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Birkbeck and Bloomsbury Campus Events 2014, 30 June – 6 July

30 June – 17:30-18:30 – Why is the development of face-to-face communication so important for babies?

Venue: Room B34, Birkbeck, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX


Speaker: Dr Atsushi Senju – this talk will examine how we develop the capacity to make eye contact and what happens to the brain during this process. It will look at: how babies start to make eye contact; how babies of blind parents develop face-to-face communication; how cultural background can affect how we make eye contact and the variation in these brain processes for those with autism.

30 June – 19:00-20:00 – Can mindfulness meditation training improve self-regulation in adolescents?

Venue: Room B34, Birkbeck, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX


Speaker: Dr Iroise Dumontheil – adolescence is a period of changes in brain structure and function, in particular those regions that control attention and self-regulation. Mindfulness meditation is a form of meditation that involves focusing on current internal or external experiences, in the moment and without judgment. This talk will present behavioural and neuroimaging results that show mindfulness meditation training can lead to improved cognitive control and emotional regulation across the ages.

30 June – 19:30-21:30 -“The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times” – Discussing the Issues

Venue: Room 421, Birkbeck Main Building


At this seminar, Barbara Taylor will speak about her recently published book “The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times” (2014, Penguin), in dialogue with David Bell, Stephen Frosh, Rex Haigh and Lynne Segal. Taylor’s book raises many important issues about the personal experience of mental illness, and how this might be described and spoken about publicly, about the changing nature of psychiatric and mental health services, and about the role of psychoanalysis, community and friendship in surviving “madness”.

Barbara Taylor is Professor of Humanities at Queen Mary, University of London.

David Bell is a psychoanalyst and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic, and Past President of the British Psychoanalytic Society.

Stephen Frosh is Professor of Psychology and Pro-Vice Master at Birkbeck, University of London.

Rex Haigh is a psychiatrist and group analyst who has played a major role in the development of therapeutic communities in the UK.

Lynne Segal is Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, Birkbeck University of London.

Sasha Roseneil is Professor of Sociology and Social Theory and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research at Birkbeck, and a group analyst.

July 1 – 18:00-20:00 – People and Parliament

Venue: Waltham Forest Direct in Leytonstone Library


The Houses of Parliament: Why your voice matters and how to make it heard.

Get to know your Parliament, how you can engage and find out more about making a difference.

The Houses of Parliament Outreach Service delivers free training throughout the country, throughout the year.

2 July – 10:00-12:00 – Yoga

Venue: Waltham Forest Direct in Leytonstone Library


Everyone’s talking about it, but you’re not quite sure if you’ll be able to do the moves or what they’re meant to do or even where to start? Well, why not come and join the beginner’s yoga workshop with Yoga Me Happy?
The 2 hour workshop will give you a taste of how yoga can help improve strength, flexibility, posture, and all manner of other benefits. The positions and sequences will be broken down in to easily manageable moves with full explanations, so even if you’ve been to a few yoga classes previously, it’s always good to know what the positions are doing for you and how to get in and out of them safely. I am confident that after the workshop you will be happy to go to any beginner yoga class.
Help reduce stress, improve well-being. Brings together mindfulness meditation, breathing, posture.
This event is part of Birkbeck’s, Pop Up University at Waltham Forest Direct in Leytonstone Library taking place from the last week in June until mid-July to bring you a series of thought-provoking events designed to engage and inspire. Come along and participate in free talks, workshops and seminar-like sessions.
Free refreshments will be provided.

2 July – 17:30-18:30 – Redesigning biology: engineering safer genetically modified organisms

Venue: Room B34, Birkbeck, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX


Speaker: Dr Vitor Pinheiro – this talk will discuss some of the recent developments in synthetic genetic materials (XNAs) and the engineering of the genetic code – exploring how life may have begun on Earth and how these advances can be used to further increase the safety of genetically modified organisms.

2 July – 18:30-20:30 – Eila Campbell Lecture 2014 – The Trouble with Territory: Reconciling statehood and difference in the Andes

Venue: Room B01, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square


Driven by technological and social pressures, the purpose and meanings of cartography have been transformed over recent years in the Andean republic of Ecuador. Rather than representing a singular state-centred project, mapping has lain at the heart of projects to reorganise governance and re-imagine the nation. After outlining these transformations, the talk focuses on the extent to which cartography and mapping can resolve issues of justice and recognition.

3 July – 25 July – Monday-Friday (10am-7pm) – Family Ties: Reframing Memory Exhibition

How might we read memory in relation to the family, and how might we enact these memories through art practice? This group exhibition addresses the representation of family memory through the photographic, video and sound works of six artists. Family Ties: Reframing Memory explores the bittersweet aspects of reflective nostalgia, yet also considers the conflicts and contradictions inherent in acts of remembering.

