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Birkbeck and Bloomsbury Campus Events 2014, 8 – 15 December

8 December – 17:00-18:00 – Portrait of a Lady: Image, space and identity in fifteenth-century Merano

Venue: Keynes Library, Gordon Square

Booking: no booking required

Dr Joanne Anderson, Portrait of a Lady: Image, space and identity in fifteenth-century Merano

The Department of History of Art at Birkbeck presents a new series of seminars on medieval and renaissance art, supported by the Bequest established in memory of Professor Peter Murray, the Department’s founder. In the first series, beginning this autumn, Birkbeck scholars present aspects of their research.

12 December – Birkbeck Early Modern Societ – Barry Coward Memorial Lecture –  Professor Bernard Capp – ‘My Brother’s Keeper?’: siblings and their families in early modern England’ 

Venue: Malet Street, room B36

Booking: Members free (membership £7), non-members £4

This year’s Barry Coward Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Bernard Capp, University of Warwick on 12 December 2014.

Professor Capp’s lecture is entitled ‘My Brother’s Keeper?’: siblings and their families in early modern England’. For more information on Professor Capp please see

The lecture will be held at Birkbeck, Malet Street, room B36 at 6:30 pm and will be followed by our Christmas party (room B19).

12 December – 18:00 – 21:00 – BEI Employability Event and Winter Networking: Insiders Guides to the Civil Service and NHS

Venue: B35 Malet Street


The event will begin in Malet B35 with a talk from Pia Larsen, outlining her career and fielding questions on how to achieve your career ambitions within the NHS.

Following this, Professor Philip Powell – Pro Vice-Master (Enterprise and Innovation) and Executive Dean, School of Business, Economics and Informatics, Birkbeck – will introduce and engage in conversation with Bill Crothers about his successful career.

His career highlights include:

Executive Director and a member of the Identity and Passport Service Board

Senior Executive at Accenture for 21 years
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society
After this talk, Bill will field some questions based on his career and points raised within the talk. Current Civil Service Fast Streamers will be identified to answer any questions based on graduate entry during the pursuant networking (B02).

Winter Networking:

Socialise with current Civil Service Fast Streamers and your fellow colleagues on the last evening of term. Drinks and a light Christmas-themed buffet will be served.

12 December – 18:00 to 21:00 – Pits and Perverts Revisited: ‘Pride’ the movie and politics now!

Venue: Room B01, Clore Management Centre


Enjoyed and inspired by ‘Pride’ the film? Come and see a short documentary about the real story and hear from two of the key people portrayed in the film. This will be followed by a panel discussion about its relevance for politics today. And stay on for drinks….

Speakers will include:

Mike Jackson- founder member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners – LGSM (one of the main characters in the film)

Siân James – Member of Parliament for Swansea East (one of the main characters in the film)

Diarmaid Kelliher – University of Glasgow. Author of ‘Solidarity and Sexuality: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners 1984–5’ (History Workshop Journal 2014)

Bev Skeggs – Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London

Daniel Monk – (Chair) Birkbeck, University of London & Director, BiGS

12 December – 18:00 to 20:30 – Leverhulme Lecture II: Post-Secular Constitutionalism

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Torrington Square


Post-Secular Constitutionalism

Professor Michel Rosenfeld discusses how modern constitutionalism based on the ideals of the Enlightenment favours secularism over religion, relegating the latter for the most part to the private sphere. In more recent times, constitutional secularism has been attacked as anti-religious rather than neutral, but arguably this objection can be overcome from a pluralist perspective that places secularism as an ideology alongside other religious and non-religious ideologies found within the polity.

The lecture is followed by a reception.

Michel Rosenfeld is Professor of Human Rights and director of the Program on Global and Comparative Constitutional Theory at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York; and the co-editor (with Susanna Mancini) of Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival OUP (2014). His visit to Birkbeck School of Law is courtesy of a grant from the Leverhulme Trust, whose support is gratefully acknowledged.


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