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Birkbeck and Bloomsbury Campus Events 2014, 21 – 27 July

23 July – 13:30-20:30 – Department of Organizational Psychology Summer Seminar Series

Venue: Room TBA, Malet Street

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/summer-seminar-series-tickets-11777134727

Speakers include: Professor Patrick Tissington, Dr Chris Dewberry, Dr Katrina Pritchard, Dr Kate Mackenzie Davey, Dr Andreas Liefooghe, and a keynote address by Professor Kevin Daniels

Come along and join us on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 to hear about the latest research taking place in the Department of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck. This is a wonderful opportunity for alumni and current students to hear about the latest developments in the fields of Occupational Psychology, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. There will also be time to network with alumni, current students, academics and staff from the department during the day and at the wine reception following the seminar.
How can I attend this exciting event?
This event is free to extend and is open to all alumni, current students and professional colleagues engage or interested in the field of organisational behaviour, HRM and beyond.

Welcome and Opening Address

Professor Pat Tissington, Head of Department, Birkbeck College University of London.

Pat was appointed Head of Department in June 2013 at a point where the department had been through some significant changes. He will outline new developments and what the department looks like as we move towards another new academic year. There are new courses and new staff, but still the same core values that our alumni will recognise.

Keynote Presentation: “Beyond Job Crafting”

Professor Kevin Daniels, University of East Anglia

Job crafting refers to informal attempts made by workers to improve their working conditions. Job crafting has become a ‘hot’ topic in job design research and is seen as a ‘bottom-up’ alternative to ‘top-down’ management-led job design (e.g., formal introduction of semi-autonomous team working). Job crafting may, therefore, help explain some of the mixed results concerning the introduction of planned job re-design interventions to improve work related well-being.
Such interventions are based on research that indicates associations between the presence or absence of job features and health and well-being, without taking into account the genesis of such job features (crafted or imposed). In this presentation, I will explore the: (i) individual, social and organisational processes of how jobs come to be; (ii) the cognitive and emotional processes that translate job characteristics into outcomes such as well-being and motivation; and (iii) how a better understanding of the complexities of job design and job crafting can inform the better management of job redesign interventions.

Kevin Daniels is Professor of Organizational Behaviour and head of the Employment Systems and Institutions Group at the University of East Anglia. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Psychologist and a full member of the Division of Occupational Psychology. From 1998-2007, he was an associate editor of the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology and from 2007-2012, he was an associate editor of Human Relations. He currently serves on the editorial board of both these journals and the Journal of Management. Kevin has been principal or co-investigator on several Health and Safety Executive funded projects concerned with stress and well-being in the workplace, as well as Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council grants concerned with job design and safety in high hazard engineering.

“Deciding not to decide: Rationale thought or strong emotions?“

Dr Chris Dewberry, Birkbeck College University of London

There is a great deal of theory research on how we make decisions, but little on how we avoid them. In this talk an investigation into the psychological mechanism by which people avoid decisions will be presented, as will the influence of this mechanism on decision-making competence. Individual differences in the tendency to put off decisions off will be considered, and the relevance of this research for decision-making at work will be discussed.

“A performative examination of accounts of clinical practice in medical director identity”

Dr Kate Mackenzie Davey, Birkbeck College University of London
Dr Megan Joffe, Edgecumbe Group, Bristol, UK

Medical directors struggle to maintain their identity as doctors. This study identifies the performative aspects in their accounts of the role of clinical practice in their credibility as managers. In doing so it highlights the instability as well as the power of identity as doctor and the cultural context in which this identity is nurtured and valued. This exposes the identity medical directors are sacrificing or putting at risk and raises our own ambivalence about those who “give up” the practice of medicine

“The Eye of the Beholder: On observation in organizations”

Dr Andreas Liefooghe, Birkbeck College University of London

Does not all science start with an observation, regardless of the (lack of) theoretical neutrality? Can we question why so few observational studies are conducted in organizations these days, and how this might contribute to an arguably diminished field? Drawing on three longitudinal observational studies, we will discuss the problematics of seeing and being seen. Touching on Popperian falsification, Russell’s induction, the Foucauldian gaze and the Lacanian scopic drive, this paper charts a messy course in the quest for beauty if not truth.

“Can Barbie* be an entrepreneur?”

