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Still Places Available for Events at Birkbecks Science Week

We’re now halfway through Science week and the events have been thought provoking and well worth attending.

Today’s talks look at how the brain recognizes faces, and gives you an opportunity to see how scientists are able to look closer at cells than they’ve ever been able to before.

Thursday is all about babies: How the baby brain can help us understand dementia, the development of human curiosity, and the surprisingly serious science of baby laughter.

All events are free but make sure you book! And hurry! There are only a few days left to do so.

Birkbeck and Bloomsbury Campus Events 2015, 23 February-1 March

27 February – 18:00-21:00 – BISR Guilt Screening – The Act of Killing

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bisr-guilt-screening-tickets-14629638643

The Act of Killing (theatrical release)
Joshua Oppenheimer, Norway / Denmark / UK, 2012, 122 minutes
Presenter: Alan Norrie

Anwar Congo is a doting grandfather and an Indonesian national hero. In 1965, from being a small-time gangster, he became one of the leaders of the death squads. They killed more than half a million people in a supposedly anti-communist purge.

The massacres have received scant attention outside Indonesia. In Indonesia, the killers, so far from concealing their bloodshed, revel in it with impunity.

They are movie-fans.  For The Act of Killing they were persuaded to restage their murderous exploits on film in any way they chose. The upshot is an extraordinary fusion of fiction and reality. The Act of Killing captures the surreal strangeness of a new world that political violence carves.

For more information about the film, see http://theactofkilling.co.uk/

28 February – 09:30-18:00 – Sport, Sport, Sport:
A Screening Programme of Soviet Era
Cinema and Artist Moving Image

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema


A day of screenings structured around three Soviet era films – alongside five artist moving image works – the ‘Sport, Sport, Sport’ programme examines the relationship between themes of sport in cinema and artist moving image, in tandem with the influence of this particular era on film-making and aesthetics in contemporary art. With the Soviet era films either rarely or never seen before in the UK, all early works in the careers of the filmmakers and subtitled especially for the screenings, the programme as a whole draws upon the long-running ties between sport, the moving body and early experiments in film. With an introduction from the curator Tiffany Boyle, and a presentation from the artist and writer Susan Pui San Lok.

Věra Chytilová ⁞ Isaak Fridberg ⁞ Elem Klimov ⁞ Phil Collins ⁞ Laura Horelli ⁞ Jo Longhurst  ⁞ Craig Mulholland ⁞ Salla Tykkä

Birkbeck and Bloomsbury Campus Events 2015, 16-22 February

21 February – 11:00-17:00 – NUS London Area Term 2 Council Meeting

Venue: Main Building, MAL B33

Booking: nuslondonarea@gmail.com

Delegates and student visitors from HE and FE colleges across London will be coming together for a council meeting to discuss the nature of NUS London. Motions designed to support and represent London’s 800,000 students (such as Free Education and Housing) will be voted on, and a new Acting Convenor until July 2015 will be elected alongside any vacant Executive positions.

For many years there has been a strong appetite for a pan-London student union that campaigns for London’s students’ rights and protects their interests. NUS London was created last year with this view in mind and has since been actively backed by London’s individual student unions including UCLU, London Met, Middlesex University, University of East London and University of the Arts. It is intended that by setting up one centralised student movement, all of London’s students will benefit from the power that comes with shared knowledge and resources, and that further losses (such as the selling of the ULU building last year) will be prevented.

This term Birkbeck’s delegates and student volunteers are hosting a council meeting that hopes to see delegates from all of London’s NUS HE and FE institutions working together to build NUS London from the ground up to become a voice that represents all its students. With a General Election on the horizon, London students are uniquely positioned to have our collected voices heard by politicians in the capital; this meeting will strive to see colleges agreeing on what our campaign priorities should be.

Council meeting agenda:

  1. Panel discussion on the key issues for students.
  2. Caucuses:
    Women students
    Black students
    Disabled students
    LGBT students
    Further Education students
  3. Motions Debate.
  4. Election hustings for Acting Convenor and Executive vacancies.
  5. New Acting Convenor’s speech.

All Birkbeck students (as well as students of other London colleges and universities) can attend as non-voting visitors who will be welcome to take part in the whole meeting (including a free lunch) other than voting. Birkbeck students can also contact any one of their NUS London Delegates for more information or to discuss any of the topics that will be addressed:

  • Hana Faber – hfaber01@mail.bbk.ac.uk
  • David Kirkman – dave.kirkman1@gmail.com
  • Jerry Richardson – j.dawn_richardson@hotmail.com
  • John Lindner – j.lindner@bbk.ac.uk
  • Amaan Ali – Amaan.ali@hotmail.co.uk
  • Richard Brinck-Johnsen – rbrinc01@mail.bbk.ac.uk
  • Alex Owolade – alexowolade@gmail.com
  • Angela Bennett – angela.bennett@bbk.ac.uk

This event is an excellent opportunity for students to see how council meetings are run, voice their opinions and get involved with building NUS London into a union that London’s students can rely on and be proud of!