Suze Adams navigates the borders of fact and fiction in an exploratory retracing of her maternal ancestors on the Isle of Mull. Nicky Bird draws on family albums belonging to others to illuminate personal, political memories connected to place. Jacqueline Butler’s poetic approach alludes to sensory memories prompted by public photographic collections and her personal archive. Rosy Martin re-enacts a lost past as she embodies both of her parents in their family home, as well as using projections to evoke a sense of haunting. Lizzie Thynne’s sound-led work examines the inter-subjectivity of life histories, highlighting the link between memories of childhood and feminist politics. Sally Waterman employs literary adaptation as a mechanism for self-portraiture, recalling traumatic memories of family conflict through T.S Eliot’s poem ‘The Waste Land’.

As artist members of the Family Ties Network, their work offers a poignant and provocative response to themes arising from the associated conference, Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory (10th and 11th July 2014, Birkbeck, University of London).

3 July – 17:30-18:30 – What can asteroids tell us about the Earth?

Venue: Room B34, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX


Speaker: Professor Hilary Downes – asteroids are formed of material that was left over from the early days of the Solar System. Studying asteroids gives us a window into those violent times when planets were formed. Pieces of an unknown asteroid arrived on Earth as a spectacular fall in Sudan in October 2008. This talk will examine the history of this asteroid and discuss what we can learn from it about the formation of planets.

3 July – 18:30-20:00 – Histories of Prejudice: Persecuting Others

Venue: Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7JL


This round-table discussion considers the histories, connections and disconnections between groups and peoples which mainstream society frequently classes as ‘outsiders’. Taking Becky Taylor’s new book Another Darkness, Another Dawn, A History of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers as its starting point, speakers will explore the experiences and prejudices that have shaped the lives of marginalised groups in twentieth century Europe including Roma, Jews, refugees and homosexuals.

Through a wide-ranging discussion they will explore societies’ omnivorous appetites for prejudice, the different kinds of prejudice that have existed over time and ask, why is opposition to prejudice so selective?

Speakers: Dr Becky Taylor, Dr Matt Cook, Dr Jessica Reinisch, Birkbeck, University of London

3 July – 19:00 to 20:00 – The hidden complexities of routine behaviour

Venue: Room B34, Birkbeck, Malet Street


Speaker: Dr Rick Cooper

Much of our everyday behaviour consists of routine sequences of actions, such as those concerned with dressing, grooming, and eating. This behaviour is subject to minor slips when our attention is diverted, and to more bizarre disturbances following some forms of neurological injury. This talk will consider how computer simulation techniques can help to understand the cognitive processes underlying routine action selection and its impairments. The implications of this work, including for recovery of function following brain injury, will also be considered.

 4 July – 16:00-20:30 – MA Social and Cultural Geography Launch film event

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


An exploration of identity, power and representation through film:

  • Kate Maclean on ‘Film, masculinity and the financial crisis’.
  • Penny Vera Sanso on ‘The working elderly in India’.
  • Karen Wells on ‘The melodrama of being a child: NGO representations of poverty’.

Followed by a special showing of ‘A World Not Ours’ (2012; Best International Film – Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013; Winner Peace Film Prize – Berlin International Film Festival), followed by a Q&A session with the producer Patrick Campbell.Set in Ain el-Helweh, Lebanon’s largest refugee camp and home to over 70,000 displaced Palestinians, director Mahdi Fleifel combines his own footage with that of his father’s from the 80s and 90s, to present an intimate portrait of the place where he was born.

Research talks 4-6pm; documentary showing 6.30-8pm; Q&A 8-8.30pm. There will be an opportunity to chat to our academics about the new MA Social and Cultural Geography, over refreshments before and after the film.

5 July – 14:00 onwards – Family Ties: Reframing Memory

Venue: Peltz Gallery and Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

Booking: None – the gallery is open Monday-Friday (10:00-19:00)

Artist talk in gallery and short film screening in Birkbeck Cinema, featuring work by Suze Adams, Rosy Martin and Sally Waterman. This rolling 35-minute programme will feature work that deals with key themes such as ancestral connections to place, the parental home, mother-daughter relationships, the family album and mourning and loss. 

5 July –  11:00-17:00 – Artists’ Film Biennial 2014 Symposium: Aesthetics of the Non-visible

Venue: ICA Cinema


John Berger has said of photography that fear of the medium’s power for deception is built on a belief in its documentary verity, its inability to not pay equal attention to all that has come through the camera’s aperture. With the advent of cinematography, photography’s imagined veritability combined with the illusory power of the moving image to produce myriad excursions into the murky territory between the visible and the non-visible.

Taking a cue from the filmic desire to explore that which goes beyond everyday perception and dominant modes of visibility, this symposium examines how the non-visible may or may not be brought to light, through three interconnected discussions concerning: the contexts for the display of moving image, the hidden digital realities of contemporary experience, and the spiralling possibilities of the ever-expanding archive of remediated culture.

The symposium, introduced by Dr Ben Cranfield and led by Professor Ian ChristieDr Joel McKim and Professor Esther Leslie, is a collaboration between Birkbeck School of Arts and the ICA.

Tickets cost between £5 and £10 – you can buy them from the ICA website.

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