Dr Katrina Pritchard, Birkbeck University of London
Dr Helen Cooper, Helen Cooper Associates
Dr Kate Mackenzie-Davey, Birkbeck University of London

In February 2014 Mattel announced the launch of “Entrepreneur Barbie*” as the latest in their “I can be” range of the classic (even iconic,) doll. This latest career move for Barbie was widely reported in the press and was the subject of much discussion on various Web 2.0 media. Considering such discussions as a discursive resource, our research poses the question: Can Barbie be an entrepreneur? Our data are Web 2.0 discussions and company information distributed by Mattel (including via/from Barbie’s very own twitter account @Barbie) via the internet. Firstly, we will unpack Barbie’s* career to date, and review the implications for understandings of gendered careers. Secondly, we will reflect on the latest move to ‘entrepreneur’ considering the implications for (gendered) understandings of entrepreneurship. We further reflect on the construction of Barbie’s career as a significant cultural artefact that extends the reach of the material artefact, the Barbie doll.
*© Mattel

Concluding Remarks and Closing Session
Professor Pat Tissington, Head of Department, Birkbeck College University of London.

Networking Event: Wine Reception

24 July – 18:30-20:00 – “Blowin in the Wind” -Imaging the Counterculture. The rise of Eco-Protest

Venue: Kensington Central Library

Booking: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blowin-in-the-wind-imaging-the-counterculture-the-rise-of-eco-protest-tickets-10855267397

1960’s Week 2014
An introductory workshop to discuss the visual culture of ‘eco-protest’ as emerging in the 1960s. How can we study this influential aspect of a transformative decade using a range of visual material, including some related film and music? As well as looking at the American scene there will be a focus on activities and activism in urban and rural England including marching and singing, fayres and festivals, sitting in and dropping out.
The role of images was at the centre of activities. Word was spread through photography and film documenting marches and protests, through DIY magazines, posters, placards, T-shirts and badges. Artists shared their work through album covers, street murals too were an alternative to established, often conservative galleries and musuems. Decades before camera phones and social media the visual culture of ‘Eco protest’ was crafted and distributed in a variety of colourful and inventive ways.
This is a workshop to look at some of the now iconic types of images that were ‘Blowin in the wind’ of change.
Lets look at how, and what is the legacy – what’s happening now?
Liz will give a short talk followed by an informal workshop and is looking forward to meeting anyone who would like to bring a visual work that they feel represents the spirit of the 1960s ecology movements, protests or Flower Power in general. This may be a photograph old or new, an image from a film, an album cover, T-shirt or button badge. This may be from a photocopy or a page from a magazine, a newspaper or from the internet. The image may be from the 1960s or since then, including contemporary items that are based on the original ideas or items.
Liz Johnston Drew is staff from the School of Arts (History of Art, including Photography , Architecture and Museums) and has much experience in working with adult and young adult learners. Liz can also discuss your interest in further study and working in the world of arts, art histories and visual culture.

To make any enquiries email: tryit@bbk.ac.uk

25 July –  18:30 onwards – On the Border film screening

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square

Booking: TBA

Lizzie Thynne, On the Border film screening and Q&A – A daughter’s exploration of her Finnish family’s history, prompted by the letters, objects and photographs left in her mother’s apartment.


Birkbeck and Bloomsbury Campus Events 2014, 14 – 20 July

14 July – 18:15-19:45 – Stratford after the 2012 Olympic Games? Your part in developing social change

Venue: Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, Stratford, London, E15 1EL

Booking: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stratford-after-the-2012-olympic-games-your-part-in-developing-social-change-tickets-11916862657

Are you interested in understanding more about the relationships, communities, traditions and institutions that make up our social world? Would you like to explore social problems in contemporary society? Do you want to develop skills for working in areas related to the social world?

You can participate in a short interactive exercise exploring a local social issue and find out about what the BSc Social Science course entails. You can also hear about what our students do after graduating and take part in a question and answer session.

Refreshments will be provided.

15 July – 18:30-20:30 Sports Event Spectacle: Cultural Policy-Making and Curating Contemporary Art for Major Sporting Events

Venue: Flat Time House, 210 Bellenden Rd, London, SE15 4BW

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sports-event-spectacle-cultural-policy-making-and-curating-contemporary-art-for-major-sporting-tickets-12163392033

A Roundtable Discussion with Jo Longhurst, Beatriz Garcia and Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, programmed by Tiffany Boyle

This event will assess the presence of the visual arts in the cultural programming of London 2012 and Glasgow 2014, looking at the effects of recent cultural policy-making in this area upon what was, and is being, actualised. Wider questions to be addressed include the power imbalance between mega-sporting events and the arts in the production of accompanying cultural programmes; celebratory tones within such programmes; and which aspects of the cultural programming from London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 are acting as a blueprint for future events. Presentations from each of the guest speakers – Jo Longhurst, Beatriz Garcia and Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt – will be followed by a Q&A discussion.