To book your FREE place, receive copies of motions, or for any general enquiries, please contact:  nuslondonarea@gmail.com

21 February – 11:00-16:00 – Mobile and Mobilising Memories: the Centenary and its Effects on First World War Memory in Europe

Venue: Room 243, Senate House

Booking: Free entry; first come, first seated

The First World War centenary catalyses intense commemorative activities across Europe and highlights the fact that the war is remembered very differently across the countries along the war’s fronts. But rather than consolidating ‘memory corridors’ along the Western or Eastern fronts, this conference investigates the dynamics between emerging and established memories by looking at countries with underdeveloped and/or marginalised memories, for example Croatia, Bosnia, Ukraine, the Baltic States (Latvia and Estonia) and Ireland, and ask how they relate – if at all – to more established narratives which are also reworked in the context of the centenary commemorations. Inevitably, the current accelerated memory practices lead to the establishment of new memories in places where First World War memory has been vague or marginal.

Recent research on transcultural memory has highlighted the mobile nature of memories and emphasized their potential to transform, ‘travel’ (Astrid Erll) and migrate between individuals, groups and nations (Alison Landsberg), between media (Andrew Hoskins) and memory discourses (Michael Rothberg). In establishing an emotionally invested relationship to the past, memories have the potential to mobilise both individuals and collectives for specific causes. Rather than simply describing these processes as political indoctrination, instrumentalization or propaganda, we want to look at the fantasmatic transformative power of memory in the interplay between top-down and bottom-up initiatives and move beyond the often metaphorically used concept of ‘political memory’.


11:00   Panel 1
Ismar Dedović and Tea Sindbæk (University of Copenhagen, Denmark): ‘New First World War narratives in Croatia and Bosnia – eruptions of memory in a memorial shatter zone?’

Eleonora Narvselius (University of Lund, Sweden): ‘National, international and transnational aspects of remembrance of the “great forgotten war” in Western Ukraine’

12.30 – 1.30  Lunch

1.30- 3.00 Panel 2
Martin Kaprans (University of Tartu, Estonia): ‘First Word War Commemoration in Estonia and Latvia’

Emilie Pine (University College Dublin, Ireland): ‘Ireland and the First World War’

No registration – just turn up. For more information please contact the organiser:Silke Arnold-de Simine

21-22 February – 09:00-18:00 – Enterprise Academy

Venue: Malet Street, Room 414

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/enterprise-academy-tickets-15270778309

This two day programme aims to give participants a flavour of both the holistic and day to day elements of creating a start-up enterprise.  Covering creativity, finance, marketing, risk identification and management, networking and business planning the course will cover key skills relevant for enterprise start up and development and employability.  You need to commit to attending both days of the programme in order to benefit fully (09:00-18:00 both days).

By the end of the weekend, you should be able to:

  • Identify your own skills in the context of both enterprise and employability environments
  • Understand what skills, knowledge and abilities are needed for starting and running your own enterprise
  • Understand what you want to get from self-employment
  • Understand the risks involved in self-employment

You’ll receive direct training in:

  • Creativity
  • Self-awareness
  • Building networks
  • Marketing
  • Business Planning

This programme is open to students from across Birkbeck and you will be put in teams to work with throughout the weekend.  This will help build peer support but more importantly should make for an engaging, inspiring and entertaining weekend!

Teams will then be encouraged to take part in Birkbeck’s Enterprise Challenge, details of which will be provided at the Academy.

Birkbeck and Bloomsbury Campus Events 2015, 9-15 February

10 February – 18:30-20:00 – Danny Dorling – The Housing Disaster

Venue: Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Sq

Booking: via britishpoliticscentre@bbk.ac.uk

Event description

In the last twelve months the crisis in housing in the UK turned into a disaster. Housing prices in London and the South East continued to rise at very high rates along with rents which reached maxima never before recorded. In contrast, many people’s ability to pay was reduced both as median incomes fell and as other costs of living such as fuel and food rose. Evictions and potential evictions became headline news with young children from families likely to be put of out their homes being shown on the evening news. In more economically depressed parts of the country the quality of much private sector housing deteriorated to new lows while MPs talked out bills designed to improve the rights of tenants and the Chancellor of the Exchequer did all he could to encourage prices to rise further and faster through to May 2015, reducing the stamp duty bill by £800 million in December 2014 and removing all tax restrictions on wealthy pensioners buying property (to let) with their annuities before or by April 2015. And, all the time, the existing housing stock was being used less an less efficiently with more flats and rooms in houses than ever before being left empty.

