Tag Archives: January 2015

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.

Birkbeck and Bloomsbury Campus Events – 12-18 January 2015

14 January – 12:30-14:00 – Developing Your Research Career – Presenting Conference Papers

Venue: Room 204, 28 Russell Square

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/developing-your-research-career-presenting-conference-papers-tickets-12472508609

In this BISR Developing Your Research Career workshop, Dr Rosie Cox will discuss how to use conference attendance and presentation successfully. With a proliferation of academic and non-academic conferences organised it can be difficult to select which to attend and to know who your audience might be when you get there. Conferences can be time consuming and expensive to attend so it’s important that a conference presentation gives you more than just a line on your CV. This session will look at how conferences can be used to develop your ideas and build networks as well as to share your research. It will discuss the pros and cons of different presentation formats and what makes for a good presentation but will not be a hands-on guide to using presentation software.
All welcome.
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Rosie Cox is a Reader in Geography and Gender Studies. She joined Birkbeck in 2003 and before that was at Coventry University. She was a founding member of the Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality group (BiGS) and is an active member of the Birkbeck Institute of Social Research.
Chair: Sasha Roseneil
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Developing Your Research Career is a series of lunchtime seminars and workshops organised by the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research to enhance the research skills and contribute to the career development of social researchers at Birkbeck and beyond. We particularly welcome PhD students and early career researchers, both post-doctoral research fellows and lecturers. However, academics at all career stages who are interested are also encouraged to attend, both to learn themselves and to share their experiences and knowledge with colleagues and postgraduate students.
These seminars/workshops are free, but please register in advance, and if you’ve registered, please do attend. If you find out you can’t come later on, please let us know or cancel your place on Eventbrite, so that we can re-allocate your place, and ensure that we have space for everyone who wishes to take part.

Friday 16 January – 18:45-20:00 – Economics Careers Event

Venue: Birkbeck, Malet Street

Booking: http://ow.ly/EvnRO

Careers workshop and networking event with Prof. Andrew Ross, formerly Deputy Director of Government Economic Service and its Head Of Recruitment.

Andrew not only led the Government Economic and Social Research Team at HM Treasury but also had overall responsibility for the professional development of 3000 analysts. Join us to find out more about:

  • what employers expect from business and economics graduates
  • how to enhance your employability skills

This is a good opportunity for senior undergraduate and graduate students “to get in touch” with the GES.

17 January – 15:00-19:00 – Like an Open Sky (À Ciel Ouvert): A film by Mariana Otero

Venue: Room B20, Malet Street

Booking: https://www2.bbk.ac.uk/bisr/ £10

Birkbeck Institute for Social Research
in collaboration with
Psychoanalytical Notebooks, Journal of the London Society of the New Lacanian School and Department of Psychosocial Studies

This documentary depicts a time in the lives of several children at the Courtil, an institution for psychotic and autistic children in Belgium. Otero shows with great tact, finesse and curiosity how the staff and children work with each other in a community that respects the children’s individuality by engaging with each child in ways that are particular to that child alone. Psychoanalytic interventions are shown to be inventive and subtle, concerned as they are, with the already existing solutions a child has at its disposal.

Film Poster

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Alexandre Stevens (Director of the Courtil, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, NLS, ECF, WAP), Viviane Green(Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, APC, BCP), and Lisa Baraitser (Reader in Psychosocial Studies, Psychotherapist, BACP). Chaired by Natalie Wulfing (Psychoanalyst, NLS, WAP).

Birkbeck and Bloomsbury Campus Events, 5-11 January

7 January – 19:00-20:30 – After Liberation – Legacies of the Nazi Concentration Camps

Venue: Beveridge Hall, Senate House

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/after-liberation-legacies-of-the-nazi-concentration-camps-tickets-13548537039

On the 29 April 1945 US troops entered the grounds of the Dachau concentration camp, near Munich, where they found 32,000 inmates form over 30 European nations. Among them was Edgar Kupfer, a 39-year-old German political prisoner. A few house after his liberation, Kupfer noted in his diary: ‘I shall celebrate this all my life as a second birthday, as the day, when I received the gift of life anew’.

In this lecture, Professor Wachsmann will explore the second life of Edgar Kupfer and the lives of others who survived the concentration camps, estimated at up to half a million people. In particular, he will consider the first months and years after liberation, looking at the fate of survivors, at the testimony and memory of the camps, and at the punishment of perpetrators. He will conclude by looking at the legacy of the camps since the 1950s.

Nikolaus Wachsmann is Professor of Modern European History at Birkbeck. He has written widely on race, discipline and punishment in modern Germany, with a special focus on the Third Reich. His Books include the prize-winning monograph Hitler’s Prisons (Yale University Press, 2004) and the Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany: The New Histories, co-edited with Jane Caplan (Routledge, 2010). His comprehensive history of he SS concentration camps will appear in April 2015.

This public lecture, hosted by the Pears Institute for the study of anti-Semitism, forms part of the Beyond Camps and Forced Labour Conference, organised by Birkbeck, University of London, Royal Holloway, University of London, University of Wolverhampton, in association with Imperial War Museums, and the Foundation ‘Remembrance, Responsibility and Future’ (Stiftung EVZ).

9 January – 18:00-21:00 – Interrupted Memory: memory and politics in Argentina and Chile

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bisr-guilt-screening-tickets-14629456097

Presenter: Michael Chanan

One of the interviewees in Interrupted Memory (Memoria Interrumpida) recalls being detained in the 1976 coup in Argentina. She was beaten and raped. She began, defensively, to play a role. ‘Me, I know nothing about politics. I’m just a girl, I’m 17.’ Her captors let her go with a warning, ‘You don’t leave this place twice. Behave properly, don’t say anything.’ She was so traumatized that she went on playing the role of the naïve girl for years. Real life was suspended.

Michael Chanan’s film charts not just the public history of recent political violence in Chile and Argentina, but also the intimate and inner damage it has wreaked.

For more information about the film, see http://www.mchanan.com/video/interrupted-memory/

10 January – 12:30-17:30 Frederick Wiseman’s ‘At Berkeley’

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/frederick-wisemans-at-berkeley-tickets-14502650819

Screening of Frederick Wiseman’s At Berkeley (2013, 244 minutes) followed by discussion. This event is organised in collaboration with the Independent Cinema Office.

Frederick Wiseman, one of America’s greatest living documentarists (Titicut Follies, Basic Training, Public Housing), delivers his 38th documentary since 1967, this time examining The University of California at Berkeley. Without comment Wiseman shows how the Berkeley campus elucidates the struggle of contemporary Western society to maintain itself in the face of global political and economic flux.

The screening will be introduced by Selina Robertson (Independent Cinema Office) and will be followed by a discussion with David Jenkins (Little White Lies).

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

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

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

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

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.