21 February – 11:00-17:00 – NUS London Area Term 2 Council Meeting
Venue: Main Building, MAL B33
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:
- Panel discussion on the key issues for students.
Further Education students
- Motions Debate.
- Election hustings for Acting Convenor and Executive vacancies.
- 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- David Kirkman – email@example.com
- Jerry Richardson – firstname.lastname@example.org
- John Lindner – email@example.com
- Amaan Ali – Amaan.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Richard Brinck-Johnsen – email@example.com
- Alex Owolade – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Angela Bennett – email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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:
- Building networks
- 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.