Danny Dorling is a professor of human geography at Oxford University. He is the author of a number of books including All That Is Solid, and, most recently Inequality and the 1%

Birkbeck and Bloomsbury Campus Events 2015, 26 January-1 February

27 January – 19:00-21:30 – Open Data, Smart Citizens?

Venue: Keynes Library (Room 114), 43 Gordon Square,

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-data-smart-citizens-tickets-15218465841?

Although a relatively recent phenomenon, the concept and implementation of technologically-enabled ‘smart cities,’ has already generated much criticism. While some note the surveillance implications of supposedly ‘all-knowing’ and ‘all-seeing’ urban environments, others challenge the technocratic assumption that the automated ‘smart city’ will help overcome the limitations of an inherently unruly and inefficient citizenry.

Yet do these top-down, privatised and bureaucratic forms of urban management exhaust the possibilities of the smart city discussion? Or might the contemporary confluence of urban space and media technologies lead to more democratic and participatory alternatives? Could such developments as the expanded access to ‘big data’ and the information generated by sensor technologies help produce more small-scale, distributed or spontaneous forms of invention and intervention within the city?

This seminar – the inaugural event of a new London research network on media and cities – interrogates the possible consequences and potentials of open data for participation and citizenship in urban life. The event will begin with two short papers: Jennifer Gabrys (Goldsmiths) will speak on ‘Citizen Sensing, Smart Citizens and Rethinking the Problem of Urban Participation’; and Alison Powell (LSE) will speak on ‘Governing the Data City: Agency, Voice, and Augmented Space.’ Güneş Tavmen(Birkbeck) will then respond with some initial comments, followed by a discussion involving the audience. A wine reception will conclude the event.

28 January – 18:30-20:00 – Remapping Survival: Jewish Refugees and Rescue in Soviet Central Asia, Iran and India

Venue: Great Hall, British Medical Association House, Tavistock Square

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/remapping-survival-jewish-refugees-and-rescue-in-soviet-central-asia-iran-and-india-tickets-13844283625

In this lecture, Professor Grossmann addresses a transnational Holocaust story that remarkably – despite several decades of intensive scholarly and public attention to the history and memory of the Shoah – has remained essentially untold, marginalised in both historiography and commemoration.

The majority of the c.250,000 Jews who constituted the ‘saved remnant’ (She’erit Hapleta) of East European Jewry, gathered in Allied Displaced Persons camps, survived because they had been ‘deported to life’ in the Soviet Union. Moreover, Iran became a central site for Jewish relief efforts as well as a crucial transit stop for the Polish Army in Exile; while thousands of Jewish refugees, ‘enemy alien’ as well as allied Jewish refugees in British India, worked with the Jewish Relief Association in Bombay.

Professor Grossmann seeks to integrate these largely unexamined experiences and lost memories of displacement and trauma to our understanding of the Shoah, and to remap the landscape of persecution, survival, relief and rescue during and after World War II. She also asks how this ‘Asiatic’ experience shaped definitions (and self-definitions) as ‘survivors’ in the immediate postwar context of diasplacement and up to the present globalization of Holocaust memory.

Atina Grossmann is Professor of Modern European and German History and Women’s and Gender Studies at The Cooper Union, New York. A Renowned, prize winning historian, she has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, German Marshall Fund, American Council of Learned Societies, Institute for the Advanced Study in Princeton, the American Academy, Berlin and has a fellowship at the Davis Center, Princeton University in 2015. She has also held Guest Professorships at the Humbolt University Berlin and the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. Her recent books include the award-winningJews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany and After the Nazi Racial State: Difference and Democracy in Germany and Europe (2009).

29 January – 13:00-14:30 – Andrew Sayer – Social Science, Critique and the Rich

Venue: Room 415, Birkbeck Main Building

Booking: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/andrew-sayer-social-science-critique-and-the-rich-tickets-14215838957

Birkbeck Institute for Social Research

In the light of the extraordinary return of extreme wealth at the top over the last 35 years Andrew Sayer will talk about how social science might contribute to the critique of the political, economic and symbolic domination of the rich.

Speaker: Andrew Sayer is Professor of Social Theory and Political Economy at Lancaster University. His books include The Moral Significance of Class (2005, CUP), Why Things Matter to People: Social Science, Values and Ethical Life (2011, CUP) and Why We Can’t Afford the Rich (2014, Policy Press).