Organised in collaboration with Birkbeck School of Arts.

18-19 July – 13:30-19:00 & 10:00-18:00 – Blake, The Flaxmans, and Romantic Sociability

Venue: Keynes Library at 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD

Booking: No booking required – contact blakeflaxman@bbk.ac.uk

Blake’s sociability encompasses the real, the satyrical, and the imaginary. His visionary company includes ‘Companions from Eternity’, corporeal friends, and spiritual enemies. From the salon to the moon, across the geographies of ‘a certain island near by a mighty continent’, a mighty cast of characters intermingle. Enter Steelyard the Lawgiver and Mrs Nannicantipot, Suction the Epicurean, Sipsop the Pythagorean, Quid the Cynic, Inflammable Gas the Wind Finder, Etruscan Column the Antiquarian, Aradobo the Dean of Morocco, Obtuse Angle, Tilly Lally the Siptippidist, Miss Gittipin, Gibble Gabble, and Scopprell. Their imaginary, emergent, and satyrical disciplines include ‘Fissic Follogy, Pistinology, Aridology, Arography, Transmography, Phizography, Hogamy HAtomy,& Hall that’. This wild jamboree is a record of the convivial friendship and patronage of John and Ann Flaxman, Harriet and her husband the Reverend Anthony Stephen Mathew, who provided the young artist with ‘The Bread of sweet Thought and the Wine of Delight’.

Starting from the world of An Island in the Moon, this conference illuminates Blake’s relationship with the ‘Sculptor of Eternity’ and his circle from the early days to the ‘Regions of Reminiscence’, from the 1780s to the 1820s, following the Flaxmans across the channel, into the cosmopolitan networks of the Grand Tour, in order to recover the material cultures, sites, and dynamic forms of their Romantic sociability.

Birkbeck and Bloomsbury Campus Events 2014, 7 – 13 July

7 July – 18:00-21:00 – In a Lonely Place, dir. Nicholas Ray.  Santana / Columbia, 1950

Venue: 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck Cinema

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guilt-screening-series-in-a-lonely-place-tickets-11250932843

In a Lonely Place is part of a short season of films about guilt, presented by BIMI in association with the BISR Guilt Group.  For information about the Guilt Group’s work, see http://www.bbk.ac.uk/bisr/research/guilt-working-group.

Dixon Steele (Humphrey Bogart) had been a successful screenwriter before the war. Then he was a successful commanding officer during the war. But after the war things got tricky. Steele spends most of the picture suspected of a murder he didn’t commit. He falls in love with his glamorous neighbour, Laurel Gray (Gloria Grahame), who is the only witness who can confirm any part of his story. But living under the shadow of guilt takes its toll, and Dix was prone to violent outbursts even before the murder. Being not guilty isn’t the same as being innocent.

7 July – 14:00-16:00 – Recycling and upcycling – making jewellery and accessories from buttons

Venue: Waltham Forest Direct in Leytonstone Library

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/contact-organizer?eid=11824638813

This practical session will explore using everyday objects to create collar necklaces by recycling beads, buttons, ribbons and sewn thread.

9 July – 18:00-20:00 – Pizza and politics: ‘We’re all in this together.’ 

Venue: Waltham Forest Direct in Leytonstone Library

Booking: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pizza-and-politics-were-all-in-this-together-a-brief-history-of-the-welfare-state-and-why-we-need-it-tickets-11823569615

This session with Professor Adam Gearey will examine the history of the welfare state. Although there are problems with ‘welfare’ – we risk losing an important (if not essential) way of ensuring a decent society for all if we fail to understand the centrality of the welfare state to economic organisation.

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.

