Our Team…

Meet the current Birkbeck Institute Interns Haroon Forde, Pauline Suwanban, Devin Frank, and Azzam Al-Kassir

Going Underground: Design, Reputation, and Disorder in the Subterranean Infrastructure of the Global City

By Sam Mutter Modern society, and in particular modern cities, are increasingly dependent upon infrastructural systems of circulation which are buried beneath ground-level, hidden away from critical attention and understanding. This doubles an impenetrability already associated with large, complex infrastructures; those material supports – from transportation to sewerage systems – which are deeply necessary to…

Photography and Academic Research: Images in the Post-Truth Era

By Dermot Hodson­ “This debate about truth and photography may not be conclusive but it leaves scholars of photography primed for an era of post truth politics in which politicians are ready, on a scale never seen before, to contest facts and trade in falsehoods.” Scholars of photography have long since abandoned the conceit that…

Imagined Trials

By James Brown On Friday 18 May for Birkbeck’s Arts Week the Guilt Group invited the novelist Rachel Malik and Prof. Daniel Monk of the Law School to discuss the representation of trials in fiction with Sam Ashenden and James Brown. The title of our event was Imagined Trials, although Reimagined Trials might have been…

Call for Papers for Birkbeck Graduate Conference 2018

Call for Papers Are we Living in an Age of Distraction? Birkbeck, University of London 8 & 9 June 2018   Graduate Student Conference by Birkbeck Institute of Humanities, Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, and Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality Keynote Speaker: Professor Carolin Duttlinger, University of Oxford. Dr. Sophie Jones, Birkbeck. Deadline: 7 May 2018 (extended deadline) Please…

Between Life and Death: On Biopolitics, Necropolitics and other Contemporary Crises

by Antonella Patteri, MPhil Politics, Birkbeck On the 29th of January 2018, Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) hosted a one-day conference on “Necropolitics, Biopower and the Crisis of Globalisation”. The event, organised by Prof Giuseppe Cocco (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and Birkbeck, University of London), and by Dr Raluca Soreanu (Birkbeck, University…

Myths of Menopause

French medicine of the turn of the nineteenth century invented menopause. Invented, that is, in the sense of a new word and concept that radically impacts corporeal experience and helps to form a new bio-psycho-social construct. It was first proposed in 1812 as the rather ungainly “la menespausie” by the Paris medical doctoral candidate Charles-Paul-Louis…

Visualizing Sex Research

A Birkbeck Symposium on the “Visual Archives of Sexology” 2 December 2017 How and why have images been used historically to support the scientific study of human sexuality? What does it mean to speak of a “visual archive” of sexology in modernity? These were some of the key questions framing a symposium of eleven scholars…