30 January – 18:00-21:00 – BISR Guilt Screening Series – Katyń

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square,

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bisr-guilt-screening-tickets-14629550379

Andrzej Wajda, Poland, 2007, 122 minutes
Presenter: t.b.a.

In September 1939 the USSR and Germany conquered Poland. The USSR ordered that all the Polish officers it held as POWs should be killed. In April and May 1940 some 22,000 were murdered. The largest massacre was in the Katyń forest. Among the dead was Jakub Wajda, father of Andrzej Wajda.
The Nazi-Soviet pact collapsed when Germany attacked the USSR in June 1941. When the mass graves were found, the Nazis and the Soviets accused each other of the killings. The USSR accepted responsibility only in 1990.
Wajda’s film blends archive footage and drama. The film reconstructs the killings. It is equally concerned with their aftermath, with the attempted denial of history, and the need to bear witness.

For information about the Guilt Group’s work, see: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/bisr/research/guilt-working-group.

31 January – 14:30-16:30 – BIMI Children’s Film Club: The Red Balloon

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bimi-childrens-film-club-the-red-balloon-tickets-14502873485

Screening of Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon (1956, 34 minutes), accompanied by a selection of Polish animation shorts including Bolek and LolekThe Magic Pencil, and Margo the Mouse.
In the second in our series of screenings for children of all ages, we will be showing Albert Lamorisse’s prize-winning classic film about a young boy’s friendship with a red balloon, which Lamorisse’s ingenious camera-work appears to endow with a mind of its own. The story takes us through the streets of Paris in the 1950s, and seeing the film today we can see how the city has been transformed in the intervening years.

The programme also features some wonderfully imaginative and amusing animation shorts from Poland: the globetrotting adventures of Bolek and Lolek; the Magic Pencil that brings to life everything that it draws; and the ever-resourceful and caring Margo the Mouse.

Cakes and cookies will be provided at the interval!

This programme is curated by Lucie, Michael, Muriel and Paul Temple.

Birkbeck and Bloomsbury Campus Events 2015, 19-25 January

19 January – 18:00-21:00 – Birkbeck Sport Business Centre Public Seminar Series

Venue: Roberts Building, University College London, Room G08

Booking: None required



Concerns over the current state of football governance in Europe have reached an all-time high. In the UK, there have been parliamentary calls for action to improve the sport and the government recently set up an expert group on supporter ownership and wider fan engagement. Calls for further supporter ownership and a stronger link between football fans and their clubs are gathering pace and one cannot rule out legislation in this respect following the next general election. However questions as to what this supporter engagement might look like (if indeed it is something that the fans want and are prepared to invest in) are only starting to be asked in depth. The FREE (Football Research in an Enlarged Europe) Project has been researching since September 2012 the extent to which supporters are willing to get involved in the governance and ownership of their clubs. In this seminar the authors introduce to the public the first comprehensive results of the FREE Project research on football governance by presenting the upcoming FREE Project papers on football governance.

21 January – 18:00-20:00 – Birkbeck Meets the City: Nervous Banks and Shed-Loads of Debt

Venue: G03 in 28 Russell Square

Booking: http://birkbeckefs.org/index.php/registration/register/19-birkbeck-meets-the-city#.VLW7MiusXxu

The next “Birkbeck meets the city” event will take place on 21st January at 6pm (until about 8pm).

The speaker will be Rick Martin, Group Treasurer, GasLog. The title of his talk will be “Nervous Banks and Shed-Loads of Debt”.

This talk is about bonds and maturities and will be of great interest to those students who wish to have an understanding of the financial principles and techniques that underpin treasury and corporate financial management.

The talk will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Rick Martin serves as Group Treasurer for GasLog Ltd., a post he has held since May 2014. As one of the largest non-state shippers of liquefied natural gas [LNG], GasLog have tapped both the bank and Norwegian Bond markets, as well as making extensive use of hedging instruments in parallel therewith.

Additionally, in conjunction with GasLog’s ownership interest in GasLog Partners, a master limited partnership established in 2014, Rick has participated in partnership unit offerings essential to the company’s continued profitable growth.

Prior to GasLog, Rick has served as Group Treasurer for Virgin Media, Vice President – Financial Operations at NTL and Group Treasurer for Williams Communications. He graduated from Kellogg School Management at Northwestern University in 1983.

24 January – 10:00-17:00 – BIMI in collaboration with BISR presents Horace Ove

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bimi-in-collaboration-with-bisr-presents-horace-ove-tickets-12951352845

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image collaborate to present a tribute to Horace Ové.

Symposium: panel discussions, with film extracts, will celebrate and analyse Ové’s contribution to debates about race and culture in Britain over the last four and a half decades as well as the significance of his work for the history of British film and television.