10 July – 11 July – 09:30-19:15 – Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory

Venue: Room 414, Birkbeck Main Building


Birkbeck staff and Birkbeck students £15
Standard: £30 & £15 (non Birkbeck students)

Event description

Conference organisers: Dr Silke Arnold-de Simine, Dr Nathalie Wourm, Dr Joanne Leal in conjunction with BRAKC (Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community)

Conference programme

This conference will set out to explore how concepts of family have been acted out, reinvented, or deconstructed, through various media including the visual arts, literature, and museum exhibitions, across the centuries. The family picture will be considered both in its figurative and artefactual forms. We will look at the significance of the family picture in literary works or films (e.g. W.G. Sebald, Georges Perec’s W, or the Memory of Childhood, or Pedro Almodovar’s All About my Mother), and we will consider alternative concepts of family and kinship as pictured in paintings, photographs, graphic novels, and other visual media. We are interested in media transfers, the question of what happens to family pictures when they are included in literary or visual narratives whether these are autobiographical or fictional. We aim to explore how different media reproduce or replace the family picture, or evoke it once it becomes lost (e.g. through ekphrasis). We are also interested in the types of narratives that are created in museums, social media and family albums, through displays of family pictures and portraits.

Key questions to be examined will include: what are the changing conventions of the family picture and how do they reflect the changing conceptions of the institution of the family? Who is the addressee of the family portrait? How do family narratives and family pictures inform each other? What is the role of family pictures in individual and cultural memory? Is the family a privileged site of memorial transmission (Aleida Assmann, Marianne Hirsch)? Has it become the central trope through which national history is framed? What role do family pictures play within other cultural forms, e.g. in literature or film? Can other cultural forms offer alternatives to the kinds of family portrait we associate with photography?

Keynote speakers are: Professor Martha Langford (Concordia University, Montreal), Professor Annette Kuhn (Queen Mary University, London) and Professor Daniela Berghahn (Royal Holloway, London).

11 July – 10:00-17:00 – Colours of Memory: an International Conference on the Writing of Geoff Dyer

Venue: Birkbeck, School of Arts, 43-46 Gordon Square

Booking: geoffdyerconference2014@gmail.com

With support from the Centre for Contemporary Literature and History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, Birkbeck, University of London

A conference will be held dedicated to the writing of Geoff Dyer—novelist, essayist, art and photography critic and travel writer. Particular attention will be given to the place of photography and of photographic criticism in Dyer’s work. Geoff Dyer will be in attendance throughout the day and for a Q&A session at the end of proceedings.

Dyer is an interstitial figure: his blending of memoir, essay and fiction (‘creative criticism’) and use of intertextuality and sampling in his writing work together to challenge established generic boundaries and cultural hierarchies. His interests take in everything from film, photography, travel, jazz and Modernist literature to drugs, doughnuts, rave music and the poetics of procrastination. His playful, personal and sometimes meandering style expands our understanding of how criticism relates to its subject, but also amounts to a commentary on the contemporary itself, specifically questions of uncreativity, ‘reality hunger’ and exhaustion in the information age. This conference aims to bring together scholars with expertise in this important author for the first time, but also to use Dyer’s work as a way of accessing some of the most urgent debates in literary and photographic criticism.

11 July – 14:00-16:00 – London Critical Theory Summer School – Friday Debates

Venue:  B33, Birkbeck Main Building

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-critical-summer-school-friday-debate-1-tickets-11900279055

This discussion which is open to the public, will involve three of the academics teaching on the London Critical Theory Summer School at the end of the first of teaching.

Etienne Balibar, Drucilla Cornell, Costas Douzinas & Jacqueline Rose


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

Booking: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/why-is-the-development-of-face-to-face-communication-so-important-to-babies-tickets-11084495023

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

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/can-mindfulness-meditation-training-improve-self-regulation-in-adolescents-tickets-11151605753

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

Booking: http://thelastasylum.eventbrite.co.uk/

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

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/people-and-parliament-tickets-11824456267

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

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/yoga-tickets-11824528483

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

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/redesigning-biology-engineering-safer-genetically-modified-organisms-tickets-11151696023

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

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eila-campbell-memorial-lecture-2014-tickets-10333879913

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

Booking: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-can-asteroids-tell-us-about-the-earth-tickets-11166955665

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

Booking: https://historiesofprejudice.eventbrite.co.uk/

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

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-hidden-complexities-of-routine-behaviour-tickets-11166985755

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

Booking: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ma-social-and-cultural-geography-launch-film-event-tickets-11661390533

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

Booking: http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/artists-film-biennial-2014-symposium-aesthetics-non-visible

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.