birkbeck main room 253

Come and make banners and placards so that we look suitably fabulous during the London Pride march on 28 June. The theme for the march this year is ‘Freedom to…’. You are free to interpret this how you wish.

All art supplies, banners and placards will be provided, we just need your creative help to make it a reality! All welcome.

24 June – 19:15-20:15 – What can business learn from sport?

Venue: Clore Management Centre


In his keynote address, Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic gold medallist and Managing Director of Lane 4 will discuss how concepts within sport and organisational psychology can help to create high performance business environments.

25 June – 14:00-16:30 – Enterprise Network: Business Panel & Clinic with the Institute of Directors Start Up Group

Venue: B20, Malet Street


This event presents a unique opportunity for student and graduate entrepreneurs across London to question and debate with a seasoned panel of experts, all members of the IOD Start Up Group.

The first part of the event involves a panel format enabling you to ask questions and debate with an expert panel.

In the second half, there will be a clinic in an adjacent room, where you can hold more detailed conversations. The clinic will be on a first come first served basis, with each individual consultation limited to 10 minutes.

25 June – 15:00-17:00 – Senna

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square


Senna is a British 2010 documentary that depicts the life and death of Brazilian motor-racing champion, Ayrton Senna.

25 June – 17:15-19:30 – Economic regeneration and the impact of major sporting events

Venue: Clore Management Centre


In his keynote address followed by a panel session, Neale Coleman CBE, Deputy Chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation, debates if the London Olympics acted as a catalyst for stimulating economic development, particularly in East London.


  • Professor John Driffill – Professor of Economics, Birkbeck.
  • Professor Maurice Roche – Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Sheffield University.
  • Professor Chris Gratton – Emeritus Professor of Sport Economics, Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Stephen Gifford – former Director of Economics, Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

26 June – all day – business week – events can be booked individually

Venue: Clore Management Building


  • 10:00-11:00  – The socio-cultural context of Brazil and a discussion of sport’s place in the country, David Goldblatt
  • 11:15-13:00 – Good governance in sport: a real event, Jens Sejer Andersen and panel session
  • 14:00-15:15 – The reform of sport governing bodies, Professor Jean-Loup Chappelet and panel session
  • 15:30-17:00 – How cities use major sporting events and build a lasting legacy, Debbie Jevans CBE and panel discussion
  • 17:15-19:15 – From Club To Country: A twenty-year journey in football, David Bernstein CBE

Coffee, lunch and networking sessions and some refreshments included!

26 June – 18:30-20:00 – Debating Antisemitism: Why do Jews Disagree so Much?

Venue: Room B33, Torrington Square main entrance


In this round-table discussion, Diana Pinto, intellectual historian and author who has written widely on Jewish identity in Europe, and Keith Kahn-Harris, writer and sociologist whose recent book explores the debates over Israel among Jews in Britain, join David Feldman, Director of the Pears Institute, to explore the perennial, perplexing question – why do Jews disagree so much on the issue of anti-Semitism?

What are the different perspectives Jews hold on anti-Semitism across Europe? How do these perspectives connect to debates about Israel? How are such debates managed? Can dialogue be conducted with civility or is its descent into conflict inevitable? And how do the internal Jewish debates on anti-Semitism reflect wider societal debates concerned with anti-Semitism and racism?

26 June – 19:00-21:00 – The ‘femme’ fatale in Brazilian cinema: challenging Hollywood norms

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

Booking: None required

Antônio Márcio da Silva will introduce his book, The ‘femme’ fatale in Brazilian cinema: challenging Hollywood norms (2014), followed by Q&A.

The femme fatale has long been constructed and understood in popular culture and cinema as a beautiful heterosexual Caucasian woman that belongs to film noir and neo-noir. Here, da Silva shows the need to incorporate diverse ethnic groups and male homosexuals into the range of “femmes” fatales. He examines how the Brazilian representations cross genre, gender, race, and class and offer alternative instances (black, slave, homosexual, married, and teenage) to the dominant Hollywood Caucasian model. As with gender performativity, the danger the femme fatale represents to society is constructed rather than being an innate feature. This figure represents areas of cultural anxiety, particularly around issues of sexuality and gender, but da Silva seeks to reframe these issues in the context of Brazilian film.

Coordinator of Portuguese at University of Kent, Antônio Márcio da Silvacompleted a PhD at University of Bristol (2013) and received an MRes from University of Leeds (2010). His main research interests include the representation of constructions of gender, sexuality and race in Brazilian and Lusophone cinemas, literature and popular culture and national/world cinemas and popular culture, particularly in the 1970s.

There will be a raffle of a free copy of the book for those attending.

27 June  – 18:30 onwards – From seculariastion to  sacralisation

Venue: Room 538 ( 5th Floor), Malet Street

Booking:  None required

Birkbeck Open Discussion Society – presentation and debate by Dr.william Bloom  (Political psychology  – L.S.E)

28 June – 14:00-16:00 – Health, lies and video-tape

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPD


Just how much has health advice changed in the last 100 years? We’ll be exploring the archives of public health announcements, with films from the 1930s to the present day. Joining us will be experts to help us separate the fact from the fiction, and the hilarious from the health-conscious!

This event is organised and presented by Science London, part of the British Science Association, which envisages a society in which people from all walks of life are able to access science, engage with it and feel a sense of ownership about its direction.

28 June – 16:30-17:30 – Smoke and mirrors: the secrets of sci-fi special effects

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPD


No blockbuster movie would be complete without some special effects. Zero gravity? Check. Massive explosion? Check. Giant, salivating, wheezing alien? Check. But how do the experts do it? Science London will be peeking behind the scenes to find out exactly what’s going on back there.

28 June – 18:30-20:30 – 1950’s Sci-fi: The Gamma People

Venue:  Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H OPD


Join Science London as we revisit the Golden Age of sci-fi B-movies… the 1950s, when goo was radioactive, brains atomic and viruses extraterrestrial. We will be screening a rarely-seen British cult classic, The Gamma People (1956). This wonderfully low-budget feature has it all – a scientist-dictator, human experiments, Lederhosen, and even Carry-on star Leslie Phillips! Bizarre, bonkers, yet rich in socio-political commentary, the film’s themes and post-war context will be expertly introduced by Dr David Kirby, an expert on science in the cinema.

29 June Birkbeck Pride at The Big Pride Picnic in the Park 2014

Date: Sunday 29 June, from 1pm
Venue: Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

Please join Birkbeck Pride the day after London Pride March for The BIG PRIDE PICNIC in the PARK 2014 at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens!!

Meet outside the RVT at 1pm to leave 1:15pm sharp.

Soft drinks and snacks provided. All welcome. Feel free to bring any baked goods if you wish, but not obligatory.

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